Quanesha Burks won the women's long jump and 60 meters in her season debut and Kyle Felpel and Ruebin Walters posted victories in the men's shot put and men's 60-meter hurdles at the Bayou Bengal Invitational at LSU on Feb 3. Burks, who is seeking her second consecutive NCAA long jump title this season, opened the competition with a mark of 21-4 3/4 (6.52m) that held up for the win. The jump came on her first attempt of the season and equaled the third-best distance in the NCAA so far this season. The jump is also the seventh-best in Alabama history. Later in the evening, the senior sprinted to victory in the 60 meters in a personal-best time of 7.27, the fastest time for the Tide this season. The time also ties for the eighth-fastest time nationally in 2017. Felpel won the shot put for the fourth time in four outings this season. His mark of 60-8 3/4 (18.51m) on his final attempt of the preliminary round held up as the winning mark in the finals. On the track, Walters (7.85) and senior Angelo Goss (8.03) finished 1-2 in the men's 60-meter hurdles. Walters' time is the eighth-fastest in school history. Goss has finished in the top three in all four meets he has competed in this season while Walters has won both of his outings.
Arkansas middle distance duo Nikki Hiltz and Therese Haiss finished among the top-six best runners in the invitational section of the mile at the Armory Invitational in New York on Saturday afternoon. Hiltz was the Razorbacks' best performer of the day, clocking a time of four minutes, 37.96 seconds to place fourth overall as the strongest collegian in the field. Haiss crossed the finish line not too far behind, placing sixth in the event with 4:44.01. Arkansas will return to the track next weekend with a group taking on the Husky Classic hosted by Washington and another group set to compete back at the Randal Track Tyson Center in the Tyson Invitational.
Auburn track and field traveled to Nebraska over the weekend for the 42nd Annual Frank Sevigne Husker Invitational. The Tigers posted 11 total personal bests on the weekend. Senior thrower Jasmine Manigault posted the second best mark in program history in the weight throw with a 67-0.5/20.43m on Friday. Manigault ranks 14th on the national indoor list. Senior Kahlil Henderson finished with a personal best in the men's 200m with a 21.26, which also ranks No. 10 all-time in Auburn program history. Sophomore Chris Stone finished the meet with four personal bests in seven events in the heptathlon. The Tigers will split the squad this weekend as the distance runners travel to Iowa State for the Iowa State Classic and everyone else travels to Clemson for the Tiger Paw invitational.
Florida redshirt sophomore AJ McFarland broke the weight throw school record Friday (Feb. 3) night, highlighting the throwing corps' trip to the Virginia Tech "Doc Hale" Elite Meet this weekend. McFarland entered the meet ranked third on UF's all-time indoor top 10 and with a personal record of 21.20 meters (69 feet, 6.75 inches). The DeLand, Fla. native threw 21.67 meters (71 feet, 1.25 inches) on his third attempt, breaking Jeremy Postin's record of 21.60 meters (70 feet, 10.5 inches), set back in 2012. The throw also ranks 11th nationally, keeping McFarland in contention for an NCAA Indoor Championships berth. Saturday's (Feb. 4) action saw freshman Connor Bandel once again set a personal record in the shot put. Junior Lloydricia Cameron did not improve on her season-best mark, but she won the shot put title with the third-farthest throw of her indoor career. Florida fully returns to action next Friday (Feb. 10) and Saturday (Feb. 11) at the Tyson Invitational and Iowa State Classic. Continue to check FloridaGators.com for more details on the upcoming meets.
