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AKRON, Ohio – Alex McCune made a run at the school heptathlon record while Shawn Barber and Alexis Cooks continued to shine as the Zips concluded the second and final day of the annual Akron Invitational Saturday at Stile Athletics Field House.
One day after Brittany Cheese recorded the fifth-best pentathlon score (3,727 points) in the history of women's program, McCune threatened to break the multi-event record on the men's side with a tally of 5,436 points, which stands second-best on the all-time list.
The sophomore, who started the day in third place through the first four events, won the 60-meter hurdles with a personal-record time of 8.21, then finished off the pole vault and 1,000-meter competitions to finish just 34 points short of former UA All-American Dan Kinsey's standard of 5,490.
In all, McCune finished third in a field of 14 competitors with teammates Bryan Jones (5,308) and Bjorn Johansson (5,271) flashing the Zips' deepth by placing fifth and sixth, respectively. Jones' total ranks fifth-best on Akron's all-time list while Johansson, who won the pole vault with a jump of 16-02.75, established a career high with his tally.
Meanwhile, Barber, the nation's No. 1-ranked pole vaulter, extended his win streak to four with a meet-record jump of 18-03.75, which was a foot-and-a-half better than any other competitor. He is the first athlete in the nine-year history of the Akron Invitational to clear the 18-foot barrier, a feat he has accomplished three times in four weeks.
Barber, who already rewrote the school's indoor record earlier this season, also beat his own facility mark of 18-02.75. As the lone jumper, Barber had three attempts at the World Junior Record of 18-08.00 but didn't clear.
Not to be overshawdowed, Cooks extended a win streak of her own by taking first place in the weight throw for the third straight weekend. The sophomore established a personal record with a winning throw of 68-11.75 in the event, then finished runner-up in the shot put with a 47-08.00.
Other standout Gold Invitational performers included Martel Durant, who matched a personal record with a winning mark of 7-00.25 in the high jump, Bryce Cheek, who placed third in the 60-meters with a time of 6.84 and Cheese, who finished fifth in the 60-meter hurdles despite a solid mark of 8.68.
Additionally, sophomore Kyle Walker advanced to the finals in the 60-meter hurdles with a personal-record time of 8.25 and the women's 4x400-meter relay team of Shauniece Steele, Mycah Mason, Skyler Willis and Maria Moore shaved more than 10 seconds off their previous season-best with a collective time of 3:53.87. For complete results, including Blue and High School Divisions, from this weekend's meet, click here.
After spending two of the last three weekends at home, the Zips will head to the SPIRE D1 Team Challenge next Friday in Geneva, Ohio, for a two-day meet.
INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. - - The Ball State women's indoor track & field team picked up 11 top five finishes, including two event victories, at the Tom Hathaway Challenge hosted by Indianapolis Saturday.
Leading the way for the Cardinals was sophomore pole vaulter Hannah Ciasto-Poor, who won the event by clearing a career-best height of 3.50m (11-5.75), which is also the second-best individual effort in program history.
Freshman Zenée Gadson picked up her second consecutive victory in the triple jump, with a leap of 11.26m (36-11.5). The effort was almost a full meter better than second-place finisher and teammate redshirt junior Alyssa Hurlburt's distance of 10.37m (34-0.25).
Overall the Ball State indoor track & field team racked up 13 career-best efforts at the Tom Hathaway Challenge, including a strong showing in the mile run in which all three of the Cardinals' runners posted career-best efforts.
The Ball State indoor track & field team returns to action Feb. 8-9, when it travels to Bloomington, Ind., for the third time this season to compete in the Hoosier Hills Invitational.
Bowling Green, Ohio – The Bowling Green State University indoor track and field team made strides at the Akron Invitational Friday and Saturday as the Falcons look towards the Mid-American Conference Championships.
“We took positive steps this weekend, particularly in the 4x400 with us only being a second off of the school record,” Head Coach Lou Snelling said. “It was also nice to see progress in the 60, 200, 400 and weight throw. But we have a lot of work to do next weekend if we are to qualify and send an adequate team to the MAC Indoor Championships.”
