Track and Field ACCtion: April 9-11
April 12, 2009
FSU Records Eight Regional Qualifying Marks In Day Two Of The 2009 Seminole Invitational
The women had a great day for the Seminoles. Getting things started and in her first long jump appearance of the outdoor season, sophomore standout Kim Williams (Kingston, Jamaica), not only won the event at the 2009 Seminole Invitational, but did so in impressive fashion, setting a personal record with a mark of 21-00.75 (6.42m) which ranks first in the ACC and third in the nation. The mark also regional qualifies Williams and places her fourth in FSU history in the long jump.
Liz Mabry (Gulf Breeze, Fla.) put forth an excellent effort with a first place finish in the pole vault. Her mark of 13-01.50, a personal record for the junior, ranks first in the ACC this season and second in Seminole history. Mabry has now recorded regional qualifying marks in three meets (Disney Classic and Texas Relays) this season.
Seven Regional Marks Fall At Joe Hilton UNC Invitational
Also posting regional marks on the women's side were the hurdling duo of LaToya James and Elizabeth Mott. James clocked a personal-best 13.44 in the 100-meter hurdles as she won the individual title and claimed a regional mark to go along with her 400-hurdles mark set earlier this season. In the 400-hurdles Mott ran a 1:00.15 to claim a regional mark of her own as she took the top spot as well.
Tyler Ford cleared the 20-foot mark in the long jump as she took a first place spot as well when she tallied a top jump of 20-00.25. Ford became the first Tar Heel long jumper to reach a regional mark. The women's 4x400-meter relay squad also earned a regional mark as the quartet ran a 3:41.97 for their second regional mark of the year.
Smith Breaks Program’s All-Time 100m Hurdle Record
A pair of Cavalier All-Americans won the discus competitions, with senior Yemi Ayeni winning the men’s side with a season-best throw of 197’ 2”. Senior Billie-Jo Grant led the women with a season-best toss of 167’ 8”, while Caitlin Kelly finished runner-up with a mark of 159’ 2”.
Ayeni also finished third in the shot put, throwing 58’ 6.5”, while junior Eric Pickle threw a season-best 51’ 8.25” in the event.
Hokie Men's 4x100-meter relay squad sets school record
The quartet of freshman Keare Smith, freshman Nick Vaughn, sophomore Ebenezer Amegashie and freshman Keith Ricks clocked a 41.04 to set a Tech record in the 4x100-meter relay, earning sixth place. The unit broke the previous school record of 41.16, set in 2000 by Larry Austin, Darryl McCoy, Jevon Jenkins and Andre Davis.
The women’s 4x100-meter squad, consisting of senior Shakirra Pinnock, freshman Aunye Boone, freshman Leslie Arirguzo and freshman Ogechi Nwaneri took third in the event. The foursome crossed the finish line in 46.15.
Clemson Track & Field Competes at USATF State Meet
Stephanie Buffo, a sophomore from Spartanburg, SC, won the 3000m steeplechase. She turned in a time of 11:36.88, the second-best time in school history for the event behind only Jenny Barton (2006). Buffo led a sweep of the top three spots for Clemson athletes. Lauren Klas was runner-up, also turning in a personal best time (11:46.88). Lisa Brown (12:16.36) was third.
Lilla Fordos also earned a win for the Tiger track & field team. She crossed the finish line in the 1500m run with a time of 4:53.23, holding off teammate Taylor Hughes (5:00.75). Maggie Bernard (5:28.60) also competed in the event and was seventh overall.
Hurricanes Primed for ACC Championships After Strong Miami Elite
Led by seniors Murielle Ahoure and Krista Simkins, the women's 4x100 relay was the first collegiate team to cross the finish line and third overall at 44.39 seconds. Also on the team that earned a regional qualifying time was junior Kristy Whyte and sophomore Charlene Fuller.
Whyte, Simkins and Ahoure were joined by Tameka Jameson in the 4x400 relay that was the first collegiate team to finish, trailing only the women's Bahamas team, with a time of 3:37.51. As they did in the 4x100, the women earned a regional qualifying time.
Weinstein, Loughlin, & Fryt Lead Duke With Wins At UNC
Weinstein won the javelin with a throw of 201-08, another NCAA Regional and IC4A qualifier for the senior.
Loughlin, an All-East performer in the steeplechase in 2008, clocked 10:51.61 in the event to win and notch an ECAC mark. Her teammate, freshman Mary Carleton Johnston, completed the first steeple of her collegiate career in 11:29.13 to take third.
Jones Hits Third NCAA Mark in Shot Put
Another event winner was Kwame Boatwright in the high jump. Boatwright topped his previous-best by two inches with a height of 6'06.75"
Demon Deacons Complete Final Tune-up For ACC Championships
Brooks took the top spot in the long jump with a personal-best jump of 18-5.75. She also competed in the 100-meter dash and finished 11th overall with a time of 12.49.
Junior Alex Gove turned in a season-best time of 14.39 in the women's 100-meter hurdles to finish fifth in the race. She bested her previous season-best of 14.51, which she ran two weeks ago at the Raleigh Relays.
Boston College Women's Track & Field Takes Bronze at UMass Invitational
Maine won the event with a total of 178.50 points and UMass finished in second with 140.50. The Eagles totaled 131 points on the day while Williams College and Hartford finished fourth and fifth, respectively.
Huckins won the hammer throw with a toss of 50.03m which was the second-best mark in program history. She previously broke the record at the Stanford Invitational earlier in the season. She also took second in the discus with a throw of 42.95m which is also the second-best toss in school history.
Boston College Men's Track & Field Competes in UMass Invitational
UMass won the event with a total of 186 points while Central Connecticut State finished in second with 113. Williams, Maine and Westfield State rounded out the top five.
The 4x400m relay team won the event with a time of 3:20.36 while the 4x100m relay team took third place by crossing the finish line in 43.84.