Saturday Sees Track & Field Post Podium Finishes
Malloy's Third-Place Finish Paces HPU Women's Track at Duke
DURHAM, N.C. -- Sophomore Audrey Malloy placed third in the 3,000-meter steeplechase to lead the High Point University women's track & field team at the Duke Invitational on Saturday in Durham, N.C. Senior Manika Gamble placed fourth in the 100-meter hurdles preliminaries.
Malloy ran a season-best time of 11:02.24 to place third behind former Duke All-American Laura Paulsen (10:36.89) and the College of Charleston's Kristen Wolfe (10:52.47). Fraser placed sixth in 11:18.89 and senior Kesley Hinchliffe took 12th in 12:15.14. Hunt ran a career-best 10:16.49 to place 12th in the open 3,000-meter.
Gamble placed third in her heat and fourth overall in the 100-meter hurdles preliminaries, running a time of 14.50. She did not compete in the finals. On Friday, Gamble was runner-up in the 400-meter hurdles in a time of 1:00.79.
Senior Shamia Brown made her debut for the Panthers, placing 28th in the 200-meter in 26.23. She also ran the anchor leg of High Point's 4x100 relay that placed third. Sophomores Kaitlin Whittington and Shannon Corbett and freshman Emily Fischer ran the first three legs. Brown had a standout career on the HPU women's basketball team before joining the track team this season.
In the 800-meter, freshman Sarah Dorrell placed third in her heat and 26th overall in 2:20.48. Sophomore Colleen Hollowood placed 39th. Fischer placed sixth in her heat and 26th overall in the 400-meter in 1:01.68.
High Point finished the meet placing 12th in the 4x400 relay with Whittington, Corbett, Dorrell and Fischer running the four legs.
On Friday, sophomore Lynee Pina placed eighth in the javelin with a throw of 40.72 meters (133-7). That was way ahead of her previous best of 36.92 meters (121-1), which she set during the Big South Championship last season.
Also on Friday, Corbett placed fourth in her heat and 11th overall in the developmental section of the 400-meter, finishing in 1:01.19. Freshman Lauren Blackwell placed seventh in the 5,000-meter in 18:25.39.
The Panthers have one more tuneup - the Johnson C. Smith Invitational - next week before competing in the Big South Championship April 19-21 in Myrtle Beach, S.C.
HPU Men's Track Finishes Competition at Duke Invitational
DURHAM, N.C. -- The High Point University men's track & field team wrapped up competition at the Duke Invitational in Durham, N.C., on Saturday, getting its top finishes from senior Alex Fisher and sophomore Ryan Venable, who placed fourth and fifth in the 110-meter hurdles, respectively. On Friday, freshman Reece Ayers won the 3,000-meter.
Fisher placed fourth in the preliminaries in 14.86, just ahead of Venable at 14.95 to qualify for the finals. In the finals, the hurdlers faced a headwind and finished fourth and fifth again, coming in at 15.14 and 15.34. Fisher was just 0.01 behind West Virginia Wesleyan's Stephon Knox for third.
Freshman Justin Doehr placed sixth in his heat and eighth overall in the 400-meter. He ran a time of 49.10 seconds.
High Point had four competitors in the 800-meter, led by Muggler. A freshman, Muggler placed second in his head and 17th overall in 1:54.71. He was edged out by VMI's Andrey Dmitriev, who won the heat in 1:54.67. Harwood was in the same heat and placed fifth in 1:56.40. In the developmental section of the 800-meter in the morning, freshman Michael Colven placed 11th in 1:58.58 and freshman Evan Gingrich took 18th in 1:59.13.
The Panthers finished off the meet with Colven, Harwood, sophomore Tristan Faure and Gingrich combining to place seventh in 4x400 relay.
On Friday at Duke, Ayers won the 3,000-meter with an outdoor-best 8:46.59, beating runner-up Evan Darm from Campbell. Darm finished in 8:49.16. Ayers's collegiate best in the 3,000-meter was 8:42.05 during the indoor season.
Freshman Christian Spaulding placed eighth in the javelin with a distance of 57.15 meters (187-6).
In the 1,500-meter on Friday, High Point senior Jevin Monds placed ninth in his heat and 15th overall with a time of 3:57.95. Freshman Jeff LaCoste placed eighth in his heat and senior Mike Ali placed 10th in his heat. In the developmental section of the 1,500-meter in the morning, senior Mike Feroe placed ninth.