Next weekend is the team’s final opportunity to compete before the MAC Championships Feb. 22-23 as the squad will take part in the Grand Valley State Big Meet.
The most impressive performance came in the 4x400 relay as Brittany Sinclair, Felicia Jefferson, Demetra Taylor and Allison Weimer ended second with a time of 3:49.24. That race was almost four seconds faster than the squad’s best previous time.
Freshman Tiera Parker ran the 60 for the first time in her career and posted Bowling Green’s best finish in the event with a time of 7.89 seconds. Berrion Berry, who won the 60 a week ago at the Tom Wright Classic, was next with a time of 7.95.
In the 200, both senior Allison Weimer and freshmen Taylor Rambo set new personal bests to finish third and fourth. Weimer ran a 25.25 and Rambo was just a tick slower at 25.27. Rambo also set a new PR in the 400 with a time of 57.96. She was the second-fastest BGSU runner in the event as Brittany Sinclair ended third in a time of 57.56.
In the weight throw, Brooke Pleger’s unbeaten streak was snapped as she finished fifth with a distance of 60-8.50. But Kayla Velasquez set a new personal best behind her with a distance of 53-1.50.
Bowling Green will compete in the GVSU Big Meet Friday and Saturday in Allendale, Mich.
UNIVERSITY PARK, PA – The University at Buffalo men's and women's indoor track and field teams were in action Saturday at Penn State's Sykes-Sabock Challenge Cup. In the scored meets, the UB men placed ninth of 12 teams with 38 points while the women were seventh in a 13-team field with 49 points.
Jonathan Jones increased his season-best performance in his victory in the men's shot put. Jones, named the Mid-American Conference's Field Athlete of the Week for his performance at last weekend's SPIRE Midwest Open, won the shot put with a throw of 61-5 (18.72m). The throw increased his best mark by 8.50 inches.
Headlining the women's efforts on Saturday was senior hurdler Brooklynn Ventura. Ventura finished second in the women's 60-meter hurdles final in 8.46 seconds, shaving her 2012 record by .06 seconds. Ventura finished behind Jacksonville's Shanique Walker (8.37 seconds).
Also picking up second-place finishes for the UB women were Donna Jeanty in the 600-meters and Kelly Truppo in the pole vault. Jeanty finished the 600-meters in 1:32.91 in her first race of the season at the distance. Truppo tied for second in the pole vault after clearing 12-3.50 (3.75m). Jenna Van Dusen was sixth in the pole vault at 11-9.75 (3.60m).
Erin Miller had an impressive day with a third-place finish in the women's weight throw. Miller increased her season-best mark with a toss of 58-9.25 (17.91m), adding nearly a foot and a half to her top throw. Kristy Woods was sixth in the weight throw at 56-8.50 (17.28m). Miller also had a seventh-place finish in the women's shot put (46-1.25, 14.05m).
Women's distance specialist Kara Patrick and men's hurdler Ryan Billian also had third-place finishes. Patrick, racing in the 5,000-meters for the first time this season, turned in a 17:12.58 clocking while Billian finished third in the men's 60-meter hurdles in 8.03 seconds. Billian tied his season-best of 7.98 seconds in the preliminary heats.
UB's women's 4x400-meter relay team also had a third-place finish, turning in a season-best clocking of 3:46.96. The foursome included Crystal Graham, Jeanty, Gina Carnovale and Camaria Long.
The Bulls will compete next weekend on two fronts. Several of UB's athletes will compete at the SPIRE Division I Invitational in Geneva, OH. The remainder of the squads will be at the Cornell Kane Invitational in Ithaca, NY.
SOUTH BEND, Ind. - The Central Michigan track and field teams took on some tough competition at Notre Dame this weekend, facing roughly 49 other competing programs, as well as unattached athletes.
"Overall we had a lot of solid marks moving us forward. Obviously we had more qualifiers this weekend, moving us up in the conference," said director of track and field Willie Randolph.
