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SEC Track and Field Notebook

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» Alabama

The Crimson Tide won eight titles with a handful of PRs at the New Mexico Collegiate Classic over the weekend. Junior Tamara Clark had a break out race in the women's 200m, where she won the race with a big PR and posted a 2020 NCAA leading time of 22.81. In the men's 400m, senior Stephan Holcombe clocked the fastest time of 47.79, while senior Natassha McDonald (52.64) picked up a victory for the women. Sophomore Bobby Colantonio Jr., who broke the school record in men's weight throw last week, picked up his third win of the season with a toss of 76-06.50 (23.33m). Junior Isaac Odugbesan out-threw the field with a 62-02.25 (18.95m) mark in men's shot put and junior Christian Edwards cleared 52-07.50 (16.04m) to place first in men's high jump. Senior Robert Dunning clocked a time of 7.73 in the prelim of the 60m hurdles to grab the fastest qualifying time and picked up the victory in the finals with a time of 7.76. Another notable Crimson Tide performance came from junior Ryan Lipe in the men's pole vault, he finished second out of collegians at a PR of 17-07.00 (5.36m), pushing him to No. 2 currently in the Southeastern Conference and improving on his place at No. 15 in the NCAA. Alabama will split squads for the first time this indoor season next week, with a contingent heading out west to the Texas Tech Shootout, another group is set to compete at the Vanderbilt Music City Invite, while the remainder head north to Iowa State Classic, all running from February 14-15.

» Arkansas

Arkansas will host 26 schools in the annual Tyson Invitational on Friday and Saturday, Feb. 14-15, while a group of Razorback distance runners will travel to Seattle, Washington, for the Husky Classic. This week the Arkansas women moved up a spot to No. 2 in the USTFCCCA national team rating index with the Razorback men at No. 20. There are 10 men's teams ranked among the top 25 entered in the Tyson Invitational along with seven women's teams. WOMEN - A trio of vaulters competed in the New Mexico Collegiate Challenge in Albuquerque, led by a career best height of 14-2 ¾ (4.34) from Bailee McCorkle as she moved to No. 8 performer on the Arkansas all-time list. McCorkle was the top collegian among a field of 17 pole vaulters, and second overall as she matched the winning height of professional vaulter Anicka Newell. Razorback Lauren Martinez, competing in her hometown where she was a four-time New Mexico state champion, tied for fourth at 13-11 (4.24) while Kaitlyn Banas set a career best of 13-7 (4.14) in placing ninth as she became the fifth-best freshman vaulter in the country this season.

» Auburn

Auburn sophomore Joyce Kimeli, competing in her first indoor mile of her running career, broke the school record in the event to highlight the Tigers' showing at the Razorback Invitational in Fayetteville, Ark. Kiimeli, who broke the Auburn 5k indoor mark in December, crossed in 4:38.66 to break the previous mark of 4:39.84 set by Janet Trujillo in 1997 ... The 23-year old record was the oldest standing Auburn women's indoor record before Kimeli passed it ... Sophomore Madi Malone won her second consecutive weight throw competition in as many weeks after posting the second longest mark in Auburn history to grab gold ... Malone's throw of 21.92m/71-11 gave her gold as four of her six marks were top 10 throws ever at Auburn ... She won her first collegiate event last week at the Bob Pollock Invitational ... On the men's side, sophomore sprinter Christopher Grant ran a collegiate-best 6.64 to claim silver in the 60m dash. Grant's time moved him into eighth place nationally as he has consistently shown improvement each week during the first month of the indoor season ... Sophomore James Courson also claimed a second place, after recording a new personal best in the pole vault as the Hoover, Ala., native cleared 17 feet for the first time of his indoor career (5.20m/17-0.75) ... Senior Natosha Jordan had a strong performance in the women's pentathlon, claiming eighth place with a personal-best score of 3865 ... During the five event competition, Jordan had three PRs. Junior Tori McKinley also had a solid meet finishing sixth in the shot put (14.98m/49-1.75) ... Men's weight throwers Erik Ebel and Kyle Brown were strong for the second week in a row, finishing fourth and fifth, respectively. Ebel notched a best-mark of 19.07m/62-6.75, while Brown had a new PR with a toss of 19.03m/62-5.25 ... In the jumps, Dontavious Hill took seventh in the men's high jump (2.06m/6-9), while Khalil Hasan was ninth in the triple jump with a PR of 14.83m/48-8 ... Auburn will have a weekend off before returning to action February 14-15 at the Tiger Paw Invitational in Clemson, S.C.

