RALEIGH, N.C. – The University of Akron track and field program wrapped up a busy week of competition with a small group of athletes in action at the Raleigh Relays Saturday.
The men's sprint relay team of Heath Harris, Kyle Cochrun, Zach Goulet and Dylan Papp led the way with a sixth-place finish among 11 squads after clocking a collective time of 16:20.50.
On the women's side, Kayla Whitlow recorded a personal record in the 800-meters, coming in at 2:10.66 and placing 15th, while the Zips 4x800 relay unit of Natalie Zidd, Karlie Lieberth, Irene Frangos and Jillian Roth finished ninth among 22 teams with a time of 9:28.17.
Saturday marked the end of an active week for UA, which sent 50 athletes to compete in three meets in two states over the past four days. In addition to the Raleigh Relays, the Zips were represented at the 86th running of the Texas Relays as well as the Bobcat Invitational at Texas State.
The road-weary Zips will next return home to play host to the Northeast Ohio Quad at Lee R. Jackson Track & Field Complex next weekend from Apr. 5-6. The meet will represent the first of three outdoor contests hosted by UA this spring, including the 2013 Mid-American Conference Outdoor Championships (May 9-11).
Raleigh, N.C. / Toledo, Ohio – Bowling Green broke two school records and Brooke Pleger posted a historic mark in the hammer throw as the Falcon track and field team competed at two separate events Saturday. The split squads competed at the Raleigh Relays, hosted by North Carolina State, and the Toledo Collegiate Challenge, hosted by the University of Toledo.
Pleger threw the hammer 212-feet-6 to break the meet and facility record in North Carolina. Her distance ranks third in the country currently and has only been bettered in the MAC Outdoor Track and Field Championship one time in history. The previous school record of 191-7 was set by Whitney Hartman in 2008 and the Raleigh Relays meet record had stood since 1999.
On top of Pleger’s fantastic mark, the 4x200 relay team of Jeanette Pettigrew, Taylor Rambo, Brittany Sinclair and Allison Weimer set a new school record with a time of 1:37.80. The old record of 1:38.95 was set in 1995 by Julie Shade, Andrea Lindsley, Clarice Gregory and Kaleitha Johnson.
“It was our goal to open our season well the first two meets and there is no doubt that we have done that,” BGSU head coach Lou Snelling said. “We are so proud of Brooke and the 4x200 squad. It was great to see the improvements this weekend across all of the event groups. Now, we have to take advantage of our training and racing opportunities in the month of April as we prepare for the MAC Championships.”
Along with those record-breaking performances, all three competitors in the 400 hurdles set new personal bests. Demetra Taylor ran a 1:02.84 and was followed closely behind by Sinclair with a time of 1:02.89. Natalie Sommerville added a 1:03.11. All three were less than a second shy of the MAC Automatic Qualifying mark of 1:02.17.
Bowling Green will be back in action in a week, competing at the Miami (Ohio) Invitational Friday and Saturday before hosting Toledo in the only home competition of the year on April 11.
TOLEDO, OH – The University at Buffalo men's and women's track and field teams won a combined four events as the Toledo Collegiate Challenge concluded on Saturday evening.
Brooklynn Ventura earned a first-place finish for the UB women with her victory in the 100-meter hurdles. Ventura won in 13.67 seconds, finishing nearly three-quarters of a second ahead of the next finisher. Ventura also had a second-place finish in the 200-meter dash in 24.95 while Camaria Long placed third in 24.99.
Ryan Billian took the men's 110-meter hurdles title. He won in 14.30 seconds with Jacob Wray finishing third in 14.64 seconds.
UB's men's jumpers also won a pair of events on Saturday. Chris Reape claimed the men's high jump with a top mark of 6-6.75 (2.00m). Doug Hannon won the men's triple jump at 47-2.25 (14.38m).
Evan Palmer had a second- and a third-place finish in his events. Palmer took the second spot in the men's discus with a toss of 170-3 (51.89m). He also finished third in the hammer at 191-9 (58.45m). Also in the field, Craig Howard and Kevin Enck placed second and third, respectively, in the men's javelin. Howard threw 140-5 (42.79m) while Enck threw 138-9 (42.29m). Don McCann was third in the men's long jump at 22-5.25 (6.84m).
