Big South Indoor T&F Set School Records on Saturday

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Emery, Scally Set HPU Records at Virginia Tech Invitational
Sophomores Evan Emery and Steven Scally both set High Point University records to highlight the men's track & field team's results at the Virginia Tech Invitational on Friday and Saturday. Emery ran a time of 22.10 in the 200-meter and Scally threw the 35-pound weight 13.58 meters (44-6.75).

Emery's time of 22.10 in the 200-meter broke the old record of 22.14 set by Kirk Rudder in 2004. He placed fifth overall and also took 11th in the 60-meter dash with a time of 6.90 meters to crush his previous best in that event.

Scally's throw of 13.58 meters (44-6.75) in the weight throw blew away the old record of 12.69 meters (41-7.75) set by Ken Diaz in 2005. It was a significant improvement over his best of 11.54 (37-10.5) from last season.

Smith placed second with an indoor-best of 8:27.90 in the 3,000-meter. In his first race back after an illness in the fall, freshman Jeff LaCoste placed ninth in the 3,000-meter with a time of 8:45.56.

Doehr continued his impressive opening weekend with an eighth-place finish in the 400-meter. He finished third in his heat in 49.47, just behind Daniel Harrison of Wake Forest who came in at 49.46. Doehr finished the 500-meter in 1:05.89, good for fifth place on Friday night.

In the 800-meter, freshmen Chris Muggler and Evan Gingrich came in 12th and 14th, respectively. Muggler edged Gingrich and ETSU's Desmond Pierce with a time of 1:58.36 while Muggler came in with a time of 1:59.28.

On Friday, redshirt-senior Jevin Monds placed fourth in the 1,000-meter in 2:31.18. He narrowly beat East Tennessee State's Filip Jalovy who finished in 2:31.74. This was the first weekend of competition for Monds since the 2010 cross country season after redshirting the last year to train for his final season.

The Panthers are back in action next weekend at the Captain Invitational in Newport, News, Va.

High Poin Women's Track & Field Finishes Competition at Virginia Tech
The High Point University women's track & field team wrapped up competition at the Virginia Tech Invitational Saturday in Blacksburg, Va. Senior Manika Gamble placed sixth in the 400-meter and 11th in the 300-meter to lead the Panthers.

Gamble finished 6th in the 400-meter with a time of 57.71, edging Amber Allen from South Carolina. On Friday, the senior won her heat and finished 11th overall in the 300-meter in 40.20. She also had a time of 8.98 in the 60-meter hurdles. Freshman Emily Fisher also ran the 300-meter, clocking a time of 43.23 for 23rd place.

Freshman Catelyn Griffin cleared 3.20 meters (10-6) on her third attempt in the pole vault to place 10th. Sophomore Veronica Peskosky also competed in the pole vault, clearing 2.90 meters (9-6.25). In the triple jump, Whittington placed 17th with a distance of 10.72 meters (35-2). She also competed in the long jump, posting a distance of 4.90 meters (16-1). Sophomore Megan Lowery long jumped 4.53 meters (14-10). In the weight throw, junior Lynee Pina posted a distance of 12.67 meters (41-7) on her first attempt.

The Panthers are back in action next weekend at the Captain Invitational in Newport, News, Va.

Lady Bucs Finish Strong at VT Invite
BLACKSBURG, Va.  - The Charleston Southern women's indoor track & field team picked up numerous top-10 finishes as they wrapped up competition on day two of the Virginia Tech Invitational at Rector Field House in Blacksburg, Va., on Saturday afternoon. 

CSU picked up two top-20 finishes in the long jump, with Patria Norman claiming fifth place and Deona Jones taking 16th overall.   Norman won her flight with a distance of 5.84 meters (19-02.00), while Jones had a jump of 5.35 meters (17-06.75).   The Bucs also had a pair of top-20 finishers in the shot put, with Joshlyn Noga placing sixth and Daisy Whitaker taking 14th place.  Noga had a throw of 13.33 meters (43-09.00) while Whitaker finished with a distance of 11.87 meters (38-11.50).   Talei Tagivakatini finished 20th in the event. 

Eloisa Parades took fifth place in her heat of the 800-meter run (15th overall) with a time of 2:25.05.  Susanna McKee took sixth in the same heat, running a 2:25.93 to take 17th overall.    Adrienne Cuff ran an 11:00.15 in the 3,000-meter run to finish fifth in her heat (15th overall).  Heidi Dean also competed in the event, running an 11:41.15. 