» Florida

Florida's distance runners wrapped up competition Saturday afternoon at the two-day Camel City Invitational in Winston-Salem, N.C., posting a top-10 Division I time and several new personal records. Senior Justin Pacifico finished first among collegians in the men's 800 meters invitational portion of the competition. The mid-distance runner posted a new personal-best time of 1:49.51, which converts down to 1:47.97 and lands in the No. 6 spot in Division I. In addition to Pacifico, other runners also improved their personal-best times. Sophomore Imogen Barrett, who represented the Gators in the women's mile invitational, crossed with a time of 4:46.15. The Australia native topped her personal best by 1.16 seconds.

» Georgia

The ninth-ranked Bulldogs had their third indoor meet of the season at the Razorback Invitational in Fayetteville, Ark., and left with a number of notable performances. The highlight came from the Bulldog trio in the heptathlon who finished 1-2-3 with a pair of scores more than 6,000 points and another at 5,994. This trio currently stands 1-2-3 nationally and 1-3-4 on the 2020 world list. Junior Johannes Erm set the meet record, took over the No. 11 all-time collegiate performer and shot to second on the school's all-time top-10 list with 6,114 points. Sophomore Karel Tilga, who like redshirt freshman Kyle Garland was competing in his first indoor combined events competition, scored 6,019 to become the No. 22 all-time collegiate performer and move to sixth in UGA's record books. Garland finished six points away from giving the Bulldogs three to eclipse the 6,000-point mark, assuming the No. 25 all-time collegiate performer spot and situating himself seventh on UGA's all-time top-10 list. Freshman Matthew Boling finished second in his 200-meter dash heat behind the national leader with a 20.90, which stands 11th nationally and second in the UGA record books behind the school record of 20.77 set by the late great Torrin Lawrence in 2009. Senior Darius Carbin remained consistent with a 7 feet, 3 ¼ inches clearance for runner-up honors in the high jump. In just his third meet as a collegian, freshman Haze Farmer won his third consecutive competition after clearing a UGA personal record of 17-4.50, which is in the country's top 20 and fourth in UGA history. The Bulldogs return to action at the Tyson Invitational (Fayetteville) and the Husky Classic (Seattle, Wash.) on Feb. 14-15. WOMEN: The second-ranked Lady Bulldogs also produced a series of memorable performances on Arkansas' campus. Already hovering near the top of the triple and long jump national lists after her first two meets, freshman Jasmine Moore soared 45 feet, 7 1/4 inches to take over the NCAA lead, more to No. 2 on the Bulldog all-time top-10 list behind collegiate record holder and Bowerman winner Keturah Orji and secure the No. 3 spot on the 2020 world list. She also had efforts of 45-0.50 and 44-11 in her series, which would also be national leaders by at least five inches. Moore's top mark is just 3.5 inches behind Orji's American Junior record and the all-time collegiate freshman best. Marsh was fourth with a season-best mark of 43-8 behind Moore. Freshman Anna Hall made her combined event debut and did not disappoint with the nation's second-best pentathlon score this year at 4,202 points, which ranks eighth in UGA history. Fighting back from a number of nagging injuries, senior Kayla Smith surged to No. 3 on the school's all-time list and No. 6 on the national performance list after clearing 14-4 to win the pole vault. Senior Amber Tanner crushed her all-time mark for season openers in the 800 meters as she neared her personal best with a 2:05.72, which is ninth on the current NCAA list. The Drop sisters also had significant success in the 3000m Invitational by taking second and third. Jessica ran a 9:18.64 to move to No. 10 on the current national performance list while Samantha ran a 9:26.50, which placed her fourth in the school record books. Also of note, sophomore Imani Carothers lowered her personal best to 8.18 during the 60m hurdle prelims and is now 14th nationally. The Georgia women train through the coming weekend before joining the men in Arkansas and Washington.

» Kentucky

Freshman Langston Jackson continued to impress with two event wins. Jackson has been named by the USTFCCCA as the Men's National Athlete of the Week after he set a new school record in the 200m on Friday with a time of 20.58 (adj. 20.65) which is good for No. 2 in the NCAA and then won the men's 60m with a time of 6.58 (adj. 6.60), which places him at No. 2 in school history and No. 5 in the NCAA. Two weeks removed from setting the world's No. 1 time in the women's 4x400m relays, Kentucky improved on it at the New Mexico Collegiate Classic on Saturday. The team of Megan Moss, Abby Steiner, Chloe Abbott and Alexis Holmes won the event with a time of 3:30.64 (adj. 3:31.08), which is now the fastest time in the NCAA and the second-fastest time in school history. Additionally, Matthew Peare pulled off another impressive performance in pole vault, setting a new school record with his mark of 17-9.25 (5.42m). The Wildcats will again be at two different meets next weekend as most of the team will compete at the Tiger Paw Invitational on Friday and Saturday in Clemson, South Carolina, while the distance runners will compete at the Iowa State Invitational on Friday in Ames, Iowa.

