NCAA Outdoor Track & Field ACCtion: Friday, June 7

June 8, 2013

Men's Team Scores
4 - Florida State (21.5 points)
T12 - Virginia Tech (14 points)
T49 - Duke (2 points)
T55 - Clemson (1 point)

Women's Team Scores
T32 - Clemson (5 points)
T38 - Duke (2 points)
T38 - NC State (2 points)
T46 - Virginia (1 point)

A Shot Of Locke & Harris

EUGENE, Ore. - Dentarius Locke and James Harris combined for 16.5 points Friday, propelling the Florida State men's track & field team into fourth place entering Saturday's finale at the NCAA Outdoor Championship meet.

Finishing second in the 100-meter finals, Locke's wind-aided 9.91 seconds was just a lean shy of TCU's Charles Silmon (9.89) in one of the swiftest full-field finals in recent years.

Harris' two-event performance was nothing less than amazing. Within minutes of finishing in a tie for fourth in the high jump (2.24m/7-4.25), the junior summoned up a fifth-place finish in the 400-meter finals in 45.56.

Two more Hokies earn All-America status

EUGENE, Ore. – With only two members of the Virginia Tech track & field team competing on day three of the NCAA Outdoor Track & Field Championships at Hayward Field, both walked away with All-America honors as Martina Schultze earned first team accolades and Ronnie Black took second team.

With both events going on simultaneously, Schultze was the first to enter her event after passing the first height. The sophomore cleared her first two heights of 13-3½ (4.05m) and 13-7¼ (4.15m) on her first attempts before passing on the next height. After a missing at 13-11¼ (4.25m), Schultze regrouped and cleared the bar on her next attempt.

Harrison Takes Fourth Place in 400 Hurdles at NCAA Outdoor Championships

CLEMSON, SC - Clemson sophomore Keni Harrison finished fourth in the 400 hurdles Friday at the NCAA Outdoor Track & Field Championships in Eugene, OR. Her finish was the best in program history for a female in the 400 hurdles, highlighting day three for the Tigers from Historic Hayward Field.

Harrison clocked a time of 55.75 in what turned out to be the fastest competition in NCAA history, as Stanford sensation Kori Carter set a collegiate record with a winning time of 53.21. The previous best finish by a Tiger female in the 400 hurdles was sixth by Nikkie Bouyer in 1999. Harrison is in line for her first individual first-team All-America honor with the performance.

Ross Breaks School Record at NCAA Championships

EUGENE, Ore. – Redshirt senior Cydney Ross smashed the Duke school record in the women’s 800, running a time of 2:02.48 to finish seventh and earn first team All-America honors at the 2013 NCAA Outdoor Track and Field Championships, Friday, June 7 in Eugene, Ore.

The St. Louis, Mo., native went out hard to begin the race, running the first 400 in approximately 58 seconds just behind Louisiana State’s Natoya Goule. Ross maintained second place for 600 meters but was unable to hold her position in the final surge. However, her time broke the school record, formerly held by Devotia Moore, by nearly a second.

Shepherd, Williams Snare All-America Honors

EUGENE, Ore. – Senior jumper Karimah Shepherd capped her collegiate career with her fourth All-America award, while redshirt junior Nathaniel Williams earned his second-career honor in the men’s discus on the third day of competition at the 2013 NCAA Outdoor Track and Field Championships at the University of Oregon Friday afternoon.

Shepherd, who earned first-team All-America recognition with her seventh-place performance in the women’s long jump on Wednesday, used a lifetime-best mark in Friday’s triple jump – a 43’ 1.00” (13.13”) leap – to finish in 13th place and collect second-team All-America honors.

Lafond Sets School Record at NCAA Championships

EUGENE, Ore. – Sophomore Thea LaFond broke the school record in the triple jump at the NCAA Outdoor Track and Field Championships Friday evening. On her first jump, Lafond recorded a distance of 43-5.75, breaking her previous personal best of 42-11.75. Until today, Lafond shared the school record with Marchelle Payne, who also cleared 42-11.75 back in 1993.

Lafond finished 10th overall in the women’s triple jump, with the winning jump of 44-9.75 coming from Shanieka Thomas of San Diego State. Lafond will shift her focus to the high jump, which begins at 3:45 p.m. on Saturday.

McLeod, McKee Compete In Triple Jump At NCAA Championships

EUGENE, Ore. – Georgia Tech track and field senior Jhanelle McLeod and junior Julienne McKee finished 14th and 22nd, respectively, in the triple jump Friday night at the 2013 NCAA Outdoor Championships at Hayward Field on the University of Oregon’s campus.

Making her first career NCAA appearance, McLeod leaped to a distance of 12.92m (42-4.75) for 14th place. McLeod excelled in the triple jump throughout the outdoor season. The Kingston, Jamaica, native took first in the triple jump at the ACC Outdoor Championships to earn All-ACC first team honors. Two weeks prior at the Florida Relays, she won the triple jump and set a new school record with a distance of 13.39m (43-11.25).

Overstreet's All-America Leads Tar Heels

EUGENE, Ore. - Sophomore Cameron Overstreet took 16th in the women's pole vault Friday, claiming second-team All-America honors to lead Carolina and close out the Tar Heels' showing at the 2013 NCAA Division I Outdoor Track & Field Championships at Historic Heyward Field.

UNC also had two competitors in the women's triple jump on Friday, in addition to Lianne Farber (1,500) and Clayton Parros (400) competing earlier in the meet.

Williams Finishes Career at NCAA Championship

EUGENE, Ore. – Samantha Williams competed in the women’s triple jump Friday, representing the University of Miami track and field program at the NCAA Division I Championships.

The senior posted a mark of 12.69m (41’ 7.75”) to place ninth in her flight. Williams finished 20th overall in the group of 24 competitors.

Strehler Competes in 5000m at NCAA Championships

EUGENE, Ore. - Virginia junior Barbara Strehler represented the Cavaliers during day three of the NCAA Outdoor Track and Field Championships Friday at Hayward Field. Strehler placed 22nd in the women's 5000m as she made her NCAA Track & Field Championships debut.

Strehler finished in a time of 16:39.68 to cross the line in 22nd place. She had run a PR of 16:07.70 at the NCAA East Preliminary meet in Greensboro, N.C., the fourth-best time in school history, two weeks ago to qualify for the meet.