Emery's "B" Time for Olympic Trials Highlights T&F Action


Emery Achieves Olympic Trials 'B' Standard in 100-meter
GAINESVILLE, Fla. -- Sophomore Evan Emery of the High Point University men's track & field team ran 10.28 in the 100-meter dash at the Florida Relays on Friday, the exact time needed to provisionally qualify for the U.S. Olympic Trials. He placed fifth overall in the prestigious event in Gainesville, Fla.

Emery placed third in his heat and fifth overall in the 100-meter dash at the Florida Relays. Florida's Jeff Demps and Florida State's Kemar Hyman ran quicker than Emery in the first heat. In Emery's heat, he was bested only by post-collegiate sprinter Chris Hargrett (10.19) and Jackson State's Brent Lee (10.25). Demps is a five-time NCAA champ in the sprints.

Emery also placed fifth in his heat and 26th overall in the 200-meter dash. His time of 21.42 was off his season-best and HPU record 20.87 from the HPU VertKlasse Meeting on March 24.

Emery's 100-meter time is faster than his previous HPU record of 10.31 but does not count as a new school record because it was wind-aided. The 10.28 still counts toward qualifying for the NCAA Championship and Olympic Trials. Emery opened the season running 10.31 in the finals of the 100-meter dash at the Wake Forest Open on March 17. His career best coming into 2012 was 10.64.

By achieving the Olympic Trials 'B' standard, Emery will be eligible to compete in the U.S. Olympic Trials based on where he ranks among all competitors in the nation. The 'A' standard is 10.18. The Olympic Trials take place June 22-July 1 in Eugene, Ore.

Emery was High Point's only competitor in the Florida Relays as the majority of the team went to the Duke Invitational and junior distance runner Jacob Smith ran in the Colonial Relays at William & Mary. High Point competes in the Johnson C. Smith Invitational next weekend before heading to the Big South Championship in Myrtle Beach, S.C., April 19-21.

Klase, Percival Finish 1-2 in Men's Javelin
LYNCHBURG, Va. - Liberty's duo of Daniel Klase and Gabriel Percival swept the top two places in the men's javelin, which was Friday's final event at the Liberty Collegiate Invitational. Their personal-best performances highlighted a sunny, breezy day at the Matthes-Hopkins Track Complex.

Men's Meet Recap
Klase trailed teammate Percival in the men's javelin until the fifth round, when the freshman's 187-1 effort took the lead for good. Klase then improved to his winning distance of 187-5 on his sixth and final attempt of the evening.

Percival, a junior, had not thrown the javelin farther than 164-9 during his collegiate career, prior to Friday. However, four of his six attempts sailed past that mark, including his career-best 183-8 heave on his third try. That impressive effort stood up for a runner-up finish.

In Friday's other men's throwing event, the hammer, redshirt junior Ryan Smith stepped up for a third-place showing. His top throw on the day stretched the measuring tape to 183-9.

Freshman Nick Fifelski was the Flames' top decathlete on day one, scoring 2,959 points for fifth place in the current standings. His 38-4 mark in the shot put was the best among the 12-member field.

Women's Meet Recap
Liberty performed well in the women's hammer competition on Campus East, placing three throwers among the event's top nine finishers. Leading the way was redshirt senior Melinda Bendik, who claimed runner-up honors at 191-1. She fell just shy of her third straight Liberty Collegiate Invitational women's hammer crown, but did throw over 190 feet for the third time this season.

Behind Bendik, both Jocelyn Williams (164-0, sixth place) and Mychelle Cumings (156-10, ninth place) posted personal-best throws. Cumings climbed into a tie with Caitlyn Sutterfield for fourth place on Liberty's all-time performance list.

In the women's javelin, Grace Esden came in sixth at 102-0 and Jennifer Nicholson followed in seventh place at 101-9.

Reigning ECAC and Big South heptathlon champion Christina Mitchell tops the Lady Flames' three heptathletes through Friday's four events. She currently ranks fourth overall with 2,733 points, highlighted by a 34-7.5 mark in the shot put.

Freshman Riley Brandon was unable to finish the heptathlon 100-meter hurdles, sabotaging her chances at a strong overall score. However, she bounced back for a personal-best 5-4.25 high jump clearance in her very next event. Brandon is now tied with Krystle Matthews for ninth place on Liberty's all-time outdoor women's high jump list.

The second and final day of the 2012 Liberty Collegiate Invitational will begin Saturday at 9:30 a.m. with the decathlon 110-meter hurdles and women's pole vault. Running events will begin in earnest at noon, when the gun goes off for the men's 4 x 100 relay.

High Point's Smith Runs 14:01 5K at Colonial Relays
High Point University junior Jacob Smith ran a career-best and Big South-leading 14:01.61 in the 5,000-meter on Friday evening at the Colonial Relays in Williamsburg, Va. The time ranks No. 2 in HPU history and crushed his previous best of 14:30.42.

Virginia's Sean Keveren won the race in 13:48.34 and Duquesne's Jim Spisak took second in 13:50.44. There were seven runners under 14:00 with Smith crossing the finish line eighth. Smith beat out nine other runners in the heat and 58 others in the race.

