Track & Field ACCtion: April 22-25

April 25, 2010

Rolle, Padgett Lead Tigers on Final Day at Penn Relays

PHILADELPHIA - Clemson track & field concluded action from the 2010 Penn Relays on Saturday. A victorious effort in the open hammer throw by Alex Padgett and third place showing in the 110 hurdles championship by Charlton Rolle highlighted the Tigers' efforts on the final day at Historic Franklin Field.

Rolle placed third in the championship final of the high hurdles. He posted a time of 14 seconds flat and edged South Carolina All-American Johnny Dutch at the finish line for his third place effort. Rolle had an outstanding weekend, as he helped the men's shuttle hurdle relay team to victory in the championship of America on Friday.

Padgett won the collegiate section of the hammer throw. The red-shirt junior from Rock Hill, SC hit a mark of 193'11" to top the competition. Padgett is coming off an ACC championship weekend in which he placed fourth in both the shot put and hammer throw. He ranks second all-time in school history in the hammer throw behind teammate Zach Berg.

Duke Records Fall on Final Day in Philadelphia

PHILADELPHIA - The Duke track and field team completed a successful trip to Philadelphia for the 116th annual Penn Relays Saturday with two Blue Devil relay teams rewriting the school record books.

On the men's side, Duke turned in the No. 2 all-time performance in school history in the 4xmile, clocking 16:22.77. The team, which consisted of Joshua Lund, Ryan McDermott, Bo Waggoner and Cory Nanni, eclipsed their own mark of 2:32.40 set in 2009. The group's time was .44 seconds shy of the all-time Duke mark of 16:22.34, set in 1973. In addition, Nanni's split of 3:59.5 was the third fastest of any competitor on the day.

2010 ACC Champion John Austin, who has finished no lower than second this season, captured another first-place finish on Saturday in the javelin. Austin's throw of 220-feet, 7-inches was tops in the field by nearly seven feet.

Nole Sprinters Shine Again

PHILADELPHIA - For the second straight day the FSU women's 4x100m relay squad posted a 44.30 at the prestigious Penn Relays en route to a fifth-place finish.

The group of Marecia Pemberton, Candyce McGrone, Danielle Jeffrey and Teona Rodgers ran the ninth-fastest time in school history on Thursday with their 44.30 before equaling that mark on Friday.

The same exact foursome teamed up an hour later for the opening heats of the 4x200m relay and combined to run the fourth-fastest time at 1:33.52. The Seminoles will battle for the 2010 championship at 2:35 p.m. on Saturday.

The men's distance medley relay team closed out the Seminole action at the Penn Relays on Friday as the group ran a 9:42.86 in the event to earn seventh place.

Jackets Finish Up Action at Penn Relays

PHILADELPHIA - Several members of the Georgia Tech men's and women's track & field teams registered several impressive finishes at the 125th Penn Relays at Franklin Field in Philadelphia, which finished up on Saturday afternoon

On Saturday, Tech was led by seniors Alphonso Jordan and Omar Morrison, who finished fourth in championship and college divisions of the triple jump, respectively. Jordan posted a mark of 52 feet, 2.5 inches in the finals, while Morrison finished with a leap of 48 feet, 10.25 inches.

Yesterday, sophomore Jhanelle McLeod also finished fourth in the women's portion of the triple jump with a mark of 40 feet, 0.75 inches. Meanwhile, on the first day of competition on Thursday, sophomore Bianca Stewart finished second in the high jump (5 feet, 7.75 inches), while Mary Kate DuBard was seventh in the 10,000 meter championship (35:15.67).

Maryland Women Run Fastest DMR of the Season at Penn Relays

PHILADELPHIA - The University of Maryland track and field program sent ten relay squads, three throwers and one long jumper to the Penn Relays this weekend, achieving moderate success across the board.

Four Maryland student-athletes put together the fastest distance medley relay of the season this weekend. Julie Fricke (3:38.84), DeAnna Brown (54.78), Ashley Cromartie (2:13.90) and Christina Nelson (4:54.03) combined for a time of 11:41.55, earning the quartet eighth place.

On the men's side, Legonn Haskins, Jeremy Samuels, Floyd Hawkes, and John Davenport ran the second-fastest 4x200-meter relay in Maryland history. With a time of 1:27.40, the four men took 26th place.

Hurricanes Wrap Up Penn Relays

PHILADELPHIA - The University of Miami men's 4x100, women's 4x400 and junior Ti'erra Brown all competed in the final day of the Penn Relays at The University of Pennsylvania's Franklin Field on Saturday.

After qualifying for the 4x100 Championship of America on Friday with a preliminary time of 40.40 seconds, the quartet of Cory Nelms, DeMarcus Van Dyke, Travis Benjamin and Lamar Miller placed fifth on Saturday with their second-best effort of the season at 40.35 seconds.

In the College Women's 4x400 College Final, Tameka Jameson, Ti'erra Brown and Takecia Jameson ran to a sixth place finish in a time of 3:40.53 seconds.

Brown also competed in the College Women's 100m Hurdles Championships, where for the fourth time this season, the Hampton, Va. native broke the 13 second mark finishing fourth in 12.94 seconds.

Tar Heel Relay Teams Finish Strong at Penn Relays

PHILADELPHIA - The University of North Carolina finished competition at the Penn Relays on Saturday with both the men's and women's 4x400 relays tagging top-three finishes and Donte Nall taking home fourth place in the high jump.

The men's 4x400 relay placed third in the college section of the finals, running 3:09.46. Charles Cox, Ian Williamson, Reynaldo Radlin and Clayton Parros ran the legs.

