School Indoor Track & Field Records Fall on Saturday
Wallace Breaks Own 60m Hurdles School Record at Liberty Open
LYNCHBURG, Va. - Senior Bryan Wallace (Millers Tavern, Va. / Essex) broke his previous 60-meter hurdles school record with an 8.23 time and the Highlanders recorded 11 Top-5 showings to conclude the Liberty Open Saturday afternoon.
Wallace finished fifth in the event with his record-breaking effort, followed closely by freshman Chris Dobbins (Christiansburg, Va. / Christiansburg), who also broke the old 60-meter hurdle standard by a tenth of a second at 8.27.
Wallace later recorded another Top-10 mark in the long jump with a leap of 6.82m/22-04.50, while Dobbins finished the high jump in a tie for third, with a personal best height of 1.89m/6-02.25.
Kaise White (Houston, Texas / Freedom) had a brilliant 400m race, taking home third with a time of 50.82. He also collected Top-10 honors in the 200, clocking in at 22.97.
Freshman Sean Shelton (Virginia Beach, Va. / Kempsville (Hampton Univ.)) led the 800m Radford competitors with a second-place performance and time of 2:01.76. Chris Weeks (Hamilton, Va. / Loudoun Valley) was right on his heels, as he finished fifth with a 2:02.84 mark.
In the distance events, freshman Brian Gorwitz (Yorktown, Va. / Grafton) ran the mile in 4:26.98 and took 7th place in a field of 46 competitors.
Elsewhere in the field events, freshman Sean Zatt (Alexandria, Va. / Hayfield Secondary) recorded his first collegiate mark at 3.90/12-09.50 in the pole vault. Sophomore Antonio Miller (Richmond, Va. / Manchester) wrapped up the triple jump at 14.05m/46-01.25, tallying another Highlander Top-5 finish.
Justin Smith (Dayton, Va. / Turner Ashby) and newcomer Curtis Hodge (Oak Park, Calif. / Moorpark College) both impressed in the throws. Smith finished third in the shot put with a toss of 15.21m/49-11.00. Having never thrown weight before this year, Hodge recorded a mark of 16.57m/54-04.50, recording his second consecutive Top-10 finish by taking fifth place in the event.
Courtni Pannell (Newport News, Va. / Bethel) flew down the lanes in the 60-meter hurdles and recorded a second-place finish with a 9.02 time. Freshman teammate Amber Church (Dublin, Va. / Pulaski) was slightly behind Pannell, recording a 9.20, which stood for fifth place.
In the 400, Diane Wesh (Virginia Beach, Va. / Landstown) crossed the line in 1:00.60 and took home third place.
Senior Britney Whittaker (Pilot, Va. / Radford) continued her brilliant start to the indoor season by taking second in the 800 with a time of 2:21.91.
Freshman Lakei Crews (Altavista, Va. / Altavista Combined) enjoyed a 7.94 mark in the 60-meter preliminaries before topping that mark with a 9.72 in the finals, placing 7th.
School-record holder Nikki Roseberry (Dublin, Va. / Pulaski) finished in a tie for 5th in the high jump, leaping to a 1.60m/5-03.00 mark.
On Friday, Lindsey Noe (Goldvein, Va. / Liberty-Bealeton) and Jessica Barron (Prince George, Va. / Prince George) were the lone Highlander participants, both competing in the pole vault. Noe wrapped up at a 2.80/9-02.25 mark while Barron recorded a 2.60m/8-06.25 height.
The Highlanders will enjoy a two-week break before competing in the Akron Invitational on Feb. 11-12.
GWU's Hutschalik and Stanton-Brooks Set New School Records at the Liberty Open
Lynchburg, Va. - The Gardner-Webb indoor track & field teams had a number of strong showings at the Liberty Open this weekend, as the Runnin' Bulldog women's and men's team combined to post 43 top-15 finishes over the two-day event, highlighted by a school-record in the men's weight throw by redshirt-senior Christoph Hutschalik and in the men's 1000 meter run by sophomore Josiah Stanton-Brooks.
