New Records and Personal Bests Highlight T&F Action


Klugh Races to Personal-Best 4:24.16 in 1,500
DURHAM, N.C. - Liberty senior Jennifer Klugh provided the Lady Flames' most noteworthy performance at Sunday's Duke Twilight at Wallace Wade Stadium. She placed second in the women's 1,500-meter run while dropping her personal-best time to 4:24.16.

Klugh, who was edged out for victory by post-collegiate runner Stephanie Charnigo in a battle of Buckeye State natives, cut more than 2.5 seconds off of her previous 1,500 best of 4:26.75, established March 30 at the Raleigh Relays.

Klugh now ranks No. 3 on Liberty's women's 1,500-meter performance list after notching the fastest time by a Lady Flame since June 1, 2002. That day, Heather Sagan posted a time of 4:14.71 while finishing as the national runner-up at the NCAA Division I Outdoor Track & Field Championships.

Melinda Bendik came in second in the women's hammer, with a 188-11 effort. Teammate Jocelyn Williams ended up fourth with her personal-best 166-6 throw.

In the women's 3,000-meter steeplechase, Betel Yosef notched a time of 11:10.15 for sixth place.

The top finishes by Liberty men's athletes at Duke came in the discus. Tim Abbott threw 158-3 for fourth place, while Ryan Smith was fifth with a 156-4 heave.

Liberty will send a sizable group of athletes to Princeton, N.J., for the 2012 IC4A and ECAC Division I Outdoor Track & Field Championships. The meet will be held Friday through Sunday at Princeton's Weaver Track & Field Stadium.

Mitchell Breaks Own Liberty Javelin Record
ROCK HILL, S.C. - Liberty's Christina Mitchell extended her program record to 146-1 in the women's javelin, Sunday afternoon at the Winthrop Twilight. The Flames' other highlights at Irwin Belk Track included a trio of IC4A qualifications, two of which were achieved by ConRoy Smith.

Women's Meet Recap
Mitchell's second javelin throw of the day stretched to 146-1, winning the competition by 20 feet and eclipsing her own school record. Mitchell had previously thrown a school-record 144-7 while capturing the Big South women's javelin title on April 19.

Perhaps most importantly, Mitchell climbed to No. 37 on the women's javelin performance list for the East Region with Sunday's performance. After next weekend's competitions are complete, the top 48 performers in the East Region will qualify for the NCAA Division I East Preliminary Round meet, slated for May 24-26 in Jacksonville, Fla.

Mia Aghaji was a double victor for the Lady Flames, long jumping 18-1.75 and triple jumping a season-best 41-1, despite jumping into a headwind. Teammate Melissa Rohwer came in a close second in the long jump, at 17-11.5.

Senior Marianne Wheeler shared first place in the women's high jump with a 5-5 clearance, while Kristen Willeford shared the third position by sailing over 5-3.

Rounding out the Lady Flames' field event efforts, Shelley Parker pole vaulted 11-0.75, tying for third place.

Melanie Sims earned a third-place finish of her own, by clocking 1:03.45 for the 400-meter hurdles.

Olivia Charnuski posted a time of 14.21 in the 100-meter hurdles, claiming fourth place. Fellow Lady Flame Sherri Spruel dropped her personal-best 100-meter dash time to 12.12 seconds for fourth place in the event.

Men's Meet Recap
Liberty sprinters Maxwell Asante and Smith both made use of significant tailwinds to clock personal-best times in the 100 and 200-meter dashes on Sunday.

In the men's 100-meter dash, Asante placed seventh in 10.66 seconds with Smith following in 12th place at 10.75. Asante's time was the fastest by a Liberty runner since Jacey Bailey clocked 10.65 on April 16, 2010 at the Big South Outdoor Track & Field Championships. Meanwhile, Smith became the sixth Liberty men's runner to meet the IC4A standard in the 100-meter dash this season, joining Asante, Kyle Gill, Anthony Settje, Roderick Spruel and Tarell Williams.

Smith got the upper hand on Asante at the 200-meter distance, coming in seventh in a time of 21.73. Asante ended up ninth at 21.76 seconds. Both times were IC4A qualifiers, giving Liberty a quartet of men's sprinters who have met the IC4A standard in the 200-meter dash in 2012.

Kolby Shepherd won the men's pole vault with a 16-0.5 clearance, with teammate Cody Fridgen placing as the runner-up at 15-0.75.

Kevin Reddington earned runner-up honors in the men's long jump, landing at 21-9.5. Meanwhile, Daniel Klase took third place in the men's javelin with a 181-1 heave.

Liberty will now prepare for the 2012 IC4A and ECAC Division I Outdoor Track & Field Championships. The meet will be contested Friday through Sunday at Weaver Track & Field Stadium in Princeton, N.J.

Radford Track & Field Takes Five Titles at Winthrop Twilight
ROCK HILL, S.C. - In Radford's second to last qualifying meets of the year, five track and field athletes won their respective events in Sunday's Winthrop Twilight.
Freshman Vincent Wyatt (Atlanta, Ga./William Fleming) posted a 14.13, the second fastest time in program history and took first collegiately for the fifth time this season.
Already owning all Top-10 times in program history, Big South Champion Brett Olinger (Timberville, Va./Broadway) clocked the ninth fastest time with a 53.16 in the 400m hurdles.  He won the event for the third time this year.
For the second straight meet and for the fourth time in the last five meets, Kaise White (Houston, Texas/Freedom) took the 400m crown with his time of 48.60.
In the short sprints, Allen Dooms (Charlottesville, Va./Charlottesville) placed seventh with a time of 10.74, while freshman Joseph Betts (Lancaster, Va./Lancaster) posted a 10.88 to take home ninth.  The duo would also compete in the 200m.  Betts ran a time of 21.58 and was the top collegian and Dooms stopped the clock in 23.56.
Aimee Veatch (Roanoke, Va./Cave Spring) was the lone member of the women's team to compete and brought home the hammer throw title.  Veatch recorded a 51.03m mark and stood as her third title this outdoor season.