High Point competes in the Johnson C. Smith Invitational next weekend before heading to the Big South Championship in Myrtle Beach, S.C., April 19-21.
Lady Bucs Wrap Up Competition at Florida Relays
GAINESVILLE, Fla. - The CSU women's track & field team finished out its time at the 68th Annual Pepsi Florida Relays on Saturday with more strong showings against top-caliber competition. The event was hosted by the University of Florida in Gainesville.
The 4 x 100 meter relay squad of Jasmine King, Gabrielle Houston, Brittney Greer and Mulern Jean took 30th place with a time of 46.53 in a very competitive field. King, Greer and Houston then teamed up with Rashida Dooling to take 22nd place in the 4 x 200 meter relay, crossing the line in 1:41.02 to take second in their flight.
Tamisha Foster had a solid performance in the triple jump, taking 17th place with a jump of 11.91 meters in the team's lone solo performance of the day.
The Lady Bucs will now prep for the 2012 Big South Conference Outdoor Championships, hosted by Coastal Carolina in Conway, S.C., April 19-21.
4 x 100 Team Has Strong Finish at Pepsi Relays
GAINESVILLE, Fla. - The CSU men's track & field relay team represented the Bucs well in the final day of competition at the 68th Annual Pepsi Florida Relays, hosted by the University of Florida Gators in Gainesville on Saturday.
The Bucs' 4 x 100 meter relay team of Rozzie Johnson, Javon Young, Cornelius Tyler and Lavon Allen was impressive as always, beating out Mississippi, Clemson, Georgia and Miami for an 11th place finish. The team crossed the line in 40.93, taking third place in their flight.
The squad will return to action in two weeks, heading to Conway, S.C., to take part in the 2012 Big South Conference Outdoor Championships. The event will be hosted by Coastal Carolina on April 19-21.
Women's 4 x 100 Relay, Discus Records Go Down
LYNCHBURG, Va. - The home teams enjoyed numerous outstanding performances on a sun-drenched Saturday at the Liberty Collegiate Invitational, including 20 event victories and four new IC4A/ECAC qualifications. However, the day's two biggest highlights at the Matthes-Hopkins Track Complex were new Liberty program records in the women's 4 x 100 relay and women's discus.
The Lady Flames' quartet of Meme Layne, Abigail Flower, Olivia Charnuski and Alyssa Pegues teamed up to clock a winning time of 45.90 seconds in the 4 x 100 relay. The effort eclipsed both the school and facility records of 45.95, set during the same race at the 2007 Big South Outdoor Track & Field Championships.
Meanwhile, freshman Mychelle Cumings improved upon her own women's discus school record with a 167-0 heave. The effort, which far outdistanced her 158-8 mark from March 24, ranks Cumings No. 29 nationally, including fifth among freshmen.
Women's Meet Recap
Three of the four members of Liberty's record-breaking 4 x 100 relay team went on to win individual events later in the day. Layne sprinted to a personal-best time of 11.85 seconds to win the 100-meter dash title and climb to No. 4 in program history. The freshman was followed by classmate Flower in second place at 11.97 seconds.
Flower picked up her victory in the 200-meter dash, with a 24.98 clocking into a stiff headwind. Charnuski backed her up with a second-place finish, posting a time of 25.26.
Charnuski led a 1-2 Liberty sweep of her own, thanks to a season-best time of 14.11 seconds in the 100-meter hurdles. Rachel Houseknecht claimed the runner-up position with a 14.36 effort.
Cumings was one of two athletes to shatter the facility record of 159-5 in the women's discus, as her school-record toss of 167-0 finished second behind Virginia's Erin Wykoff (169-5). Jocelyn Williams added a third-place finish in the event, with her 149-5 throw qualifying for the ECAC meet and ranking the sophomore No. 3 in program history.
Cumings later claimed victory in the women's shot put, with her 47-11.25 mark winning the competition by almost three feet. Sophomore Rachel Barnes came in seventh in the shot put, with an outdoor personal-best heave of 42-6.25. In the process, Barnes jumped up to No. 4 on Liberty's outdoor women's shot put list.
Liberty's other women's field event victory came in the pole vault, when Houseknecht cleared a season-best 11-11.75. Tami Tolsma chipped in a third-place finish, thanks to a personal-best 10-11.75 vault.
