Track & Field ACCtion: Weekend of April 9-11

April 11, 2010

Williams, Putman Shine For Seminoles

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. - Junior Kimberly Williams opened her outdoor season in impressive fashion Saturday afternoon as she set the nation's top triple jump mark as she cleared 44-4.25 at the Seminole Invite.

"We didn't have a ton of athletes going today but we got some good work in and I think we are ready for next weekend," head coach Bob Braman said.

Williams cleared 44-2 in her opening jump before setting the nation's top mark in her sixth and final attempt. Joining Williams in the triple jump was Latera Davis who cleared 39-8.5 to claim fourth place.

Michael Putman turned in a stellar throw in the shot put as he earned a personal best and the second-longest throw of the outdoor season in the country with a mark of 60-11.25. Of Putman's six throws four cleared 60 feet something that only five athletes in the country have done this season.

Putman also turned in a top 10 regional performance in the discus throw as the Miami, Fla., native cleared 178-4 to earn the win.

Maryland Track Shows Progress at Mason Invitational

FAIRFAX, Va. - In Maryland's final tune-up before heading to the ACC Outdoor Championships next weekend, a small group of student-athletes set out to improve their marks at the George Mason Spring Invitational on Saturday. Only thirteen athletes competed in the meet for the Terrapins as the remainder of the team took the weekend off to prepare for the conference championships.

Men's hurdlers, women's field events and a stable of men's middle-distance runners headlined the day for the Terrapins.

Perhaps the most impressive performance of the day came in the men's 800-meter run. Tommy Friscia set a new personal-best, finishing second with a time of 1:50.50, granting the senior IC4A qualification. It was the second best time run by an ACC athlete this season. Calvin Wheeler and Jeff Dickson ran their best times of the season, crossing the line in 1:58.24 and 1:59.06, respectively.

Men's 4x100 Relay Shines at Hurricane Alumni Invitational

CORAL GABLES, Fla. - The University of Miami track and field teams saw numerous personal records fall in the first Annual Hurricane Alumni Invitational on Saturday at Cobb Stadium.

"I was very pleased with the performances today," said Director of Track and Field/Cross Country Amy Deem. "We have set ourselves up well for next weekend's ACC Championships."

The men's 4x100 relay made history in its first competition of the outdoor season. Cory Nelms, DeMarcus VanDyke, Travis Benjamin and Brandon McGee raced to a time of 40.15 seconds. The time was the fastest by a Miami relay team since the 1998 season and is the third fastest time in school history.

VanDyke was the third collegiate runner to cross the line in the 100m dash at 10.74 seconds. McGee finished in 10.88 seconds.

If not for a 2.2 meter per second wind reading, Ti'erra Brown would have set a new school record in the 100m hurdles. None the less, her time of 12.83 seconds ranks second in the nation this year. Takecia Jameson placed seventh in 13.73 seconds.

Tar Heel Seniors Supported With Strong Marks at Joe Hilton

CHAPEL HILL, N.C. - The University of North Carolina track and field teams celebrated the 2010 senior class on Saturday night while scoring 53 top-eight finishes and 11 personal records at their first home meet of the outdoor season, the Joe Hilton Carolina Fast Times. Of those 53 top finishes, 13 were first place giving the Tar Heels valuable competitive experience heading into next week's ACC Outdoor Championships.

Tasha Stanley and Zoey Russell went one-two in the women's 400 as they earned new personal records. Stanley ran in 54.60 and Russell in 55.95. Adding to the leaders for the 400 was Callie Pottinger who placed fifth in 57.77.

The 100-meter hurdles also saw a one-two finish for the women's squad with Vanneisha Ivy scoring first at 13.57 and LaToya James second at 13.94. Ivy also helped the 4x100 relay grab a first-place mark as she joined Malai Walker, Christine Johnson and Tyler Ford for the 45.53 finish.

NC State's Hill Sets Record, Leads Nation

RALEIGH, N.C. - On Saturday, the Wolfpack sprinters, jumpers and throwers competed at the Murray Neely Invitational at North Carolina A&T, while the distance runners competed at the Joe Hilton UNC Invitational in Chapel Hill.

