Track & Field ACCtion: Weekend of March 19-20

March 21, 2010

Florida State Sprinters Shine at Bulls Invite

TAMPA, Fla. - A pair of Seminole sprinters stole the show at the Bulls Invitational in Tampa, Fla. Friday night as Danielle Jeffrey on the women's side and David Ambler on the men's side both set the nation's top time in the 100m dash.

"What a great way to start the outdoor season for both Danielle (Jeffrey) and David (Ambler)," head coach Bob Braman said.

On the track Danielle Jeffrey turned in the nation's top time in the 100m dash as the Kingston, Jamaica native, ran an 11.71 to take first place. LaSonya Rodgers also posted a sub-13 time in the 100m as she ran a 12.46 to post a top-20 finish. Jeffrey also turned in the third-best 200m mark in the region later in the day as the sophomore crossed the line in 24.20 for second place.

David Ambler turned in a similar nation-leading performance on the men's side as the freshman ran 10.37 to take the top spot and put himself in good position to make the regional very early in the season. Ambler also claimed a top five finish in the 200m with a time of 21.46 which was good for fourth.

Miami's Tameka Jameson Shines at Hurricane Invitational

CORAL GABLES - The University of Miami's Tameka Jameson highlighted the `Canes outdoor track season opener at the Hurricane Invitational, held Saturday at Cobb Stadium.

Tameka Jameson opened the outdoor season with an impressive overall performance. She won the 200m dash in a personal-best time of 23.98 seconds, then the Upper Marlboro, Md. native also reached another personal-best in the 400m dash - winning the event in 53.84 seconds.

"Tameka finished the indoor season strong," said Director of Track and Field/Cross Country Amy Deem. "She carried it over and had a great outdoor opener. Setting new PR's in the first meet is very pleasing."

Kristy Whyte and Takecia Jameson finished close behind Tameka Jameson with second and fourth-place times of 24.36 and 24.51 seconds respectively, in the 200m dash.

Miami took two of the top-three spots in the women's 4x400 relay with the team of Takecia Jameson, Kristy Whyte, Charlene Fuller and Ashley Dukes claiming the win with a time of 44.62 seconds. The team of Deandra Doyley, Britney Clark, Christina Madry and Brittni Finch finished third at 46.17.

Five Cavaliers Win Events in Outdoor Opener

FAIRFAX, Va. - Five Cavaliers won events for the Virginia track and field team in its season opener at George Mason on Saturday afternoon.

On the track, junior Andrew Revelle won his first 3000m steeplechase competition with a time of 9:30.40, while redshirt senior transfer Steve Delice won the 100m in 10.85. Redshirt freshman Tasia Potasinski led three Cavaliers across the line in the top-three of the 800m. Potasinski finished with a time of 2:12.21, while junior Lyndsay Harper finished second in 2:12.53 and sophomore Jenni Weatherly was third in 2:16.27.

Sophomore Kevin Anding won the 200m in 21.59 and finished runner-up to Delice in the 100m with at time of 10.91.

Sophomore Meagan Gillespie, racing in her first 400m hurdles competition, finished second with a time of 1:04.45, while redshirt freshman Rosemary Barber finished runner-up in the 1500m, taking a time of 4:36.24.

4x400 Relay, Marcus Dillon Lead Deacons on Final Day of Wake Forest Open

WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. - The Wake Forest 4x400 meter relay team of Brent LaRue, Tyler Dodds, Allan Lunkenheimer and Jon Reid ran a season-best time of 3:09.59 on Saturday afternoon to claim a first place finish and lead the Demon Deacons on the final day of the Wake Forest Open at Kentner Stadium.

In the final race of the day, LaRue, Dodds, Lunkenheimer and Reid teamed up to win the 4x400 meter relay. Their time of 3:09.59 ranks just three seconds shy of the Kentner Stadium record of 3:06.22. LaRue ran an impressive opening leg for the Deacons, as he handed off the baton to Dodds in first place. Dodds and Lunkenheimer maintained the lead throughout the relay before Reid quickly put the race out of reach with a strong final leg.

On the women's side, senior Nicole Castronuova led the way by turning in a season best time of 24.23 seconds in the 200 meter dash on Saturday afternoon to claim a first place finish in the event.

Freshmen Gwen and Maddy Ricco also notched successful performances in the 200 meter dash on the day, as Gwen earned a fifth place finish with a time of 24.52 and Maddy crossed the line in 24.87 seconds to finish in 13th place out of 141 runners. Another freshman standout, Myesha Barr, set an outdoor personal best record with a time of 25.85 seconds.

Georgia Tech-Georgia Battle to Tie in Women's Dual Meet

ATLANTA- The Georgia Tech-Georgia dual meet was contested on Saturday afternoon at the Griffin Track. In the women's dual, 18 total events were unable to decide it, as the meet ended in a 96-96 draw. For the men, Georgia earned a 123-63 win over the Yellow Jackets.

"We didn't line up to compete today with the intention of tying, but I'm very proud," said women's coach Alan Drosky. "The real winner today was track & field, as we saw a great, old fashioned, college dual meet between two great rivals,"

"I just wish we could've won one more point."

The women's meet went back and forth for the majority of the afternoon, but ultimately came down to the triple jump and the 4x400 relay, two events Tech captured to tie the meet.

In the triple jump, Jhanelle McLeod set a new career outdoor best with a mark of 40' 6" to win. In the final event of the afternoon, the Georgia Tech 4x400 team of Jasmine Isley, Jenae Anderson, Kellie Christian and Tiffany Grant crossed the finish line in 3:49.78 to pick up the victory and ultimately tie the dual.

Maryland Track Begins Outdoor Season

WILLIAMSBURG, Va. - The 2010 outdoor track and field season began with strong performances from the men's and women's programs this Saturday. Seven Maryland women placed first in their events.

Maryland's female student-athletes dominated the first 3,000-meter run of the outdoor season. Christina Nelson took first place with a mark of 10:02.46, followed by Ashley Campbell, Ashley Cromartie and Julie Fricke in second through fourth. Nelson's first place mark is ninth all-time at Maryland. Halsey Sinclair placed tenth in the long run.

Ashlyn Sinclair took first place in the 3,000-meter steeplechase with a mark of 11:22.21. Sinclair's mark is fifth all-time in Maryland history.

Tolulope Olugbemi won the 200 with a mark of 25.03. The senior also shined in the 100, earning second place with a time of 12.51 seconds.

Julie Fricke posted a second place finish in the 800 with a mark of 2:18.87. Halsey Sinclair followed in the fifth place at 2:22.69.

Boston College Men's Track at Northeastern Spring Open

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