Smith's time of 14:01.61 was just off the High Point University record of 13:59.43 set by Tamas Kovacs in 2008. Smith now ranks No. 2 all-time at HPU ahead of No. 3 Jesse Cherry (14:07.25) and No. 4 Taylor Milne (14:08.78).

Emery ran a U.S. Olympic Trials 'B' standard time of 10.28 seconds, placing fifth in the 100-meter dash at the Florida Relays on Friday.

The majority of the team is competing in the Duke Invitational on Friday and Saturday. High Point competes in the Johnson C. Smith Invitational next weekend before heading to the Big South Championship in Myrtle Beach, S.C., April 19-21.

HPU's Pina Sets Career Best in Javelin on First Day of Duke Invitational
DURHAM, N.C. -- High Point University junior Lynee Pina threw the javelin a career-best 40.72 meters (133-07) to highlight the women's track & field team's performance on the first day of the Duke Invitational on Friday in Durham, N.C. Senior Manika Gamble was runner-up in the 400-meter hurdles.

Pina placed eighth in the javelin with her throw of 40.72 meters. That was way ahead of her previous best of 36.92 meters (121-1), which she set during the Big South Championship last season.

Gamble placed second in the 400-meter hurdles with a time of 1:00.79. She came in behind North Carolina's Danielle Brock, who finished in 1:00.30. She will run the 100-meter hurdles and 4x400 relay on Saturday. Sophomore Colleen Hollowood placed fourth in her heat and 25th overall in the 400-meter hurdles, finishing in 1:09.96.

Also on Friday, sophomore Shannon Corbett placed fourth in her heat and 11th overall in the developmental section of the 400-meter, finishing in 1:01.19. Freshman Lauren Blackwell placed seventh in the 5,000-meter in 18:5.39 and freshman Krista Willard placed 21st.

On Saturday, senior Shamia Brown will make her track debut in the 200-meter dash and 4x100 relay. She joined the HPU women's track team after four seasons of basketball in which she earned All-Big South honors. She is High Point's Div. I-era leader in scoring and rebounding. Brown competed in track & field in high school.

Brown will run the 4x100 relay along with sophomores Kaitlin Whittington and Corbett and freshman Emily Fischer. Fischer will also compete in the 400-meter.

Also on Saturday, freshman Sarah Dorrell and Hollowood will run the 800-meter and Kelsey Hunt will run in the 3,000-meter. The Panthers have three competitors in the steeplechase: Kelsey Fraser, Audrey Malloy and Kelsey Hinchliffe. High Point closes out the meet with Gamble, Whittington, Fischer and Dorrell in the 4x400 relay.

Dinning and Hagos Lead VMI at Duke
DURHAM, N.C. - Noah Hagos bettered his personal best in the 5,000-meters by some eight seconds, while Emily Dinning continued her recent success with a second straight USATF Junior National Championships qualification, pacing the VMI track and field teams on the opening day of the Duke Invitational, contested in Durham, N.C.

Hagos, who had previously broken the 15-minute 5K barrier just once, clocked in at 14:44.92 en route to a 12th-place finish. It was some eight seconds better than the 14:52 effort he posted last April at the Mason Spring Invitational. Teammate Cabell Willis also recorded a PR in the event, just missing the 15-minute plateau with a 15:01.49 time. Willis placed 16th overall.

Dinning, meanwhile, fresh off her USATF Junior Nationals qualifying effort in the 3K last weekend, finished eighth in the 5K on Friday. Dinning's time of 17:41.67 qualifies her for the USATF Jr. Championships in this event as well, and makes her the first Keydet woman to ever achieve two qualification standards for those Championships.

Collins finished in a tie for fourth in the pole vault, clearing 3.55 meters (11'7 ¾"). Meanwhile, in the women's 1,500, Michelle Church continued her comeback with a 4:53.92 clocking (32nd), while Leah Schubel finished 40th in 4:55.60.

VMI track and field will return to action Saturday, completing action at the Duke Invitational. Events will get underway at 9 a.m.

Jason Flanagan Wins Javelin Crown at Tiger Track Classic
DURHAM, N.C./AUBURN, ALA. - The Coastal track and field teams split its squads, sending student-athletes to both the Duke Invitational and Auburn-hosted Tiger Track Classic on Friday. For the third time this season Jason Flanagan stole the show as he tallied yet another javelin victory, this time at the Tiger Track Classic.

Tiger Track Classic

Jason Flanagan, a senior, defeated 19 competitors on his way to winning the javelin title at the Tiger Track Classic. Flanagan, who set the CCU and Big South all-time record at the UNF Invitational and ranks seventh overall in the NCAA, nearly equaled his record-setting throw with a distance of 72.09m (236-06) on his final attempt of the day. Each of Flanagan's performances this season rank in the top three all-time in both the Coastal and Big South record books.

Tyler Slapikas, a sophomore, also competed in the javelin, placing 13th overall with a heave of 50.65m (166-02) on his opening throw.

