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Wood, School Records Lead Keydets at Youngstown State
YOUNGSTOWN, Ohio - Antonio Wood prevailed in the heptathlon, while the Keydet women set two school records to lead VMI track and field on the final day of the Youngstown State National meet, held Saturday in Youngstown, Ohio.

Wood dominated the heptathlon for his second win in the event this season, as he amassed 5097 points to beat teammate Quincy Murphy by more than 700 markers. The victorious Wood was able to clear 13 feet in the pole vault for the first time during Saturday's action, posting a best clearance of 3.99 meters (13'1") in that event. For the second time this season, the junior fell just short of the school record in the multi event, missing the marker by 17 points. Murphy wound up second.

In the women's pole vault, Jennifer Sing continued her dominating senior season, setting a new school record in the pole vault. Sing won the event with a 3.81 meter clearance (12'6") on her final attempt at that height, to set the new mark. Teammate Kate Collins was second with a collegiate best of 3.55 M (11'7 ¾") as the Keydets swept the top two spots.

The other school record effort came in the women's 800, where Jenna Moye competed for the time at VMI. Moye finished fifth, clocking in at 2:18.05 to break the old mark by just five-thousandths of a second. It is the fifth indoor school record that Moye holds at least a share of, including relays.

The Keydets posted three competitors in the top-12 in the men's mile. Jacob Lysher led the trio with a seventh-place finish, clocking in at 4:20.52, while Noah Hagos was ninth in 4:25.43. Will Thompson rounded out the trio with a 12th-place effort (4:27.73).

Finally, in the women's mile, Emily Dinning finished fifth with a time of 5:09.75.

VMI track and field will return to action Friday, taking part in the Akron Invitational in Akron, Ohio.

Campbell PRs Fall Saturday at UNC Kent Taylor Invite
CHAPEL HILL, N.C.-15 Camels set personal records and one clipped a school record for Campbell at the North Carolina Kent Taylor Invitational inside the Eddie Smith Fieldhouse Saturday.

Sophomore Mariah Collins highlighted Campbell's efforts at the one day invite, breaking the CU indoor 60 meter hurdles record for the third time this season, posting a time of 9.03 in the event's finals after posting a 9.06 in the preliminaries, finishing third.

Freshman DaVona Dula registered a runner-up finish in the women's weight throw with a 14.23 meter mark, also placing seventh in the shot put with a 10.75 meter toss. Rudi Fate finished third in the long jump with a 5.10 meter leap, with Naquan Moore following with a fourth place finish and a personal record 4.93 meters.

Rachel Deline and Ashley Matthews collected back to back finishes in the women's mile at fifth and sixth, respectively. Deline posted a personal best time of 5:08.92 with Matthews recording a 5:13.18. Samantha Robbins placed fifth with a personal best time of 2:22.90 in the 800 meters, and Lynette Akai followed in eighth with a 2:23.51, also a personal record.

Tiana Teague took sixth in the women's 200 meter dash with a time of 26.92, while Michelle Kauffman took ninth in the 3000 meters with a 10:52.33.

On the men's side, Tyler Long took third in the men's 60 meter dash with a time of 6.99, with Kelvonto Cooper collecting another personal best for Campbell with a time of 51.35 in the men's 400 meters.

Jayshawn Campbell posted a second place finish in the men's 200 meter dash, collecting a personal best time of 22.36, with Stanley Hicks finishing sixth in the event with a 22.76.

Christopher Schulist took her second top-5 and third top-10 finish in the men's mile this season with a third place showing on Saturday on a time of 4:20.94. Eric Baldwin also placed fifth in the mile with a time of 4:23.49, a personal best. Michael Bedell, meanwhile, took sixth in the 800 meters with a PR of 1:59.38.

James Endsley took fifth in the shot put with a personal best 13.28 meter clip, while Devin Combs also registered a 12.64 meter toss for ninth. Adam Karakolis also placed eighth in the weight throw with a personal record 13.38 meter tally

Campbell finished fourth in the men's 4x400 meter relay with a time of 3:25.61.

Next up for the Camels will be the JDL Fast Times College Invite in Winston-Salem, N.C. on Feb. 10-11.