On the track, Mike Pressler took second in the men's 5,000-meters in 14:45.71 while Will Cole was third in the men's 400-meter hurdles in 53.63.
For the UB women, Shante' White was second in the hammer throw at 184-5 (56.22m) and third in the discus at 149-0 (45.41m). Rachel Roberts was second in the women's shot put at 49-11.75 (15.23m). Erin Miller took third place in the hammer at 182-3 (55.55m). Danielle Anderson tied for third in the women's high jump at 5-1 (1.55m).
Donna Jeanty placed second in the women's 400-meter hurdles in 1:03.76 and Aimee Hopkins was third in the 800-meters in 2:16.97.
Both of UB's women's relay squads also took home second-place showings. The 4x100-meter relay squad of Jamiee McClary, Long, Ventura and Crystal Graham finished second in 46.39 seconds. The 4x400-meter relay team of Long, Jeanty, Regine Lazard and Gina Carnavale were second in 3:52.00.
The Bulls will compete on two fronts next weekend. UB's top athletes will travel to the Florida Relays in Gainesville while the remainder of the squads will compete at the Rochester Invitational.
TOLEDO, Ohio – The Eastern Michigan University men's track and field team opened the outdoor campaign at the University of Toledo for the Toledo Collegiate Challenge, March 30.
EMU graced the top of the podium throughout the day as the Green and White recorded 31 top-10 finishes, including a win from Nick Petro in the 2,000-meter steeplechase. Petro crossed the finish line first in 6:10.46 while teammate Cody Chabola followed in second with a 6:24.54.
Chris Scott finished runner-up in the 200-meter dash after a 21.78 while Darrell Butler took second in the 110-meter high hurdles with a 14.40. Butler also placed fourth in the other hurdles event, the 400-meter hurdles.
In field events, EMU indoor pole vault record holder Max Babits began his outdoor season with a third-place vault of 16-feet 0.75-inches (4.90 meters) while Levi Selvig finished third in the long jump, leaping 20-feet 6.50-inches (6.26 meters).
Rounding out the medal places on the podium were two EMU relay teams. The 4x100-meter relay team of Wayne Blanchard, Bryce Lindsey, Amonta Glasper and Michael Aririguzo took the bronze, combining for a time of 42.37. Scott, Butler, Jeff Elam and Tyler Ross ran 3:14.87 in the 4x400-meter relay to end the race in third.
The Eagles return to the track, April 5-6, for the Spartan Invitational in East Lansing, Mich.
PALO ALTO, Calif. – Several Eastern Michigan University women's track and field athletes wrapped up day two of competition at the Stanford Invitational Saturday, March 30, on Cobb Track at Angell Field on the campus of Stanford University.
Eagles were found participating in four events, including freshman Vanessa Clerveaux racing in the finals of the 100-meter hurdles. After qualifying with a 14.13 on day one, the Brockton, Mass. native took seventh in the finals, crossing the line in 14.44.
A pair of freshmen and a pair of seniors teamed up to represent EMU in the 4x400-meter relay. The team of Latipha Cross, Aaliyah McKinney, Morgan Churchwell and Asia Rawls placed 11th with a time of 3:49.57. Aside from Rawls, the other relay team members competed in other races Saturday afternoon. McKinney and Cross ran the 200-meter dash in 24.82 and 25.33, respectively, while Churchwell finished the 800-meter run in 2:16.44.
TOLEDO, Ohio – The rest of the EMU women's track team competed at the Toledo Collegiate Challenge to begin the outdoor season. The Green and White registered impressive performances all day long, posting 15 top-10 finishes.
EMU's record holder in the hammer, Lydia Gomez-Diaz, placed fourth in the event with a toss of 177-feet 2-inches (54.00 meters). Teammate Adrienne Waisner threw a personal-best 139-feet 6-inches (42.53 meters) for the seventh-best mark in school history.
The top finish of the day came from junior Kayla Pfund who took runner-up in the 2,000-meter steeplechase with a 7:17.41.