Men: The fourth-ranked Georgia men posted five wins and made six improvements to the Bulldogs' all-time top-10 lists, including one UGA record during the Razorback Invitational. After topping his own school record of 6.68 with a 6.67 in the 60-meter dash prelims, sophomore Kendal Williams blazed to a personal best 6.65 to win in the finals and shoot to No. 11 on the current national list. The Jacksonville, Fla., native also lined up in the 200m for the first time in a Bulldog uniform and finished with the second-best time in school history (20.97) to take eighth. This time is the 17th fastest in the country this year and is the best for Georgia since the late great Torrin Lawrence set a school record of 20.77 in 2009. Another victory came from true freshman Darius Carbin in the high jump versus a highly-touted field. He cleared a collegiate personal-best height of 7 feet, 3 1/4 inches on his first try to move into a tie for second in the school record books and take over the second spot on this year's NCAA list. Carbin bested the 2016 NCAA outdoor champion, USC's Randall Cunningham, as well as the nation's overall indoor leader this year during his second consecutive victory. Also of note, sophomore Keenon Laine cleared 7-1 and was fourth in the high jump for the Bulldogs. Senior Devon Williams registered a career-high score of 5,881 points in the heptathlon to move to third in the Bulldog record books, third on the NCAA list (first in the SEC) and sixth on the world list. Williams had three personal records in his seven events. His training partner, junior Karl Saluri, moved to sixth on the NCAA list with 5,796 for third place. Junior Bryan Kamau and senior Sid Vaughn managed a 1-2 finish in the 3000m to take over two new spots on the all-time list. Kamau clocked an 8:13.20 to win with UGA's sixth-best time in history while Vaughn completed his laps not far behind in 8:13.70 to take over the No. 7 slot. Sophomore Denzel Comenentia recorded his second victory in a row in the shot put, this time with a season-best mark of 62-3.25. Also in the throws, senior Alex Poursanidis continued his torrid pace to take second in the weight throw with a top mark of 71-5. He remains fourth on the national performance list after watching his top effort travel 72-6.50 for the win last week. Sophomore Jeramey Hampton also dropped his season best to 1:50.51 in the 800m for seventh place. The Bulldogs will train through the coming weekend before traveling to Nashville, Tenn., to try out the site of the SEC Championships for the Music City Challenge on February 10-11.
Women: The third-ranked Lady Bulldogs also competed in Fayetteville, Ark., over the weekend and won three events while establishing six additions to the school's all-time top-10 lists. Junior Keturah Orji traveled 21 feet, 9 inches on her sixth and final attempt in the long jump to win the event with the SEC, NCAA and world's second-best mark this year. Orji, who had four jumps of at least 21-0, shot to No. 2 on the UGA all-time list and still owns the NCAA's No. 1 mark in the triple jump this year at 45-9.25 by a foot and three inches. Also in the long jump, sophomore Kate Hall went 20-11.25 for second-place honors as Georgia currently sits 2-3-4 on the national list in the event. Another familiar name in the Bulldog program quickly took control of the national lead in the pentathlon as she continues her quest for an unprecedented four NCAA titles in the event. Senior Kendell Williams cruised to a victory in the first event (60-meter hurdles) with an 8.17 and never looked back en route to 4,476 points for her ninth career collegiate victory in the pentathlon. She is ranked third in the world this year (top American) and the nearest NCAA competitor is nearly 200 points behind her. Also in the combined events, freshman Louisa Grauvogel scored a personal-best total of 3,956 to take fourth and move to 11th on the national list and seventh on the school's all-time top-10 list. Senior Shelby Ashe exploded for a career-long toss of 71-4.75 in the weight throw to win easily and move to No. 4 on the current national list. Ashe had the longest throw for Georgia since four-time Olympian Jenny Dahlgren won the 2006 NCAA title with an effort of 78-10.50. Freshman Beatrice Llano also bettered her No. 8 spot on the all-time top-10 list with a top weight throw of 62-1. Junior Devon Artis took over the No. 10 spot in the school record books after running a 2:10.43 for 12th place in the 800m. Artis also teamed with freshmen Micaiah Ransby, Catherine Reid and Chelsea Zoller in the 4x400m relay and took third with the 10th-fastest time in school history at 3:42.14. In addition from the distances, freshmen twins Jessica Drop (4:50.93) and Sam Drop (4:53.59) finished in the top six in their individual mile races. Another season best came from Georgia Stefanidi had a season best (13-4.50) to take fifth in the pole vault. The Georgia women return to action at the Music City Challenge in their final regular season meet of the indoor season.
