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Gorwitz Qualifies for USA Junior Nationals Concluding Liberty Invitational
LYNCHBURG, Va. - Freshman Brian Gorwitz won the 5000m for the second consecutive meet and qualified for USA Junior Nationals to accentuate the final day of competition at the Liberty Collegiate Invitational on Saturday.

Fresh off winning the 5000m at the Winthrop Invitational last weekend, his first collegiate victory, he then backed that up with a 15:04.42 to take the crown at Liberty. Gorwitz will now compete this summer at USA Junior Nationals, along with Amber Church, who qualified last week in the 100-meter hurdles.
 
Along with Gorwitz's victory, Brett Olinger won the 400-meter hurdles and Church added a victory in the 100-meter hurdles. Church added another accolade to her collection by way of her first outdoor victory with a 14.85 and Olinger also collected his first win of the outdoor season at 54.20.
 
Over the two-day event, Radford recorded one school record, three individual victories, four runner-up finishes and three third-place showings.
 
Britney Whittaker and Sean Shelton each finished runner-up on Saturday. In the women's 800m, Whittaker crossed the finish line in 2:19.72.  Shelton shared the same fate in the 800m with a season-best time of 1:55.93, just 54 hundredths of a second from taking the win. 
 
Thomas Keefe also added a strong run in the 800m, finishing 14th in a field of 72 competitors at 1:58.88.
 
In the 400m, senior Raschad Kelso and sophomore Kaise White finished third and fifth with times of 48.17 and 48.65, respectively.
 
Justin Smith threw well again in the shot put, tossing 15.67m/51'5" which was good for fifth place.  Garrett Knudson launched 14.40m/47'3" in the event to place eighth.
 
Freshman Chris Dobbins won his heat of the 110-meter hurdles and finished fifth overall with a time of 15.16.
 
In the jumps, Antonio Miller spanned 14.29m/46'10.75" in the triple to place third.  Bryan Wallace took off and landed a 6.61m/21'8.25" distance in the long jump to finish in a tie for fifth.
 
The quartet of Olinger, Dobbins, Kelso and Wallace also finished fifth in the 4x100m with a season-best time of 42.41.
 
Nikki Roseberry and Jessica Barron each placed top-10 in the women's high jump.  Roseberry found herself in eighth place after a 1.63m/5'4.25" leap while Barron cleared the bar at a personal best 1.53m/5'2.25" to finish tenth.
 
Radford's next meet will come at Rock Hill, S.C. next Saturday, Apr. 8 when it competes in the Carolinas Cup.

Runnin' Bulldogs Post Five First-Place Wins at Terrier Relays
Spartanburg, S.C. - The Gardner-Webb Runnin' Bulldogs posted 35 top-10 finishes at the Terrier Relays hosted by Wofford College in Spartanburg, S.C. on Saturday, April 2nd, highlighted by senior Carrie Long's GWU record setting mark of 3.75 meters in the women's pole vault event.

Outside of Long's first-place finish with her school record mark of 3.75 meters in the women's pole vault event, GWU picked up three other wins on the women's side on Saturday in Spartanburg, S.C. to lead the women's team to a third-place team finish77.5 points.

GWU sophomore Ashlei Alexander earned a first-place win in the women's shot put event, turning in a throw of 12.65 meters, while fellow thrower Jasmine Miles picked up a first-place finish in the discus throw event with her mark of 39.38 meters, a new personal best mark.

The other GWU first-place performance on the women's side came in the javelin throw, as junior Caroline Arledge took first-place honors with her throw of 37.21 meters.

Junior Elisabeth Sawyer set a new personal best time of 11:37.03 in the 3000 meter steeplechase event, picking up a second-place finish overall, while fellow classmate Ann Marie Howell picked up a second-place finish in the pole vault event with her personal best mark of 3.55 meters.

Also picking up a top-five finish in the women's pole vault on Saturday was sophomore Bethany Wright, who took fourth-place overall with her height of 3.20 meters, a new personal best mark, finishing just ahead of fellow teammate Taylor Cook who finished in sixth-place overall with the same height.

Freshman Kyntoya Hansford earned a fourth-place finish in both the women's discus throw event with a personal best mark of 34.00 meters and in the shot put event with a toss of 10.80 meters, while fellow newcomer Olivia Moody picked up a fifth-place finish in the javelin throw with a distance of 27.95 meters.

