NCAA Track & Field ACCtion: Saturday, March 13

March 14, 2010

Williams Claims Another Title
Kim Williams proved why she is one of the top triple jumpers in the country Saturday night as she became just the fifth woman in NCAA history to win back-to-back indoor triple jump crowns.

Williams' top jump reached as the Kingston, Jamaica, native earned her fourth career national title and her seventh All-American honor in her two and a half year career. Williams hit the mark in her third and final jump of the opening round to move on to the three-jump final where she was unable to surpass her previous mark but still claimed the top spot and her second straight indoor national title.

Pilar McShine earned her third All-American honor and second straight in the mile run as she claimed third place in a time of 4:37.20. 

Harrison wins first national championship for women's track
Sophomore Queen Harrison cemented her place as one of the most accomplished track and field athletes in Tech history on Saturday at the NCAA Indoor Track and Field Championships in Fayetteville, Ark., winning the first national championship for the Tech women ever. Harrison captured the 60-meter hurdle title, the men’s squad finished 19th in the team race with 10.5 points and the women’s team tied for 10th, earning 18 points to highlight the final day of competition.

Harrison earned first place in the 60-meter hurdles after running her sixth-straight, sub-eight second. She clocked a 7.95 in the race. In her time at Tech, the Richmond, Va., native became the first track and field Olympian at Tech, the first Hokie woman to run under eight seconds in the 60-meter hurdles and now the first women’s track and field national champion in school history. Harrison’s victory is also Tech’s first national championship outside of the men’s hammer throw.

Joining Harrison on the podium for the women’s 60-meter hurdles, senior Kristi Castlin took second in the race, matching her career best of 8.01. With the runner-up finish, Castlin added her sixth All-America honor to her resume, a program best. Both Harrison and Castlin embraced as they saw each other’s times.

Andrews Caps Wins NCAA Championship in 800m
Robby Andrews capped off an undefeated freshman campaign by winning the NCAA Championship in the 800m Saturday evening at the 2010 NCAA Indoor Track and Field Championships at the University of Arkansas’ Randal Tyson Track Center. Andrews becomes Virginia’s second individual national champion in the 800m, as Paul Ereng is the only other Cavalier to accomplish the feat, doing so in 1989.

Using his dominating kick over the final stretch, Andrews came from behind to narrowly edge Oregon Olympian Andrew Wheating by .01 seconds for the crown, finishing with a time of 1:48.39. Wheating finished runner-up in 1:48.40, while Penn State’s Ryan Foster was third with a time of 1:48.79.

Andrews automatically advanced to the finals of the 800m by winning his preliminary heat in 1:49.31 yesterday. The 2010 ACC Champion has finished this season undefeated in every race he ran, winning the 800m at the Armory on Feb. 13 and the 600m at the Hokie Invitational. In addition, he was a member of Virginia’s 4x800m relay teams that broke Virginia Tech’s facility record at the Hokie Invite. He also anchored the Cavaliers’ 4x800m relay team to victory at the Millrose Games and won an ACC Championship with UVa’s distance medley relay, running the anchor leg of 1600m.

Beach Sets World Record in Heptathlon 1,000m
Duke University freshman Curtis Beach set a world record in the 1,000m en route to a 12th-place finish at the NCAA Division I Indoor Track and Field Championships held at the University of Arkansas's Randal Tyson Track Center Saturday, March 13.

The Albuquerque, N.M., native ended the meet with 5,533 points, the top mark for a true freshman at this year's event, to take 12th place out of 16 competitors. Oregon's Ashton Eaton took first with an indoor record 6,499 points, while North Carolina's Mateo Sossah came in second with 5,886 points.

Beach, who entered the day in 13th place, ran a 2:27.88 for 1,000m to set a world record the men's heptathlon run. His mark, also a personal best, was nearly five seconds faster than the second-place finisher in that event.

Clemson Women Tie for Seventh at NCAA Indoor Track & Field Championships
The women's track & field team produced four All-America performances on Saturday and finished in a tie for seventh at the NCAA Indoor Championships, held at the Randal Tyson Track Center. Led by Patricia Mamona's runner-up finish in the triple jump, Clemson posted its best team showing in women's track & field at the NCAA Indoor Championships since the 2001 group was third. It was the third top-10 team finish in Clemson women's track & field history at the NCAA Indoor Championships.

The women's team tallied 20 points at the meet, tied with Florida State and UTEP for seventh. Oregon (61) won the meet, followed by Tennessee (36) and LSU (35).

The official list of All-Americans will be announced after the conclusion of the meet by the U.S. Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association. When it is released, the women's team will have the most indoor All-Americans in one season in school history. In addition, Clemson will have placed at least one men's athlete on the All-America team for the 14th straight indoor season.

Sossah Runner-Up In Heptathlon At NCAAs
North Carolina senior Mateo Sossah earned a personal best, shattered the school record he set at the ACC Indoor Championships and broke the French national record for athletes 23 and under with his second-place finish of 5,886 at the 2010 NCAA Indoor Championships which concluded Saturday. Sossah's finish scored eight points for the Carolina men's team and helped the men tie for 20th overall.

Sossah had three events to complete in the heptathlon, after finishing the first four on Friday. He ran the 60 hurdles in 8.31, reached 15-9 in the pole vault and ran a personal best 2:32.22 in the 1000. This is Sossah's second runner-up finish at a NCAA national championship, his first coming in the 2009 outdoor season for the decathlon.

Clayton Parros took home seventh place for the 400-meter final. He ran a best 46.22 to earn two points for the Tar Heel men and take home his first national honors.

Dina Nosenko Finishes Ninth At NCAA Championships
In her first NCAA Championship appearance, Wake Forest sophomore Dina Nosenko turned in an impressive performance, finishing ninth in the women's mile run Saturday night at the Randal Tyson Track Center.

Nosenko clocked a time of 4:43.73 in the finals, which was her third-best time of the year. Charlotte Browning, a senior from Florida, took home the national title as she outlasted Katie Follett, a senior from Washington, with a time of 4:35.66.

Nosenko qualified for the championships last weekend at the Alex Wilson Invitational with a school-record 4:41.10 and then moved into the finals with a 4:43.61 Friday night. 

Georgia Tech Finishes 17th at NCAA Indoor Track & Field Championships
The Georgia Tech men's track & field team finished 17th overall at the 2010 NCAA Indoor Championships, which wrapped up this evening at the Randal Tyson Track Center in Fayetteville, Ark. Senior Alphonso Jordan led the Jackets on the day, winning a bronze medal with a third place finish in the triple jump .

Jordan posted the mark that won him a bronze on his first attempt of the triple jump sequence. He posted a mark of 53 feet, 4.25 inches, which equals Jordan's school record leap that he accomplished at the ACC Indoor Championships on Feb. 27th.

With the third place finish, Jordan also earned All-American honors in the triple jump at the NCAA Indoor's for the second straight year. In 2009, Jordan finished ninth overall to earn the honor.