Christine Johnson, Elizabeth Mott, Tasha Stanley and LaToya James tackled the women's 4x400 college section and placed second. They ran in 3:38.18.

Donte Nall reached an outdoor season-high 7-1 in his fourth-place clearance in the high jump. That mark ranks him in the top 20 in the country for that event.

NC State's North Runs 5,000 Meters at Penn Relays

PHILADELPHIA - Kayla Lawson and Andrew North competed for the Wolfpack at the Penn Relay Carnival today in Philadelphia. Lawson turned in a 1.71 meter (5'7.25") mark in the high jump to finish in a tied for ninth, while North was 13th in the 5000 meters, running 14:37.92.

North competed in a field of 41 runners in the college division and posted his best mark of the season in the 5k.

Cavaliers Win 4x800m Championship of America Title at Penn Relays

PHILADELPHIA, Pa. - Virginia's track and field team made history Saturday afternoon on the final day of the 116th Penn Relays at historic Franklin Field. In front of a record-breaking 54,310 fans, the Cavaliers' 4x800m relay team won their event to snap a 67-year drought for Virginia in Championship of America relay events.

In what turned out to be a rematch of the 2010 NCAA Indoor Championships, freshman indoor national champion Robby Andrews was once again victorious against Oregon's Olympian Andrew Wheating and Penn State's All-American Ryan Foster. Coming around the final turn, Andrews used his kick to outdistance Wheating and Foster and anchor the Cavaliers' quartet of senior Alex Bowman, sophomore All-American Lance Roller and junior Steve Finley to Virginia's first relay title since the Cavaliers won the 4x120 yard shuttle hurdle relay in 1943.

Virginia Tech's Harrison Wins Penn Relays' Women's Individual Athlete of the Meet

BLACKSBURG, Va. - Senior Queen Harrison earned the Penn Relays Women's Individual Athlete of the Meet award, and three school records fell in the Virginia Tech track and field squads' final day of the Penn Relays on Saturday in Philadelphia, Pa.

After wind negated two school-record times in the women's 100-meter hurdles for Harrison in last night's prelims and at the ACC Championships last weekend, finally the Richmond, Va., native ran a school-record time in the race that was wind-legal on Saturday. Harrison clocked a 12.61 in the event to win the Penn Relays title. The time broke Harrison's old school record of 12.65, set at the Florida Relays earlier this season, and also set a Penn Relays record, breaking the previous mark of 12.70 set in 2000. With the stellar effort, the Penn Relays named Harrison Women's Individual Athlete of the Meet. Senior Kristi Castlin finished third in the event with an impressive time of 12.94.

Demon Deacons Wrap Up Day Two of Penn Relays

PHILADELPHIA - Senior Brent LaRue finished third in the men's 400m hurdles to lead the Wake Forest track & field contingent on day two of the Penn Relays.

LaRue got the day started bright and early with strong finish in the men's 400m hurdles. He finished third overall out of 43 competitors with a time of 50.93.

The Kernersville, NC, native then joined fellow seniors Tyler Dodds, Jon Reid and freshman Sean Lunkenheimer in the prelims of the 4x400m relay. The team finished with a time of 3:11.10 but was 12th in the field and only the top-8 advanced to Saturday's final.

The women's 4x1,500m relay team of Anna Nosenko, Caitlin Crawford, Erin Redden and Casey Fowler finished ninth with a solid time of 18:21.01. Nosenko opened the race with a good leg of 4:21.50 while Crawford came around in 4:37.90 and Redden clocked in a 4:37.80. Fowler closed out the race with an anchor leg of 4:43.80.

Hokies' Judge, Phillips Win Events at Vertklasse Meet

HIGH POINT, N.C. - The Virginia Tech track and field squads captured two event titles on Sunday at the Vertklasse Meet in High Point, N.C., to cap a strong weekend for the Hokies.

Sophomore Eddie Judge began the string of victories, winning the men's 1,500-meter run with a season-best time of 3:49.14. In the women's 1,500-meters, sophomores Sammy Dow and Lauren Lemieux crossed the line in second and third, respectively. Dow clocked a 4:34.87, while Lemieux posted a time of 4:37.59.

The women's pole vaulters claimed the top three spots in the event on Sunday for Tech. Junior Kelly Phillips won the pole vault with a clearance 12-05.50, while freshman Emma DeJarnette and senior Elise Birnbaum both cleared a height of 11-09.75. DeJarnette finished second with less misses than Birnbaum to earn the tie-breaker.

Wake's Sensing and Brobeck Win Shot Put at Vertklasse

HIGH POINT, N.C. - Senior Thomas Sensing and sophomore Sarah Brobeck each won the shot at the 2010 VertKlasse Sunday evening in High Point, NC.

Sensing turned in a mark of 53-01.00 to win the men's shot put while Brobeck posted a 39-07.25 to win the women's event. Senior Carly Mauch also turned in a solid mark of 123-05 in the women's javelin to win that event. Brobeck finished third in the javelin at 109-11.

In the men's javelin, freshman Ben Lincoln, fresh off his All-ACC performance last weekend, had a toss of 208-04 to finish first while Sensing came in at 182-03 and Stephen Castillejo posted 177-09.

Sophomore Myesha Barr won the women's 100m dash with a time of 12.29 while redshirt junior Kim Vos ran a season-best 2:12.98 in the women's 800m run to finish second. Hannah McArdle also turned in a season-best in the 800m with a time of 2:20.63.

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