Regardless of class, many Eagles finished towards the top in their respective events. Senior Rachel Quaintance and freshman Ellie Braidic placed third in their events, as Quaintance ran 10:05.03 in the 3,000-meter run while Braidic leaped 11-feet 5.75-inches (3.50 meters) in the pole vault, good for tenth in EMU laurels.
The Eagles return to the track April 5-6, for the Spartan Invitational in East Lansing, Mich.
The Kent State track and field program got a strong start to the outdoor season strong at the Virginia Invitational in Charlottesville, Va. on Saturday. The Golden Flashes turned in 10 first-place finishes as the women took first and the men were third.
The women picked up where they left off at the end of the indoor season, dominating their competition. The Golden Flashes scored 182 points, which nearly doubled second-place Virginia (98).
The Golden Flashes nearly swept the field events, but were unable to take first in the high jump and javelin. Senior Keri Dantley (Imperial, Pa.) led the way by winning the long jump and triple jump. Dantley recorded a makr of 18'-09.25" in the long jump, while leaping 39'-11.50" in the triple jump.
Junior Joh'vonnie Mosley (Youngstown, Ohio) and freshman Danniel Thomas (Shrewsbery, Jamaica) went 1-2 in the shot put and discus. Mosley won the shot put (52'-02.50") and second in the discus (160'-02"), while Thomas won the discus (172'-03") and took second in the shot put (49'-11.00").
Sophomore Jackie Leppelmeier (McComb, Ohio) won the hammer throw with a toss of 187'-02" and freshman Becca Herte (Spencer, Ohio) won the pole vault with a height of 11'-06.50". Senior Sara Oczypok (Pittsburgh, Pa.) took second in the javelin (151'-00).
On the track, freshman Taylor Farquhar (Belmont, Ontario) was the lone Flash to win an event. Farquhar clocked a 1:02.09 to win the 400-meter hurdles.
The men's squad finished with 123 points. Charlotte took first place with 148 points and host Virginia was second with 141.50 points.
Sophomore Matthias Tayala (McDonald, Ohio) scored 22 points in the throwing events. Tayala won the hammer throw (198'-09.00"), took second in the discus (177'-092") and fourth in the shot put (53-01.00").
Freshman Jesse Oxley (Sugar Grove, Ohio) cleared 15'-11.75" to win the pole vault. The 4x400 relay team of Brandon Bailey (Pittsburgh, Pa.), Wayne Gordon (Amherst, N.Y.), Laron Brown (Dayton, Ohio), and Jacob Swords (Akron, Ohio) recorded a time of 3:15.16 for their only win on the track.
The Golden Flashes return to the track next weekend (April 5-6) for the Northeast Quad at the University of Akron.
CINCINNATI, Ohio – Led by five first-place finishes on the track, the Miami University women’s track and field team earned runner-up at the Oliver Nikoloff Invitational, hosted by the University of Cincinnati Friday and Saturday at Gettler Stadium.
The RedHawks totaled 146.5 points among the 12 teams that scored, finishing behind only the host Bearcats, who compiled 216.5 points. Dayton placed third with 112 points followed by Marquette (93.5) and Southeast Missouri State in fourth and fifth, respectively. Xavier (sixth), Kentucky (eighth) and Notre Dame (11th) were also among the field Friday and Saturday.
Redshirt senior Diona Graves (Fenton, Mo.) tied her own school record in the 100m dash, first set in 2011, by clocking 11.68 seconds to win the race. The ‘Hawks earned another win in the 100m hurdles as senior Layne Baggett (Pittsburgh, Pa.) crossed first in 13.57 while junior Xerina Hughey (Galloway, Ohio) took seventh in the race in 14.79 as the duo combined for 12 points.
In the 800m run, freshman Laura Bess (Brownsburg, Ind.) was victorious in 2:11.88, which ranks her seventh in school history despite running the event for the first time. It was also her first collegiate individual win. Junior Erin Riley (Avon Lake, Ohio) claimed sixth in the 800m in 2:15.69. In the 1500m run, junior Erica Howes (Fairfax, Va.) earned runner-up in a personal-best 4:35.03 while sophomore Jess Hoover (Hilliard, Ohio) was sixth in 4:41.23.