Hutschalik and Stanton-Brooks both highlighted the performances by setting new school records. Hutschalik broke his previous record in the men's weight throw event with a mark of 18.27 meters on Saturday to finish in first-place overall, while Stanton-Brooks set a new school record in the 1000 meter run with a time of 2:32.52.
On the women's side, the Runnin' Bulldogs had a number of top-15 finishes in both the running events and in the field events.
Gardner-Webb sophomore Ivana Hughes picked up a first-place finish in the 500 meter dash, crossing the finish line with a personal best time of 1:18.68, while fellow teammates Cherish Richardson and Leah Steinke placed in third and seventh overall, respectively, with personal best times of 1:20.74 and 1:23.61.
The 4x400 meter relay unit of T'Keyah Bell, Amara Isbell, Richardson and Hughes took third-place overall with a time of 4:02.54, while Isbell picked up an eighth-place finish in the women's 200 meter dash, crossing the finish line with a time of 26.84.
GWU sophomore Ariel Zimmerman turned in a time of 5:20.14 to place fifth overall in the 1 mile run, while senior Diana Palka crossed the finish line in 12th-place overall with a personal best time of 5:33.05.
Not to be outdone, senior Laura Scott posted a fifth-place finish in the 3000 meter run with a time of 10:37.32, finishing ahead of fellow teammate Elisabeth Sawyer who finished 12th overall with her personal best time of 10:57.74.
In the field events, sophomore thrower Ashlei Alexander picked up two top-five finishes, taking second-place with a mark of 12.57 meters in the women's shot put event and third in the women's weight throw event with a distance of 15.30 meters, a personal best mark.
Gardner-Webb had three student-athletes finish in the top-10 in the women's high jump event, as Sarah Herd took fourth-place with a height of 1.60 meters, finishing ahead of teammates Ann Marie Howell, who placed eighth overall with a high mark of 1.60 meters in her second attempt, and Caroline Arledge, who finished ninth with a mark of 1.55 meters.
Howell went on to take second-place overall in the pole vault event, clearing the bar at 3.60 meters, a new personal best mark, while senior Carrie Long finished in a three-way tie for fifth-place with a mark of 3.30 meters. Sophomores Taylor Cook and Bethany Wright also competed in the pole vault event, as Cook placed eighth with a mark of 3.15 meters, while Wright placed 13th with a height of 2.80 meters.
In the women's shot put event, freshman Kyntoya Hansford took 12th-place with a personal best mark of 11.24 meters, finishing just ahead of fellow GWU teammate Yazzming Lee who turned in a throw of 10.97 meters, also a personal best mark.
Lee also placed 13th overall in the women's weight throw event, turning in a distance of 12.73 meters, a personal best mark, finishing just behind freshman Jasmine Miles who took ninth with a season-best mark of 13.47 meters.
In the women's indoor pentathlon, a trio of freshmen competed for the Runnin' Bulldogs, as Kristen Hurley finished with 2982 points to place in sixth-place, while Olivia Moody and Katelyn Spiro finished back-to-back in 11th and 12th, respectively.
In the men's 60 meter hurdles, senior Johnathan Rucker crossed the finish line in fifth-place with a finals time of 8.21, while teammates Evan Brusich and Johnathan Parks finished 11th and 12th overall, respectively, with times of 8.73 and 8.74 meters.
In the 200 meter dash, Parks took sixth-place overall with his time of 22.85, while in the men's 1 mile run, fellow freshman Mike McClay crossed the finish line in sixth-place with a personal best time of 4:26.97.
McClay also placed 14th overall in the 1000 meter run with his time of 2:38.11.
Just like on the women's side, the Runnin' Bulldogs also picked up a third-place finish in the men's 4x400 meter relay, as the relay team of Brusich, Terry Davis, Parks and Stanton-Brooks crossed the finish line with a time of 3:25.79.
In the men's high jump event, Davis cleared the bar at 1.89 meters to finish in a tie for fourth-place overall, while in the triple jump event, Davis turned in a leap of 13.76 meters to finish in ninth-place overall.