The Lady Flames' 400/800 runners were successful on Saturday, including Kiara Bridges' victory and season-best time of 58.47 seconds in the 400-meter dash.
Meghan Burggraf fared well in her first 800-meter run of the season. The two-time defending Big South outdoor 800-meter champion won the event with an outdoor personal-best clocking of 2:11.82. Jennifer Klugh, running her first 800-meter race in two years, came in third. Her personal-best time of 2:14.21 ranks the senior No. 10 in program history.
In the evening's final race, Bridges, Klugh and Burggraf teamed up with Melanie Sims for a come-for-behind victory in the 4 x 400 relay. The team's winning time of 3:54.11 was a new season best for the Lady Flames.
Two Liberty women's distance runners triumphed in somewhat unfamiliar events on Saturday. Running the first 3,000-meter steeplechase race of her career, Betel Yosef won in a time of 11:38.09. The junior already ranks No. 5 in program history for the event.
Big South indoor 5K champion Khristina Kanagy dropped down to 1,500 meters and posted a time of 4:43.05, winning the event by more than five seconds.
Rounding out the Lady Flames' top running event performances, Sims stopped the clock in a season-best time of 1:04.59 for third place in the 400-meter hurdles final.
In the field, Mia Aghaji triple jumped 40-3.5 for second place. Freshman Melissa Rohwer followed with a collegiate-best leap of 38-8.75 for fifth place in the event and sixth place on Liberty's all-time performance list for the outdoor women's triple jump.
Marianne Wheeler shared second place in the women's high jump, sailing over 5-3.75. Meanwhile, Christina Mitchell scored 4,406 points in her heptathlon season debut, ending up in third place.
Men's Meet Recap
Some of the Liberty men's team's top performances on Saturday came in the sprinting events, highlighted by a 1-2-3-4 finish in the 100-meter dash. Tarell Williams led the way with a personal-best time of 10.75, followed by Roderick Spruel's season-best 10.76 effort in second place. Kyle Gill notched a season-best 10.80 effort for third place and an IC4A qualifier, while Anthony Settje was fourth in 10.90 seconds.
In the 200 dash, Leonard Robbins paced a 2-3-4-5 Liberty performance in 21.91 seconds. ConRoy Smith's personal-best 21.94 clocking netted third place. Lachaddrick Ellis ran a time of 21.99 in his collegiate 200 dash debut for fourth place, with Spruel's season-best 22.14 effort earning the fifth position.
Robbins was victorious at 400 meters, posting an IC4A-qualifying time of 48.01 seconds. Decathlete Jacob DeValve also ran well in the event, finishing in a personal-best 49.22 seconds for third place.
Liberty also won both relays, sweeping the top two places with its pair of squads in the 4 x 100 event. The Flames' first-place 4 x 100 relay quartet of Spruel, Robbins, Williams and Settje crossed the finish line in 40.82 seconds. Meanwhile, the "B" team of Maxwell Asante, Ellis, Smith and Gill was second with a 41.55 clocking.
In the 4 x 400, the Flames' squad consisted of Ellis, Asante, Robbins and Paul Arslain and edged Sacred Heart with its 3:17.31 performance.
Arslain was part of a middle-distance and distance group that also sparkled on Saturday. Arslain closed strongly in the 800-meter run to win in 1:54.92, with Jarred Cornfield following in third-place with a season-best 1:56.49 time.
As in the 100-meter dash, Liberty's men's team also came in first, second, third and fourth at the 1,500-meter distance. Caleb Edmonds won the race with a 3:57.11 time in his first-ever 1,500-meter race. Cornfield followed in second with a season-best 3:58.39 effort. Ngetich Kipchirchir (3:59.12) and Josh MacDonald (4:01.88) finished third and fourth, respectively, as both distance runners recorded personal-best times.
Taylor Courtney was the Flames' final event victor in a track event. His personal-best time of 52.46 captured the victory in the 400-meter hurdles and moved Courtney up to fifth in program history.
The Liberty throwing duo of redshirt junior Ryan Smith and freshman David Scouten finished first and second in both the shot put and discus on Saturday. Both fashioned outdoor season-best throws in the shot put, with Smith reaching 59-0 and Scouten stretching the tape to 52-10.75. Smith's win was his fourth consecutive men's shot put title at this meet.