Senior Maddie Ribant finished 14th out of 59 runners in the women's 5000m race with a time of 17:07.72, which is a personal record. Joining Ribant in qualifying, junior Krista Parks ran a time of 17:18.24.
Sophomore Bridget Doughty qualified for the MAC Championships in the 400m race with a time of 56.37.
Ross Parsons qualified for the MAC Championships in the 60m dash with a time of 6.90, finishing eighth in the semifinals race. Only the top six moved on.
In the 5000m race, sophomore Ethan Lievense finished fifth with a qualifying time of 14:30.02. Fellow sophomore Kyle Stacks finished 10th with a time of 14:35.74, also a qualifying mark. Both sophomores have now qualified for the MAC Indoor Championships in the mile, the 3000m race, and now the 5000m race.
At the Findlay Open, freshman Devene Brown finished third in the shot put with a throw of 42-9.75. Kayla Brindley finished sixth with a toss of 40-05.00.
On the men's side, senior Alex Rose threw in the shot put "elite" competition, where he finished ninth with a throw of 54-02.00, a MAC qualifying mark. Junior Calvin Jackson threw a heave of 57-03.00 in the men's weight throw on Friday, qualifying him for the MAC Championships meet.
Next weekend the Chippewas head down to Allendale, Mich., to compete at the GVSU Big Meet on February 8 and 9.
SOUTH BEND, Ind. – Grzegorz Kalinowski's 2:24.79 winning time in the 1,000-meter run was the top performance for the Eastern Michigan University men's track and field team at the Meyo Invitational, a non-scored meet featuring some of the nation's best track and field athletes, Feb. 1-2.
Kalinowski's victory was one-of-six top-10 finishes for the Eagles throughout the two-day meet. Jay Saunders finished seventh in the 200-meter dash with a time of 21.93
In the 500-meter dash, Jason Ervin took third, crossing the finish line in 1:04.46. The freshman sprinter would also partner with Cameron Bolton, Tyler Ross, and Matthew Williams for a ninth-place run of 3:13.20 in the 4x400-meter relay.
Max Babits took fifth in the Pole Vault Invitational, an event consisting of the meet's best pole vaulters, with a leap of 16-feet, 6.75-inches. Speaking leaps, Donald Scott placed sixth in the triple jump with a 48-feet, 11-inches mark.
EMU will head south for the SPIRE Invitational in Geneva, Ohio, Feb. 8-9.
SOUTH BEND, Ind. (EMUEagles.com) – In its first two-day meet of the season, the Eastern Michigan University women's track and field team competed at the Meyo Invitational, a non-scored meet featuring some of the nation's best track and field athletes, Feb. 1-2.
Eight top-10 finishes highlighted the action-packed two days including a runner-up finish by the EMU distance medley team. Morgan Churchwell, Asia Rawls, Marina Manjon-Rivadulla and Victoria Voronko combined for a time of 11:33.89, the third best mark in EMU history. Rawls broke the top-10 individually, finishing in ninth place in the 400-meter dash with a 55.76.
Voronko also turned in a personal-best 4:48.57 for sixth place in the “Meyo” Mile, an invitation-only race that featured the best distance runners at the meet. Her time also is the top mark in the Mid-American Conference this season. In the other one-mile run, Manjon-Rivadulla took eighth in 4:55.56 which ranks as the ninth-fastest time in EMU history.
Freshman Vanessa Clerveaux continued to improve on her strong season, crossing the finish line in a career-best 8.31, good enough for third place in the meet as well as the third best mark in the Eastern record books.
In field events, team co-captain Tatijana Jacobson leaped 5-feet, 6 inches for fourth place in the high jump. Freshman Alysha Newman posted a 12-feet, 3.50-inches vault in the pole vault for sixth. Another freshman, current EMU record-holder Brittany Crew, took seventh in the shot put with a toss of 49-feet, 0.25-inches.
EMU will split up for a pair of events next week, Feb. 8-9. While some Eagles will flock back to Allendale, Mich. for the Grand Valley State University “Big Meet,” others will head south for the SPIRE Invitational in Geneva, Ohio.
