Track & Field ACCtion: Weekend of March 26-27

March 27, 2010

`Noles Wrap Up FSU Relays
The Florida State track and field teams wrapped up the FSU Relays Saturday afternoon at the Mike Long Track. In the last day of its first home meet of the season, FSU was able to post seven top three finishes including the men’s 4x400m relay squad who set the NCAA’s best time this season with a mark of 3:06.93.

Leading the women were the 100m sprinters in Marcia Pemberton and Danielle Jeffrey. In her debut as a Seminole, Pemberton ran the NCAA’s second fastest time with 11.41 to earn first place, while Jeffrey posted the nation’s fourth fastest time with 11.62 to take second place.

Junior Teona Rodgers kicked-off her season in the 200m where the ‘Nole captured first place with an impressive time of 24.06. The time stands as 15th in the nation.

Virginia Tech Sprinters win three events in Atlanta
The Virginia Tech track and field squads’ sprinters continued their solid outdoor season at the Yellow Jacket Invite in Atlanta, Ga., on Saturday, as Tech won three individual titles on the day.

The Hokies swept the short hurdles competitions as senior Queen Harrison and sophomore Keare Smith captured first place in the women’s 100-meter hurdles and men’s 110-meter hurdles, respectively. Harrison clocked a 13.10 en route to her second consecutive victory in the race, while Smith earned a time of 14.45 for the win on the men’s side.

Sophomore Ogechi Nwaneri added a third victory in the sprints on the day for Tech. Nwaneri took first in the women’s 100-meter dash with a time of 11.57, only two-hundredths of a second off of her personal best in the race of 11.59.

Berg, Tromp Lead Tigers at Yellow Jacket Invitational
Xavier Tromp and Zach Berg picked up event victories and Clemson records over the weekend as the Tiger track & field teams took part in the 2010 Yellow Jacket Invitational at Georgia Tech's Griffin Track Complex. A few student-athletes did not make their outdoor season debuts Saturday, as anticipated. Most are expected to compete next weekend when the two teams travel to Gainesville, FL for the Pepsi Florida Relays.

One student-athlete that did compete for the first time since the ACC Indoor Championships was Tromp, who eclipsed former Clemson All-American Mitch Greeley's school record in the pole vault. He cleared 17'11" on his first attempt, a mark which will surely stand as one of the nation's best throughout outdoor season.

Berg won the men's hammer throw competition, which was held Friday evening. He did so by recording just one official mark. However, he hit on a throw of 204'1" to match the Clemson record set by Matt Helinski in 1997. Also in the throws, senior Linda Buchholz competed in the javelin for the first time this season and did not disappoint. She won the event with a throw of 147'6", holding off teammate Bethanie Wachna (141'5").

Cavaliers Complete Competition at Raleigh Relays
The Virginia track and field team completed competition at the Raleigh Relays at the Paul Derr Track on Saturday.

Senior Meghan Briggs finished runner-up in the javelin in her season debut with a throw of 160’ 10”, while junior Tara Karin was seventh with a mark of 141’ 3”. In the triple jump, freshman Dallas Rose finished third with a leap of 40’ 4”.

In the 4x800m relay, Virginia finished second with a time of 7:33.84 on the men’s side and the women’s team combined for a second-place time of 8:55.00.

Georgia Tech has Strong Day at Yellow Jacket Invitational
Georgia Tech hosted the second day of the Yellow Jacket Invitational at Griffin Track on Saturday. In all, four Tech men and two women won events on the day.

In the first track event of the afternoon, sophomore Mary Kate DuBard had a convincing victory in the 3000m Steeplechase, finishing in 10:48.33, beating her nearest competitor by 15 seconds. The mark was the second-best for DuBard on her career.

The next event of note for the Jackets was the 1500 meter run. On the women's side, sophomore Annie Martin registered a third place finish after crossing the finish line in 4:34.05. On the men's side, freshman Patrick Barron registered the first win of the day for the men's squad, finishing in 3:54.37. 

UNC Relays Shine To Finish Raleigh Meet
The women's 4x400 relay took home first place as the University of North Carolina track and field programs concluded competition at the adidas Raleigh Relays on Saturday, March 27th.

LaToya James, Christine Johnson, Zoey Russell and Callie Pottinger set the pace for the rest of the field finishing in 3:40.63. Carolina also entered a second 4x400 women's relay, consisting of Marisa Dobbins, Lea Anna Godwin, Gabby Gioia and Danielle Brock, which finished in 3:58.53.

The 4x800 women's relay finished third in 9:01.19 thanks to Pottinger, Dobbins, Godwin and Tasha Stanley. Johnson, Malai Walker, Russell and Vanneisha Ivy also ran the shorter 4x100 relay but the group did not finish the race.

Eleven First Place Finishes For Maryland
The University of Maryland track and field program celebrated eleven first place finishes at the Maryland Invitational this Saturday. The women's program placed first overall and the men took second.

All-American Kiani Profit posted ECAC qualifying marks and took first place honors in three events. In her first meet of the 2010 outdoor season, the star junior won the long jump with a mark of 19-00.05. The multi-athlete anchored the 4x400-meter relay team to victory in 3:47.27 and finished the 400-meter hurdles in 59.17, followed by Melony McKay in second place at 1:03.06.

Greg Kelsey crushed the competition in the 3,000-meter steeplechase, earning first place and IC4A qualification. The senior finished the run in 9:11.02, well under the IC4A qualifying time of 9:15.

NC State Completes adidas Raleigh Relays
The NC State men's and women's track and field teams completed action as it hosted the 2010 adidas Raleigh Relays. The prestigious national meet drew nearly 100 teams to Raleigh for the premiere event.

NC State senior sprinter Reggie Reese finished third in the 100m finals on the final day of competition Saturday.

Reese ran a 10.68 after posting a 10.58 in the semifinals on Friday.

Women's Relays Lead Deacons On Day Two Of Raleigh Relays
The women's 4x200m relay team broke the school record and finished fourth overall to lead the Wake Forest track & field team on the second day of the Raleigh Relays.

The team of seniors Caroline Vaughn, Nicole Castronuova and freshmen Gwen and Maddy Ricco crossed the line in 1:38.97 to finish third in its heat. That time broke the old mark of 1:39.08 which the team of Castronuova, Alex Gove, Erin Brooks and Katelyn Wohlford set last year at the Penn Relays.

The 4x800m relay team of Caitlin Crawford, Kim Vos, Hannah McArdle and Molly Binder also finished fourth with a solid time of 9:03.26. In the women's 4x400m relay, Vaughn, Gove, Wohlford and Myesha Barr turned in a time of 3:49.54 and finished 10th overall.