Later on, Smith hurled the discus to a personal-best distance of 162-2, winning the event and catapulting to seventh place on Liberty's all-time list. Scouten finished just four inches back, with a personal-best toss of his own. The freshman now ranks eighth in program history for the event.
Kevin Reddington long jumped a season-best 23-6 to meet the IC4A standard and finish second overall, including first among collegiate entrants.
Cody Fridgen matched the top clearance of men's pole vault champion Matthew Armentrout from Virginia at 15-3. However, Fridgen finished second to Armentrout due to misses. Matthew Thompson came in third with a successful first-attempt clearance at 13-9.25.
Kyle Wheeler's personal-best 46-1.5 triple jump placed him third in the event. Fellow freshman Nick Fifelski also garnered a third-place finish, after scoring 5,361 points in his decathlon debut.
Liberty does not have a meet scheduled next weekend. So, the Flames and Lady Flames will return to action at the 2012 Big South Outdoor Track & Field Championships, which will be contested April 19-21 at Doug Shaw Memorial Stadium in Myrtle Beach, S.C.
The Liberty men's squad will attempt to win its sixth consecutive Big South outdoor team title, while the Lady Flams will seek their first Big South outdoor crown since 2010.
CCU Track & Field Claims 15 Top 10 Finishes On Saturday
DURHAM, N.C./AUBURN, ALA. - The Coastal track and field teams wrapped up its split squad efforts at the Duke Invitational and Auburn-hosted Tiger Track Classic with 15 top 10 finishes on Saturday.
Caitlin Baker led the Chants efforts in the long jump as she placed 10th with a season-best distance of 5.11m (16-09.25). Anna Carnegie tied for 13th as she leapt for 4.89m (16-00.50) followed by Keegan Woodson in 16th with a distance of 4.83m (15-10.25).
Baker also competed in the 100m hurdles on the day placing 21st overall with 15.96 split.
Freshman Nyala Waring stepped into the blocks for the 200m dash and proceeded to run a 26.95 to place 43rd overall. The freshman also competed in the 400m, finishing in 1:01.92 to place 27th.
Jacob McKnow and Darren Tymczak both posted season-best times in the men's 400m. McKnown crossed the finish line in 51.74 followed immediately by Tymczak with a 51.97.
The women's 800m run saw senior Christian Johnson turn in her second fastest time of the year as she placed eighth in 2:12.43. Newcomer Sophie Perry finished the event in a career-best time of 2:15.20 on her way to a 12th-place finish.
Sophomore Cameron Wells crossed the line second in his heat and 24th overall in the men's developmental section of the 800m. Wells' time of 2:00.37 was his quickest of the season.
Both Shelby Nicosia and Jessica Dennison impressed in the women's 3,000m steeplechase. Nicosia, making the season steeplechase debut, ran an 11:25.26 to place eighth. Dennison completed the event in a season-best time of 11:38.24, placing 10th.
Freshman Joseph Keitt and sophomore Spencer Lange both finished the 3,000m steeplechase with huge personal-record setting performances. Keitt closed the event in 9:40.03 to place 12th, while Lange posted a 10:09.09 to finish 20th.
Tiger Track Classic
Brittany Connor and Anjulia Nicholson placed sixth and 11th, respectively in the discus. Connor hurled the implement 45.52m (149-04) down range. Nicholson threw for 40.87m (134-01) on her second attempt before fouling on her final effort.
Tyler Swanson and Cameron Griggs represented the Chants in the men's discus, placing 14th and 15th, respectively. Swanson threw for a season-best distance of 46.32m (152-00) followed by Griggs with a toss of 46.15m (151-05).
Griggs recorded his second consecutive top 10 worthy effort in the shot put. The sophomore placed seventh with a distance of 14.83m (48-08.00). Ryan Minor finished ninth of 16 competitors with a toss of 14.57m (47-09.75).
In the women's shot put Naomi Atkins paced the Coastal with a 12th-place, 12.32m (40-05.00) finish. Senior Shantelle Patterson placed 15th with a throw of 12.21m (40-00.75).
The women's 4x100m relay team of Gabrielle Lee, Erica Peake, Ashley Davis and Qwontajah Thompson placed ninth overall with a Chanticleer season-best time of 46.73. Coastal's "B" quartet of Ruby Durham, Santresa Jamison, Sharmaine Barnes and Camille Hurley finished in 49.31 to place 19th.