The RedHawks’ final individual winner on the track came from sophomore Anna Lamb (Granville, Ohio), who crossed first in the 5000m run in a personal-best 16:51.18, which ranks her sixth in school history in the event. Classmate Melissa Girgis (Worthington, Ohio) was fourth in an outdoor personal-best 17:19.78 in the 5K while freshman Brenna Poulsen (Indianapolis, Ind.) placed seventh in 17:55.11.
Baggett, Graves, freshman Kala Allen (East Amherst, N.Y.) and junior Erica Mudd (Cincinnati, Ohio) earned runner-up in the 4x100m relay in 46.02, which ranks fourth in school history, as the Bearcats just edged the ‘Hawks out for first. In the 4x400m relay, Miami finished first for another 10 points as Allen, senior Katie Scannell (Cortland, Ohio), freshman Kathie Wollney (Cary, Ill.) and sophomore Charlotte Myers (Bexley, Ohio) combined to clock 3:47.33, this time just beating out Cincinnati.
In addition to her relays, Allen captured fourth in the 200m dash in 24.93. Myers was the runner-up in the 400m dash in a personal-best 55.96, which ranks her 10th in school history, while Scannell crossed right behind in third in an outdoor personal-best 56.16. Wollney was third, as well, in the 400m hurdles in a personal-best 1:04.47.
In field action, redshirt junior Ashley Zaper (Whitehouse, Ohio) captured second in her first heptathlon of the season, totaling 4,819 points. She was first in the long jump (5.48m/17-11.75), second in the 100m hurdles (14.70), tied for third in the high jump (1.65m/5-5) and was sixth in the shot put with an outdoor personal best of 10.05m/32-11.75.
Mudd performed well in the long jump, as well, taking second with a leap of 5.65m/18-6.5. In the high jump, freshman Jess Baker (Aurora, Ohio) placed sixth, clearing 1.63m/5-4.25, which equaled the fifth-place finisher but in more attempts. In the pole vault, junior Kori Tatman (Amanda, Ohio) took eighth, topping 3.60m/11-9.75. Sophomore Taylor Brown (Hilliard, Ohio) cleared the same height, which is her outdoor personal best, but in more attempts as she placed ninth while she now ranks seventh in school history with her clearance of 3.60m/11-9.75.
In the throws, redshirt senior Samantha Gable (Greenfield, Ind.) posted a trio of fourth-place finishes, led by a personal best in the discus with a heave of 44.72m/146-9, which ranks her eighth in school history. She was also fourth in the shot put (season-best 14.18m/46-6.25) and the hammer throw (50.26m/164-11). Sophomore Adaora Anunike (Galena, Ohio) was sixth in the shot put with an outdoor personal best of 13.37m/45-0.5, as she ranks eighth in school history. She also took seventh in the discus (42.75m/140-3).
Miami returns home next weekend to host the Miami Invitational Friday and Saturday, April 5-6, in the first of two home track meets this year at George Rider Track.
RALEIGH, N.C. – The Northern Illinois track & field team capped their weekend off with a bang Saturday morning, as they broke the school record in the 4x1500 relay at the Raleigh Relays.
Hannah Savage, Meghan Heuer, Ali Olson and Claire McAuley teamed up to crush the record with a time of 19:33.00. The quartet topped the previous best of 20:37.22, which was set in 2010 by Amanda Trancoso, Sunsea Shaw, Breanna Brevitt and Courtney Oldenburg. NIU wound up taking eighth in the event, handily beating Belmont, High Point and Tiffin.
“It’s certainly great to get another school record,” said NIU assistant coach Greg Hipp. “It’s another sign of the improvements our distance group is making.”
Also competing on Saturday was Ashley Lucas, who ran in the second section of the 10,000 meters. The senior ran 39:38.03 to take 15th place, beating IUPUI’s Lexi Hunt and Morehead State’s Krystal Williams to the line.
The Huskies return to action next weekend when they take part in the Chicagoland Championships in Romeoville, Ill. The action starts Thursday, April 4, and runs through Saturday.
