Podium Finishes Highlight Track & Field Saturday


Flanagan and Jones II Close Penn Relays with Top 10 Performances
PHILADELPHIA - Senior Big South champions Jason Flanagan and Burton Jones II closed out the Coastal Carolina track and field teams' time at the prestigious Penn Relays with top 10 finishes on Saturday at Franklin Field on the University of Pennsylvania's campus. 

Flanagan, who currently ranks 15th in the NCAA in the javelin, competed in arguably one of the toughest fields at the event as he squared off with six other NCAA top 50 ranked individuals in the championship division of the men's javelin throw. Competing in front of his family and friends, the Philadelphia native earned medalist honors with a third-place finish. Flanagan was fifth heading into the finals with a throw of 67.80m (222-05); however, the current Big South and Coastal Carolina record holder unleashed a throw of 71.34m (234-00) on his final throw of the day to claim third. Virginia's Andy Fahringer, who Flanagan outdueled earlier this season at the North Florida Invitational, won the event with a final distance of 74.63m (244-10).

Competing in the college division of the triple jump, Jones II added another Chanticleer top 10 finish at the Relays. The Spartanburg, S.C., product leapt 14.33m (47-00.25) on his first attempt of the day to place 10th in the 18-competitor field. Jones II was unable to improve his mark as he fouled on his ensuing two attempts.

The Chanticleer track and field teams will return to action on Sunday, May 6 at the Duke Twilight followed by the Clemson hosted Tiger Final Qualifier on Friday and Saturday, May 11-12.

Radford Collects 10 Titles on Final Day of Highlander Invitational
RADFORD, Va. - Radford track and field collected 10 titles to conclude the final day of the second annual Highlander Invitational Saturday afternoon.
The Highlanders swept event titles in the men's 100, 200 and 400m.  Allen Dooms (Charlottesville, Va./Charlottesville) took care of business in the 100m dash with a time of 10.75.  Tehquin Warrick (Hampton, Va./Phoebus) clocked a 21.75 in the 200m to take top honors and Kaise White (Houston, Texas/Freedom) won the 400m for the second straight year at this meet with a 47.80. 
Courtni Pannell (Newport News, Va./Bethel) clocked a 100m hurdles time of 14.58 and won the event to grab her first outdoor title in the event.  In the men's 110m hurdles, Vincent Wyatt (Atlanta, Ga./William Fleming) won his fourth event this outdoor season when he crossed the line in 14.20. 
Finishing at 18:20.69, Caroline Ratterree (Falcon, Colo./Northeastern JUCO) won the 5000m by just under 17 seconds.  She set a new personal-best and shaved about three seconds off her previous time.
Travis Hudson (Christiansburg, Va./Christiansburg) grabbed his first collegiate outdoor victory in the high jump with a clearance of 1.95m / 6-04.25.  He had three close attempts at 2.09m in order to qualify for junior nationals but came up slightly short.   Nikki Roseberry (Dublin, Va./Pulaski) became a two-time high jump champion at this event with her 1.60m / 5-03.00 top height today.
Brian Uthe (Frederick, Md./Gov. Thomas Johnson) was the top collegian in the hammer throw with a distance of 49.25m / 161-07.  It stood as his second outdoor victory this year.
The final title came in the last race of the day, when an atypical men's 4x400m team hit the lanes. A "distance" relay team consisting of Thomas Keefe (Fairfax Station, Va./South County Secondary), Chris Weeks (Hamilton, Va./Loudoun Valley) Ryan Farnan (Winchester, Va./Millbrook) and Sam Keltner (Virginia Beach, Va./First Colonial) ran a combined 3:38.55.
There were a number of runner-up finishes in addition for the Highlanders. Warrick finished in second at 47.96 in the 200m just behind White.  Cori Tedesco (Chester, N.J./West Morris Central) placed runner-up in the same event on the women's side with a 1:03.91. 
Lakei Crews (Altavista, Va./Altavista Combined) stopped the clock at a personal-best 12.13 and in second place in the women's 100m dash. 
In the men's 200m, Warrick, Dooms and White finished 1-2-3.  Led by Warrick's time, Dooms recorded a PR of 21.75 and White finished also recorded a PR of 21.76.  On the women's side, Kayla Christian (New Kent County, Va./New Kent) finished runner-up, clocking a 25.51. 
Brett Olinger (Timberville, Va./Broadway) ran a 52.68 in the 400m hurdles and garnered a second-place finish.
Aimee Veatch (Roanoke, Va./Cave Spring) grabbed runner-up honors in the hammer throw with a mark of 51.53m / 169-01.  The recorded distance came on her second attempt.
Garrett Knudson (Fairfax Station, Va./Hayfield Secondary) tossed 13.98m / 45-10.50 in the shot put to take third place.
The Highlanders will next compete on May 6 at the Winthrop Last Chance meet in Rock Hill, S.C.

Bendik Boosts Liberty Hammer Record to 197-10
RADFORD, Va. - For the second consecutive year, Liberty redshirt senior Melinda Bendik posted a big mark in the women's hammer throw at the Highlander Invitational. On Saturday, she broke her own program record with a winning effort of 197-10.

One of Liberty's seven event winners on the day, Bendik actually eclipsed her previous women's hammer school record of 194-5 twice. Her second throw reached 196-0, before her sixth and final attempt sailed all the way out to the new record distance of 197-10. That heave, which won the event by nearly 30 feet, ranks Bendik No. 20 in the nation.