Britton Breaks Winthrop Discus Record For Third Straight Week
ROCK HILL, SC--For the third straight week Winthrop freshman throws athlete Mark Britton has set a new school record in the discus as he hit a distance of 167 feet (51.02 meters) during the Winthrop Twilight Meet held Sunday at the Irwin Belk Track and Field Complex.

The primary purpose for the meet was to give the participating athletes an opportunity to qualify for the NCAA regional.  Britton's mark came up short, but he will try again along with about 10 other Winthrop athletes when they travel to Georgia Tech.

While Britton's achievement  was the highlight for the Eagles, several other Winthrop athletes had notable performances.

Winthrop claimed the top spot in both the men's and women's 1500 meter runs. Sophomore Gabe Holguin captured first place with a time of 4:01.39 while freshman Jessica Whitmire won the women's event with a time of 4:49.53.  Senior Billy Pearce won the men's shot put with a toss of 14.63 meters. Freshman Shaniqua Hunter claimed first place in the women's discus with a throw of 39.20 meters.

One Belk Track record was broken by former South Carolina track standout Fred Townsend who broke his own record in the 110 meter hurdles with a clocking of 13.47.  He had set the record last year at 13.80.

CSU's King Competes at Winthrop Twilight
ROCK HILL, S.C. - Freshman Jasmine King recently represented the Charleston Southern women's track & field team at the Winthrop Twilight meet, hosted by the Eagles in Rock Hill on Sunday.

King competed in the 100-meter hurdles, taking sixth place in the event. She ran a time of 14.36, narrowly missing the qualifying mark for Junior Nationals by 0.02. King will join her teammates at the Georgia Tech Invitational in Atlanta on May 11-12.

Howell Resets School Record in the Pole Vault to Lead Gardner-Webb Track & Field at the Winthrop Twilight Meet Sunday
 Rock Hill, S.C. - Senior Ann Marie Howell achieved a personal best and school record height of 3.82 m in the Pole Vault and was one of three Gardner-Webb track & field athletes to win individual events at the Winthrop Twilight meet on Sunday.
Howell (Mooreville, Miss.), who earned first place honors in the Pole Vault on Sunday, had set her previous personal best at 3.80 m earlier this season.
Juniors Bethany Wright (Clayton, Ga.) and Taylor Cook (Boone, N.C.) also achieved Top 3 finishes in the Pole Vault. Wright took 2nd at 3.52 m, and Cook tied for 3rd with a height of 3.37 m.
The Gardner-Webb women's track and field squad saw two achieve top tier finishes in the 800 m Run, led by junior Ivana Hughes' (Evans, Ga.) 2nd place finish at 2:12.78. Senior Cherish Richardson (Augusta, Ga.) was 4th fastest, finishing with a time of 2:25.89.
Katy Milton (Monroe, N.C.) finished 1st in the Women's 200 m Dash. The senior raced to a time of 22.95 in the event.
Milton added a 7th place finish in the Women's 100 m Dash, sprinting to a time of 12.70 in the event.
Fellow senior Sarah Herd (Cherryville, N.C.) tied for 1st place in the Women's High Jump with a height of 1.65 m.
Elisabeth Sawyer (Charlotte, N.C.) finished the 1500 m Run in 4:57.35. The senior's performance was 2nd best in the event.
Three Gardner-Webb men achieved 2nd place finishes in their respective events.
Sophomore Drew Ford (Wasilla, Alaska) took 2nd in the Men's 3000 m Steeplechase, recording a time of 10:52.13 in the event.
Sophomore Trey Crook (Lexington, N.C.) led the Runnin' Bulldog men in the 1500 m Run and finished 2nd in a time of 4:14.25. Another GWU sophomore, Mike McClay (Douglassville, Ga.), followed closely in 3rd (4:14.33), and sophomore Justin Loy (Burrington, N.H.) finished 4th in 4:23.36.
In the 800 m Run, junior Josiah Stanton-Brooks (Seattle, Wash.) ran to a 2nd place finish with a time of 1:53.73.

Sears Takes Third to Lead GWU at Bob Pollock Invitational
Clemson, S.C. -Carson Sears added to an impressive list of accomplishments a Top 3 finish in the Hammer Throw at the Bob Pollock Invitational on the campus of Clemson University on Saturday.

The sophomore from Suwanee, Ga. finished third in the event at 59.47 m. Sears, a member of the 2011-12 Indoor and Outdoor Big South All-Academic teams, won his first ever Conference title in the Hammer Throw earlier this season.

Also achieving a top finish for the Runnin' Bulldogs was senior Josh Padgett (Forest City, N.C.). Padgett, a recipient of the Big South's Christenberry Award earlier this month, earned a 10th place finish in the Hammer Throw at 46.56 m. The performance marked a personal best for the senior.

Gardner-Webb track & field is set to return to action next weekend, May 11-12, at the Clemson Invitational.