Foster Picks Up Third Place Finish at New Balance Invite
NEW YORK CITY - A third place finish in the triple jump by Tamisha Foster highlighted another solid outing by the Charleston Southern women's track & field team at the New Balance Collegiate Invitational, held at the Armory in New York City. 

Foster placed third in the collegiate division of the triple jump, finishing with a distance of 12.05 meters.   Jasmine King was 30th in the event with a jump of 10.93 meters.      Also in the field events, Daisy Whitaker took the 50th spot in the weight throw with a toss of 15.03 meters.  Teammate Tenasia White was close behind with a throw of 14.67 meters. 

Gabrielle Houston placed 33rd in the 200-meter dash championship preliminaries, finishing in a time of 24.60 to take first in her heat.    Teammate Brittney Greer finished 68th in the 200-meter dash college prelims, running a 26.28.  Sharni Butler also competed in the event, placing sixth in her heat in a time of 26.96.   The Charleston Southern A relay team took 23rd overall, first in its heat with a time of 3:58.30 in the 4 x 400 relay event.

In the distance events, Adrienne Cuff placed 34th in the mile run, crossing the line in 5:13.93. 

The Buccaneers will head to Clemson for the Tiger Paw Invitational at Clemson University on Friday and Saturday.

Bucs 16th at New Balance Invite
NEW YORK CITY - The Charleston Southern men's track & field team took 16th place out of 25 scoring teams at the New Balance Collegiate Invitational at the Armory in New York City. 

The Buccaneers picked up 15 points on the day, beating out Oklahoma (13 points, 18th place), Kansas (12 points, 20th place), Iowa and Iowa State (11 points, 21st place) and Tennessee and Texas Tech, who tied for 25th place.  Texas A&M took first place with 85 points, followed by LSU with 75. 

The 4 x 200 meter relay team of took first place overall in the Championship, winning the event in a time of 1:26.81.    The quartet was made up of Javon Young, Braxton Drummond, Rozzie Johnson and Lavon Allen.

Avery Coe placed 16th in the triple jump with a distance of 13.79 meters, while freshman Tyre Hines took 56th in the mile collegiate division, finishing in 4:27.18. 

The Bucs are slated to compete in the Tiger Paw Invitational at Clemson University on Friday and Saturday. 

Faure, Peachee Set Personal Bests at Kent Taylor Invitational
Tristan Faure
set personal bests in the long jump and shot put and Dakota Peachee ran a PR in the mile for the High Point University men's track & field team. The Panthers competed at the Kent Taylor Invitational hosted by UNC in Chapel Hill, N.C.

Peachee ran a personal best 4:17.77 in the mile to place second. He finished three seconds ahead of the third place runner, Big South opponent Chris Schulist from Campbell. Mike Feroe placed ninth in 4:30.26 and Mike Ali came in at 4:35.93 for 14th place.

Faure won his flight and came in third with a personal best in the long jump with a distance of 6.79 meters (22-3.5) on his third attempt. Max Coleman jumped a season-best 6.31 meters (20-8.5) on his second attempt to place ninth.  Faure also competed in the shot put with and set a personal best with a throw of 10.92 meters (35-10). He placed 13th overall.

Freshmen Chris Muggler and Evan Gingrich both set PRs and finished back-to-back in the 800-meter, placing fourth and fifth place, respectively. Muggler clocked in at 1:57.40, taking two seconds off his previous personal best while Gingrich finished in 1:59.10, also a personal record.

Sophomore Evan Emery won his preliminary heat in the 60-meter dash with a time of 7.00. In the finals he ran a 7.01 to finish fifth right behind Big South opponent Tyler Long who clocked in at 6.99. Emery also ran the 200-meter, finishing second in his heat and third overall with a time of 22.65.

In the 400-meter, Justin Doehr finished in third place with a time of 49.81. Sebastien Bonnot placed eighth in the event in 51.89. It was a personal best for the senior.

Faure also ran the opening leg of the 4x400 relay with Bonnot, Doehr and Muggler in the other three legs. The Panthers finished third in the event in 3:24.34, taking three seconds off their time from last weekend at UNC.

Senior Alex Fisher placed sixth in the 60-meter hurdles with a time of 8.47, finishing faster than his 8.49 time in the preliminaries.  Sophomore Ryan Venable came in right behind him with a seventh place finish in 8.55. Venable ran a 8.53 in the prelims.

