Track & Field ACCtion: May 14-16

May 16, 2010

Seminoles Have Productive Weekend At Georgia Tech Invite
Sophomore Maurice Mitchell placed first in the finals of the 100m dash and helped the 4x100m relay take first as the Florida State Seminoles earned nine top five finishes overall in the final day of the Georgia Tech Invitational Saturday at George C. Griffin Track.

Mitchell finished with a time of 10.27 in the 100m win and the men’s 4x100m relay comprised of freshman David Ambler, junior Brandon Byram, Mitchell and junior Brian Chibudu recorded a 39.46 in the victory.

Placing second overall were sophomore Kevin Borlee in the 400m (45.40), senior Pilar McShine in the 800m (2:04.24) and the men’s 4x400m relay of junior Pablo Navarrete, Byram, Mitchell and freshman Darrin Gibson (3:07.76).

April Sinkler Highlights Standout Performances on Saturday at Georgia Tech Invitational
April Sinkler capped an all-around impressive weekend with a school record 6'1.25" clearance in the high jump at the Georgia Tech Invitational. Sinkler was the top collegiate finisher in the event and led an impressive string of performances by both Clemson track & field teams on Saturday at the George C. Griffin Track Complex.

Caroline Kennedy became the first female in Clemson history to clear the 13-foot mark in the pole vault on Saturday at the Georgia Tech Invitational. The recent graduate from Orlando, FL finished runner-up in the event with a school record 13'1.5" clearance on her first try. In fact, she hit her first three heights in consecutive jumps.

The women's 4x100m relay was runner-up on Saturday with a season-best time of 44.26. Clemson went with its ACC championship lineup once again, a group consisting of Michaylin Golladay, Stormy Kendrick, Kristine Scott and Jasmine Edgerson. The time was the third-best in Clemson women's track & field history, and it was the best since the 2001 group set the school record.

Yellow Jackets Finishes Strong on Day Two of Georgia Tech Invitational
The Georgia Tech women and men's track and field team's competed in their final home meet of the season on Saturday afternoon at Griffin Track, finishing off action at the 2010 Georgia Tech Invitational.

On the women's side, junior Joanna Wright registered the first solid finish of the afternoon for the Jackets in the pole vault. Her clearance of 12 feet, 1.50 inches placed her in a tie for fourth in the event. In Saturday's other women's field events, Terri Ann Grant finished seventh overall in the high jump with a mark of five feet, 8.75 inches, while in the discus, sophomore Bailey Wagner finished off her weekend with a third place finish overall after posting a mark of 157 feet, nine inches.

Ross, Vermeer Highlight Day 2 Results at GT Invite
The Duke track and field teams turned in solid results on day two of the Georgia Tech Invitational, hosted by the Yellow Jackets at Griffin Track, as Cydney Ross, Esther Vermeer and Chris Rowland led the Blue Devils in their respective events.

Ross clocked 55.42 in the women's 400m dash for the Devils' top time this season and the No. 3 all-time performance at Duke. The St. Louis, Mo., native's time trails only Janay McKie (54.44) and Courtney Botts (54.09) in the Devil records.

The women's team also received strong outings in the 800m run with Vermeer leading the way in 2:07.66, good for 10th place out in a field of 52 competitors. Leslie Morrison also finished in the top-20, clocking 2:10.12. Devotia Moore (2:10.75) in 22nd, Suejin Ahn (2:12.99) in 27th, Katie Apibunyopas (2:13.14) in 28th and Kate Van Buskirk (2:14.09 in 31st rounded out the Duke contingent. 

Hurricane Relays Dominate at Georgia Tech Invitational
The University of Miami track and field teams - with a No. 14 national ranking on the women's side - saw three relay teams dominate the competition in the final day of the Georgia Tech Invitational, Saturday at Griffin Track.

Cory Nelms, DeMarcus Van Dyke, Travis Benjamin and Brandon McGee broke the school record in the 4x100m relay. The foursome finished second in the race with a time of 39.60 seconds.

The women's 4x100 relay team, consisting of Charlene Fuller, Kristy White, Tarika Williams and Ashley Dukes, tied the fifth-best mark in UM history as they won the event in 43.96 seconds. It was the best 4x100 time in over four years for the `Canes.

Profit Sets School Record in Hurdles
Kiani Profit notched the fastest 400-meter hurdles time in school history at the 2010 ECAC/IC4A Division I Outdoor Track and Field Championships on Sunday. Her blistering mark of 57.35 earned the star junior second place in the finals.

