Track & Field ACCtion: Weekend of April 2-3.

April 3, 2010

Pemberton Runs NCAA's Fastest 100m Time
The Florida State track and field teams (Men- No. 4/ Women- No. 5) continued the push upward Saturday night at the Texas and Florida Relays by having five Seminoles set top 10 NCAA performances including a nation leading 100m time of 11.20 by freshman Marecia Pemberton. FSU will wrap up competition Saturday at both meets.

The women’s sprints group dominated the Florida Relays with three ‘Noles setting top 10 times in the NCAA.

In the newcomer’s second performance as a Seminole, Pemberton blew past the competition as she captured first place in the 100m with a time of 11.20. Pemberton’s time matched FSU’s top performance on the all-time performance list in program history. Danielle Jeffrey finished in 12th place in the same event with a time of 11.61.

Virginia Tech Women's 4x400-meter relay squad runs top time in the nation
In the second day of action at the Florida Relays in Gainesville, Fla., on Saturday, the men’s field units continued their strong meet, while the women’s 4x400-meter relay squad put up the top time in the nation for the Virginia Tech track and field squads.

The men’s pole vault unit started the fireworks for Tech, as three Hokies placed in the top seven. Junior Jared Jodon set an outdoor career best, clearing 17-06.50, edging teammate senior Yavgeniy Olhovsky in a jump-off for second place in the event. Olhovsky also cleared 17-06.50 in the third-place effort. Finishing seventh, junior Hunter Hall vaulted 16-10.75. Jodon and Olhovsky’s mark ties for the fourth-best vault in the country.

After taking second last night in the men’s discus throw, senior Igor Misljenovic added another runner-up finish on Saturday in the shot put. The Zagreb, Croatia, native notched an outdoor career best in the event with a throw of 59-05.50.

Carolina Finishes Triple-Meet Weekend On High Note
Parker Smith won the men's pole vault at the Duke Invitational, marking North Carolina's only first place nod in its triple-header weekend. The track and field program finished up competition on Saturday.

Smith cleared 16-8 3/4 to take first, a full eight inches ahead of teammate Scott Houston who brought in second place for Carolina at 16-0 3/4. Multis Daniel Keller and Chadd Pierce also pole vaulted with Keller reaching 15-3 and Pierce 14-1 1/4.

Kwabena Keene threw for a busy weekend with a fourth-place finish in the discus and a fifth-place finish in the shot put. For the discus throw, Keene threw 169-7 for a new personal best in the event. Joining him in the discus were fifth-place Emory Parsons at 163-0 and Mateo Sossah at 140-11.

Pair of Clemson Women's Relay Teams Set School Records in Florida
Clemson established school records in the women's 4x200m and shuttle hurdle relays on Saturday to highlight the Tigers' final day of action at the Pepsi Florida Relays. Patricia Mamona also won the women's triple jump on Saturday, giving Clemson a solid showing in the field events throughout the weekend.

The women's 4x100m relay team finished third out of 30 teams with a time of 44.47. Clemson finished ahead of the likes of Florida State and Virginia Tech out of the ACC. The relay team was comprised of Michaylin Golladay, Stormy Kendrick, Kristine Scott and Jasmine Edgerson. In the men's 400m relay, Clemson's team of Charlton Rolle, Miller Moss, Warren Fraser and Justin Murdock finished ninth with a time of 40.58. 

Georgia Tech Finishes off Action at Auburn Tiger Track Classic
The Georgia Tech track & field teams took part in the second and final day of the Auburn Tiger Track Classic at the Hutsell-Rosen Track in Auburn, Ala. on Saturday.

First on the women's side, things got underway with the 100m dash, where Taylor Davidson finished 11th overall after crossing the finish line in 11.86. In the 200-meter dash, two Yellow Jackets registered top ten finishes. Kellie Christian placed seventh overall with a time of 24.33, while Davidson had an impressive ninth place finish in 24.39. Christian also registered a top ten finish in the 400-meter dash in eighth with a time of 55.82.

In the 800-meter run, Jade Sims finished eighth overall in 2:14.51, while teammate Amanda Montgomery finished 11th in 2:16.61. In the 1500-meter run, Mary Kownack earned another top-ten finish for the Jackets in tenth after crossing the finish line in 4:46.92. Teammate Felicity Brower finished right behind in 11th in 4:57.70.

NC State Strong in Field Events at Duke Invite
Reggie Reese, a senior from Raleigh,was the top performer for the NC State men’s team in the second day of competition at the Duke Invitational, which was held in Wallace Wade Stadium. Reese won the 100 meter dash with a time of 10.66, finished fourth in the 200 meters with a 21.46. clocking and ran the second leg of the Wolfpack’s runner-up 4x100 meter relay squad.

The Wolfpack took first-place in both shot put competitions, as Jason Jones, a senior from Salisbury, threw an 18.28m (59’11.75”) and Lawanda Henry, a sophomore from Dunn, won the women’s shot with a 15.84m (51’11.75”) toss. Henry was the winner in the hammer throw during Friday’s events.

The women were strong in other field events as well, as Kayla Lawson finished second in the high jump (1.79m/5’10.5”) and Brittany McCain was the runner-up in the discus, posting a 45.55m (149’0.5”) mark.

Gamble Breaks Duke Discus Record in Devil Debut
The Duke track and field teams wrapped up day two of the Duke Invitational Saturday evening at Wallace Wade Stadium. The meet, featuring over 1,500 athletes was the Blue Devils' first home meet of the year.

Michael Barbas began the day with a fourth-place finish in the shot put. Barbas recorded a personal best in the event with a throw of 16.67m (54-8.25), which was also an IC4A qualifying performance.

Continuing in the field events, Austin Gamble made his Blue Devil track debut, competing in both the shot put and the discus. Gamble came in 18th in the shot put with a throw of 13.18m (43-3), but set a new Duke school record in the discus with a throw of 53.45m (175-4) to take second. In addition to meeting the IC4A standard, his performance currently ranks fourth in the nation.

Brent LaRue Sets School-Record In 400 Hurdles At Tiger Track Classic
Senior Brent LaRue won the men's 400m hurdles in a school record time of 50.60 and junior Anna Nosenko won the women's 1,500m run to lead the Wake Forest track & field team at the Auburn Tiger Track Classic Saturday afternoon.

LaRue came into weekend with a personal-best time of 51.74 in the 400m hurdles. He then went out on Saturday and blew away the field with a new school record of 50.60, breaking Phillip Warsaw's old-mark of 51.60 which he set back in 2007. LaRue's time is now the third-best time in the East Region this season.

The Kernersville, NC, native then jumped a personal-best 23-05.25 to finish third in the men's long jump. He bested his previous best by almost six inches. To cap the day, LaRue joined Allen Lunkenheimer, Tyler Dodds and Jon Reid for the men's 4x400m relay. The team finished second with a season-best time of 3:08.48.