In the women's long jump event, junior Katy Milton posted a third-place finish with a leap of 4.96 meters, tying her personal best record, while freshman Kristen Hurley turned in a personal best mark of 4.89 meters to take fourth-place overall.

Gardner-Webb junior Sarah Herd tallied a sixth-place finish in the women's high jump event, clearing the bar at 1.50 meters, while freshman Katie Spiro picked up a ninth-place finish in the shot put event with a personal best toss of 10.15 meters.

In the relay events on the women's side, the GWU 4x100 meter relay team took third-place (49.01), the 1600 meter sprint medley relay team placed third overall (4:26.15) and the 4x200 meter relay unit posted a second-place finish (1:44.54) on Saturday.

On the men's side, GWU posted 18 top-10 finishes to place fourth overall with 67.5 points in the team standings for the meet.

Freshman Terry Davis picked up a win in the men's triple jump event, taking first-place with a distance of 13.61 meters, a new personal best mark, and earned a second-place finish in the men's high jump event with a height of 1.85 meters, also a personal best mark.

GWU sophomore Clint McManus posted a third-place finish in the men's pole vault event, clearing the bar at 4.35 meters, while freshman Tavarus Ferguson finished fourth overall in the long jump event with a leap of 6.38 meters.

In the shot put event, Carson Sears tallied a second-place finish with a toss of 13.10 meters, while in the discus throw event, Sears picked up a fourth-place finish with a mark of 41.63 meters.

C.J. Wise and Josh Padgett finished in fifth and sixth, respectively, in the javelin throw event with marks of 46.54 and 41.34 meters, both of personal best marks, while sophomore Chris Whaley picked up a seventh-place finish in the high jump event, clearing the bar at 1.75 meters.

A handful of individuals picked up eighth-place finishes on Saturday, as Steven Gardner finished eighth in the pole vault event with his mark of 3.80 meters, Galen Keene took eighth in the 3000 meter steeplechase with his time of 12:00.19 and Ferguson placed eighth in the triple jump with a distance of 12.19 meters.

Gardner-Webb posted top-10 finishes in six relay events, taking fourth in both the 4x100 meter relay (44.20) and in the 4x200 meter relay (1:33.61), placing seventh in both the 1600 meter sprint medley relay (3:49.77) and in the distance medley relay (11:12.34), finishing eighth in the 4x400 meter relay (3:46.92) and posting a ninth-place finish in the 4x1600 meter relay event (19:51.84).

Also posting a strong performance on Saturday was sophomore Andy Scates, who set a personal best mark in the discus throw with a distance of 32.78 meters, placing him in 11th-place overall, and senior Justin Cole, who turned in a personal best time of 17:35.19 in the 5000 meter run, placing 15th overall for the event.

The Runnin' Bulldog outdoor track & field teams will return to action next weekend, as some of the student-athletes will compete at the Texas Relays in Austin, Texas from April 6-9th, while others will take part of the Carolina's Cup in Rock Hill, S.C. on Saturday, April 8th.

Chants Tally 18 Top 10 Finishes at the Tiger Track Classic
AUBURN, Ala. - The Coastal Carolina women's and men's track & field team finished the Auburn University Tiger Track Classic with 18 top 10 finishes.

The meet, held at Hutsell-Rosen Track, featured athletes from 18 universities from across the southeastern United Sates.

Junior Christian Johnson picked up where she left off last weekend at the Weems Baskin Invitational as she turned in two top 10 finishes at the Tiger Track Classic.  Johnson a mid-distance aficionado placed sixth in the 1,500 meters in 4:38.53 to improve on her previous career best by .23 seconds.  Johnson was also the 15th place finisher in the 800 meters with a 2:16.54 clip. 

The Chanticleers weekend started off with strong efforts form Deborah Mattern and Caitlin Lupo in the javelin and Anjulia Nicholson in the hammer throw on Firday evening.  Mattern threw for a season best mark of 44.23m (145-01) to place fifth, while Lupo finished ninth with a toss of 38.90m (127-07).  Nicholson threw her season best of 44.56m (146-02) in the hammer.