Profit had a busy day, competing in four events. The junior, from Pasadena, Ca, took seventh place in the finals of the 100-meter hurdles with a mark of 13.93. Profit teamed up with Arielle Statham, Alexis Booker and DeAnna Brown in the 4x100-meter relay, earning eighth place at 46.51. Profit finished her day with the high jump, placing tenth with a mark of 5-05.

On the field, freshman Moriah Young celebrated an eighth-place finish in the shot put with a mark of 45-10.50. 

Hill Wins 1500m at Georgia Tech Invite
Ryan Hill led a field of 55 runners in the 1500 meters.

Wolfpack record holder Ryan Hill led a field of 55 runners to finish first in the 1500 meters today at the Georgia Tech Invitational in Atlanta. Hill, who set the school record in that event earlier this outdoor season and has posted the second-fastest time in the east region this year, clocked in at 3:41.93. The meet marked Hill's last before he enters NCAA competition in two weeks.

Geoff King also competed in the 1500 meters for the Wolfpack men, clocking in at 3:52.14 to finish fifth. The only other finisher on the men's side for NC State was Brian Himelright, who finished seventh in the 3000 meter steeplechase with a time of 9:20.61.

Coppadge Starts Strong In Aggie Classic Combined
Alexandra Coppadge finished the first four events of the heptathlon on Saturday at NC A&T's Aggie Classic to end the day at 3,201 points. The University of North Carolina track and field teams will compete at the same meet on Sunday.

Coppadge clocked 14.67 in the 100-meter hurdles and 25.82 in the 200 sections of the multi event. In high jump, she cleared 5-7 1/4 and threw 11.51 meters in the shot put. Coppadge will finish the combined by competing in the long jump, javelin throw and 800.

The rest of the Tar Heel squad will join Coppadge in Greensboro, N.C. on Sunday as they seek to raise their marks for NCAA Regional competition.

Anding Leads Cavaliers at ECAC/IC4A Championships
Sophomore Kevin Anding led the Virginia track and field team at the 2010 ECAC/IC4A Championships at Princeton on Saturday by putting in two of the program’s all-time top-10 performances. Anding finished the day with two personal-best times in the 200m and 400m and advanced to tomorrow’s finals in both events.

Anding’s fourth-place finish of 46.84 in the 400m ranks third at UVa, while his time of 21.34 in the 200m placed him eighth at the meet and ranks ninth on the program’s all-time list.

Junior Chidi Uche also advanced to tomorrow’s finals in two events – the 100m hurdles and 400m hurdles – while the Cavaliers will have junior Adams Abdulrazaaq and senior All-American Steve Delice competing in the finals of the 110m hurdles and 400m hurdles, respectively, tomorrow.

Hokie throws units continue stellar Georgia Tech Invite
After the Hokies throws units put together a stellar day one at the Georgia Tech Invitational, senior Igor Misljenovic continued the Hokie throws dominance in the final day of the meet on Saturday in Atlanta, Ga.

Misljenovic, who placed second in the men’s shot put last night, took second on Saturday, and was the top collegiate finisher, in the discus. He tossed a mark of 174-08 in the showing. The runner-up finish is the Zagreb, Croatia’s third top-two effort in the event this season, after winning the discus at the Florida Relays and the ACC Outdoor Championships. The Hokie throws units also swept the hammer throws on Friday evening, as junior Dorotea Habazin and sophomore Marcel Lomnicky took first in the men’s and women’s event, respectively.

In other action, sophomore Ryan Witt clocked a 1:50.82 in the men’s 800-meters, just missing his personal best of 1:50.74, to finish eighth in the race overall. Sophomore Hasheem Halim earned 11th in the men’s triple jump with a leap of 48-10.

Wake Forest Completes Final Tune-up For NCAA First Round
The Wake Forest track & field team completed its final meet this weekend at the very strong Georgia Tech Invitational before embarking on the NCAA First Round in two weeks in Greensboro, NC.

Senior Brent LaRue has had a good spring in the 400m hurdles and Saturday was no exception. He finished fifth in a time of 50.95, which was his second-best time of the year. In six 400m hurdle races this season, the Kernersville, NC., native has not finished any worse than fifth including a win at the ACC Championships last month.

LaRue also turned in a solid time of 14.04 in the prelims of the 110m hurdles on Friday night but did not advance to the finals. His best time this season of 50.60 in the 400m hurdles is sixth-best in the east region coming into the weekend.