Kentucky won eight events at last weekend's Husker Invitational - key in the UK women's team moving up two spots to No. 6 in this week's USTFCCCA computer rankings, and the men moving up to within two spots of the top 25. Junior Tim Duckworth broke the British record in the indoor heptathlon scoring 6,006 points to win at the 42nd annual Frank Sevigne Husker Invitational. Duckworth's historic heptathlon headlined the Kentucky track and field teams' string of strong performances this weekend. He also broke his UK - as in University of Kentucky - record en route to the win. His score is second best in the nation this season. He became the first British man to surpass the 6,000-point barrier on the back of personal bests in all but one of the seven events. He recorded personal bests in all three Saturday events. His score is second best in the nation this season. He had the best heptathlon score in the nation this weekend. When stacking up in individual events his high jump of 7'1" ranks No. 19th national, third in the SEC, and his long jump of 25'1.75" ranks 15th nationally, fourth in the SEC. His top two long jumps were the Nos. 2 and 3 LJs by any competitor in the country this weekend. Duckworth was named men's MVP of the meet. Kentucky swept the meet MVP awards as Jasmine Camacho-Quinn led the No. 8 women's team by winning her signature indoor event: the 60m hurdles, and finishing as top collegian in the 200 meters. She ran a PR 8.03 to win her first final since December in a meet record, which currently ranks No. 4 in the NCAA. Jacklyn Howell gave UK a one-two finish in the hurdles with a PR 8.15. Their performances made them the Nos. 2 and 3 performers in school history behind only Kendra Harrison. Camacho-Quinn placed second only to 2016 Olympic 400m hurdles Bronze Medalist (professional) Ashley Spencer with an indoor 200m PR 23.44. Destiny Carter ran a season-best 23.67 to place third, Kianna Gray was fifth in 23.74, Javianne Oliver was seventh in 24.08 and Howell was 10th in 24.46. Nick Anderson maintained his strong form to start 2017 by winning the 60m hurdles in 7.86. He is undefeated against collegiate competition in four 60m hurdles finals this season. Nik Huffman won the shot put with a season-best mark 60'7.75"/18.48m. Xaivier McAllister won the men's high jump clearing 6'10.75"/2.10m. Katy Kunc won the women's mile in a PR 4:45.43. Oliver built off her win at the McCravy two weeks as UK had the top-two collegians in the women's 60m final. Oliver was second overall in 7.23, while Gray was third in 7.27. Hitchcock placed seventh in 7.62. Oliver's time was the top 60m time in the country this weekend. Olivia Gruver placed second in the pole vault with a top clearance at 13'7.25"/4.15m, which was also winner Laura Taylor's best. Taylor had fewer misses at the 13'7.25" height to secure the tiebreaker. The Wildcats went two-three in the women's triple jump as Sha'Keela Saunders and Marie-Josee Ebwea-Bile leapt to respective marks of 43'1.5"/13.14m and 42'7"/12.98.
Men: The No. 3-ranked Tigers continued their push for NCAA Championship qualification at the New Mexico Collegiate Classic this past weekend as seniors LaMar Bruton and Nethaneel Mitchell-Blake and sophomore Donte Jackson all turned in times ranking among the Top 20 nationally for the 2017 season. Bruton highlighted Saturday's finale at the Albuquerque Convention Center by running his fastest indoor 400 meters in two seasons with the Tigers as he crossed the finish line in 46.58 seconds to finish as the top collegian in the event. His seasonal-best time adjusted for altitude to 46.69 to move him into the No. 13 spot in the NCAA rankings through five weeks of the 2017 indoor season. Mitchell-Blake and Jackson later teamed for a 1-2 finish in the final of the men's 60-meter dash as Mitchell-Blake sprinted to a seasonal-best time of 6.65 followed by Jackson in second place with a time of 6.66. Mitchell-Blake's 6.65 adjusted for altitude to 6.67 to crack the Top 20 of the national rankings in the No. 19 position. Jackson ran a season-opening 6.64 adjusting to 6.66 in his first 60-meter race of the season in Friday's preliminary round to tie for 16th on the NCAA's performance list. The NCAA's Top 16 athletes in each individual event following conference championship weekend at the end of February will earn qualification into the NCAA Indoor Track & Field Championships next month. The Tigers also played host to the Bayou Bengal Invitational at the Carl Maddox Field House in Baton Rouge on Friday as senior Johnnie Jackson headlined the event with a third-straight win this season in the weight throw. Jackson, the NCAA leader in the event with a seasonal-best mark of 77 feet, 3 ¾ inches, threw a series-best of 74-7 ¾ to win his third title in as many appearances this season. The Tigers will be back in action this weekend as they split up for appearances at the Tyson Invitational in Fayetteville, Arkansas, and Iowa State Classic in Ames, Iowa, with both meets running Friday and Saturday.