In Chapel Hill, freshman Ryan Hill set a new school record to win the 1500 meters. The Hickory native's time of 3:40.81 is also the fastest in the nation for a collegian in that event for 2010. He broke a record that had stood for almost 40 years, as Jim Wilkins set the previous mark of 3:42.70 in 1972.

At the meet in Greensboro, sophomore Brittany McCain was a winner in the discus with a 53.25m (174'8") toss. Paige Eley took second place in the 200 meters with a 24.50 mark and finished third in the 100 meters at 12.11.

Virginia's Keveren Shatters 3000m Meet Record at Lou Onesty Invitational

CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. - Redshirt freshman Sean Keveren led the Virginia track and field team on the final day of competition at the annual Lou Onesty Invitational at Lannigan Field on Saturday afternoon by shattering the meet record in the 3000m. Keveren led nine individual and three relay champions on the day, finishing with a time of 8:27.47 to better the previous meet record of 8:34.64.

Junior Adams Abdulrazaaq, the defending ACC Champion in the 110m hurdles, started the day for the Cavaliers by winning the event in 14.19. Senior Lauretta Dezubay then won the 1500m, finishing with a time of 4:37.91. Senior Samantha Stafford was third in the event, earning a time of 4:41.44.

In the 800m, redshirt freshman Tasia Potasinski won the event with a personal-best time of 2:11.40 and senior Jen Hovland finished runner-up in 2:14.69. Redshirt sophomore Jayna McGehee was fourth in a personal-best time of 2:16.05, while sophomore Kacen Delphin ran her best race finishing sixth in 2:20.08.

Virginia Tech's Jodon Finishes Runner-Up in Pole Vault at Sea Ray Relays

KNOXVILLE, Tenn. - The Hokie pole vaulters finished second, third and fourth in the invitational section of the men's pole vault on the second day of the Sea Ray Relays in Knoxville, Tenn., Saturday.

Junior Jared Jodon led the Hokies with a runner-up finish in the event, clearing 17-02.75. Senior Yavgeniy Olhovsky also cleared 17-02.75, but finished third due to more misses at previous heights. Junior Hunter Hall took fourth with a vault of 16-10.75. On Friday, teammate Mike Miller won the open section of the men's pole vault with a clearance of 16-02.75.

Wake Forest Track Completes Spec Towns Open

ATHENS, Ga. - Sophomore Dina Nosenko won the women's 1,500m invitational on Saturday to lead the Wake Forest track & field team at the Spec Towns Open in Athens, Ga.

Nosenko crossed the line nearly eight seconds ahead of the second place competitor as she ran a personal-best 4:22.49. That time will likely rank her in the top-10 in the East Region this season. Graduate student Erin Redden turned in a time of 4:35.92 to finish fifth overall and sophomore Caitlin Crawford finished sixth with an outdoor best 4:39.87.

In the open 1,500m race, Whitney Curry, Kelly Laffey, and Katy Swain all turned in season-best times. Curry finished seventh at 4:54.72 while Swain took ninth at 5:04.21 and Laffey was 10th at 5:04.70.

Senior Alex Gove finished second in the open 200m race with a time of 26.05 and junior Katelyn Wohlford won the open 400m event in a season-best time of 59.49.

On Friday night, sophomores Sarah Brobeck and Carmen Green each recorded personal-bests in their respective events. Brobeck tossed the shot put 40-02.00 to finish 11th overall and Green took ninth in the hammer throw with a mark of 141-01. The duo then took seventh and eighth respectively, in the discus on Saturday as Brobeck marked 129-07 and Green 125-05.

Blue Devils Wrap Up Final Meet Before ACC Championships

CHAPEL HILL, N.C. - In its final meet before the ACC Championships, the Duke track and field program had several strong showings at the Joe Hilton Carolina Fast Times, hosted by North Carolina.

Two Devil pole vaulters posted personal records on Saturday afternoon, starting with Tony Shirk, who finished third overall. Shirk's jump of 5.05m (16-6.75), a personal high, is also tied for the No. 3 all-time record at Duke. Not to be outdone, Amy Fryt set a personal record with a jump of 4.10m (13-5.25) to take first on the women's side. In addition, the Greensboro, N.C., native's mark is the Blue Devils' No. 2 all-time record.

Saturday's results were highlighted by the men's 1,500m run as well with 10 Devils taking part on the men's side. Cory Nanni led the way for Duke with a second-place effort.