Track & Field NCAA Championship ACCtion: Saturday, June 12

June 12, 2010

NCAA history made as Harrison completes sweep of hurdles
After stamping her name in the Virginia Tech record books throughout the 2010 track and field season, senior Queen Harrison made NCAA history on Saturday in the final day of the NCAA Outdoor Track and Field National Finals in Eugene, Ore., as she won the women’s 100-meter hurdles.

Tech’s women’s and men’s squads finished fifth and 10th, respectively, in the team standings. The Hokie women tallied 33 points, while the men finished with 20.50. The fifth-place showing for the Hokie women is the best finish ever for a Tech track and field squad, while the 10th-place effort is the best performance for the men‘s track and field team in program history. Texas A&M won the competition on both the men’s and women’s side. The Aggie women collected 72 points, while the A&M men notched 55, holding Florida off by one point.

Harrison captured the women’s 100-meter hurdles title with a time of 12.67, tallying her first national championship in the event. The crown marked Harrison’s second championship of the meet, after winning the 400-meter hurdles on Friday night with a school-record time of 54.55, marking the first time a woman has swept both hurdles events in the same national meet in NCAA history.

FSU Men Finish Strong In Last Day Of NCAA's
The sun didn’t poke through the clouds at Oregon’s historic Hayward Field on the final day of the NCAA Track & Field Championship, long after the Florida State men’s team began its breakthrough.

The Seminoles put three days of struggles behind them with a big, shiny finish to the four-day affair. Jump-started by a silver finish in the 4x100 relay, Brandon Byram added a bronze in the 200 and Brian Chibudu tacked on a sixth-place finish in the long jump, good for a 17-point final day haul that vaulted Bob Braman’s squad into a share of eighth place with 22 points.

It was an improbable rally for the FSU men, who entered the day tied for 32nd place with just five points, but finished with its sixth consecutive top 10 finish. 

Ti'erra Brown Claims Second All-America Honor of Championships
A day after she claimed her second straight runner-up finish in the 400m hurdles, junior Ti'erra Brown placed second in the 100m hurdles, Saturday afternoon at the University of Oregon's Hayward Field.

For the third time in 2010, Brown earned All-America honors. Her time of 12.84 seconds was behind only Virginia Tech's Queen Harrison at 12.67. During the indoor season, Brown placed third in the 60m hurdle final.

In her career, Brown has earned a total of five All-America honors and she accounted for 16 of Miami's 24 team points.

Women's 4x100m Relay Team Fourth at NCAA Outdoor Championships
Clemson concluded its 2010 outdoor season at the NCAA Championships on Saturday at Historic Hayward Field at the University of Oregon. Highlighted by a fourth-place showing on the final day by the 4x100m relay, the Clemson women's team finished in 18th place with 15 points. Texas A&M won the women's competition, while Oregon placed second. It was Clemson's sixth top-20 finish at the NCAA Outdoor Championships, but its first since the 2002 meet in Baton Rouge, LA. Texas A&M also won the men's team competition.

The 4x100m relay team had an excellent showing on a cool day in front of an electric crowd of 12,812. The team of Michaylin Golladay, Stormy Kendrick, Kristine Scott and Jasmine Edgerson put together a solid time of 44.12 and earned five points for the Tiger women's squad. It matched the best finish in Clemson history for the event, tying the 2001 team that had a time of 44.19.

It was Clemson's second All-America performance this season in a relay. During indoor season, the women's 4x400m relay placed fifth overall with a group of four true freshmen. Edgerson was the common link between the two relays, as she competed with both groups this season.

Hill Tops Stellar Season with All-America Honors
Ryan Hill, a freshman in track eligibility, was named an All-American today at the 2010 NCAA Outdoor Track and Field Championships in Eugene, Oregon. The Hickory, N.C., native finished seventh in the 5000 meters with a time of 13:53.99. He set the school record in that event earlier this season with a time of 13:44.36.

Hill, who also won All-America honors in cross country in 2009, also set the school record in the 1500 meters in April with a time of 3:40.81.

Ivy Places Eighth In 100 Hurdles Final
Senior Vanneisha Ivy closed her career at Carolina with an eighth-place finish in the women's 100-meter hurdles to earn her second outdoor All-America honors and fourth all-time. The 2010 NCAA Outdoor Track & Field Championships concluded on Saturday with both the Tar Heel men and women finishing with one point apiece.

Ivy, who broke the school record in the 100 hurdles at the East Regional, raced 13.24 in the final.

Carolina is slated to have three All-America honorees pending official announcement from the U.S. Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches' Association: Ivy for the women's 100 hurdles and Mateo Sossah and Daniel Keller for the men's decathlon. Stay tuned to for that official release.

Steve Marcelle Finishes 13th in Shot Put on Final Day of NCAA Outdoor Track & Field Championships
Georgia Tech senior Steve Marcelle finished 13th overall in the shot put on the final day of the 2010 NCAA Outdoor Track & Field Championships at Hayward Field in Eugene, Ore. Saturday.

The Green Bay, Wis. native recorded a mark of 58 feet, 6.75 inches on his third and final attempt of the field series to earn the 13th place finish. Unfortunately, the mark failed to place Marcelle in the top nine overall for a spot in the finals, as he missed out on ninth by just over two feet.

With the completion of today's event, Marcelle finishes off his banner career at Georgia Tech. He'll end his career as Tech's all-time leader in the shot put during both the outdoor and indoor season, along with carrying the all-time mark in the discus.

Cavaliers Wrap Up Competition at NCAA Championships
Senior All-American Meghan Briggs and sophomore Tara Karin wrapped up competition for the Cavaliers on the final day of the 2010 NCAA Outdoor Track and Field Championships at Oregon’s Hayward Field on Saturday.

Briggs, making her third-straight appearance at NCAAs, wrapped up her collegiate career with a 14th-place finish, throwing 155 7”. She won her third-straight ACC title in the javelin this year and finished runner-up at the prestigious Penn Relays.

Karin also competed in the today’s javelin competition – marking her first-ever NCAA Championship – taking 18th by throwing 151’ 2”.

Bottorff Closes Out NCAA Championships for Duke
Duke track and field freshman Juliet Bottorff finished 22nd in the women's 5,000m finals at the 2010 NCAA Outdoor Track & Field Championships hosted by the University of Oregon.

Bottorff posted a time of 16:38.26 in her first NCAA Championship appearance. The Newark, Del., native was one of two Duke freshmen, joining discus thrower Austin Gamble, to make the national championship meet. Bottorff placed eighth at the NCAA Eastern Preliminary Round to qualify for the event.

The Blue Devils sent six student-athletes to the 2010 Championships after three qualified in 2009. Gamble and Ryan McDermott both placed 20th in the discus and 3,000m steeplechase on day one, respectively, while Carly Seymour came in 22nd in the 10,000m. Day two saw Cory Nanni and Kate Van Buskirk both place 22nd in their respective 1,500m semifinals.