Women: Senior Jada Martin, junior Mikiah Brisco and sophomore Kortnei Johnson all moved into the Top 10 of the NCAA rankings this season with their performance last weekend as the No. 7-ranked Lady Tigers played host to the Bayou Bengal Invitational in Baton Rouge and also appeared at the New Mexico Collegiate Classic in Albuquerque. Brisco highlighted Friday's action while making her season debut in the 60-meter hurdles at the Carl Maddox Field House as she placed second overall and finished as the top collegian in the field with a time of 8.14 seconds. That effort put Brisco in the No. 10 spot on the national rankings this season just one week after running the NCAA's third-fastest time in the 60-meter dash this season with a season-opening 7.19 in that event at the Auburn Indoor Invitational. Sophomore Jordan McClendon also posted a top-20 mark at the Bayou Bengal Invitational with a four-foot personal best of 66 feet, 5 ¼ inches to win the women's weight throw title with the No. 20-ranked mark in the NCAA this season. Johnson led the way for the Lady Tigers at the New Mexico Collegiate Classic as she swept 60-meter and 200-meter titles with new personal bests in both events. Johnson edged Martin at the finish line for the win in the 60 meters on Saturday as her altitude-adjusted 7.27 moved her into a tie for the No. 8 spot in the national rankings. Martin clocked a personal best of her own at 7.29 to tie for 10th nationally in the event. Johnson kicked off her weekend with a win in the 200 meters on Friday night as she crossed the finish line with an indoor PR of 23.37 for the 12th-fastest time among collegians this season. The Lady Tigers will be back in action this weekend as they split up for appearances at the Tyson Invitational in Fayetteville, Arkansas, and Iowa State Classic in Ames, Iowa, with both meets running Friday and Saturday.
The Ole Miss Rebels have a big weekend on tap in the final tune-up for the SEC Indoor Championships. Portions of the men and women will travel to Ames, Iowa, for the Iowa State Classic and Nashville, Tennessee, for the Music City Challenge. The Rebels are coming off a good showing at the New Mexico Classic in which the throwers and vaulters put on a show with a number of personal bests and some of the top marks in the NCAA. WOMEN: The Rebel women moved up four spots to No. 11 in this week's USTFCCCA rankings, their highest ranking since being No. 7 in week one of the 2008 indoor season. Raven Saunders is the world leader in the shot put (19.10m/62-8) and ranks No. 6 nationally in the weight throw (21.67m/71-1.25) after a big PR last weekend in New Mexico. The reigning NCAA outdoor shot put champion set the all-time collegiate records for the indoor and outdoor shot put last year and was also a fifth-place finisher in the event at the Olympic Games in Rio. Janeah Stewart, a junior college transfer, has made a big impression in her first couple of months as a Rebel. She currently ranks No. 3 in the NCAA in the weight throw (school-record 21.86m/71-8.75) and 11th nationally in the shot put (16.81m/55-2). Lindsey Murray has cleared a season-best 4.22m/13-10 in the pole vault, which puts her ninth in the college ranks. Others who had big personal-best performances in New Mexico included freshman Kaira Simmons (19-11.75 long jump), freshman Jeanette Paul (8.60 60-meter hurdles), sophomore Katy McAuley (13-2.25 pole vault) and senior Callie Watson (13-2.25 pole vault). MEN: The Ole Miss men are poised for a big weekend ahead with some of its top distance runners going for fast times at the Iowa State Classic and its standout field athletes competing at the Music City Challenge. Rebels who rank among the NCAA's best this year include the distance medley relay (5th, 9:34.39), MJ Erb in the 3000m (7th, 7:54.77), Brian Williams in the shot put (13th, 61-9.5), Sean Tobin in the mile (18th, 4:00.09), Branden Greene in the high jump (7-0.5) and Kevin Conway in the weight throw (24th, 67-9).