» LSU

In LSU's most recent competition, it was a 1-2-3 sweep in the women's 60 meter hurdles that highlighted the second and final day of the Razorback Invitational for the LSU track and field program. Tonea Marshall won the race and was followed by Alia Armstrong (second place) and Brittley Humphrey (third place). Marshall, the LSU school record holder, crossed the finish line with a time of 7.92 to go sub eight seconds for the third time in a row (she ran a 7.98 in prelims on Saturday). Alia Armstrong ran a personal best of 8.07 seconds to take silver, and Humphrey ran a season best of 8.13 to garner bronze. Marshall (No. 1), Armstrong (No. 3), and Humphrey (No. 6) own three of the top six times in the NCAA this season. Armstrong's time of 8.07 also nudged her into the LSU top-10 list at the No. 10 spot. In the men's 60 meter hurdles, it was Eric Edwards Jr. who came away with his second title of the season in the event. He clocked a personal best of 7.66 to win the race; the 7.66 is the third fastest in the NCAA this season, and it also ranks tied for third on the LSU list with teammate Damion Thomas. Thomas clocked a 7.76 in the final for third place, and teammate Arthur Price ran a personal best of 7.81 to take sixth. Price's lifetime best in the event ranks him No. 9 on the LSU list.

» Ole Miss

Ole Miss women's track & field remained in the national top-25, falling one spot to No. 21 following an off week in the Week Three USTFCCCA National Rating Index, the association announced Monday. This marks the 26th time in women's program history that the Rebels have been ranked in the indoor season, the 18th such ranking that has come under head coach Connie Price-Smith's tutelage since taking over the combined program in 2015. Junior Shey Taiwo and her fellow Rebel weight throwers are helping contribute to that No. 21 ranking significantly, combining for 37.11 of the 49.24 points Ole Miss is receiving. Taiwo currently leads the NCAA at her career-best throw of 22.70m (74-05.75) from the Indiana Relays on Jan. 31. Freshman Jasmine Mitchell (third, 22.23m/72-11.75) and junior Deborah Bulai (seventh, 22.02m/72-03.00) also rank within the NCAA top-10 in the weight throw. Sophomore sprinter Brandee Presley is contributing a sizable portion of the team total as well, with her school record 60-meter dash time of 7.18 seconds ranking sixth in the NCAA. The Rebel men aren't far out of the top-25, sitting at No. 38 nationally in Week Three.

» Mississippi State

Six Bulldogs claimed individual event titles in the Bulldogs' most recent competition. Cameron Crump broke his previous personal best by 40cm to win the long jump with a 7.40m (24-3.5) leap. Brian Evans won the 400m, Terryon Conwell took the 200m crown and Dejon Devroe took home 800m gold. For the women, Asia Poe claimed the pentathlon high jump title with a 1.73m (5-8.0) mark and Shayla Broughton won the pentathlon 60m Hurdles with a lifetime-best time of 8.42. Devroe won his second race of the season when he clinched the 800m title. His time of 1:49.29 in the 800m would stand as the third-fastest time in the SEC this season and rank 12th in the nation. Broughton placed second in the women's pentathlon with a personal-best score of 3,862 points, which ranks fourth in school history. Her mark ranks seventh in the SEC. In high jump, Broughton came just one centimeter shy of her best at 1.70m (5-7.0). She threw a career best in the shot put and shaved seconds off her personal best in the 800m. Asia Poe and Alex Woodberry joined Shayla Broughton with top-10 marks in the SEC in the pentathlon. Poe's 3800 points and Woodberry's 3610 points rank eight and 10th, respectively. Poe's 3800 points marks the seventh-best performance in school history. All three Bulldog 4x400m relay teams shaved seconds off their season-bests. The men's relay of Terryon Conwell, Cameron Crump, Dejon Devroe and Brian Evans posted the 9th fastest time in the SEC this season. The women's relay consisting of Cathrina Morris, Charlotte Cayton-Smith, Faith Gilbert and Shardonnay Nichols ran the 11th-fastest time in the SEC this season. Cayton-Smith ran the seventh-fastest time in the SEC this season with a 2:10.42 in the women's 800m.

