School Outdoor Track & Field Records Fall on Saturday


Emery Breaks 200-meter Record in VertKlasse Meeting
HIGH POINT, N.C. -- The High Point University men's track & field team hosted the VertKlasse Meeting on Saturday, getting a pair of wins in the performance sections at Vert Stadium. Sophomore Evan Emery broke a 29-year-old HPU record in the 200-meter, running a time of 20.87 into a headwind.

Emery got out strong and bested a field that included Jamaal Torrance, who won a gold medal as part of the United States 4x400 relay team at the 2008 World Championship. Emery's time of 20.87 shattered the HPU record of 21.45 set by Kent Sides in 1983.

The Panthers' other win came from junior Jacob Smith, who outkicked Duke's Domenick DeMatteo to win the 1,500-meter in a career-best 3:48.14. Senior Jevin Monds placed 14th in the 1,500.

Freshman Christian Spaulding set a career best in the javelin, throwing it 61.25 meters (200-11) to place second behind Wake Forest's Ben Lincoln.

HPU sophomore Patrick Crawford ran a career-best 14:38.44 to place second in the 5,000-meter. HPU alumnus and current ZAP Fitness runner Cole Atkins won in 14:17.99. Freshman Jeff LaCoste placed third in 15:11.37 and senior Mike Ali placed fifth in a career-best 15:17.03.

HPU freshman Justin Doehr placed fourth in the 400-meter in a career-best 47.93. The Panthers' high hurdlers both performed well - senior Alex Fisher placed fifth in 14.81 and sophomore Ryan Venable placed sixth, winning his heat, in 14.85.

High Point had several strong performances in the 800-meter. Freshman Chris Muggler placed seventh in 1:55.25, senior Seth Harwood placed eighth and won his heat in 1:55.37 and freshman Michael Colven placed 12th in 1:56.84. Freshman Evan Gingrich placed third in the 800-meter in 1:57.74 in the participation section earlier in the day. Olympic bronze medalist Bershawn Jackson placed third in the 800-meter in 1:53.79 as part of his training for the 400-meter hurdles.

Doehr, Tristan Faure, Gingrich and Muggler combined to run 3:19.09 in the 4x400 relay, the Panthers' best time in several seasons. Faure also competed in the long jump, placing fourth with a leap of 6.72 meters (22-0.75) into a headwind. Sophomore Steven Scally placed fourth in the discus with a throw of 40.54 meters (133-0).

High Point will be competing in two meets next weekend. Most of the track athletes will compete in the Raleigh Relays at NC State while most of the field event competitors will be at the Wilbur Ross Invitational in Winston-Salem, N.C.

HPU's Fraser Wins steeplechase in VertKlasse Meeting
HIGH POINT, N.C. -- The High Point University women's track & field team hosted the VertKlasse Meeting on Saturday at Vert Stadium, getting a win in the 3,000-meter steeplechase from senior Kelsey Fraser. Senior Manika Gamble ran her second-best time in the 400-meter hurdles.

Fraser led the final laps of the 3,000-meter steeplechase to get the win in 11:23.34. HPU sophomore Audrey Malloy placed fifth and senior Kelsey Hinchliffe placed seventh.

Gamble placed third overall in the 400-meter hurdles with a time of 58.85, just off her HPU and Big South record of 58.56 from 2010. She was the top collegiate finisher, as the top two were professional athletes. Gamble came back to run a career-best 24.67 into a headwind in the 200-meter.

Sophomore Kaitlin Whittington placed third in the triple jump with a  distance of 11.18 meters (36-8.25) while jumping into a headwind. She also won her heat of the 100-meter dash in 13.15 seconds and ran on HPU's 4x100 relay.

Freshman Caitlin Griffin cleared 3.12 meters (10-2.75) to win the participation section of the pole vault. Senior Carli Antor placed third with a height of 2.97 meters (9-9). Junior Lynee Pina placed eighth in the discus with a throw of 36.31 meters (119-1) and took 10th in the javelin.

Freshman Sarah Dorrell placed 11th in the 1,500-meter, finishing in 4:52.07. The Panthers had five runners scheduled in the 5,000-meter, but the race was cancelled due to lightening in the area.

High Point will be competing in two meets next weekend. Most of the track athletes will compete in the Raleigh Relays at NC State while most of the field event competitors will be at the Wilbur Ross Invitational in Winston-Salem, N.C.

Flames, Lady Flames Both Place 3rd at Virginia
CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. - Despite resting all of their distance runners, both the Liberty men's and women's track & field teams posted third-place finishes at the UVa Team Swashbuckle. The meet was contested on a soggy Saturday at Virginia's newly renovated Lannigan Track.

Highlighted by Mychelle Cumings' school-record 158-8 discus throw, the Lady Flames scored 121 points to come in third of 11 women's teams. Virginia led the way with 159 points, followed by runner-up Army's 124 tallies.