Sierrah Oates continued her stellar senior season as she placed seventh in the long jump with a leap of 5.62m (18-5.25).  Oates' jump was the farthest by any Chant this season.

Emily Marchini also collected a top 10 finish in the 1,500 meters as she was the ninth runner to cross the finish line with a personal best time of 4:44.07.

The Chants had two of the top nine collegiate finishers in the 200 meters in Santresa Jamison and Vondeeshia Humphries.  Johnson finished the event in 56.71, while Humphries was on her heels with a time of 56.75.  The duo were the eighth and ninth collegiate finishers, respectively. 

In the 3,000 meters, Jessica Dennison placed 10th in 10:24.53.  Dennison's time was her best of the 2011 season in the event.

The Coastal Carolina 'A' 4x100 meter relay team claimed the Chants final top 10 finish of the meet.  The quartet of London Smalls, Darriale Henley, Humphries, and Melekia Simpson placed eighth in 46.75.

On the men's side, three Chanticleers finished in the top 10 of the 100 meters as Christopher Lawson and Lenny Steed led the way with identical times of 10.69 to tie for eighth.  Corey Jameson was right on their heels finishing the event a mere hundredth of second behind with a time of 10.70 to place tenth. 

Russel Kanner, a South Aiken High School product, continued his impressive freshman campaign with a 12th place finish in the 400 meter hurdles.  Kanner's clip of 55.46 is the Chanticleers' eighth quickest time in the event this season.

In the 4x100 meter relay, the grouping of Jacques Watson, Raheen Frederick, Steed, and Ryan Edlich placed sixth with a time of 41.30.  The quartets time was a tenth of a second off the Coastal Carolina 2011 season best.

Coastal also posted a strong showing in the jumps as three individuals placed in the top 10 of their respective events.  Leading the way was Nehemiah Shelly 's triple jump of 14.28m (46-10.25) to place fifth in the event.  Burton Jones finished within a meter of Shelly with a leap of 13.64m (44-9.0) to finish tenth.  Freshman Raheen Frederick placed 13th in the long jump with a distance of 6.70m (21-11.75).

Three Coastal Carolina throwers turned in quality finishes at the Classic.  Charlie Tidwell, Coastal's top finisher in the meet, placed second in the hammer with a throw of 56.01m (183-09).  Jason Flanagan, who entered the meet ranked 20th in the NCAA in the javelin, nearly equaled his season best mark with a throw of 66.41m (217-10) to place third in the event.  Chris Tillotson, a sophomore, finished ninth overall in the javelin with a toss of 57.13m (187-5).

Next, the Chanticleers will send athletes to both the Duke Invitational and Florida State Seminole Invitational on April 8-9. 

Runnin' Bulldogs Compete at 2011 Tiger Track Classic at Auburn University
Auburn, Ala. - The Gardner-Webb outdoor track & field teams had a number of individuals compete at the 2011 Tiger Track Classic hosted by Auburn University in Auburn, Alabama on Saturday, April 2nd, with a handful of Runnin' Bulldogs posting top-25 finishes on the day.

On the men's side, senior Johnathan Rucker picked up a fifth-place finish overall in the 110 meter hurdles event, turning in a time of 14.75, while in the same event, fellow senior Evan Brusich crossed the finish line in 10th-place with his time of 15.01.

Brusich also picked up a 16th-place finish in the 400 meter hurdles with a time of 55.74, finishing behind fellow teammate Johnathan Parks who took ninth-place overall with a person best time of 54.82 on Saturday afternoon.

GWU sophomore Bo Miller earned two top-25 finishes on Saturday, as the sprinter picked up a 17th-place finish in the 200 meter dash with his time of 22.38 and a 23rd-place showing in the 100 meter dash with a time of 10.969, while fellow classmate Josiah Stanton-Brooks also recorded a top-25 finish, crossing the finish line in a time of 1:55.415 in the 800 meter run, placing him in 17th-place overall for the event.

In the 4x400 meter relay event, the GWU unit of Rucker, Brusich, Parks and Stanton-Brooks turned in a 10th-place finish with their time of 3:20.48.

On the women's side, senior Diana Palka took ninth-place in the 3000 meter run, turning in a time of 10:24.42, a new personal best, while fellow classmate Laura Scott earned a 23rd-place finish with her time of 10:54.63.