Peake, Q. Thompson, Jamison and Barnes also represented the Chanticleers in the 4x400m relay. The foursome placed fourth overall with a 3:42.84. The time eclipsed Coastal's previous season-best by nearly four seconds.
The men's quartet of Tyler Askew, Corey Jameson, Joseph Wilson and Ronnie Jackson set Coastal's top 4x100m relay time of the season with a 41.26, placing seventh overall. The Chants' "B" team of Nicholas Parks, DeAndra Lipscomb, Tre'von Gee and Anthony Lynch placed 16th in 44.17.
Lipscomb, Bryson, Brunson and Parks finished just outside the top 10 of the men's 4x400m relay in 11th. The team stopped the clock in 3:16.76 to demolish the Chants' previous season-best by 10 seconds.
Mary Lawrence, Coastal's only pole vaulting specialist to compete on the day, cleared a career-best height of 3.85m (12-07.50) to place third in the 23-competitor field. Lawrence is now only .11 meter away from equaling the CCU all-time record established by Marilyn Testa in 2004.
Tyler Askew made his long jump debut at the Tiger Track Classic to the tune of a 10th-place finish. The sophomore leapt for distance of 6.88m (22-07.00) on his final attempt of the day.
Kierra Gabe cleared a height of 1.70m (5-07.00) in the high jump invitational to place seventh in the impressive field. The senior also competed in the triple jump, placing 20th with a leap of 11.26m (36-11.50).
Reggie Nelson picked up his second top 10 high jump finish of the season with a cleared height of 1.97m (6-05.50) to place 10th. Aaron Noble was just behind Nelson in 11th with a final height of 1.92m (6-03.50).
Three Chanticleers finished in the top third of the 62-competitor 100m hurdles field. Ashley Davis led the way with an 11th place finish as she crossed the line in 14.21. Christina Davis (14.52) and Hurley (14.57) nearly ran identical times as the pair placed 20th and 21st, respectively.
Tre'von Gee and Shane Norris each posted season-best efforts in the 110m hurdles. Gee stopped the clock in 14.87, Coastal's top time of the season, followed by Norris in 14.93. Carrington Fernandors ran a 15.21 split in the event. Norris and Fernandors continued their impressive day in the 400m hurdles as the duo ran times of 56.25 and 57.67, respectively.
Freshman Christina Davis set a new personal-record in the 400m hurdles as she crossed the finish line in 1:02.88, placing 11th in the 40-competitor field.
Jamison crossed the 400m dash finish line in 13th with a time of 56.55 followed by Barnes with a 57.23 in 18th place.
Stevie Brunson and Lipscomb both finished in the top half of the men's 400m dash field. Brunson clocked in at 49.53 to place 24th as Lipscomb finished immediately behind in 25th with a 49.69. Parks (50.31) and Tim Bryson (50.41) rounded out Coastal's contingent in the event.
Peake recorded Coastal's top 100m dash time of the day as she placed seventh in 11.78. Lee placed 23rd with a 12.19 followed by Q. Thompson (12.40) and Durham (12.45) in 38th.
Peake, a native Spartanburg, S.C., came home with Coastal's top finish of the day as she placed third in the 200m dash. The junior ran a personal-record setting 23.76 to win the second heat of the afternoon. Q. Thompson also ran a personal-record time of 25 flat to place 35th in the 84-member field. A. Davis (25.10) and Lee (25.24) were close behind Q. Thompson followed by Durham (25.32) and Hurley (25.50).
The men's 100m dash saw Coastal's four runners finish within .07 second of each other. Wilson and Lynch ran identical times of 10.97; however, Wilson placed a single spot ahead of Wilson since he faced a 1.8 mph headwind during his heat. Jackson was just a tick behind Wilson and Lynch as he ran a 10.98. Askew and Jameson sprinted across the line in 11.00 and 11.05, respectively.
Wilson and Jameson matched one another stride-for-stride in the men's 200m dash as both finished in 21.84. Jackson (22.05), Askew (22.19), Gee (23.32), Aaron Nobel (24.13) and Reggie Nelson (24.67) rounded out Coastal's entrants in the 84-competitor field.
Radford Competes at Liberty Collegiate Invitational on Saturday
LYNCHBURG, Va. - With a split squad this weekend, one half of the Radford track and field program finished competition in the Liberty Collegiate Invitational on Saturday.