Mississippi State's track & field program invaded Boston, Mass. over the weekend for a four-day stretch that included two meets in the area. They began Friday at the Crimson Elite hosted by Harvard, and moved to the Scarlet and White Invitational hosted by Boston University Friday night and Saturday. The MSU women competed in eight events Friday at Harvard and Boston University, and won six of them. One of the largest victories of the weekend belonged to the foursome of Ffion Price, Alon Lewis, Charlotte Cayton-Smith and Rhianwedd Price who obliterated the school record in the DMR by a full five seconds. Their time of 11.10 was good enough for a first place finish, and is currently the sixth best time in the nation. Brianna Smith set a personal best in the weight throw in her win, tossing 19.83m which is the second longest throw in school history. MSU"s women won a total of 11 events during the two day period, and scored 111 total points at the Scarlet and White Invitational to run away with first place as a team. Tiffany Flynn and Leah Lott both jumped 6.03m in the long jump to take first and second. Flynn grabbed the edge over her teammate with a longer second-best jump. Lott returned the favor however, edging out Flynn in the 60m hurdle with a personal-best 8.28 second mark. Alexis Farley set a personal best in her victory in the triple jump, leaping 12.57m. Just a freshman, Farley's jump is already the fifth best in MSU history. After winning six of eight events yesterday, the ladies picked right back where they left off and won another five events across town at the event hosted by Boston University. Mia Meydrich was in cruise control in the 3000m run, posting the best collegiate time at 9:18.13. That time was not only good enough for a second place finish, but was also broke the MSU record. On the men's side, Rasheed Tatham took home first place in the 400m dash. The sophomore's time of 47.39 was a personal-best. Tatham also competed in the 4x400m relay later in the day, helping lead his teammates to a second place finish.Freshman Daniel Nixon grabbed fifth in the 800m run after running a PR 1:50.11. The men placed fifth overall at the Scarlet and White Invitational, competing against a total of 18 teams from around the country. Willie Reed posted a personal-best 60m hurdle time for the third-consecutive race. His 8.01 second mark today was good enough to propel him to victory in the final round, after coming up just short to his teammate Herbert Wise III in the prelims.
After having the weekend off last weekend, Mizzou returns to action this weekend, with the team splitting up to go to either the Tyson Invitational in Fayetteville, Ark., or to the Iowa State Classic in Ames, Iowa. The Tigers will send its women's distance competitors to the Iowa State Classic. Junior Karissa Schweizer (Urbandale, Iowa) and senior Teylar Adelsberger (O'Fallon, Mo.) will race in the 3,000m run, while redshirt sophomore Jamie Kempfer (Festus, Mo.), redshirt junior Kaitlyn Fischer (Pevely, Mo.), redshirt freshman Jordyn Kleve (Urbandale, Iowa) and redshirt junior Nicole Mello (Columbia, Mo.) will run in the 5,000m run. The rest of Mizzou's roster, 42 student-athletes, will head to Fayetteville, Ark., for the Tyson Invitational, Feb. 10-11. Among the notables heading to Fayetteville include the Tiger sprinters. For the men, sophomore Kahmari Montgomery (Plainfield, Ill.), who will compete in the 60m dash, 200m dash and 4x400m relay. Women's sprinters sophomore Maya Cody (St. Louis, Mo.), senior LaQuisha Jackson (Chattanooga, Tenn.) and redshirt junior Valerie Thames (Milwaukee, Wis.) will all run at the Tyson Invitational. Cody will run in the 60m and 200m dash, while Jackson in the 200m and 400m dash and Jackson in the 400m dash and 60m hurdles. All three will run in the 4x400m relay with teammate senior Sydney Wells (Fort Smith, Ark.). Mizzou has posted four top-25 times in the nation this season, led by Schweizer's top-time in the 5,000m run at the Boston University Season Opener (Dec. 3) where she set the school indoor record with a time of 15:37.40. The Tiger junior also ran the fourth-fastest mile run time in the nation at the Razorback Invitational on Jan. 28 with a time of 4:35.61. Montgomery set a nation top-25 of his own at the Razorback Invitational in the 400m dash, running the seventh-fastest time at 46.57. Mizzou's 4,000m DMR team of sophomore Thomas George (Gloucester, England), redshirt junior Jerrad Mason (Bridgetown, Barbados), redshirt junior Ben Goodman (Colorado Springs, Colo.) and redshirt senior Luca Russo (Kent, England) also ran a top-25 time, recording the 22nd fastest time in the nation with a 9:54.80 at the Razorback Invitational.
