Track & Field ACCtion: Weekend of May 6-9

May 9, 2010

Walter Dix Sets Records In Last Day Of Seminole Twilight
Despite a weather delay that postponed competition for an hour, the Florida State track and field teams put on an exciting last home meet in the Seminole Twilight at the Mike Long Track. Former Seminole Walter Dix highlighted the day with a blistering 100m time of 9.98 that set a new FSU track record and then continued to break records in the 200m as he ran a time of 19.89. Both of Dix's performances today rank second in the world.

The Elite Section implemented in this meet for the first time was a success as several of the world's top athletes competed in front of Seminole fans. Throughout the thrilling day, fans were able to see new records broken and many of FSU's current athletes set some of the nation best performances.

The women's 4x100m foursome of Candyce McGrone, Marecia Pemberton, Danielle Jeffrey and Teona Rodgers ran the nation's second fastest time this season with an impressive time of 43.13 to capture first place.

Carolina Rejuvenates At Tony Waldrop Invite
Scott Houston highlighted the day with a new personal record and win in the pole vault as the University of North Carolina track and field teams hosted the Tony Waldrop Tar Heel Invitational on Saturday. This was Carolina's first meet since the exam break began after they competed at the Penn Relays in April.

Houston reached his new PR by nearly six inches clearing 17-4 1/2 for the first-place nod. Parker Smith placed second in the pole vault clearing 17-0 3/4.

Emory Parsons threw 171-even in the discus to take home a Tar Heel first-place, followed by Kwabena Keene in second at 168-10. Keene also claimed the top throw in the shot put, hurling 56-3 3/4 as fellow thrower Kyle Goodman took fourth in the shot at 51-7 3/4.

Berg, Golladay Break School Records Saturday at Orange & Purple Classic
Michaylin Golladay established a school record in the women's 100 hurdles on Saturday at the Orange & Purple Classic, one day after receiving her undergraduate degree from Clemson. Zach Berg also produced a personal best in winning the men's hammer throw, strengthening his hold on the school record in the event. In total, Clemson student-athletes combined to win 17 events on the final day at the school's last home meet of the 2010 season.

Golladay's brilliant run was not enough to earn the victory, with Virginia Tech All-American Kristi Castlin taking first place. However, it did not dampen the spirits of the Upper Marlboro, MD native. Golladay's previous legal-wind best had been 13.44.

Berg went well over his personal best in the hammer on Saturday. One day after participating in the commencement ceremonies for earning his degree in health science, the Tega Cay, SC native had a throw of 210'7" on his first attempt of the final round on Saturday. Berg's mark ranks among the best in the East Region.

Georgia Tech Takes Part in Georgia Invitational
The Georgia Tech women and men's track and field team's took part in the Georgia Invitational in Athens this afternoon. The Jackets carried a limited squad in the meet, but still registered some impressive finishes on the afternoon at the Spec Towns Track.

For the women, Jenae Anderson registered the first solid finish of the afternoon for Tech in the 100m dash, finishing sixth after crossing the finish line in 11.86. Also in the 100m dash, Taylor Davidson finished ninth with a time of 11.99. Anderson also placed in the top ten in the 200m dash with a mark of 24.17, which was a new personal-best.

In the 800m run, sophomore Jade Sims finished second overall after crossing the finish line in 2:15.94, while junior Leslie Njoku also recorded a second place finish in the 400m hurdles with a time of 1:00.01. Teammate Jasmine Isley finished right behind Njoku in the event in third place, crossing the finish line in 1:00.77.

Kehoe Honored at Maryland Twilight
The Maryland track and field program celebrated its final home meet of the season on Thursday, continuing to improve in various events.

Maryland started off the afternoon strong, taking the top three spots in the hammer throw. Kristen Batts, Jessie Echard and Moriah Young finished first through third with marks of 167-0, 162-04 and 156-09. Batts went on to take first in the discus throw with an impressive toss of 156-10.

Star senior Tommy Friscia led all competitors in the Jim Kehoe 800-meter run on Thursday. Friscia earned Maryland 10 points with his first-place finish at 1:52.30.

Deacon Track & Field Wraps-Up Busy Weekend
Sisters Dina and Anna Nosenko each turned in personal-best performances in the women's 1,500m run at the Oregon Twilight Meet in Eugene, Ore., Saturday night to cap a busy weekend for the Wake Forest track & field team.

The Demon Deacons were spread out at three different meets this weekend as they prepare for the NCAA First Round which is set for May 27-29, in Greensboro, NC.

Running in a very strong field, the Nosenkos were able to top their previous personal bests by almost two full seconds on Saturday. Dina took fifth in the event with a time of 4:20.45 while Anna was close behind in sixth at 4:21.19. Those times have the sisters comfortably inside the top-20 times in the East Region this season.

Reese Runs Season Best in 200 meters at Chapel Hill Meet
Raleigh senior Reggie Reese posted his fastest time of the season in the 200 meters, clocking in at 21.44 to finish 7th today at the Tony Waldrop Tar Heel Invitational in Chapel Hill. Reese also finished 6th in the 100 meter run.

Jason Jones, a senior from Salisbury, was the top finisher for the NC State men, throwing a second-place mark of 16.80m (55’01.50”) in the shot put.

Freshman Kris Kornegay-Gober posted a 2.05m (6'08.75") mark to finish fourth in the high jump.