NCAA Outdoor Track & Field ACCtion: Friday, June 8

June 8, 2012

Ziegler Wins Second Straight NCAA Title in Hammer Throw

DES MOINES, Iowa - Junior Alexander Ziegler (Dischingen, Germany) won his second straight national title in the hammer throw as the Virginia Tech track & field team competed Friday on day three of the 2012 NCAA Outdoor Track & Field Championship at Drake Stadium. In addition, senior Hasheem Halim was fourth in the triple jump, sophomore Darrell Wesh placed fourth in the 100 meters and redshirt senior Joe Davis was seventh in the pole vault to earn points for the Hokies.

In the team race, the Hokie men stand second overall with 28 points, after 14 of 21 events scored. Florida leads with 36 points. Last year, the Hokies finished a program-best fifth with 36 points. Tech has one more scoring opportunity tomorrow with senior Michael Hammond in the 1500 meters.

Ziegler was dominant as he won the NCAA title in the hammer throw with a personal best mark of 248-7 (75.78m) on his fifth attempt. Ziegler's winning throw was a PR by over two meters and gave him the Olympic Games "B" standard. He now ranks as the No. 8 all-time collegian in the event, just one spot behind his former Tech teammate and national champion, Marcel Lomnicky (248-10, 75.84m).

'Noles Facing Uphill Climb

DES MOINES, Iowa - Uphill climbs entering the final day of the NCAA Championship meet competition have been the norm for the Florida State track & field team over the past four years, which means the Seminole men will be in familiar territory Saturday at Drake University's Jim Duncan Track.

FSU's championship aspirations suffered a blow when Maurice Mitchell and Kemar Hyman settled for third- and sixth-place in the 100-meter dash finals, managing just nine points in an event where they hoped to score a 1-2 finish and the accompanying 18 points.

Instead, the `Noles will head into Saturday's finale tied for 12th with 14 points, 22 behind rival Florida, which seized control with a pair of event wins Friday.

Pair of Tigers Score Top-Eight Finishes at NCAA Outdoor Championships

DES MOINES, Iowa - Clemson got on the board in the team scoring at the NCAA Outdoor Track & Field Championships with a pair of top-eight finishes at Drake Stadium on Friday. Marlena Wesh was sixth in the 400-meter dash, while Alyssa Kulik took home seventh place in the 3000-meter steeplechase. The two combined to score five points on day three for the Tigers.

Wesh followed up a fifth-place indoor national finish with a sixth-place effort at the national meet. She ran out of lane eight and set a fast early pace, and then hung on for a time of 52.13. It was Clemson's first-ever scoring effort at the NCAA Outdoor Championships in the women's 400 dash.

Kulik earned a podium finish for a second straight year in the steeple. The Clemson graduate out of Simpsonville, SC got out front early, but shuffled to the middle of the pack a third of the way through the race. She posted a time of 10:07.54 in the final.

Robinson Places Sixth in Triple Jump at NCAA Championships

DES MOINES, Iowa - Senior Marcus Robinson (Richmond, Va.) broke the school record in the men's triple jump and finished sixth as the Virginia track and field program finished the third day of the NCAA Outdoor Championships at Drake Stadium in Des Moines, Iowa, on Friday (June 8).

Robinson hit a mark of 16.46m (54' 0") on his sixth and final attempt to place sixth. He finished fifth in the event at the NCAA Indoor Championships in March.

In the men's hammer throw, senior Vincenzo Chiariello (Staten Island, N.Y.) finished 19th in his first NCAA appearance. He hit a mark of 60.66m (199' 0") on his third and final attempt.

King Takes Eighth in 800m Final, Earns All-America Honors for Third Time

DES MOINES, Iowa - Caroline King earned the third All-American honor of her career with an eighth place finish in the 800-meter run at the 2012 Outdoor Track & Field NCAA Championship Meet on Friday evening at Drake Stadium. The Scotia, N.Y. native completed the half mile in 2:05.77.

King took command on the break, but was overtaken by the eventual champion Nachelle Mackie of BYU (2:01.06) and Tennessee's Chanelle Price (2:01.49), who took third. The Eagle held firm in third into the bell lap, but the field collapsed around her on the final backstretch. King fought to the line, completing the race in eighth.

King concludes her career as one of Boston College's most decorated athletes. Across three sports, she earned three First Team and one Honorable Mention All-American honors, claimed two ACC 800-meter titles en route to six All-ACC accolades, won three ECAC and one New England championship on the track and anchored the women's program to its first-and-only Penn Relays event title. King qualified for track nationals four times, was named the 2011 Penn Relay College Women's Athlete of the Meet for Relay Events and became just the second Eagle to compete in three championship races in one academic year in 2011.

Thandi Stewart Earns All-America Honors at NCAA Championships

DES MOINES, Iowa - Sophomore Thandi Stewart of the University of Miami earned All-America status at the NCAA Track and Field Championships on Friday on the campus of Drake University. Stewart represented the Hurricanes with a personal-best 56.53 mark to finish fourth overall in the race.

The 400 meter hurdles has developed into a strength for the Canes, as Stewart makes it five-straight years that UM has had an All-American in the event. Ti'erra Brown won the NCAA national title last season in the race.

Stewart previously set her personal best with a 56.62 on Wednesday to qualify for the finals.

Anumba Earns First Team All-America Shot Put Honors

DES MOINES, Iowa - Sophomore Michelle Anumba earned First Team All-America honors and put Duke on the scoreboard by finishing in eighth place with an almost personal record throw of 56-3.0 (17.14) in the women's shot put at the 2012 NCAA Outdoor Track and Field Championships in Des Moines, Iowa, hosted by Drake University.

Anumba is the first female thrower in program history to finish with first team All-America honors. She also closed out a spectacular collegiate year including two first place finishes at both the indoor and outdoor ACC Championships, being named the 2012 ACC Indoor Field Event Most Valuable Player and earning Second Team All-America honors at the NCAA Indoor Track and Field Championships.

In her first throw of the evening, Anumba boomed a mark of 55-0.75 (16.78). The mark was good enough to put her in seventh place in the trials and therefore advance to finals.

Profit Finishes Ninth at NCAA Heptathlon

DES MOINES, Iowa - Maryland senior Kiani Profit was second in the heptathlon 800-meter run Friday in 2:10.71 and finished ninth overall in the two-day competition at the NCAA Division I Outdoor Track & Field Championships hosted by Drake University.

Profit scored 5,625 points in the event to finish ninth overall in an outstanding field. Her total is expected to earn her second team All-America designation when the honors are announced by the U.S. Track & Field / Cross Country Coaches Association on Monday.

She was 108 points behind Wisconsin junior Dorcas Akinniyi for the eighth and last scoring position. Oregon senior Brianne Theisen won her third NCAA title in the event with a meet record 6,440 points. Barbara Nwaba of UC Santa Barbara was second at 5,927, with Chelsea Carrier-Eades of West Virginia in third at 5,839.

Roberts, Moldovan, Taylor Compete at NCAAs

DES MOINES, Iowa - NC State seniors Sandy Roberts and Bobby Moldovan ran in the men's 5,000 meters on Saturday at the NCAA Outdoor Track and Field Championships, finishing 18th and 24th respectively in the final race of the day.

Redshirt freshman Tremanisha Taylor, in her second event of the meet, also competed, finishing 23rd in the women's shot put. They were among the nine total entries the Wolfpack sent to the national meet at Drake Stadium.

Senior Ryan Hill will conclude the Wolfpack's participation on Saturday, when he competes in the finals of the men's 1,500 meters. Hill had the fastest preliminary time in the event at 3:39.84, which is just off his school-record mark.