In the 200-meter dash, Gabrielle Houston finished second in her heat, taking 10th place overall.  She crossed the line in 24.84.    Houston was also a member of one of the Buccaneers' 4x400 meter relay team.  She combined with Norman, Mary Elliott, Brittany Greer to run a 4:00.91 for 13th place.    The quartet of Jasmine King, Mulern Jean, Melody Davis and Rashida Dooling finished 15th overall with a time of 4:02.45. 

The Bucs will return to action on January 27-28, when they travel to East Tennessee State University for the Niswonger Invitational.  The event will be held in Johnson City, Tenn.

 
Coastal Women's Track & Field Wraps Up Final Day of Virginia Tech Invitational
Blacksburg, Va. - The Coastal Carolina Women's Track & Field team took part in the final day of the Virginia Tech Invitational on Saturday, Jan. 14.

Coastal ran well in the distance medley with a third place showing. Letitia Saayman, Christian Johnson, Christina Davis and Sophie Perry completed the race in 12:15.70, setting a new school record. The previous school record was 12:18.91, which was set in 2004.

Kierra Gabe also helped lead the way for the Chanticleers posting a sixth place showing in the high jump after clearing 1.60 meters (5-03.00).

Also posting a sixth place finish was the 4x400 meter relay team. Santresa Jamison, Sharmaine Barnes, Erica Peake and Qwontajah Thompson completed the race in 3:52.51.

During the women's shot put Shantelle Patterson recorded a throw of 12.60 meters (41-04.25) to take eighth place, while Naomi Atkins finished 12th with a mark of 12.02 meters (39-05.25).

Erica Peake placed 17th overall in the long jump with a mark of 5.34 meters (17-06.25) and Darriale Henley jumped 5.33 meters (17-06.00) to take 18th.

The Chanticleers will next compete at the Clemson Invitational in Clemson, S.C. on Friday, Jan. 27 through Saturday, Jan. 28.

Rogers Places Second in Weight Throw as Gardner-Webb Track & Field Shows at the Dick Taylor Invitational in Chapel Hill, N.C. Courtesy: Gardner-Webb
Chapel Hill, N.C. - The Runnin' Bulldogs impressed this weekend among the more than 20 teams competing at the Dick Taylor Invitational, posting several noteworthy finishes among tough competition which included ACC heavyweights UNC and Duke.

The meet marks the first of 2012 for both the Gardner-Webb men's and women's track & field squads early in the Indoor season.

On day one, Gardner-Webb's Ariel Zimmerman ran the 3000 m run in 11:00.85, good enough for 15th. Elisabeth Sawyer finished 18th in 11:13.20.

GWU's Sarah Herd grabbed a 7th place finish in the high jump (1.60 m) on day two. The GWU long jumpers got two top ten finishers, with Anne Marie Howell taking 4th at 3.55m and Taylor Cook snagging 10th at 3.20 m. Leah Steinke took 18th in the 1 mile run for the Runnin' Bulldogs with a time of 5:48.31.

Ivana Hughes posted a 5th place finish in the 800 m run, recording a time of 2:20.93. Also competing for GWU in the 800 m run were Cherish Richardson (18th, 2:32.09) and Katie Spiro (19th, 2:32.71).

GWU put two in the top ten in the women's shot put, as Ashlei Alexander finished in 3rd after throwing 12.72 m and Stephanie Hamilton finished 8th with a distance of 11.65 m.

The "A 4x400 m relay" for GWU finished in 13th place, as T'Keyah Bell, Olivia Moody, Mariah Richardson, and Cherish Richardson combined for a time of 4:09.74.

Day one saw the Gardner-Webb men grasp four top 10 finishes. Travis Rogers posted a 2nd place showing in the weight throw (18.07 m). Teammate C.J. Wise came in 9th with a distance of 13.97 m.

Freshman Chris Darden leaped to a 6th place finish in the long jump (6.88 m). Clint McManus followed with a 6th place showing in the pole vault, recording a top height of 4.50 m.

Johnathan Parks had a solid showing in the 60 m hurdles, finishing in 14th place with a time of 8.49 seconds.

On day two, Darden took 7th in the High Jump, marking his second top ten finish on the weekend. The freshman recorded a height of 1.96 m in the event. In the 400 m dash, GWU's Miles Harris and Codi Merritt finished 17th (52.50) and 18th (52.73) respectively.  

Carson Sears wrapped up a strong weekend for the Gardner-Webb throwers, posting a 4th place finish in the shot put (14.68 m).

Gardner-Webb will be back in action at the Niswonger Invitational Jan. 28-29 in Johnson City, Ten.