» Missouri

Mizzou Track & Field recorded four new program top-10 marks and logged 20 personal-best performances during the Mizzou Open on Friday afternoon at the Hearnes Center Fieldhouse in Columbia, Mo. The Tigers dominated field events on Friday as Mizzou claimed wins in the men's long jump, shot put and weight throw as well as the women's triple jump, high jump, weight throw and shot put. Redshirt senior Karissa Roman (Kewanee, Ill.) moved up to fourth place in program history by clearing 1.81m (5-11.25) in the women's high jump. Roman added one and a half inches to her previous personal-best and now sits in eighth place in the NCAA in the event this season. Entering the meet with the fourth-best mark in program history, Sophomore Arianna Fisher (San Jose, Calif.) climbed to number two all-time by winning the triple jump with a mark of 12.99m (42-7.5). Freshman Euphenie Andre (Dover Plains, N.Y.) finished second in the event behind Fisher and moved from fifth to fourth-place all-time in the triple jump. Andre recorded a mark of 12.65m (41-6).

» South Carolina

The University of South Carolina track and field team had numerous individuals make huge improvements in the NCAA rankings on Saturday at the South Carolina Invitational. Along with Friday, the Gamecocks had six events leap into the NCAA top 20 and had a total of 37 personal bests at the Carolina Indoor Track and Field Complex. Throughout the weekend Carolina picked up six wins and four individuals either entered or improved their program top 10 marks at the 2020 South Carolina Invitational. There were also eight different facility records broken throughout the two-day South Carolina Invitational.

» Tennessee

A trio of Tennessee track & field throwers earned top-three finishes this weekend at the Doc Hale Elite Meet, highlighting six Vols in action at Virginia Tech's Rector Field House in Blacksburg, Virginia. UT took the top two spots in the men's shot put competition on Saturday, as Jordan West and Joseph Maxwell placed first and second, respectively. West logged a throw of 18.99m (62-3.75), while Maxwell went 18.70m (61-4.25) as the Volunteer duo topped opponents from Campbell, Duke, East Carolina, Kentucky and Virginia Tech. In the men's weight throw on Friday night, junior Georgios Korakidis took a runner-up finish with a heave of 20.80m (68-3). The Kilkis, Greece, native has placed third or better in all four of his weight throw competitions this season.

» Texas A&M

Texas A&M track & field's Deborah Acquah stole the show on the second day of the Charlie Thomas Invitational, Saturday at Gilliam Indoor Stadium. The junior broke the Texas A&M triple jump school record by 10 inches, posting an incredible 45' 2 ¼" leap. A&M took the top spot in the women's competition and second place in the men's events. Joining Acquah in the winner's circle for A&M were fellow jumper CJ Stevenson, who took first in the men's triple jump (49' 7"). Senior middle-distance runner Brittany Parker placed first in the 800m with a 2:09.02 time. In the women's 60m hurdles competition, freshman Kaylah Robinson took the top time and set a personal best with an 8.27 mark, while junior Kennedy Smith placed third (8.33). Connor Schulman submitted a new personal best in the men's 60m hurdles, finishing with a time of 8.24. The Texas A&M women's 4x400m relay team of Amber Ivy, Jaevin Reed, Jania Martin and Brittany Parker finished second with a 3:39.74 result. In the men's high jump, Mason Farley and Jake Lamberth tied for second, each with a 6' 8 ¼" mark. Lagarious McQuirter also earned a top three finish, placing third in the men's long jump (23' 8"). Jacie Droddy earned a PR in the long jump, taking a 18' 2 ¼" leap. Logan Freeman took third in the men's pole vault, earning a 16' 9 ¼" result.

» Vanderbilt

It's the final tune-up before the SEC Indoor Championships as Vanderbilt track and field hosts the Music City Challenge on Friday and Saturday at the Vanderbilt Mulitpurpose Facility. Events are scheduled to begin at 4 p.m. Friday and 10 a.m. Saturday. Last weekend, four individuals and one relay team earned medals for the Commodores at the Texas A&M Charlie Thomas Invitational. The Commodores also finished with six new marks among the school's all-time top 10 lists and finished fifth among 14 teams with 62.5 points. Vanderbilt will return to College Station at the end of the month for the conference championships, Feb. 28-29.