The University of South Carolina women's track & field team was victorious this weekend, topping a highly-regarded field to capture the 2017 Armory Track Invitational. On the men's side, Carolina was also successful, finishing in second place at the Armory Track Center in Manhattan. The Gamecock women's crew finished with 89 points, while Carolina tallied 78.5 on the men's side. Carolina won four women's events in the Big Apple, as Taranisha Taylor (60mH), Precious Holmes (400m Invitational) and Natasha Dicks (triple jump) took home individual titles while the 4x400m relay squad was victorious in the Invitational section. The Carolina men added a victory in the 200m, where Ncincilili Titi topped the field. Overall, the Gamecocks produced 16 different scorers on Saturday, including seven podium finishes. Both sets of Gamecocks earned second-place finishes in the 4x200m relay. For the women, Briana Haith, Aliyah Abrams, Holmes and Marisa Bellamy combined for a time of 1:36.76. On the men's side, DeVon Lewis, Darryl Dunham, Alexandre Asselin and Jordan Griffin finished in 1:31.79. Carolina had four finalists in the 60mH, and three of the Gamecocks finished in the points. Taylor set another PR with a mark of 8.25 to win the race and rise to 23rd nationally in the event. Milan Parks came in sixth with a time of 8.46, and Rougui Sow was .01 behind her to place seventh. Dicks continues to lay the foundation for a successful postseason run in the triple jump, and that continued Saturday with a victory in the Big Apple. The senior recorded a mark of 42-4 to take home the 10 points. Isaiah Moore finished on the podium for a fourth consecutive week when he placed third in the 60mH. Moore entered the meet ranked 10th nationally in the event, and he recorded a time of 7.90 Saturday. Otis Jones put points on the board with a fifth-place result in the 800m invitational. His time of 1:51.24 was a new personal best and ranks eighth in Carolina history. In the weight throw, Clarence Gallop tallied four more points for the Carolina men with a fifth-place finish. His best effort was 61-1 1Ž4. Tyler Brockington was on the track in the 200m and earned a fourth-place finish for the Gamecock women. The senior finished the final in 23.87. Titi opened his day in the 60m finals, but a false start knocked him out of the race. The junior didn't let that disappointment keep him from dominating the 200m final, though. He entered the final as the top seed and won the race with a time of 20.88 to score 10 big points. Teammate Ryan Bermudez finished fourth, at 21.95. The Gamecock women got points from the entire lineup this weekend, with the 4x800m relay squad joining in the fun. Emily Crounse, Maya Evans, Maddie Beaubien and Anna Kathryn Stoddard turned in a time of 9:28.95 to finish fourth and set the fifth-fastest time in Carolina history. Carolina entered the final women's event, the 4x400m invitational, with an eight-point lead. They clinched the overall victory with a resounding relay win as Holmes, Brockington, Haith and Abrams turned in a time of 3:36.22. Carolina capped the day with a sixth-place result in the men's 4x4 invitational. Bermudez, Ty Jaye Robbins, Jones and Griffin crossed the line in 3:17.49. On Friday, Yann Randrianasolo led the way by finishing tops among collegiate long jump entrants, while Ben Bonhurst, Eric Favors, Jones and Tye Williams also collected top-three finishes. For the Carolina women, Holmes was joined on the 400m podium by Haith, and several more Gamecocks scored points on the first of two days in Manhattan. Freshman Alycia Springs continues to improve over her first season and set a new personal best on Friday. The rookie was ninth in the competition after three attempts, but her last effort of 49-1 1Ž2 was good for fourth place overall. Titi matched his PR in the 60m semifinals and will enter tomorrow as the third seed. The junior recorded a time of 6.77; his final is scheduled for 1:35 p.m. tomorrow. The women's 60mH continues to be a strong event for South Carolina, and never was that more evident than Friday in the Big Apple. Carolina grabbed three of the top-10 spots in women's high jump. Makyla Stanley was the top performer, earning four points with a sixth-place finish after a best jump of 19-0. Parks placed ninth but earned one point as the eighth-best collegiate finisher, and Dicks was 