AKRON, Ohio—The Kent State track and field teams took top honors in five events of the Gold Division at the two-day Akron Invitational.
Senior Dexter Shreve (Redkey, Ind.) won the heptathlon by scoring a Kent State record 5,525 points. Shreve topped the previous record, set by Chris Caine in 2007, by 122 points. He took first-place in two of the event's seven competitions, including the 60-meter dash (7.02) and 1,00-meter run (2:42.97).
Sophomores Kyle Tywon (Tallmadge, Ohio) and Tyler Jones (Stow, Ohio) also posted personal bests in the heptathlon. Tywon earned a score of 5,238, which ranks fifth in school history. Jones totaled 5,132 points, which ranks sixth in school history. He also claimed the top mark in the high jump by clearing a personal best 6'-07.50".
Freshman Jailyn Twitty (Buffalo, N.Y.) was the only other Golden Flash to win an individual event. Twitty's personal best 45'07.75" in the triple jump was good for top honors.
Kent State swept the distance medley relay during Friday's portion of the competition. On the men's side, Marteze Roper (Warren, Ohio), Joshua Schmidt (Ashwood, Australia), Jacob Swords (Akron, Ohio), and Samuel Allen (Bay Village, Ohio) clocked a 10:06.64 to take first place. The relay team of Taylor Wickey (Medina, Ohio), Lynnese Beyan (Upper Darby, Pa.), Melinda Sawnor (Rochester, N.Y.), and Hannah Fleck (Celina, Ohio) captured victory on the women's side by clocking 11:51.42.
The final first-place for the Flashes came in the women's 4x400 relay. The team of sophomore Kaila Gardner (Toledo, Ohio), senior Andreea Patrasc (Bacau, Romania), Beyan, and junior Erica Hutson (Akron, Ohio) crossed the finish line in 3:48.45 to win the event.
The men's team also received good performances from junior Laron Brown (Dayton, Ohio), senior Michael Heller (Stow, Ohio), senior Kenneth Agee (Shaker Heights, Ohio), senior Mitchell Seawood, Jr. (Warren, Ohio), and freshman Will Barnes (Columbus, Ohio). Brown ran a personal best to take second in the 200-meter dash (21.69) while Heller was runner-up in the 5,000-meter run (14:48.20). Agee cleared 7'-00.25" to finish third in the high jump. In the 60-meter hurdles, Seawood ran an 8.05 and Barnes ran an 8.16, which rank fourth and seventh, respectively, in school history.
Other top performers for the women's team included junior Shanequa Williams (Akron, Ohio), senior Melinda Sawnor (Rochester, N.Y.), and senior Diana Dumitrescu (Campulung, Arges Romania). Williams finished third in the 200-meter dash with a time of 24.23. Sawnor posted a personal best in the 1-mile run with a time of 4:54.98 to rank sixth in Kent State history. Dumitrescu finished in fourth in the pentathlon with top marks in the high jump (5'05.25") and shot put (41-11.25").
Kent State is back in action next weekend at the SPIRE NCAA DI Track & Field Invitational in Geneva, Ohio from Feb. 8-9.
AKRON, Ohio - Behind one event win and five top-five finishes on the track, including several personal-best times, the Miami University women's track and field team finished strong Saturday on the second and final day of the Akron Invitational, hosted by the University of Akron at Stile Athletics Field House.
The meet provided a talented field for the RedHawks that included No. 11 Georgia, Pittsburgh and West Virginia, as well as Mid-American Conference foes Bowling Green, Kent State and the host Zips. Several other schools also competed.
Redshirt senior Alexandra Roberts (Hilliard, Ohio) won the gold division (top tier) shot put with a heave of 14.67m/48-1.75, which is the ninth-best throw in school history, eight of which Roberts owns. She finished first in the shot put for the second straight meet and third time this year. In the blue division shot put, junior Tori Paterra (Elizabeth, Pa.) grabbed third with a throw of 13.02m/42-8.75 while redshirt senior Samantha Gable (Greenfield, Ind.) was fourth in the blue division weight throw with a toss of 16.96m/55-7.75.