On the men's side, the Flames won two events and posted two new IC4A qualifiers, on their way to recording 111 1/3 points. As was the case in the women's team scoring, Virginia (147 points) won, with Army (146) claiming second place in the 11-team field.

Women's Meet Recap
Cumings, who won both the women's shot put and discus in dominating fashion, headlined an impressive showing by the Lady Flames' throwers. Liberty's throwing crew racked up 61 points in four events, accounting for more than half of the Lady Flames' overall team score.

For the second consecutive Saturday, Cumings broke a program record that had been established before the Tennessee native was born. Last week, the freshman took down Pam Pollock's shot put record which had stood since 1982.

This time around, Cumings' 158-8 mark in the discus shattered the existing Liberty record of 151-8, set by Janet Rorer on May 28, 1992. Cumings, who won Saturday's discus competition by nearly 14 feet, now ranks No. 21 nationally in the event and No. 4 among freshmen.

The Lady Flames totaled 21 points in the discus, as Jennifer Nicholson came in third at 140-9 and Jocelyn Williams was fourth at 133-1.

Cumings also took top honors in the shot put by a wide margin, as her top mark of 47-2.25 landed almost six feet past her nearest competitor. Fellow freshman Nicholson backed her up with a fourth-place finish, reaching 40-0.

Melinda Bendik nearly made it three victories for the Lady Flames in the throwing events, but her sixth and final hammer attempt landed at 185-3, just one centimeter shy of the winning effort by Virginia's Maureen Laffan. Teammates Williams (third place, 158-4) and Cumings (fifth place, 147-1) also notched top-five finishes, to go along with Bendik's runner-up performance.

Rounding out Liberty's efforts in the women's throws was Christina Mitchell, who came in fourth in the javelin with a top mark of 128-5.

The Lady Flames' sprinters and hurdlers also fared well despite the adverse conditions, including a victory in the 4 x 100 relay. The quartet of Sherri Spruel, Abigail Flower, Olivia Charnuski and Meme Layne won the event by more than three seconds with a season-best time of 46.27. In the process, they became the fourth-fastest 4 x 100 relay grouping in program history.

Charnuski also claimed runner-up honors in the 100-meter hurdles final, in 14.75 seconds. Teammate Rachel Houseknecht finished right behind her, taking the third spot in 14.79. During the prelims, Houseknecht sped to a personal-best time of 14.23, qualifying for the ECAC meet and moving up to No. 7 in Liberty history for the event.

Liberty netted 10 points in the women's 100-meter dash final, thanks to a third-place effort by Flower (12.60) and a fifth-place showing from Spruel (12.72).

Alyssa Pegues recorded top-five placements in both horizontal jumps. The senior came in fourth in the triple jump at 37-2.5 and finished fifth in the long jump with a 17-3.25 performance.

Tami Tolsma pole vaulted 10-4 for third place, while Amanda Wimbush's personal-best 800-meter time of 2:15.57 produced a fourth-place finish.

Men's Meet Recap
Making a successful season debut in the 400 hurdles, Taylor Courtney both won the event and qualified for the IC4A Outdoor Track & Field Championships in a time of 53.76 seconds.

The Flames' other victory and IC4A qualifier both came in the throwing events. Freshman David Scouten saved his best shot put effort for last, capturing first place with an outdoor-best mark of 52-8.25. He now ranks seventh on Liberty's all-time outdoor men's shot put list.

Jacob DeValve followed up Scouten's performance by taking fourth place in the shot put at 48-1.75. However, it was the javelin where DeValve really made his mark. He stretched the measuring tape to a personal-best 194-7, exceeding the IC4A standard and finishing fourth in the event.

Even though he did not compete in his specialty event, the shot put, Ryan Smith still enjoyed a successful Saturday. He came in second in the hammer with a 186-3 heave and finished third in the discus, thanks to a personal-best 158-1 toss. Tim Abbott added a fourth-place discus finish, reaching 153-10.

In the remaining field events, Cody Fridgen pole vaulted a season-best 15-5.5 to claim runner-up honors. Meanwhile, Kyle Wheeler's 6-6.25 high jump clearance tied the freshman for second place.

Liberty got second-place finishes in the men's 100 and 200-meter dashes. In the 100, it was Maxwell Asante clocking a time of 10.90 seconds. Leonard Robbins then produced a personal-best effort of 21.49 seconds in the 200.

Asante and Robbins teamed up with Roderick Spruel and Anthony Settje for third place in the 4 x 100 relay. The quartet's official time was 41.63 seconds.

Liberty also placed third in the men's 4 x 400 relay, with Christopher Arvey, Robbins, Paul Arslain and Courtney toting the baton for a time of 3:18.42.

