Kitur Big South Record Paces Indoor Track and Field Action


Kitur Breaks Big South 800-Meter Record at Virginia Tech
BLACKSBURG, Va. - Felix Kitur won the 800-meters with a time of 1:49.04 Saturday at the Virginia Tech Invitational, breaking his own Big South and VMI records at the meet hosted by the Hokies in Blacksburg.

Kitur not only surpassed his previous record, he lowered it nearly four-tenths of a second, beating the old mark of 1:49.43 set at the 2008 IC4A indoor meet. It is believed that the senior now holds the three fastest 800-meter times in Big South history. Kitur currently ranks 18th in the country as he bids for his first trip to the NCAA Indoor Championships, set to be held in College Station, Texas March 10-12.

Also setting a new Keydet record was Jasmine Hariston, who finished ninth in the triple jump. Hariston leapt 11.56 meters (37'11 ¼") to break her own mark, set in 2008.

Also in action Saturday were Antonio Wood, who competed in the high jump, and Mary Grace Lemon, competing in the women's shot put. Wood set a new personal best in his event, clearing 2.01 meters (6'7") to claim the eighth finishing position. Meanwhile, Lemon placed 11th in the shot put, hurling the implement 10.51 meters (34'5 ¾").

VMI track and field will return to action Thursday, as the teams compete on day one of two at the Big South Indoor Championships in Clemson, S.C.

Bushman Notches ECAC Qualifier with 17:21 5K
BLACKSBURG, Va. - Looking to qualify for the ECAC Division I Indoor Track & Field Championships on Saturday, Liberty senior Dacia Bushman did just that. She clocked a personal-best 17:21.15 in the women's 5K, while taking second place at the Virginia Tech Challenge inside Rector Fieldhouse.

Bushman had set her previous 5K personal best of 17:37.42 two weeks ago at Penn State. She shaved 16 seconds off of that time Saturday, crossing the finish line well under the ECAC standard of 17:33.64.

Bushman trailed only unattached athlete Darcy McDonald's 17:06.11 clocking in the field of 18 competitors. The Iowa native also moved up to No. 6 in Liberty program history for the indoor women's 5K with her performance on Saturday.

Liberty will return to action Thursday, when the 2011 Big South Indoor Track & Field Championships get underway in Clemson, S.C. The meet will get started Thursday at 10 a.m., with the first event of the women's pentathlon, the 60-meter hurdles.

Winthrop Track Teams Win 8 Events At Appalachian State Meet
BOONE, NC--Winthrop's track and field teams captured eight event victories and had 17 top three finishes at Appalachian State on Friday and Saturday as they had a final tune up for next weekend's Big South Conference Indoor Track and Field Championships that will be held at Clemson.

Defending Big South champion Keary Simms led the Eagles with a 1st place finish in the 55 meter hurdles in 7.49 seconds. Simms came back minutes later to claim 2nd in the 55m sprint in 6.47 seconds. Sophomore Sharonne Honor completed the Eagle sweep with a 1st place finish in the women's 55m hurdles in a personal best 8.26 seconds and a 2rd place 55m dash in 7.42 seconds. Other victories were claimed by Dexter Young in the High Jump (6'7"), AJ Fitzsimmons, mile  run (4:24.3), Drew Franklin 400m (50.59), Adam Freudenthal 3K (8:42.76), and both the men (3:27.9) and women (4:06.2) 4 X 400m relay teams.
A host of other Eagles performed exceptionally well in the conference tune up. Devin Gist upped his own school record in the 35-lb. weight throw with a third place toss of 16.99m. Kimberleigh Riggs and Tara Bowman vaulted 10'10" to tie for third in the pole vault. Sprinters Mariam Abdullah and Monique James finished 2-3 in the 200m and James finished 3rd in the 400m (58.73) Freshman Steve Rivard claimed runner up honors in the mile in 4:26.48 and a second 4 X 400m men's team was runner up in the relays.
The 2011 Big South Indoor Championships will be held Thursday and Friday at Clemson.

Coastal Carolina Track Nicholson Finishes Third At Gamecock Invitational
COLUMBIA, S.C. - Anjulia Nicholson of the Coastal Carolina University women's indoor track and field team was the lone Chanticleer to participate at the Gamecock Invitational on Saturday, Feb. 19. 

She finished third overall in the weight throw with a 51'10.50" (15.81m) throw. 

Nicholson and the Chanticleers will travel to Clemson next weekend for the 2011 Big South Indoor Track and Field Championships. 

Also competing at the event was former Coastal Carolina women's track and field All-American and current volunteer assistant coach Amber Campbell.  She won the weight throw with a 77'11.50" (23.76m) mark.  Campbell will compete at the U.S. Indoor Championships in Albuquerque, N.M. on February 27 where she is the current four-time defending national champion in the indoor weight throw.  She currently ranks No. 1 in the world in the event.

Keydets in Action on First Day of Virginia Tech Invitational
BLACKSBURG, Va. - Several personal bests fell Friday, as the VMI track and field teams competed at the first day of the Virginia Tech Invitational.

Freshman Mary Grace Lemon had the highest overall finish, placing eighth in the women's weight throw with a personal best of 14.04 meters (46'0). VMI also had a pair of 11th-place finishers with personal bests, as Marshall Dalessandro ran an 8:46.39 3K to PR by a wide margin and Leah Schubel was 11th in the women's mile, posting a time of 5:18.37.

Dalton Kuhar also had a personal best in that mile run, finishing 13th in 5:20.80.

Finally, Terrance Green and Ademola Titcombe tied for 12th in the long jump, as both were charted at 6.59 meters (21'7 ½").

VMI track and field will be back in action Saturday, taking part in the final day of the Virginia Tech Invitational. Action is set to get underway at 10 a.m.

Pannell & Wallace Break Radford 60M Hurdles Record at VT Challenge
BLACKSBURG, Va. - Freshman Courtni Pannell and senior Brian Wallace both set new 60-meter hurdle school records on day one of the VT Challenge at Rector Field House Friday evening.
Latisa Bailey's record, set back in 2001 (8.83), was Radford's third longest unbroken women's record, until Pannell shattered the mark in the prelims and finals tonight. She ran an 8.77 in the prelims and turned around in the finals to record the new standard of 8.76.  In the same event, freshman Amber Church also surpassed the 8.83 old mark with a personal-best 8.80 in the finals, one place behind Pannell in seventh. 
For the second time this season, Wallace broke his own school record, this time with an 8.17 mark, winning the prelims in the process and later placed sixth overall.
Senior Britney Whittaker ran a strong race in the 600m with a third-place finish, clocking in at 1:36.84.
In the men's 200m, Brett Olinger ran a personal-best 22.30 to finish tenth and Kaise White clocked in at 22.53 to finish 12th.
Freshman Brian Gorwitz also ran a personal best 4:17.71, which also stood as the seventh best time in school history. 
Curtis Hodge finished the weight throw with his fourth consecutive top-10 finish (16.03m/57-07.25, 9th) while Tyler Sturgill recorded a personal-best 14.58m/47-10.00 to finish tenth.
The Highlanders return to Virginia Tech tomorrow with events scheduled to begin 11 a.m.