Chris Henry (Urbanna, Va./Middlesex) took 10th in the men's 100m dash with a finals time of 11.17.
Grant Mitchell (Radford, Va./Radford) and Eric Graves (Yorktown, Va./Colorado State) finished back-to-back in the men's 400m with times of 50.24 and 50.89, respectively. In her first outdoor action this year, Stephanie Smith (Salem, Va./Virginia Union) ran a 1:02.34 to place eighth in the women's 400m.
Shalonda Mitchell (Richmond, Va./Atlee) crushed her previous best time and took third in the 800m at 2:16.22. Prior to today, Mitchell's previous best outdoor time was 2:21.39. Furthermore, it was the ninth fastest time in program history.
Thomas Keefe (Fairfax Station, Va./South County Secondary) garnered a Top-10 showing in the 800m when he crossed the finish line at 1:59.53.
In the 1500m, Maggie Wissler (Pittsburgh, Pa./Brentwood) clocked a personal-best 4:59.10 and finished sixth. She lowered previous best time by over 9 seconds.
Ryan Farnan (Winchester, Va./Millbrook) and Sam Keltner (Virginia Beach, Va./First Colonial) each ran a solid race in the 5000m. Farnan capped the event in fifth at 15:17.44 and Keltner placed sixth with a time of 15:50.99.
Caroline Ratterree (Falcon, Colo./Northeastern JUCO) clocked an 18:28.64 in the 5000m - good for a third-place performance.
Samantha Reddington (Rehoboth, Mass./Rehoboth Regional) took home sixth in the 400m hurdles, crossing the stripe at 1:08.01. On the men's side, David Green (Hanau, Germany/Freedom) ran a personal-best 56.03 to finish fifth.
For the third straight meet, Lindsey Noe (Goldvein, Va./Liberty-Bealeton) reached a 3.05m / 10-00.00 height in the pole vault and finished fifth. In the women's high jump, Jessica Barron (Prince George, Va./Prince George) posted a 1.47m / 4-09.75 clearance to place 12th.
Jamiecka Baker (Lynchburg, Va./Rustburg) spanned 11.13m / 36-06.25 in the triple jump to place seventh.
Alyssa Isham (Prince George, Va./Prince George) highlighted the throws with a 12th-place showing in the women's shot put. Her toss reached an 11.58m / 38-00.00 distance.
Emmalene Hale (Floyd, Va./Floyd) also set a new PR in the discus with a 34.29m / 112-06 and finished 15th.
Radford will compete in the Carolina's Cup on Apr. 30. The men will attempt to defend their team title from a year ago.
Radford Performs Well on Final Day of Florida Pepsi Relays
GAINESVILLE, Fla. - The other half of Radford's track and field team competed on the final day of the Florida Pepsi Relays and featured the Highlander relay teams and Aimee Veatch (Roanoke, Va./Cave Spring).
Veatch recorded a 50.74m / 166-06 mark in the hammer throw to take home 12th place in a competitive field.
Brett Olinger (Timberville, Va./Broadway), Allen Dooms (Charlottesville, Va./Charlottesville), Ronquis Posey (Lawrenceville, Va./Brunswick) and Joseph Betts (Lancaster, Va./Lancaster) combined to run a 41.79 in the men's 4x100m and brought home 19th place.
Later in the 4x400m, Tehquin Warrick (Hampton, Va./Phoebus), Olinger, Dooms and Kaise White (Houston, Texas/Freedom) finished 26th with a time of 3:14.45.
The women's 4x100m relay team of Amber Church (Dublin, Va./Pulaski), Kayla Christian (New Kent County, Va./New Kent), Courtni Pannell (Newport News, Va./Bethel) and Lakei Crews (Altavista, Va./Altavista) made Radford's Top-10 times with a 48.60.
Radford will compete in the Carolina's Cup on Apr. 30. The men will attempt to defend their team title from a year ago.
Keydets Wrap Up Action at Duke
DURHAM, N.C. - Ademola Titcombe posted his best 100-meter dash time since 2009, while Felix Kitur finished second in the 800-meter run as VMI track and field wrapped up action at the Duke Invitational Saturday in Durham, N.C.
Titcombe recorded the sixth-fastest 100-meter dash time in the prelims, posting a 10.94 time. That effort was his best since April of 2009, when he timed in at 10.89 at that year's Big South Championships. Meanwhile, Kitur crossed the line with a second-place finish in the 800-meter run, clocking in at 1:49.05. The only runner to best Kitur, Curtis Beach of Duke, became the first runner in the East Region this season to break the 1:48 mark.