Sophomore Clint McManus took seventh-place overall in the men's pole vault, clearing the bar at 4.35 meters, while Brusich placed 14th overall with his height of 4.20 meters.
Gardner-Webb's Travis Rogers and Carson Sears each picked up two top-15 finishes in the men's shot put and weight throw events, as Rogers recorded a 10th-place finish in the shot put with a mark of 13.46 meters and a 12th-place finish in the weight throw event with a toss of 15.15 meters.
Sears picked up an eighth-place finish in the weight throw event with a throw of 16.01 meters and then posted a 15th-place showing in the shot put with a mark of 13.10 meters.
The Gardner-Webb women's and men's indoor track & field teams will return to action next weekend, as the Runnin' Bulldogs will compete at the Niswonger Invitational hosted by East Tennessee State in Johnson City, Tennessee.
Coastal Carolina Indoor Track Conclude JRF Invitational with 11 Top 10 Finishes
CLEMSON, S.C. - The Coastal Carolina University women's indoor track and field team concluded the JRF Combined Events Invitational with 11 top 10 finishes on the final day.
Sierra Oates was the top finisher for the Chanticleers on day two with a third place finish in the long jump, leaping 18'0.75" (5.57m).
In the 3,000 meters, Emily Marchini placed third with a time of 10:27.31 and Jamie Brusa was right behind in fourth, crossing the line in 10:29.90. Janel Reeves rounded out the pack in 10th at 10:46.05.
Erica Peake finished fourth in the 200 meters with a time of 25.24 and Ashley Davis was close behind in 10th with a time of 26.02.
Shantelle Patterson threw a personal best in the weight throw with a 52'8" (16.05m) toss, coming in fifth.
In the mile, Christian Johnson had an indoor personal best in the event, finishing sixth with a time of 5:08.26.
The distance medley team, consisting of Rindi Wood, Samantha Simile, Shelby Nicosia and Jessica Dennison, placed fourth in the event, crossing the finish in 12:57.58.
Kierra Gabe tied for second in the high jump with a 5'5" (1.65m) leap.
In the 4x400-meter relay, Peake, Jerica Howard, Santresa Jamison and Vondeeshia Humphries raced to a fourth place finish with a time of 4:58.67.
Coastal Carolina heads to the Sykes-Sabock Challenge Cup next weekend for a one-day meet on Saturday, Feb. 5.
Jacob Smith Wins Mile at UNC
Jacob Smith (Brockville, Ontario/Thousand Islands Secondary School) won the mile and TJ Brancaccio (Norcross, Ga./Norcross ) and Alex Fisher (Roanoke, Va./William Byrd ) took second in their respective events to lead the High Point University men's track & field team at the Kent Taylor UNC Run for the Kids Meet.
Smith's time of 4:18.46 was a full second ahead of the second place finisher, Brendan Pierson from Duke. Freshman Patrick Crawford (Kernersville, N.C./East Forsyth) also ran the event, finishing in fifth with a time of 4:27.63.
Brancaccio was second on the pole vault for the second consecutive weekend. He cleared 4.65 meters (15-3), bettering last weekend's vault of 4.59 meters (15'0.75).
Fisher and Ryan Venable (Franklin, Tenn./Montgomery Bell Academy) finished second and fourth in the 60-meter hurdles, respectively. In the preliminaries Fisher ran a 8.42 while Venable finished in 8.88. Fisher improved to 8.34 in the finals, taking second just behind UNC Asheville's Milan Ristic. Venable improved his time to 8.71 in the finals to finish fourth. Both times are personal bests.
With a time of 7.10 in the preliminaries of the 60-meter dash, Justin Conaway (Herndon, Va./Herndon) advanced to the finals where he finished fourth in 7.06.
Evan Emery (Philadelphia, Pa./Central) took fifth in the 200-meter dash with a time of 22.92 and Sebastien Bonnot was sixth in the 400-meter (53.06).
The Panthers will compete at the ETSU Niswonger Invitational in Johnson City, Tenn. next weekend.