10th, just outside of the points. Randrianasolo made his mark in New York City with a strong effort in the men's long jump. In just his second collegiate event, the French international placed second overall but tops among collegiate performers to earn the 10 points. His leap of 24-9 1Ž4 is fifth-best in Carolina history. Williams earned his third podium finish of the season as he placed second in the high jump invitational on Friday. The junior notched a mark of 6-11 3Ž4 to finish second in the competition. Simon Gyllensten had a strong night for Carolina with a fifth-place finish in the pole vault. His best attempt was 15-11, and teammate Armand Woodley place just outside the points, in ninth. Senior Maya Evans added a point to the Carolina women's tally in the 500m invitational. Her time of 1:15.53 was good for eighth place on Friday. The Gamecocks also had a pair of top-three finishers in the non-invitational portion of the 500, with Kara Lyles and Jordan Fields finishing second and third, respectively. In the men's 500m, Jones took home second place. He was barely edged out at the line by Hampton's Justin Beatty in the sixth and final heat. Beatty was credited with a time of 1:04.056 while Jones came in at 1:04.059. Late iFriday afternoon, Holmes provided the highlight of the day in the women's 400m invitational. With a large group of family members cheering her on, the Connecticut native won the second heat in 53.57 and watched as that time held up for the overall victory. Haith placed third in 54.39, and Abrams took home fifth with a run of 54.55. Holmes now ranks 14th in the nation in the event. The last men's event to finish up on Friday was the shot put, with two more Gamecocks on the podium. Bonhurst came in second, with a best mark of 58-6 3Ž4. Favors was one spot behind his teammate, at 58-4. In their final event Friday, Carolina finished seventh in the women's distance medley relay. The Gamecocks came home in a time of 12:04.55 to snag two points.
Tennessee competed at the Virginia Tech "Doc Hale" Elite Meet at Rector Field House on Friday and Saturday. The Vols concluded the event with 10 event wins, 23 personal records and 25 top-three finishes over the two-day meet. Christian Coleman and Shania Collins were named the male and female MVP of the event. MEN: Coleman earned the MVP honors after setting a fieldhouse record in the 60m dash with a time of 6.51. He now is the 2017 world leader in the event with that mark. Malik Elion claimed second place in both the 60m and 200m dashes as he set personal bests in both. Elion finished with a time of 21.84 in the 200m and 6.82 in the 60m. Nathan Strother won the 400m with a time of 47.60. The distance crew of Wesley Robinson, Brad Swiney, Nick Brey and Gashaw Duhamel all set personal bests in the 3000m. Sophomore Seth Whitener set his personal best four times during the weight throw competition finishing with his best mark of 20.30m (66-7.25). Darryl Sullivan took second place in the high jump with a mark of 2.14m. WOMEN: Shania Collins tied her PR and won three events at the meet as she finished the 200m in 23.63. Collins won the 60m on Friday evening as she tied her personal best of 7.35 seconds in that race as well. Maia McCoy took third place in both the 60m and 200m dashes. The women's 4x400m team of Layla White, Collins, Brooklynn roadwater and McCoy notched a win as they crossed the line in 3:43.24. Cidae'a Woods won the triple jump competition with a personal record of 12.69m (41-7.75). Woods' leap ranks fifth in the school's all-time record book. Brielyn Rogers set a season-high in the event as she jumped 12.42m (40-9) to claim third place. Woods also took home the long jump title as she jumped 6.08m (19-11.5). Stamatia Scarvelis threw the shot put 16.11m (52-10.25) to notch another second place finish for the Vols. Freshman Tamia Crockett set a new PR and finished in sixth place with a throw of 14.43m (47-4.25). Candice Butler won the weight throw competition with a personal best of 19.94m (65-5). Scarvelis finished in third place with a mark of 19.61m (64-4). Domonique Turner set two personal bests in the 200m and the 60m Hurdles and took second place in the high jump and the hurdles. The distance trio of Jessica Rizor, Julia Rizor and Peighton Meske took first, third and fourth in the 3000m competition as Meske set a personal best time.