Arvey and Arslain each notched personal-best clockings in their respective individual events, and both Flames finished fifth. Arvey did so in the 400-meter dash, with a time of 50.05, while Arslain's strong individual effort was a 1:53.55 time in the 800.

Liberty's team will be divided between a pair of meets this coming week. Some of the Flames and Lady Flames will head to Austin, Texas for the Texas Relays, beginning on Wednesday. Others will take part in the Raleigh Relays, slated for Friday and Saturday at N.C. State.

Radford Track & Field Wraps Up Weems Baskin Invitational
COLUMBIA, S.C. - The Radford track and field teams had an individual title and a number of top finishes in a weather-shortened Weems Baskin Invitational Saturday afternoon hosted by South Carolina.
Vincent Wyatt (Atlanta, Ga./William Fleming) is quickly filling up Radford's all-time Top-10 in the 110m hurdles through only two meets.  He posted his second consecutive victory among the collegiate ranks with the program's second fastest time, 14.22. 
In the 400m hurdles, Brett Olinger (Timberville, Va./Broadway) finished runner-up with a time of 53.52.  David Green (Hanau, Germany/Freedom) also finished in the Top-10 with his time of 57.62.
The men's 4x100m relay team finished in the Top-5 for the second straight meet.  The team consisting of Olinger, Wyatt, Joseph Betts (Lancaster, Va./Lancaster) and Allen Dooms (Charlottesville, Va./Charlottesville) posted a 41.87.
Highlighting women's throws was Aimee Veatch (Roanoke, Va./Cave Spring).  Veatch tossed 50.03m / 164-02 in the hammer throw and took home fifth place.
Kaise White (Houston, Texas/Freedom) placed fourth in the men's 400m with a time of 49.06.  Tehquin Warrick (Hampton, Va./Phoebus) finished right behind White in seventh at 49.12.
Dooms crossed the line in sixth place in the 100m dash.  He recorded a 10.73, the seventh fastest time in program history.  Betts took 15th in the same event with his 10.97.
Clocking a 12.34, Lakei Crews (Altavista, Va./Altavista Combined) earned 16th place in the 100m.  Kayla Christian (New Kent County, Va./New Kent County) was steps behind Crews at 12.40 and finished 19th.
In the 800m, Eric Graves (Yorktown, Va./Colorado State) had another solid showing and ran a time of 1:57.07 to finish eighth overall. Jake Zimmerman (Chester, Va./L.C. Bird) posted a 13th place showing in the same event, crossing at 1:59.09. On the women's side, Shalonda Mitchell (Richmond, Va./Varina) earned a 2:21.39 and placed 15th overall.
Travis Hudson (Christiansburg, Va./Christiansburg) recorded a 2.00m / 6-06.75 mark in the high jump and posted a fourth-place performance.  In the women's high jump, Nikki Roseberry (Dublin, Va./Pulaski) tied for seventh when she cleared the high jump bar at 1.60m / 5-03.00. 
In his first outdoor long jump event, Chris Henry (Urbanna, Va./Middlesex) turned in an 11th place showing with a leap of 6.62m / 21-08.75.  Finishing fifth on the women's side was Christian, who tied for the 10th best jump in program history at 5.43m / 17-09.75. 
Lindsey Noe (Goldvein, Va./Liberty-Bealeton) had her best pole vault showing since 2009 with a 3.05m / 10-00.00 clearance. She finished 12th in the event.  Josiah Brunson (Stafford, Va./James Madison) finished 10th in the men's pole vault at a 3.80m / 12-05.50 height.
Sam Keltner (Virginia Beach, Va./First Colonial) had an impressive showing in the 3000m steeplechase. He finished ninth overall by clocking a 10:40.88

Bucs Complete Competition at Weems Baskin
COLUMBIA, S.C. - The CSU men's track & field team continued on with the 2012 outdoor season by competing in the Weems Baskin Invitational at the University of South Carolina in Columbia on Saturday.

Javon Young picked up a third place finish in the 100-meter dash, running a 10.61. Rozzie Johnson was ninth, finishing in 10.85. The Bucs placed four in the top-20 of the 400-meter dash, with Cornelius Tyler taking 10th (49.46), Dantwan Spreads finishing 11th (49.53), Juan Thompson taking 18th (50.19) and Corrie Roach taking 20th in 50.92. Christian Goetz placed 49th in the event in a time of 55.34.

Baxley Crosby placed 25h in the 800-meter run, crossing the line in 2:01.58. Teammate Tyree Hines ran the 1,500-meter event, finishing 18th in a time of 4:13.90. Michael Marshburn took 11th in the 3,000-meter steeple chase, finishing in 10:47.45 while Martin Hutchens took 16th in 11:11.21.

The Bucs' 4 x 100 meter relay team of Johnson, Tyler, Young and Spreads took third place with a time of 40.82.