GWU sophomore Ivana Hughes recorded a 14th-place finish in the 800 meter run with her time of 2:18.83, while fellow classmate and teammate Ariel Zimmerman earned a 17th-place finish in the 1500 meter run, crossing the finish line in a time of 4:50.83.

The Runnin' Bulldog outdoor track & field teams will return to action next weekend, as some of the student-athletes will compete at the Texas Relays in Austin, Texas from April 6-9th, while others will take part of the Carolina's Cup in Rock Hill, S.C. on Saturday, April 8th.

Liberty Wins 7 Events on Wind-Swept Saturday
LYNCHBURG, Va. - Despite battling fierce winds all day at the Matthes-Hopkins Track Complex, the Liberty men's and women's track & field teams still fared well on Saturday at the Liberty Collegiate Invitational. The Flames and Lady Flames won seven events and notched two new ECAC qualifiers.

Men's Meet Recap
Three of Liberty's event victories came in the men's field events, highlighted by Kolby Shepherd's third Liberty Collegiate Invitational pole vault triumph in the last four years. With the event forced indoors due to the gusty wind conditions, Shepherd took advantage of the familiar runway inside the Tolsma Indoor Track Center.

The redshirt junior won the event by more than a foot with a first-attempt clearance at 17-0.75, before making three credible attempts at what would have been a new school record, 17-7.25.

It was Shepherd's first time cracking the 17-foot barrier in a Liberty uniform, and he is the first Liberty pole vaulter to go over 17 feet since Ken Howell in 1999. Shepherd and Howell now share third place on the Flames' all-time outdoor pole vault performance list.

At the time of this writing, Shepherd was one of only 14 NCAA Division I men's pole vaulters in the nation who have eclipsed the 17-foot barrier during the 2011 outdoor season. He is also one of only four vaulters to do so in program history.

Redshirt sophomore Ryan Smith set a new outdoor personal best in the shot put at 57-11.25, winning his specialty event for the third straight year at this meet. He topped the competition by nearly four feet and now ranks No. 11 nationally in the men's shot put.

Anthony Bryant caught a nice gust of wind on his opening triple jump attempt, and it helped him stretch out to his winning distance of 50-2.75. However, the tailwind of 4.4 m/s was over the limit and the mark will not count toward NCAA qualification.

Isaac Wendland employed an interesting strategy to win the Liberty Collegiate Invitational men's 800 crown for the second time in three seasons. After clocking 61 seconds for his opening lap, Wendland powered through a 54-second closing 400 for a winning time of 1:55.34. Jordan Bright backed him up with a fifth-place finish in the event, at 1:57.12.

The Flames' final event victory came under the lights in the 4 x 400 relay, as Taylor Courtney overtook Winston-Salem State's anchor on the final straightaway. Courtney, Andre Washington, Chris Johnson and Paul Arslain teamed up to win the event in 3:18.86.

Never was the wind stronger on Saturday than during the 1,500-meter run. However, Liberty was able to take three of the event's top eight spots, and all three runners posted season-best clockings.

Jarred Cornfield ran 3:58.01 for second place, David Ricksecker was fifth in 4:00.70 and Andrew Rigler came in eighth at 4:02.98.

Other lofty finishes on the track went to Zach Barker (fourth in the steeplechase at 10:12.81) and Anthony Settje (sixth in the 100 at 11.05).

Returning to the field events, Kevin Reddington long jumped 22-0.25 for third place on a busy day. Earlier in the morning, the sophomore had sung the meet's national anthem as part of a trio.

After winning the men's javelin title on Friday, Elliot Galeone tossed the discus 166-2 for third place. Winning the event was Liberty assistant coach Clendon Henderson, at 173-4. It was the fifth straight Liberty Collegiate Invitational men's discus championship for Henderson.

Finally, Drew Edwards was Liberty's top finisher in the decathlon, placing fourth with 5,881 points. Teammate Taylor Schmidt, who is redshirting during the 2011 outdoor campaign, won the event with a score of 6,853.