The Aggies travel for the second time this season to compete in Clemson's Tiger Paw Invitational this weekend. Texas A&M competes among a field of teams that include Alabama, Auburn, Clemson, Miami, North Carolina, NC State, Notre Dame, South Carolina, Tennessee and Wake Forest. Men: Five victories led the Aggies to a decisive team victory with 151 points to better a field that included UCLA (83.5), South Plains (72), Baylor (69), and Houston (62.5). Freshman Devin Dixon ran a career best 1:48.76 to claim the 800m and lead a 1-3-4-6 finish for 24-point haul. Seniors Cameron Villarreal (4:04.58) and Austin Wells (14:30.04) posted wins at the mile and 5,000m distances, while Garrett Cragin (6-11) and Austin Cook (63-11 ½) supplied victories in the high jump and weight throw. Nathan Hite finished as runner-up in the heptathlon bettering his career best score by two points with a 5,448 tally, while Audie Wyatt (17-1 ½) finished second in the pole vault and Christian Farris (14:50.44) placed second in the 5,000m. The distance medley relay placed second to Clemson in a close finish, 9:53.74 to 9:54.11. Women: Fueled by 26 points from the 200m, the Aggie women rallied to claim the team title with 138 points over a field that included Baylor (123), Clemson (97), Rice (83) and UCLA (79). Texas A&M frosh Danyel White led the Aggie 1-2-4-6 finish as she won the 200m in a meet record of 23.14 seconds, topping the previous mark of 23.18 set by Jessica Beard in 2011. White also improved her world junior leading time for the season and recorded the fourth fastest time among juniors over the past 10 years. White ran the third leg of the 4x400, moving Texas A&M into the lead with a 53.25 split, as the Aggies defeated Baylor, 3:33.54 to 3:33.63. Runner-up performances included Diamond Spaulding (23.27) in the 200m, Amber Ivy (7.34) in the 60m, Miah Nelson (2:10.78) in the 800m and Kara Erickson (5-7 ¾) in the high jump. A runner-up effort in the distance medley relay had Texas A&M running 11:39.18.
Vanderbilt track and field heads into this week coming off of a strong performance at the Meyo Invitational hosted by the University of Notre Dame. Five Commodores placed in the top-five in their respective events and two more Vanderbilt athletes earned a place on Vanderbilt's all-time indoor season performance list. Senior Simone Charley was Vanderbilt's highest-placing individual from the weekend after earning a second-place finish in the triple jump with a leap of 43' 1.75". In the pole vault, Vanderbilt had two athletes finish in the top five. Senior Sarah Bell and freshman Caleigh Lofstead finished fourth and fifth, respectively. Bell's vault of 13' 7.25" marked a new season-best mark. Junior Jenn Edobi led the way for the Commodores with a personal-best time of 53.94 and fourth-place finish. The other Commodore who placed in the top five over the weekend was Courtney Clayton in the 800-meter run. Junior Megan Huebner and freshman Mailin Struck now rank ninth and 10th on Vanderbilt's all-time indoor season performance list in the 5000m run with times of 16:54.74 and 16:59.66, respectively. The team returns back to Nashville this week to host the Music City Challenge on Feb. 10-11 to compete against more than 20 other schools. With just three weeks until the SEC Indoor Championships, the Commodores have nine athletes who currently rank in the top-10 in the SEC. Jenn Edobi (400m & 800m), Courtney Clayton (800m), Megan Huebner (5000m), Mailin Struck (5000m), Carmen Carlos (5000m), Sarah Bell (pole vault), Caleigh Lofstead (pole vault), Simone Charley (triple jump) and Sarah Goodale (pentathlon) all rank in the top-10 in their respective events.