Kelsey Hunt Sets PR in 3,000-meter at UNC
With a personal record time of 10:33.44 in the 3,000-meter, sophomore Kelsey Hunt (Bedford, N.H./Manchester West) took home second place Saturday when the High Point University women's track & field team competed at the Kent Taylor UNC Run for the Kids Meet in Chapel Hill, N.C.
Hunt bested her personal best in the 3,000-meter by seven seconds. Her previous personal record was set last year at the Big South Indoor Championships.
Brittany Killough (Bowling Green, Va./JJ Kelly) and Dianna Bell (Thomasville, N.C./Ledford) also ran the 3,000-meter, finishing eighth and 14th, respectively.
Christina Fenske (Stuarts Draft, Va./Stuarts Draft) placed third in the high jump, clearing 1.65 meters (5-5). Fenske has improved every week after jumping 5'3 (1.60m) at Virginia Tech to open the season and 1.63 meters (5'4.25) last weekend at Appalachian State.
Kara Boatman (Silver Spring, Md./Albert Einstein) was fifth in the shot put with a throw of 11.09 meters (36-4.75). Kayleigh Perry (Myerstown, Pa./Eastern Lebanon County) and Audrey Malloy (Pennsburg, Pa./Upper Perkiomen) placed seventh and eighth in the mile with times of 5:20.17 and 5:20.22.
HPU will travel to Johnson City, Tenn. for the ETSU Niswonger Invitational next weekend.
Bryant Picks Up Two IC4A Qualifiers
LYNCHBURG, Va. - The Flames' Anthony Bryant qualified for the IC4A meet in both the high jump and long jump, highlighting Saturday's action at the Liberty Open. The busy day at the Tolsma Indoor Track Center also featured an ECAC qualifier by Mia Aghaji and six Liberty event wins.
Men's Meet Recap
Bryant, who already owned an IC4A qualifier in the triple jump, punched his ticket to Boston in both the high jump and long jump on Saturday. He won the Liberty Open high jump title for the third time in the last four years, clearing a season-best 6-10.25 on his third attempt.
Bryant also placed second in a very competitive long jump field. His leap of 23-8.75 established an indoor personal best and ranks No. 9 in program history.
Taylor Courtney was a double winner for the Flames on Saturday. The redshirt sophomore started out by successfully defending his Liberty Open 500-meter dash title, with a winning time of 1:05.01. Courtney later joined Jacey Bailey, James Hatch and Chris Johnson in winning the 4 x 400 relay. The quartet's time of 3:21.85 was a season best.
Reigning Big South Men's Indoor Field Athlete of the Week Ryan Smith suffered a shot put defeat at the hands of a collegiate competitor for the first time this season. East Tennessee State's Jarrod Burton defeated him, but Smith was able to claim runner-up honors with his 55-4.25 toss. Smith also nabbed third place in the weight throw, at 57-1.
Seeking his fourth Liberty Open triple jump crown in a row, Clarence Powell fell just shy. The senior finished second with a leap of 48-10.75.
Competing unattached, Kolby Shepherd posted his third straight Liberty Open pole vault title. His winning clearance was a meet-record 17-0.75.
Women's Meet Recap
Aghaji had a successful day in the jumping events, including an ECAC-qualifying 39-3 triple jump. The indoor personal-best distance won the competition by 3.25 inches.
Aghaji also finished second in the high jump, with freshman teammate Kristen Willeford following in third. Both Lady Flames sailed over 5-5, marking the highest clearance for either Aghaji or Willeford in a Liberty uniform.
Juniors Olivia Charnuski and Melanie Sims each won events on Saturday. Charnuski was victorious by a quarter-second in the 60-meter hurdles final, after equaling her season best with an 8.77 clocking. It was the Canadian's third Liberty Open 60 hurdles crown in a row.
Meanwhile, Sims was the only 400-meter runner to break 60 seconds, completing the two-lap race in a personal-best time of 59.77.
Sophomore Sherri Spruel tied for third in the 60-meter dash while improving her personal best to 7.80 seconds. Fellow sprinter Alyssa Pegues focused on the jumps on Saturday and took home a pair of fourth place finishes. She long jumped 18-0.25 and triple jumped a season-best 38-1.5.