In his first collegiate attempt at the indoor 3,000-meter, freshman Reese Ayers finished in sixth place with a time of 8:42.05. Classmates Jeff LaCoste and Chris Colo came in ninth and tenth, respectively. LaCoste ran a 8:58.33, while Colo finished in 8:58.48. John Yankello was the last Panther in, placing 15th in 9:05.92.

Next weekend the Panthers will compete at the Fast Track Invitational in Winston-Salem, N.C.

Manika Gamble Leads High Point at UNC
Senior Manika Gamble collected a pair of third place finishes to lead the High Point University women's track & field team at the UNC Kent Taylor Invitational in Chapel Hill, N.C. on Saturday. Gamble ran the 400-meter in 56.50 and was part of the 4x400 relay.

Gamble finished third in the 400-meter with a time of 56.50. The top five finishers in the event came from Gamble's heat. Emily Fisher came in with a time of 1:02.31, good for 14th place in the event.

Gamble and Fisher were both part of the third place 4x400 relay team. Fisher ran the second leg and Gamble ran the third. Sarah Dorrell opened the race and Kaitlyn Whittington ran the final leg. The Panthers finished in 4:05.24.

Senior Lynee Pina set a season best in the weight throw with a distance of 13.56 meters (44-6) on her third attempt.

In her third attempt at the triple jump, Whittington went 10.84 meters (35-6.75) to finish in third place. Shannon Corbett ran the 200-meter in 29.00 for 19th place in the event. Megan Lowery placed ninth in the long jump with a distance of 4.68 in her sixth and final attempt.

Dorrell ran a time of 2:23.93 in the 800-meter, her first collegiate attempt at the event, for a ninth place finish. Kelsey Paine finished 18th (2:27.83) and Colleen Hollowood placed 21st (2:29.10) in the event.

High Point heads to Winston-Salem, N.C. next weekend for the Fast Track Invitational.

VMI School Records Fall, Wood Wins at Youngstown State 
YOUNGSTOWN, Ohio - Antonio Wood prevailed in the heptathlon, while the Keydet women set two school records to lead VMI track and field on the final day of the Youngstown State National meet, held Saturday in Youngstown, Ohio.

Wood dominated the heptathlon for his second win in the event this season, as he amassed 5097 points to beat teammate Quincy Murphy by more than 700 markers. The victorious Wood was able to clear 13 feet in the pole vault for the first time during Saturday's action, posting a best clearance of 3.99 meters (13'1") in that event. For the second time this season, the junior fell just short of the school record in the multi event, missing the marker by 17 points. Murphy wound up second.

In the women's pole vault, Jennifer Sing continued her dominating senior season, setting a new school record in the pole vault. Sing won the event with a 3.81 meter clearance (12'6") on her final attempt at that height, to set the new mark. Teammate Kate Collins was second with a collegiate best of 3.55 M (11'7 ¾") as the Keydets swept the top two spots.

The other school record effort came in the women's 800, where Jenna Moye competed for the time at VMI. Moye finished fifth, clocking in at 2:18.05 to break the old mark by just five-thousandths of a second. It is the fifth indoor school record that Moye holds at least a share of, including relays.

The Keydets posted three competitors in the top-12 in the men's mile. Jacob Lysher led the trio with a seventh-place finish, clocking in at 4:20.52, while Noah Hagos was ninth in 4:25.43. Will Thompson rounded out the trio with a 12th-place effort (4:27.73).

Finally, in the women's mile, Emily Dinning finished fifth with a time of 5:09.75.

VMI track and field will return to action Friday, taking part in the Akron Invitational in Akron, Ohio.

MacDonald, Williams Stand Out at Penn State
UNIVERSITY PARK, Pa. - Liberty's Josh MacDonald was victorious in the men's 5K and Jocelyn Williams smashed her own school record in the women's weight throw, Saturday at the Sykes-Sabock Challenge Cup. The Flames' successful day inside Penn State's Horace Ashenfelter III Indoor Track also featured eight new IC4A and ECAC qualifying peformances.

In Liberty's first team-scored invitational of the 2011-12 indoor season, the men's squad finished fifth out of 14 squads with 49 points. Meanwhile, the Lady Flames came in 12th of 16 teams with 24 points. Liberty was edged by Big South rival Coastal Carolina in the women's standings, as the Chanticleers totaled 31 points for ninth place. Host Penn State comfortably captured both team titles, racking up 142 points on the men's side and 181 points on the women's side.