ROCK HILL, S.C. - Senior Danielle Winningham captured the 400m dash title and freshman Tessa Weigand won the 1,500m run to lead the Ohio University women's track & field team on day two of the Winthrop Invitational Saturday.
Winningham, a Barboursville, W. Va., native, crossed the finish line in a personal best time of 56.04 to win the 400m, while Weigand (Akron, Ohio) bested her previous 1,500m high water mark by almost nine seconds to win the race in 4:42.70.
Winningham's time qualified her for the MAC Outdoor Championships later this season.
"We had a number of breakout performances this weekend at Winthrop," head coach Clay Calkins said. "In addition to Danielle and Tessa's personal best times, a number of our other student-athletes impressed with MAC Championship-level performances."
Sophomore Chanda Cuckler (Athens, Ohio) finished third in her first-career 100m hurdles race with an impressive time of 14.48. In the 400m hurdles, sophomore Karissa Conrad (Lancaster, Ohio) finished fourth in 1:05.13.
Freshman Allison Roeth (Houston, Ohio) placed fourth in the 3000m steeplechase (11:50.45), while senior Alexa Macri (St. Clairsville, Ohio) finished second in the discus with a throw of 42.13m.
Also in field events, senior Lauren McCullough (Lancaster, Ohio) placed fifth in the javelin with a throw of 36.75m.
In the 800m run, the Bobcats enjoyed a pair of top-10 finishes, led by Weigand who finished sixth in 2:17.89. Fellow sophomore Delaney Bolger (Lebanon, Ohio) placed seventh in 2:20.65.
The Bobcats host their first home event of the outdoor season next Saturday (April 6) with the Ohio Team Challenge and Distance Open.
TOLEDO, OH - The University of Toledo Women's Track & Field team received numerous outstanding individual efforts on Saturday during the eighth-annual Toledo Collegiate Challenge on the Fetterman Outdoor Track & Field Facility. UT collected 16 top-five finishes against the 18 other schools competing, while three Rockets won an event.
Four Rockets reached Mid-American Conference automatic-qualifying marks in the first outdoor meet of the spring, including sophomore Julia Pusateri, senior Kiah Douglas and sophomore Carly Molls.
Pusateri won the 1,500-meter run with a meet-best time of 4:38.03, which placed her fifth on the MAC list.
Douglas now sits on top of the conference in the long jump after winning the event on Saturday with a distance of 19'6.25".
Molls got the momentum going in field events with a second-place finish in the javelin throw. She recorded a final distance of 135'8" and now stands in seventh place on the conference chart.
Senior Yuhong Fu won the triple jump after a leap of 38'4", while Douglas was the runner-up at 38'0.75".
-- The Western Michigan track and field team wrapped up the Toledo Collegiate Classic on Saturday evening, racking up three event wins on the weekend.
The Broncos won in the 400-meter hurdles, 200-meter dash and the discus. Sophomore Lindsey Hufnagel won the long hurdles with a time of 1:02.66, while fellow classmate Alexis Hull took fourth with a time of 1:04.98. Hufnagel also turned in a personal-best distance of 5.70 meters (18-8.50) into a strong headwind to take second overall. She also finished fifth in the 100-meter hurdles with a time of 14.52 seconds, a new personal best.
"This was a pretty good meet for us and it was an opener for some of those who didn't get to go to Houston last week," said head coach Kelly Lycan. "We have a lot to work on and some rough edges to smooth but the effort is very good."
Senior Iris Campbell took home first place in the 200-meter dash with a time of 24.57 seconds and third in the 400-meter dash with a time of 55.79 seconds. Fellow senior Cha'nese Mendenhall performed well in the 100-meter dash, taking fifth with a time of 12.46 seconds.
Junior Andrea Hiler was the other winner for the Broncos. In the discus she tossed 49.26 meters (161-7) to claim first. The Watervliet, Mich., native also took fifth in the shot put. WMU had success in other field events with junior Chiara Allen taking third in the triple jump with a distance of 11.41 meters (37-5.25). Freshman Reagan Engstrom also took fourth in the pole vault with a height of 3.35 meters (10-11.75.)
The Broncos head to East Lansing for the Michigan State Invitational next weekend.