In other field action, redshirt junior Ashley Zaper (Whitehouse, Ohio) tied for fourth in the gold division high jump with West Virginia's Hannah Stone, as both cleared 1.64m/5-4.5. Freshman Jess Baker (Aurora, Ohio) was seventh after topping the bar at 1.58m/5-2.25, which matches her personal best. Zaper also placed fourth in the long jump gold division with a leap of 5.44m/17-10.25.
NOTRE DAME, Ind. - The Ohio University women’s track and field team wrapped up the final day of this weekend’s split-squad road trip with strong finishes at the Meyo Invitational in Notre Dame, Ind., and the YSU National Invitational in Youngstown, Ohio.
At the Meyo Invitational, Ohio juniors Juli Accurso (Casstown, Ohio) and Melissa Thompson (Westerville, Ohio) impressed with top-10 finishes against some of the best competition in the nation.
Accurso placed fourth in the 3,000m with a time of 9:32.92, which marked the second-fastest time in the event among MAC student-athletes this season. Accurso easily qualified for the MAC Indoor Championships later this month.
Thompson finished seventh in the prestigious Meyo Mile (1 mile run) with a personal-best time of 4:49.24, which bested her previous high mark of 4:50.90. It was the second-fastest mile time in the MAC this season.
“We had some excellent performances this weekend, especially from Juli and Melissa,” Ohio head coach Clay Calkins said. “For Juli’s first race of the season, I was happy with her fourth-place finish.”
Senior Ashley Waddington (Sandusky, Ohio) also recorded a personal-best time in the unseeded 3,000m run, finishing 24th in 10:14.24.
YSU NATIONAL INVITATIONAL
YOUNGSTOWN, Ohio - At the YSU National Invitational, the Bobcats finished sixth out of 10 teams after Saturday’s final day of competition. Bucknell won the event with 150.16 points.
“Our performances in the distance races were solid,” said Ohio throws coach Nick Pero. “Overall, it was a good meet and sets us up for another week of training heading into next weekend’s events.”
Day two was highlighted by freshman Krista Roehlig (Uniontown, Ohio), who finished fourth in the 5,000m in a personal-best time of 18:01.97 to pick up five points for Ohio. Roehlig also picked up a 12th-place finish in the 5,000m (10:33.08).
Senior Lauren Adkins (Gallipolis, Ohio) earned a ninth-place finish in the 5,000m (19:28.44), while freshman Kristin Winkel (Avon Lake, Ohio) placed fifth in the 60m hurdles (9:23) to earn four points for Ohio.
Janiece Rose (Franklinville, N.J.) performed well in both of her events, as the talented sophomore placed fourth in the shot put (12.76m) and third in the weight throw (15.56m) to garner a total of 10 points for Ohio.
The Bobcats return to action Friday (Feb. 8) and Saturday (Feb. 9) at the Hoosier Hills event in Bloomington, Ind
SOUTH BEND, Ind. -- The Western Michigan track and field team capped off the Meyo Invitational with the 4x400 meter relay team running its fastest time of the season.
The team of Rebecca Hall, Iris Campbell, Andrea Arnold and Lindsey Hufnagel combined for a time of 3:42.53, taking nearly three seconds off their previous season-best time. The time was made even more impressive after Campbell had less than an hour to recover after she won her heat in the 400 meter dash and finished fifth over all with a time of 55.51 seconds.
"Iris really had some pep in her step," said head coach Kelly Lycan. "She ran a great split for us in the second leg. We mixed up the order with Rebecca leading off for the first time ever and she didn't get out out to the best start but we still ran our best time of the year."
Hufnagel also got a chance to run the anchor leg for the first time this season.
Hall and Arnold also ran solid times in the 200 meter dash. Hall finished with a time of 25.07 and Arnold finished just behind her at 25.18 in a tough field.
WMU heads to Geneva, Ohio next week for the 2012 SPIRE Invitational at the Spire Institute Track Facility.