Indoor Track & Field Records Fall on Friday

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Lady Bucs Have Strong Showing at Niswonger Invite
JOHNSTON CITY, Tenn. - Numerous runners qualified for tomorrow's finals and nearly every thrower set a new personal best as the Charleston Southern women's track & field team had a strong showing on day one on the ETSU Niswonger Invitational, hosted by the ETSU Buccaneers in Johnson City, Tenn., on Friday.

Freshman Mulern Jean took first in the preliminaries of the 60-meter hurdles with a time of 8.64 and was one of four Buccaneers to qualify for tomorrow's finals. Patria Norman (8.78) took second in the prelims, while Rashida Dooling crossed the line eighth (9.26). Jasmine King qualified for the finals with a time of 9.39, finishing 11th on Friday. Teammate Kerona Parnell also competed in the event, finishing in a time of 9.80 for 19th place.

In the 400-meter dash preliminaries, Mary Elliott took 14th place with a time of 1:00.02. Dooling finished 20th in 1:00.79.

Three more Bucs made tomorrow's finals in the 60-meter dash. Gabrielle Houston took first in the preliminaries, breaking the school record with a time of 7.51. Jean and Brittany Greer tied for fourth, both finishing in 7.83. Parnell took 31st place with a time of 8.47 in the event as well.

Jean qualified for the finals in her third event of the day, taking seventh place in the 200-meter dash in a time of 25.69. Greer took 21st in the event with a time of 26.43, while Deona Jones was close behind and in 23rd place with a time of 26.65.

In the field events, Tamisha Foster took fourth place in the triple jump with a jump of 11.83meters (38-0.975). Sequoya Casey finished with a jump of 11.31meters (37-01.25) for seventh place.

Daisy Whitaker set a new school record in the weight throw, taking second place with a throw of 17.03meters (55-10.50). Tenasia White and Joshlyn Noga were 14th and 15th, respectively. White's final toss was 14.67meters (48-01.75), while Noga finished with a throw of 14.32 meters (46-11.75).

All four CSU throwers hit personal bests in the shot put, with Noga and Whitaker taking third and fourth place, respectively. Noga set a new CSU freshman record with a toss of 13.44 meters (44-01.75). Whitaker was close being at 13.10 meters (42-11.75). Talei Tagivakatini placed 11th with a throw of 12.02 meters (39-05.25.) while Katelyn Brummett finished 26th with a distance of 10.68 meters (35-00.50).

The Bucs will return to action at 11 a.m. tomorrow at the Memorial Center in Johnston City, Tenn.

Bucs Have Strong Prelims at Niswonger Invite
JOHNSON CITY, Tenn. - Javon Young, Rozzie Johnson and Lavon Allen dominated Friday's preliminaries to lead the Charleston Southern men's track & field team to a hot start at the ETSU Niswonger Invitational, hosted by East Tennessee State University in Johnson City, Tenn.

The three Buc runners qualified for tomorrow's finals in the 60-meter dash with Rozzie Johnson's first place time of 6.80 leading the way. Javon Young took fourth in a time of 6.85 while Lavon Allen was ninth in 6.93. Coach AJ Scott also qualified for the finals in the event.

Young, Johnson and Allen also qualified for the finals in the 200-meter dash, with Young taking first in the preliminaries with a time of 21.34. Johnson was fourth in a time of 21.68 while Allen took ninth by crossing the line in 21.97. Braxton Drummond finished 13th in the preliminaries, finishing in 22.05.

Corrie Roach finished 17th in the 400-meter dash prelims, crossing the line in 50.92. Dantwan Spreads was 27th in the event with a time of 51.90, while Stephen Slan was 28th in 51.92. Conrad Wilbourn placed 44th in 52.66, while Christian Goetz finished in 54.44 for 58th place.

Zach Pociatek took eighth place in the weight throw with a throw of 16.60meters (54-05.50), while Cleveland German had a throw of 15.24 meters (50-00.00) for 14th place.

In the jumps, Avery Coe took third place in the triple jump with a distance of 14.21 meters (46-07.50).

The Bucs will return to action at 11 a.m. tomorrow at the Memorial Center at ETSU.

Lady Flames Shine in Liberty Open Weight Throw
LYNCHBURG, Va. - Liberty redshirt senior Melinda Bendik's runner-up finish paced three Lady Flames who finished in the top four of the women's weight throw competition at the Liberty Open on Friday. Their performances provided the home team's biggest highlights of a light opening day of competition inside the Tolsma Indoor Track Center.

In a bit of a preview of next month's Big South Indoor Track & Field Championships, conference athletes swept the first six places in the women's weight throw. Bendik threw a personal-best 55-3.75 to claim second place. She was followed closely by Jocelyn Williams' 55-0.75 toss for third place. Emily Woods reached a personal-best 48-10.75, finishing fourth in the event and tying her with Amy Rodriguez for sixth place on Liberty's all-time performance list.

Liberty athletes earned three of the top eight spots in the women's pole vault, with teammates Shelley Parker and Rachel Houseknecht sharing runner-up honors at 11-3.75. Tami Tolsma tied for seventh place with her 10-4 clearance.

Freshmen Audrey Bamford and Riley Brandon both notched personal-best scores during Friday's pentathlon competition. Bamford's final tally of 3,012 points earned fifth place, while Brandon scored 2,831 points for the sixth position.

The men's multi-event athletes were also in action on Friday, completing the first four disciplines of the heptathlon. The Flames' Tevan McIntire sits in fifth place of 21 competitors at this juncture, with 2,607 points. Harrison Allen is currently eighth with 2,530 tallies.
       