Most of the Flames and Lady Flames will travel to University Park, Pa. next Saturday, to compete in the Sykes-Sabock Challenge Cup for the fourth consecutive season. The meet, which will feature team scoring, will begin at 9 a.m. at Penn State's Horece Ashenfelter III Indoor Track Facility.
Meanwhile, Sam Chelanga will race against some of the world's top distance runners at next Saturday's New Balance Indoor Grand Prix. He will run the 3K at the Reggie Lewis Center at 7:10 p.m. The meet will be televised on ESPN2 Feb. 6, from 2-4 p.m.
Wood, Lawson and Kitur Lead VMI at Liberty Open
LYNCHBURG, Va. - Antonio Wood posted his first career IC4A qualifying effort to capture the heptathlon, Chad Lawson qualified for the IC4A's in the weight throw and Felix Kitur won the 1,000-meter run to pace the VMI track and field programs Saturday at the Liberty Open, hosted by Liberty University in Lynchburg, Va.
Wood scored 4824 points to win the heptathlon, his first career collegiate victory. The sophomore finished no lower than sixth in any of the seven events, and managed no worse than a tie for fourth in six of the seven competitions.
Saturday, he finished sixth in the 60-meter hurdles, which is traditionally a solid event for Wood, then tied for fourth in the pole vault before placing third in the 1,500-meter run. Wood becomes the fifth IC4A qualifier for the Keydets this season, joining the 4X800-meter relay team, Ademola Titcombe (triple jump), Dennis James (high jump) and Lawson's qualification effort on Saturday.
Lawson, the senior out of Richmond, placed fourth in the weight throw with a 16.83 meter toss (55'2 ¾"), just edging out the 16.80 meter qualification standard. It will be Lawson's third straight trip to the indoor IC4A Championships.
Kitur, competing in the 1,000-meters for the first time in his collegiate career, assumed the lead approximately 100 yards into the race's first lap and never relinquished it, en route to a 2:30.20 time. The effort was just three-tenths of a second off the IC4A standard, but was good enough for a 2.3 second victory. Andrey Dmitriev (2:32.63), Dean Gonsalves (2:33.19) and Ermin Mujezinovic (2:33.86) finished third, fourth and fifth respectively, helping VMI dominate the event.
In other results, Cabell Willis was second in the 3,000-meters, posting a personal best time of 8:43.58. VMI's next highest finish was a fourth-place, recorded by Cody Davis in the shot put. He tossed the implement 15.18 meters (49'9 ¾"), shortly after he finished 11th in the weight throw, the day's first event, thanks to a mark of 15.59 M (51'1 ¾").
Titcombe, who punched his ticket to the IC4A triple jump at VMI's season opener, tied for sixth in that event Saturday. He recorded a mark of 13.85 M (45'4 ¼"), just ahead of his teammate Terrance Green, who leapt 13.37 M (43'10 ½") and finished 10th.
In other results on the men's side, James Alexander was seventh in the 200-meters (22.92), Kyle Fuller finished 7th in the 500-meters (1:08.32), and Michael Munson (fifth, 4132) and Dennis James (3937, eighth) finished behind Wood in the heptathlon. Of note, Saturday marked the conclusion of James' first collegiate multi-event competition.
For the Keydet women, Molly Western and Leah Schubel were the day's top finishers. Western placed sixth in the 800-meters with a time of 2:25.83, while Hannah Best (2:29.80) also earned a top-15 finish in that race. Schubel was sixth in the mile, clocking in at 5:21.94, nearly four seconds ahead of Dalton Kuhar's solid ninth-place effort (5:25.49).
Jasmine Hariston also competed for VMI, placing eighth in both the long jump (5.15 M/16'10 ¾") and the triple jump (11.25 M/36'11").
VMI track and field will return to action Saturday, Feb. 5, as the Keydets host the annual VMI Winter Relays at Cormack Field House. The first event is set to get underway at 8:30 a.m.