NCAA Track & Field ACCtion: Friday, March 12

March 13, 2010

Brandon Byram turned in one of the finest performances at the NCAA Indoor Championships Friday in Fayetteville, Ark. in the 200m final as the junior ran the second fastest time in the world this season to claim second place in front of a crowd of 3,233 in the Randal Tyson Track Center.

Byram and teammate Maurice Mitchell were in the first of two heats in the final round and both turned in tremendous performances. Byram's 20.46 earned him second place while Mitchell wasn't far behind in setting a personal best of his own with a time of 20.62

The pair of Seminoles advanced to the final in the 200m dash as Byram cruised to a win in his heat with a time of 20.79, while Mitchell ran the opening heat in a then personal-best 20.73 finishing second in the heat and fifth in the qualifying round. Charles Clark entered as the nation's leader in the 200m but his 21.00 in the second heat of qualifying was not enough to earn him a shot at the NCAA crown as the senior was battling a foot injury leading up to the National Championships.

Marcelle Finishes Fourth in Shot Put at NCAA Indoor Track & Field Championships
Senior Steve Marcelle registered an impressive fourth place finish in the shot put on day one of the 2010 NCAA Indoor Track & Field Championships held at the Randal Tyson Track Center in Fayetteville, Ark.

Marcelle recorded the mark that earned him a fourth place finish on his third attempt of the shot put sequence with a 62 feet, four inch effort. The mark was the second best for Marcelle in his indoor career at Georgia Tech and earned him All-American honors in the event.

Tomorrow, Georgia Tech's other competitor on the weekend at the NCAA Indoor Championships, senior Alphonso Jordan, competes in the triple jump beginning at 5:45 p.m. 

Olhovsky tallies fifth career All-America honor
Senior Yavgeniy Olhovsky highlighted the first day of the NCAA Indoor Track and Field Championships in Fayetteville, Ark., on Friday for the Virginia Tech track and field squads, recording an All-American performance in the men’s pole vault.

In his final indoor national meet, Olhovsky tied for fourth with a clearance of 17-06.50 to tally the fifth career All-America honor of his career. The Petah-Tikya, Israel, native ranks second in school history in men’s track and field with the five career All-America accolades, behind only Spyridon Jullien, who garnered seven in the throws events in his time at Tech. Juniors Hunter Hall and Jared Jodon also competed in the pole vault on Friday night for the Hokies. Hall, the 2010 ACC champion in the event, placed 13th with a height of 16-10.75, while Jodon failed to make a height.

Senior Igor Misljenovic just missed earning All-America honors in the men’s shot put. The Zagreb, Croatia, native, competing in his first national indoor meet, sat in eighth in the event heading into the finals, but Blake Eaton of Penn State tossed a 60-06 in his second-to-last throw to edge Misljenovic for eighth place. Misljenovic finished in ninth with a toss of 60-01.25. httphtml

Ruck's All-America Performance Highlights Day One for Tiger Track & Field
Kim Ruck produced an All-America performance in her first trip to the NCAA Championships, leading the Clemson track & field program on day one at the indoor nationals at the Randal Tyson Track Center. Ruck became the first Clemson female to earn indoor All-America recognition since Mareike Ressing did in the 3K in 1994. Ruck re-wrote the school record yet again in the 5K, this time posting a time of 16:01.24 in her first-ever trip to NCAA Nationals.

Brianna Rollins competed in a pair of track events Friday. The freshman from Miami, FL finished one spot outside of qualifying for the finals in the 60m hurdles. She ran a time of 8.213, but two hurdlers in front of her posted times of 8.212. Thus, she was one thousandth of a second out of making the NCAA finals in her first attempt. She then posted a time of 23.79 in the 200m dash, 14th overall. Rollins will compete as one of Clemson's four freshman legs in the women's 4x400m relay on Saturday.

Spencer Adams qualified for the finals in the men's 60 hurdles in his first trip to nationals. Adams posted a personal best 7.80 in the preliminary round. His time ranks sixth-best in Clemson history, moving him ahead of three-time Olympic competitor Dwight Thomas, who ran 7.81 in 2002. The men's final will be Saturday at 6:35 PM.

Ivy, Parros Advance To Finals, Sossah In Fifth At NCAAs
Vanneisha Ivy ran her second fastest time ever in the 60-meter hurdles prelim to advance into the final on Friday, March 12th, at the NCAA Indoor Championships in Fayettevilla, Ark. She is one of three Tar Heels who earned bids to compete at the national championships. Clayton Parros advanced to the finals in the men's 400 and Mateo Sossah completed four of seven events in the heptathlon on Friday as well.

Ivy won her heat in 8.14 to qualify for the final in the 60 hurdles. The women's 60 hurdles final will take place at 6:45 p.m. on Saturday.

Parros edged into the 400 final by earning one of the eight fastest times. He ran in 46.69. The 400 final will take place after the women's 60-hurdles final on Saturday.

Andrews Advances to 800m Finals at NCAA Championships
Robby Andrews, running in his first-ever NCAA Indoor Track and Field Championships, continued his stellar freshman campaign Friday evening at the University of Arkansas by winning the first of two 800m heats to remain undefeated on the season and automatically advance to tomorrow’s finals in the event.

Andrews enters the 800m finals at the Randal Tyson Track Center seeded second with his time of 1:49.31 from tonight’s preliminary round. Oregon’s Olympian Andrew Wheating won the second heat with a time of 1:49.23 to hold the top time out of the prelims, while all eight competitors who advanced to the finals finished within .50 seconds of one another.

In other events, sophomore Ryan Collins wrapped up an impressive season in the 5000m, finishing 11th with a time of 14:06. Collins, Virginia’s only ACC Champion in the 5k, won his second-straight conference title in the 5000m this year.

Beach Wraps Up Day 1 at NCAA Championships
Duke University freshman Curtis Beach sits in 13th place in the heptathlon through day one at the NCAA Division I Indoor Track and Field Championships held at the University of Arkansas, Fayetteville's Randal Tyson Track Center.

The Blue Devil rookie has totaled 2,914 points through the first four events and will look to move up the standings on day two. The 2009 NCAA Champion, senior Ashton Eaton of Oregon, leads all competitors with a mark of 3,561 after setting meet records in three events on the day.

The multi-event competition began with the 60m dash this morning, where Beach finished in 14th place, good for 775 points. The Albuquerque, N.M., native turned in his best result in the long jump, taking ninth with a leap of 7.04m (23-1.25) to tack on 823 points. Beach recorded a season-best 11.50m (37-8.75) throw in the shot put, good for 14th place, and finished the day with an 11th-place, 1.93m (6-4) clearance in the high jump.