Bendik must like throwing at Radford's Patrick D. Cupp Memorial Stadium. At last year's Highlander Invitational, the Texas native unleashed the longest hammer throw of her career, 198-3, during the midst of her redshirt season.

Women's Meet Recap
Freshman Mychelle Cumings followed up Bendik's performance in the women's hammer by placing third at 150-6. Cumings also won an event of her own, taking the women's shot put crown with a 47-4.5 toss. The freshman has now won the women's shot put at each of her last three meets, including the Big South Championship.

Teammate Rachel Barnes finished second to Cumings in the shot put, at 41-9.25.

After winning the women's long jump Friday afternoon, Mia Aghaji took first place in the triple jump on Saturday. Her wind-aided winning leap stretched out to 39-1.25.

The Lady Flames' other two event victories came courtesy of freshman Abigail Flower. She won both the 100 (12.03) and 200 (24.80) dashes comfortably, with fellow Lady Flames following in third place both times.

Sherri Spruel came in third in the 100-meter dash final at 12.34 seconds, while Kiara Bridges was third in the 200 with a 25.85 clocking.

Liberty displayed its depth in distance running by claiming four of the top five positions and seven of the top 10 spots in the women's 5K. The top two Lady Flames, Meredith Mistretta and Alicia Guridy, crossed the line nearly side by side in second and third place, respectively. Mistretta's time of 18:37.46 set a new season best, while Guridy's 18:37.96 effort closed out her career.

The Lady Flames claimed second place in both hurdling events, with Olivia Charnuski clocking 14.70 in the 100 hurdles and Melanie Sims notching a 1:04.01 in the 400 hurdles. Christina Mitchell added a third-place effort in the 400 hurdles, with a season-best time of 1:04.43.

Kristen Willeford came in second in the women's high jump while Riley Brandon was third. Both topped out at 5-1, but Willeford had fewer misses.

Men's Meet Recap
Both of the Liberty men's team's Saturday victories came in throwing events. The Flames recorded a 1-2-3 sweep in the men's discus, led by David Scouten's winning throw of 154-3. Ryan Smith came in second at 149-11, while Tim Abbott was third with a 149-2 mark.

Smith prevailed in the men's shot put, thanks to a facility-record throw of 57-7.5 on his very first attempt. Scouten ended up third, with a 51-0.25 put.

Kolby Shepherd placed third in the men's pole vault final, after clearing 15-7.

Liberty also fashioned a couple impressive times in the sprints, including Kyle Gill's season-best 48.19 effort in the 400-meter dash for third place. Meanwhile, Lachaddrick Ellis was fifth in the 200-meter dash, after posting a 21.79 clocking into a slight headwind.

Liberty 4 x 200 Relay Takes 3rd in IC4A Final
PHILADELPHIA, Pa. - The Liberty quartet of Leonard Robbins, Maxwell Asante, Roderick Spruel and ConRoy Smith notched an impressive third-place finish in the men's 4 x 200 relay IC4A final, Saturday afternoon at the 118th Penn Relays. Their performance was the Flames' most notable accomplishment on a cloudy, cool day at Franklin Field.

The Flames' 4 x 200 relay team posted a time of 1:25.82, which enabled them to edge out Maryland for third place in the race and also claim the No. 6 spot on Liberty's all-time performance list for the event.

About an hour earlier, Spruel, Robbins, Smith and Tarell Williams had recorded a time of 41.51 seconds in the IC4A final of the men's 4 x 100 relay. That effort placed the Flames fifth, which was an improvement over Liberty's seventh-place effort in its most recent visit to the 4 x 100 relay IC4A final, at the 2010 Penn Relays.

Liberty closed out its appearance at the Penn Relays by taking 12th place in the college section of the women's 4 x 800 relay. Jennifer Klugh, Amanda Wimbush, Meghan Burggraf and Jacy Christiansen posted a time of 9:11.33, which ranks them as the sixth-fastest outdoor 4 x 800 relay grouping in program history.

For the second straight week, Liberty's team will be divided between two different meets next weekend. Some Flames and Lady Flames will compete at the Duke Twilight in Durham, N.C., while others will head to Rock Hill, S.C., for the Winthrop Twilight. The meets, which will serve as Liberty's last-chance qualifiers for the IC4A and ECAC competitions, are both slated for Sunday, May 6.

Keydets Wrap Up Action at Radford
RADFORD, Va. - Jenna Moye finished second in the women's 1,500-meter run, leading a contingent of VMI track and field athletes on the final day of the Radford Invitational, contested Saturday at Cupp Stadium in Radford, Va.

Moye, competing in her first race since a fifth-place finish in this event at last weekend's Big South Championships, clocked in at 4:38.64 to earn the runner-up spot. Three Keydets finished in the top seven, with Michelle Church (4:50.90) placing fifth and Hannah Dickinson (4:53.43) coming home seventh.

Also in action on the women's side were throwers Renee Reives and Mary Grace Lemon. Reives came home third in the shot put, hurling the implement 12.60 meters (41'4 ¼"), while Lemon placed fourth in the hammer throw (45.05 M/147'10").

For the Keydet men, Dean Gonsalves continued his recent run of success with a third-place finish in the 800-meters. Gonsalves, a week after scoring in both the 800 and 1500 at the conference meet, ran a 1:54.59 to earn the podium result. Meanwhile, Quincy Murphy placed third in the 110-meter hurdles (15.09 seconds) and Ermin Mujezinovic was seventh in the men's 1,500 (3:58.64).

VMI track and field will return to action Friday, May 11, as qualified Keydets take part in the IC4A/ECAC Championships, to be contested in Boston, Mass.