Track and Field NCAA Championship ACCtion: Thursday, June 10

June 10, 2010

Patricia Mamona Captures Triple Jump Crown at NCAA Outdoor Championships
Patricia Mamona won Clemson's eighth NCAA event championship in women's track & field on Thursday when she captured the triple jump crown at a soggy Hayward Field at the University of Oregon. With her victory, she earned 10 points for the Tiger women's team and put Clemson in a tie for sixth place after two days at the national outdoor meet.

The victory was convincing, as Mamona led from start to finish in the second flight. As the last jumper in the finals progression, Mamona knew she had the championship wrapped up as she approached her final attempt. All she did was go out and break the school record of 45'9", set in 2005 by Clemson's most recent NCAA champion Gisele Oliveira. The native of Lisbon, Portugal put together a huge leap of 45'11.75", which sparked a huge celebration by Clemson's 11-time All-ACC performer. She had three jumps over 45 feet on Thursday, while her competitors combined for none.

It was the culmination of a terrific 2010 season for Mamona, who was indoor national runner-up in the event in March. She was ACC runner-up indoor and outdoor in the triple jump, and was also All-ACC in the heptathlon as well. She was instrumental in helping deliver indoor and outdoor ACC Championships to Clemson this season.

Profit Finishes Second at NCAAs
Kiani Profit of the University of Maryland posted the best time in the field in the 800-meter run to finish in second place in the women's heptathlon Thursday at the NCAA Outdoor Track & Field National Championships being hosted at historic Hayward Field.

Profit, a junior from Pasadena, Calif., finished with 5,682 points in the seven-event competition. Junior Brianne Theisen of host Oregon won the event with 6,094 points, while Alabama senior Chealsea Taylor was third at 5,617.

In fourth place heading into the 800, the final event of the seven-event competition, Profit ran 2:12.50 to top the 19 athletes who remained in the competition. Her time was worth 928 points in the 800, earning at least 150 points more than Taylor and Nebraska's Chantae McMillan to pass them in the standings and move from fourth to second.

Three Hokies achieve All-America honors in second day of NCAAs
Junior Dorotea Habazin tallied her second-career All-America honor, while junior Jared Jodon and senior Yavgeniy Olhovsky also claimed All-America honors during the second day of the NCAA Outdoor Track and Field National Finals on Thursday in Eugene, Ore. Habazin finished second in the women’s hammer throw, while Jodon and Olhovsky placed seventh and tied for eighth, respectively, in the men’s pole vault.

With the runner-up finish, Habazin earned her second-straight All-America accolade in the hammer throw. The Zagreb, Croatia, native came less than five feet short of winning her first national championship in the event, tossing 210-02. The winner, Nikola Lomnicka of Georgia, won the event with a mark of 215-01. Habazin, the school-record holder in the hammer throw, finished fourth in the event at the 2009 outdoor national meet.

In the men’s pole vault, junior Jared Jodon achieved All-American status for the first time in his Hokie career with a seventh-place effort in his first national finals. The Uniontown, Pa., native cleared 17-04.50 in rainy conditions to snag seventh place. Senior Yavgeniy Olhovsky also vaulted 17-04.50, but suffered more misses finishing tied for eighth, but still received All-America recognition. For the Petah-Tikya, Israel native, Thursday marked the sixth All-America accolade of his career.

Overcast In Oregon
On a rainy, overcast Thursday that still managed to draw a record crowd to Oregon's historic Hayward Field the Florida State track & field teams mustered only a few bright moments.

Brown Reaches Another National Championship Race
Ti’erra Brown earned a spot in the 100m final after a strong semifinal performance Thursday at the University of Oregon’s Hayward Field in the second day of competition of the NCAA Outdoor Track and Field National Championships.

A day after she qualified for the 400m hurdle national championship race, junior Ti’erra Brown – the No. 2-ranked 100m hurdler – placed first in the third and final 100m hurdle semifinal heat, with a time of 12.74 seconds.

Brown, along with Takecia and Tameka Jameson and Charlene Fuller also competed in the 4x400 relay. The foursome narrowly missed advancing to the finals, as they placed 10th with a time of 3:36.27 – the third-fastest time of the season. htt

Ivy Qualifies For Hurdle Final At NCAAs
Vanneisha Ivy will compete in the final for the women's 100-meter hurdles at the 2010 NCAA Outdoor Track & Field Championships after qualifying in the semi-finals. The University of North Carolina will also see action in the second day of the men's decathlon, the men's high jump and the women's 5000 through the weekend.

Ivy clocked in at 13.10 in Thursday's semi-final event. That time moves her onto Saturday's final, set for just after 11:00 a.m.

Parker Smith placed 11th overall in the men's pole vault final, just missing eligibility for All-America standing. The junior cleared 16-10 3/4.

Wake Forest 4x400m Relay Completes Season At NCAA Championships
The Wake Forest men's 4x400m relay team put forth a solid effort Thursday evening in the semifinals of the NCAA Championships at the historic Hayward Field but it came up short of advancing to Saturday's finals.

The team of seniors Tyler Dodds, Brent LaRue, Jon Reid and junior Allan Lunkenheimer finished sixth in a quick first heat with a time of 3:08.78. Mississippi State won the heat with a time of 3:04.70, which was very good on a rainy evening.

Dodds started the race for the Deacs and ran a solid opening leg before yielding to LaRue. The 400m hurdle school-record holder took the baton and ran a good lap but was unable to make up much ground on the leaders.

Collins and Fahringer Conclude Seasons at NCAAs
Virginia juniors Ryan Collins and Andy Fahringer concluded their seasons Thursday on the second day of the 2010 NCAA Outdoor Track and Field Championships at Hayward Field.

Fahringer, making his first appearance at the national meet, started the day for Virginia by finishing 18th in the javelin with a throw of 209’ 4”. Brown’s Craig Kinsley won the title, throwing 250’ 3”.

Collins, also competing in his first NCAA Outdoor meet, took 19th in the 10,000m. He finished with a time of 29:48.76, while Liberty’s Sam Chelanga won the title in 28:37.40.

Nanni, Van Buskirk Finish 22nd in 1,500m Semifinals
Duke track & field athletes Cory Nanni and Kate Van Buskirk both placed 22nd in their respective 1,500m semifinals Thursday, June 10 at the 2010 NCAA Outdoor Track & Field Championships.

Nanni, an All-ACC performer in the mile run this past indoor season, ran 3:53.04 for over 1,500 meters in his first NCAA Championship appearance. The junior from Bloomington, Ind., qualified for the championships after placing seventh at the Eastern Preliminary Round in a time of 3:43.52.

After earning All-ACC honors in the 1,500m earlier this season, Van Buskirk advanced to the NCAA Championship field by finishing 10th at the Eastern Preliminary Round in a personal-best 4:19.23. The Brampton, Ontario native posted a time of 4:28.65 in the semifinals on Thursday.