Women's Meet Recap
Almost exactly two months after she first set the women's weight throw program record of 56-8.5 at the Liberty Kickoff, Williams bettered that mark on all six of her attempts Saturday. Her sixth and final throw landed at 59-8.5, earning third place in the competition and adding exactly three feet to her record entering the day.

Liberty performed well in the mid-distance and distance races, garnering a trio of fifth-place finishes and three ECAC qualifications.

Meghan Burggraf's first 800-meter race of the season was clocked in 2:12.72, placing the junior fifth in the race and meeting the ECAC standard.

Jennifer Klugh ran the mile for the first time during the 2011-12 indoor campaign, stopping the clock in an ECAC-qualifying time of 4:55.91 and coming in fifth.

Jacy Christiansen's 3K effort of 9:57.43 not only placed fifth and earned her a spot at the ECAC meet, but was notable for a couple other reasons as well. It set a new Liberty freshman record and made her the fifth Lady Flame ever to break 10:00 in the indoor 3K.

The Lady Flames qualified two runners to the women's 60-meter hurdles final, and both hit the ECAC standard for the first time this year. Rachel Houseknecht sped to a personal-best time of 8.69 in the prelims, moving up to No. 4 in program history for the event. She then came in eighth in the final.

Teammate Olivia Charnuski saved her best effort for the 60 hurdles final, posting a season-best time of 8.70 for fifth place.

In the 60-meter dash, freshmen Abigail Flower (7.70) and Meme Layne (7.74) both raced to personal-best times. Flower, who placed eighth in the event, is now tied for the No. 3 spot in program history. Layne, who came in 11th, is now sixth in program history for the women's 60.

Men's Meet Recap
MacDonald got the Flames off to a good start in the first running event of the day, the men's 5K. His personal-best time of 14:47.51 gave him a 10-second victory.

Liberty scored a total of 13 team points in the event, as Ngetich Kipchirchir recorded a 15:10.95 for sixth place in the 5K final.

The Flames also had multiple point scorers in the long jump, where Tarell Williams came in sixth and Aaron Johnson was eighth. Williams' best leap of 23-0.75 qualified him for the IC4A meet, while Johnson's top effort was a season-best 22-11.25.

Leonard Robbins hit the IC4A standard in the 200-meter dash with his time of 22.09 seconds. He came in seventh in the event and cracked Liberty's all-time indoor 200-meter performance list at No. 10.

Isaac Wendland was successful in his initial 800-meter race of the year, clocking his best-ever indoor time of 1:52.79, an IC4A qualifier. The Iowa native came in 10th in the event and now ranks No. 4 in program history.

Ryan Smith notched a new personal best in the men's weight throw, at 61-6.75. However, he was not quite able to defend his weight throw title from last year's meet. On Saturday, Smith placed second, one inch behind Penn State's Will Barr.

In the shot put, Smith recorded a solid mark of 56-6.5. However, he suffered his first shot put defeat of the 2011-12 season, finishing fourth.

Paul Arslain ran the second-fastest 600-meter time in program history, a 1:19.47 that stood up for second place in the event.

Arslain also helped the Flames run 10:33.31 in the distance medley relay for fifth place. He was joined by Andrew Rigler, John Sherret and Jacob Onifer.

Liberty's 4 x 400 relay quartet also came in fifth, with a season-best 3:17.31 effort. That quartet consisted of Andre Washington, Taylor Courtney, Kyle Gill and Robbins.

The Flames' final point in the team scoring came courtesy of Caleb Edmonds' eighth-place finish in the 3K. He crossed the line in a personal-best time of 8:28.74.

Liberty has a pair of meets on the schedule next weekend. On Friday, the Flames will host their third and final home meet of the 2011-12 indoor campaign, the Liberty Quad. The one-day competition at the Tolsma Indoor Track Center will get started at 3:30 p.m.

Some of the Flames and Lady Flames will travel to Boston next Friday and Saturday for the Valentine Invitational. All of the women's events will take place on Friday, beginning at 2:50 p.m. inside the Boston University Track and Tennis Center.