Women's Meet Recap
Like Shepherd in the men's pole vault, Shelley Parker took advantage of a respite from the wind during an indoor women's pole vault competition. She joined the 12-foot club for the first time on Saturday, sailing over 12-1.5 on her first attempt to sew up second place in the event and an ECAC qualifier.

Only the fourth Lady Flame ever to pole vault over 12 feet, Parker now ranks No. 2 all-time on Liberty's outdoor list.

Also qualifying for the ECAC meet on Saturday was Krystle Matthews, who earned her second Liberty Collegiate Invitational heptathlon title in a row with 4,605 points. She won both the heptathlon long jump (16-10) and javelin (120-4) disciplines on the multi-event's second day, enabling her to outdistance runner-up Ashley Bault of Marietta by 303 points.

Alyssa Pegues was the Lady Flames' other event victor, taking the triple jump title at 38-9.75.

Christina Mitchell did not attempt the heptathlon at this meet, but did take part in several individual events. Her personal-best 400-meter hurdles time of 1:04.03 notched a sixth-place finish. She also recorded an outdoor personal-best shot put throw of 38-6, taking 14th place in the event and climbing into the No. 10 spot in program history.

Liberty underclassmen provided three other top five event finishes on Saturday, including Khristina Kanagy's fourth-place effort in the 1,500. She cut through the wind for a personal-best time of 4:50.12.

Freshman Jocelyn Williams ended up fifth in the women's discus, thanks to a 131-10 toss. She now sits No. 7 in Liberty history for the event. Classmate Jessica Gass ran a 12:39.95 in her steeplechase debut, coming in fifth.

Meanwhile, Liberty alumni performed well in the women's 800, as Rebekah Ricksecker won in 2:16.19 and Chenoa Freeman came in third at 2:17.93. Both Ricksecker and Freeman were seniors on last year's Big South "Double Triple" squad.

Liberty will split its team up between three different meets next week, including the Texas Relays, the Carolina's Classic and the Lynchburg College Classic. The Texas Relays will be the first of the three events to get started, opening up Wednesday in Austin, Texas.

Sing's School Record Leads Track and Field at Liberty
LYNCHBURG, Va. - Jennifer Sing's school record in the pole vault led the VMI track and field programs on the final day of competition, Saturday, at the Liberty Collegiate Invitational in Lynchburg, Va.

Sing finished fifth in the event, but became the first Keydet woman to clear 12 feet with a 3.70 meter (12'1 ½") effort on the cool, windy day. She was one of three VMI athletes to post IC4A/ECAC qualifying marks on the day, joining Cody Davis and Chad Lawson.

Lawson recorded his mark in the discus, finishing fourth with a 50.17 meter toss (164'7"). Teammate Davis was fourth in the shot put, as he heaved the implement 15.84 meters (51'11 ¾") to punch his ticket to May's IC4A meet in Princeton, N.J.

Meanwhile, Carrie Wortham and Nicole Harding were also in action in the pole vault, both falling just shy of their collegiate best marks. Each cleared 3.25 meters (10'8"), with Wortham (ninth) edging Harding (tied for 11th) on misses.

Another event that was kind to VMI was the men's 1,500-meter run, where Ermin Mujezinovic and Cabell Willis both recorded finishes in the top four. Mujezinovic was third, clocking in at 3:59.14, while Willis was right behind him in fourth (4:00.35). Jason Thorpe and Ian McGinn finished 12th and 13th, meaning that four Keydets finished among the race's top 13.

Leah Schubel continued her strong start to the outdoor campaign, placing eighth in the women's 1,500 with a time of 4:58.06. Teammate Jasmine Hariston finished in the top 10 of both the long jump and triple jump, as in the long jump, she posted a 5.08 meter (16'8") effort to finish eighth. Her best triple jump of 11.12 M (36'5 ¾") gave her a ninth-place finish in that event.

James Alexander finished in the top 14 of two crowded fields, placing 12th in the 100-meter dash (11.18) and coming home 14th of the 81 competitors in the 200-meters, thanks to a 22.36 clocking. Finally, Ademola Titcombe was sixth in the triple jump (13.23 M/43'5") and Antonio Wood placed ninth in the long jump (21'6 ¾")

The Keydets are back in action Saturday, April 9, as they take part in a meet at George Mason in Fairfax, Va. Action is scheduled to get underway at 11 a.m.