Kitur was not the only Keydet to compete in the 800-meter run, as Dean Gonsalves recorded a 15th-place finish with a time of 1:54.26. Andrey Dmitriev won his heat of the event, and placed 16th overall in 1:54.67.
In the jumps, it was Nate Gant posting a leap of 6.85 meters (22'5 ¾") to finish sixth overall. Gant then returned in the 4X100-meter relay, teaming with Titcombe, Quincy Murphy and Antonio Wood to clock in at 42.85 seconds, good for fourth place in the event.
On the women's side, Jenna Moye finished 10th in the 3,000-meter run, crossing the stripe in 10:11.06, while Mary Grace Lemon was eighth in the discus (40.44 M/132'8").
VMI track and field will return to action April 14, traveling to Fairfax, Va. to take part in the George Mason Invitational.
Campbell Men's 4x100 Relay Wins, Collins Sets Record Saturday at Duke
DURHAM, N.C.-Campbell's men's 4x100 meter relay team earned a win while Mariah Collins reset the school 100 meter hurdles record Saturday on the final day of the Duke Invitational at Wallace Wade Stadium.
Mariah Collins, a sophomore from Kathleen, Ga., began the day with a time of 14.58 and a sixth place finish in the preliminary round of the 100 meter hurdles, already setting a school record. Collins then followed with a 14.53 in the finals, lowering the Campbell record further and taking fourth overall.
The men's 4x100 relay squad, featuring Robert Brunson, Jayshawn Campbell, Tyler Long and Stanley Hicks, earned the win with a time of 41.58, the team's third fastest time of the season.
The Camels' men's 4x400 meter relay team placed fourth overall, notching a 3:21.64 mark with Jayshawn Campbell, Denzel Jones, Stanley Hicks and Kelvonto Cooper.
In the men's 100 meter dash finals, Tyler Long took third with a time of 10.79. The freshman from Covington, Ga. qualified for the finals with a time of 10.94 in the preliminary round, taking fourth.
Junior DeLohnni Nicol-Samuel registered a fifth place performance in the men's 3,000 meter steeplechase with a personal record time of 9:23.24, while sophomore Jayshawn Campbell registered a seventh place finish in the men's 400 meters with a time of 49.06.
Robert Brunson took eighth in the men's long jump, posting a 6.68 meter mark, while Stanley Hicks took ninth in the men's 200 meter dash, clocking a time of 22.11.
On the women's side, junior Jessica Dunston finished fourth in the hammer throw, notching a 52.17 meter toss.
Sophomore Ashley Matthews also placed second in the women's 2,000 meter steeplechase with a time of 7:18.99, narrowly missing the school record 7:15.98 (Susie Welly, 2001).
In the women's long jump, sophomore Rudi Fate placed 12th with a 4.96 meter mark, while Brianna Kincade tied a personal best with a time of 25.19 in the 200 meters, finishing 11th. Kincade, a Virginia Beach, Va. native, also recorded a time of 12.58 in the women's 100 meter dash, finishing 16th.
Senior Rachel Deline set a personal best with a time of 2:17.08 in the women's 800 meters, finishing 17th. Campbell also placed sixth in the women's 4x400 meter relay with Lynette Akai, Mariah Collins, Nadia Natt and Tiana Teague, registering a time of 3:57.94.
Eight Camels collected top-10 finishes to lead Campbell on day one of the Duke Invitational on Friday.
Sophomore Morgan Timiney led the way for the Camels, notching a personal record 3:53.12 in the men's 1,500 meters, placing fourth overall. Freshman Evan Darm finished second in the men's 3,000 meter run, tallying a personal best 8:49.16, while junior Colin Lavigne followed in third with a 9:09.13, also a personal record.
Freshman DaVona Dula finished 10th in the women's shot put with a personal record 12.22 meter toss. Rudi Fate placed eighth overall in the women's triple jump with a 11.21 meter mark. The sophomore from Shaw AFB, S.C. added a ninth place showing in the women's 200 meter developmental with a personal best 27.30.
Next up for the Camels will be the Coastal Carolina Chanticleer Classic on April 14. The Big South Outdoor Track and Field Championships will be held April 19-21 in Conway, S.C.