The Liberty Open will conclude with a full day of competition on Saturday. The day's first event, the men's weight throw, is set to begin at 9 a.m.

Gamble Sets School Record in 60-meter Hurdles at UNC Invite
Senior Manika Gamble set a school record in the 60-meter hurdles and Kelsey Hunt ran a PR in the 3,000-meter to lead the High Point University women's track & field team in action at day one of the UNC Invitational.

Gamble finished third in the 60-meter hurdles in 8.66, breaking the HPU record in the event, set by Jasmine Jones-Green in 2007. Jones-Green's previous record was 8.67. Gamble won her heat in the preliminaries with a personal-best time of 8.70 before shaving off even more time in the finals for a school record.

Gamble also ran the 60-meter dash. She finished third in her preliminary heat with a time of 7.92 to advance to the finals. In the finals she ran a 7.95 for a seventh place finish.

Hunt ran a personal best time of 10:25.04 in the 3,000-meter. The junior placed fourth in the event, breaking her former PR of 10:33.44 which she ran at UNC last season. Freshmen Lauren Blackwell and Krista Willard placed seventh and eighth in the event, respectively. Blackwell ran a 10:46.67 while Willard came in with a time of 11:18.31. Kelsey Hinchliffe also finished the 3k in 11:45.07.

Audrey Malloy, Emily Fisher, Dorrell and Kelsey Paine teamed up for a win in the distance medley relay, finishing in 12:39.81.

Senior Lynee Pina threw the weight 13.2 meters (43-3.75) for a 13th place finish in the event.

Events continue Saturday, beginning with Paine and Kayleigh Perry in the mile. Gamble and Emily Fisher will also compete in the 200-meter. Colleen Hollowood will run the 800-meter as well. In the field events Kaitlin Whittington will be in the triple jump while Carli Antor, Veronica Peskoskey and Catelyn Griffin take on the pole vault.

Evan Emery and Justin Doehr Pick Up Wins Friday in Chapel Hill
Evan Emery
and Justin Doehr picked up wins for the High Point University men's track & field team at the UNC Invitational in Chapel Hill, N.C. Ryan Venable and Jevin Monds also ran personal bests at the meet.

Emery won the 60-meter dash in 6.89. He finished just ahead of N.C. State's Tobias Palmer who came in second in 6.91. By shaving time of his previous personal best of 6.90, Emery moved closer to the HPU record in the event. Justin Conoway set the school record of 6.84 at the 2008 Big South Championship.

Doehr won the 600-meter in 1:21.90, edging out Duke's Henry Farley 1:22.91. Classmate Chris Muggler finished in 1:24.16, for seventh place and Evan Gingrich finished ninth in 1:25.27.

Sophomore Ryan Venable ran a personal-best 8.49 in the 60-meter hurdles while senior Alex Fisher finished the event in 8.56. Venable placed fifth in the event and Fisher came in eighth. In the preliminaries Fisher finished in 8.46, to finish third in his heat.

Redshirt senior Jevin Monds finished the 3,000-meter with a personal-record time of 8:36.74. He placed third in the event, second among collegiate competitors behind Duke's Lucas Talavan-Becker. His previous best of 8:44.42 came in 2010. Sophomore Jonathan Riley placed ninth in 9:18.82.

Steven Scally placed ninth in the weight with a throw of 13.18 meters (43-3). Christian Spaulding finished right behind him in 10th place with a throw of 13.10 meters (42-11.75).

The UNC Invitational continues Saturday morning at the Eddie Smith Field House.

Chanticleers Take Part in First Day of Clemson Invitational
CLEMSON, S.C. - Coastal Carolina had a strong showing during the opening day of the Clemson Invitational on Friday, Jan. 27 by posting 14 top 10 performances.

Kierra Gabe had the best performance of the day for Coastal Carolina, winning the high jump after clearing 1.65 meters (5-05.00).

Sophie Perry provided the Chanticleers with a second place showing in the 800 meters with a time of 2:18.54. Christian Johnson completed the race in 2:19.60 to take fourth.

Shantelle Patterson had a strong showing in the shot put, taking third following a throw of 12.50 meters (41-00.25). Brittany Connor posted a mark of 11.15 meters (36-07.00) to finish in seventh and Naomi Atkins was eighth following a toss of 10.91 meters (35-09.50).

During the 60 meter dash Darriale Henley and Gabrielle Lee finished back-to-back with Henley recording a 7.76 to take fourth and Lee completing the race in 7.78 for a fifth place showing. Placing 13th in the event was Ruby Durham who garnered a time of 8.00.

Henley also participated in the long jump where she came in fifth place with a mark of 5.45 meters (17-10.75). Gabe recorded a mark of 5.08 meters (16-08.00) to take 12th, Caitlin Baker was 15th overall with a jump of 4.83 meters (15-10.25) and Anna Carnegie was 16th jumping 4.43 meters (14-06.50).

Setting the pace for Coastal in the 400 meter dash was Santresa Jamison who finished the event in a time of 57.86 to take eighth place. Finishing in a close ninth place was Qwontajah Thompson who completed the race in 58.51 and Sharmaine Barnes rounded out the top ten with a time 58.78.

Christina Davis posted a time of 8.97 in the 60 meter hurdles placing eighth overall. Camille Hurley and Ashley Davis were within .02 of each other in the event as Hurley recorded a 9.04 to come in 10th and Davis posted a 9.06 to grab 11th place. Baker notched a time of 9.51 in the event to take 13th.

The Clemson Invitational will continue on Saturday, Jan. 27 with the field events beginning at noon and the track events starting at 1 p.m.