The women's hammer throw senior Shantelle Patterson throw for a personal-best distance of 56.55m (185-06). The Pawleys Island native was the top collegian in the field with a third-place finish. Brittany Connor finished 12th with a toss of 48.99m (160-09) followed by Naomi Atkins (43.87m (143-11)) in 21st.

Newcomers Danielle England and Tiffani Kuhn each turned in top-10 worthy performances in the women's javelin. England, a freshman from South Orange, N.J., threw for 38.09m (125-00) on her fourth throw of the day to place fifth. Kuhn placed two spots behind England in seventh with a toss of 36.79m (120-08).

A trio of Chanticleer men took to the cage for the hammer throw with freshman Ryan Minor coming away with a Coastal Carolina season and personal-best effort. Minor threw for 53.09m (174-02) on his opening attempt as he placed 12th in the 30-competitor field. Ruby, S.C., native Cameron Griggs placed 17th with a throw of 48.31m (158-06) followed by senior Tyler Swanson in 18th with a final distance of 48.12m (157-10).

Duke Invitational

Anna Carnegie, a freshman, finished second in her flight of the triple jump with a distance of 11.19m (36-08.50) to advance to the event finals. Carnegie would record two jumps in the mid 10-meter range during the finals on her way to placing ninth overall in the 17-competitor field that also featured two unattached athletes.

Coastal came away with a pair of top 10 finishes in the developmental section of the men's 200m dash. Sophomore Victor Howze placed fourth overall and third in his heat with a time of 23.15. Darren Tymczak stopped the watch in 23.49 to finish third in his heat and ninth overall.

Carnegie also competed in the developmental section of the 200m dash. The Pittsburgh, Pa., native won the second heat of the afternoon with a 26.53 on her way to placing fourth overall.

The 400m hurdles saw Caitlin Baker turn in a season-best time of 1:03.94. The sophomore finished second in her heat and 12th overall. Freshman Jake McKnown, making his Chanticleer debut, placed 25th in the men's 400m hurdles with a time of 59.84.

Standouts Christian Johnson and Sophie Perry both placed inside the top 10 in the 46-competitor 1,500m run. Johnson, a senior, finished with a time of 4:39.91 to take home eighth overall. Perry finished ninth overall and first in her heat as she crossed the finish line in 4:40.03. Freshman Letitia Saayman placed 26th with a 4:48.42.

Cameron Well finished the men's 1,500m run in 4:06.58 to place 42nd in the stout field.

Freshmen Evan Niciphor and Tyler Cummings each turned in personal-record setting performances in the "C" section of the 5,000m run. Niciphor stopped the clock in 15:28.49, placing seventh in the 28-member field. Cummings finished in 15:42.96, crossing the finish line in 18th.

Stephanie Taylor, a sophomore, placed third overall in the "C" section of the women's 5,000m run with a personal-record time of 18:00.81. Seanna Kautz finished the event in 19:11.67 to place 18th.

Houston Highlights Day 1 of Florida Relays for Bucs
GAINSEVILLE, FLA. - Gabrielle Houston earned a pair of top-11 finishes to highlight the Charleston Southern women's track & field team's outing in day one of the 68th annual Pepsi Florida Relays on Friday.

Houston first ran her way to a 10th place finish in the 100 meter dash with a time of 11.58 seconds. Central Florida's Ocatavious Freeman set the bar in that one, establishing an event record with a time of 11.10. The senior added to a stellar day in the 200 meter dash, finishing in a time of 23.80 to secure 11th place.

Junior Adrienne Cuff and freshman Mulern Jean, meanwhile, also posted solid showings in the 3000 meter steeplechase and 100 meter hurdles, respectively. Cuff finished 13th in the steeplechase in a time of 11:01.94, while Jean laid claim to a 20th place standing in the 100 meter hurdles with an effort of 14.10 seconds.

Day two competition is set to begin Saturday at 11:30 a.m. with the hammer throw, before concluding at 6:40 p.m. with the 4x400 meter relay.

Allen's Long Jump Prowess Helps CSU at Florida Relays
GAINESVILLE, FLA. - Lavon Allen grabbed a second place finish in the long jump invite to lead the way for the Charleston Southern men's track & field team in day one competition at the 68th annual Pepsi Florida Relays on Friday.

Allen cleared a distance of 11.75 meters to finish in the runner-up spot in the long jump invite, behind only Florida's Marquis Dendy.

Fellow senior Javon Young also contributed a pair of solid showings for Coach Tim Langford and crew, coming through with a 14th place time in the 100 meter dash and a 17th place showing in the 200 meter dash.

Underclassmen Braxton Drummond and Rozzie Johnson also made their marks for the Bucs. Drummond, a freshman from Spartanburg, racked up a 5th place finish in the long jump with a distance of 7.21 meters. Johnson, meanwhile, a sophomore from Statham, Ga., enjoyed a 25th place showing in the 100 meter dash with a race time of 10.54 seconds.

Day two action is slated to start at 11 a.m. with the discus throw invite, before wrapping up with the 4x400 meter relay at 7:05 p.m.