Avery Coe placed seventh in the triple jump, finishing with a jump of 13.74 meters. Teammate Cleveland German took 24th in the shot put with a toss of 13.11 while Richard Landford placed 27th with a throw of 12.49 meters. Landford also competed in the discus, taking 39th with a throw of 35.38 meters. German placed 21st in the hammer with a throw of 47.58 meters. Matt Smith competed in the javelin, finishing ninth with a throw of 51.21 meters .

Next up, the Bucs will compete in the North Florida Invitational, hosted by the Osprey in Jacksonville on March 30-31.

Houston Takes First at Weems Baskin
COLUMBIA, S.C. - Gabrielle Houston picked up a first place finish and Mulern Jean broke another program record as the CSU women's track & field team competed in the Weems Baskin Invitational at the University of South Carolina in Columbia on Saturday.

Houston ran an 11.51 to win the 100-meter dash, while teammate Brittney Greer took 13th in the event in a time of 12.27. Jasmine King ran a 25.55 in the 200-meter dash for 24th place, while Greer took 27th in 25.65. Deona Jones placed 28th with a finish of 25.66, while Mary Elliott ran a 26.16 for 35th place. Sharni Butler took 51st in the event with a time of 27.63.

Elliott also competed in the 400-meter event, taking 34th with a time of 1:02.33. She was joined by Butler, who took 44th with a time of 1:09.37.

Susanna McKee and Adrienne Cuff took 11th and 18th place, respectively, in the 800-meter run. McKee crossed the line in 2:19.96, while Cuff finished in 2:21.63. Ashlyn Kunda also competed in the event, taking 50th place with a 2:48.29.

In the 15,000-meter event, Cuff finished 17th with a time of 4:54.90 while Hannah Burkholder ran a 5:24.88 for 36th place.

Jean took third overall and set a new school record in the 100-meter hurdles, finishing in 13.90. Rashida Dooling was seventh in the event with a 14.88 while King finished 21st in 16.18. Kerona Parnell ran a 16.42 for 25th place. King and Jean took 11th and 12th in the 400-meter hurdles, with King running a 1:05.43 and Jean finishing in 1:05.74. Dooling was 15th with a 1:07.21 while Eloisa Paredes took 18th in 1:07.76.

Heidi Dean and Mary Davidson competed in the 3,000-meter steeplechase, taking eighth and ninth place. Dean finished in 12:09.25 while Davidson completed it in 13:20.66. The Lady Bucs "A" squad also took third place in the 4 x 100 meter relay with a time of 46.70.

In the field events, Jones placed sixth in the long jump with a distance of 5.43 meters. Sequoya Casey was ninth (5.34m) with Tamisha Foster taking 14th (4.93m). Foster and Casey took third and fourth in the triple jump, respectively. Foster recorded a jump of 11.95 meters, while Casey had one of 11.52 meters. Joshlyn Noga recorded a throw of 37.28 meters for 39th place, while Talei Tagavakatini placed 46th with a throw of 35.52 meters. Katelyn Brummet placed 23rd in the javelin for the Bucs with a throw of 27.14 meters. Tenasia White placed 19th in the hammer throw with a throw of 46.31 meters. Daisy Whitaker took 27th, with a final toss of 43.01 meters.

The Bucs will head to Jacksonville, Fla., on March 30-31 to take part in the University of North Florida Invite.

Sears Rewrites GWU Record Books to Lead Gardner-Webb Track & Field at USC Weems Baskin Relays
Columbia, S.C. - Gardner-Webb sophomore thrower Carson Sears shattered the Hammer Throw school record he had set just a week prior as the Runnin' Bulldogs track & field squads competed at the Weems Baskin Relays on the campus of the University of South Carolina.

Sears (Suwanee, Ga.) threw a distance of 64.48 m in the Men's Hammer Throw, placing 6th in the event. The sophomore bested the 62.46 m mark he set at last weekend's 49er Classic (Charlotte, N.C.).

Junior Ivana Hughes (Evans, Ga.) gave the GWU women's squad a 4th place finish in the 800 m Run, finishing with a personal best time of 2:13.02 in the event.

Also achieving a Top 5 showing were juniors Bethany Wright (Clayton, Ga.) and Taylor Cook (Boone, N.C.), as the two GWU athletes tied for 5th in the Women's Pole Vault at 3.35 m.

Senior Elisabeth Sawyer (Charlotte, N.C.) took 4th in the Women's 3000 m Steeplechase, recording a time of 11:49.54 in the event.

Another Runnin' Bulldog senior, jumper Sarah Herd (Cherryville, N.C.), recorded a Top 10 showing in Columbia, as the senior took 6th in the Women's High Jump at 1.60 m.

GWU got a pair of 11th place showings thanks to senior Katy Milton and junior Ariel Zimmerman. Milton (Monroe, N.C.) leaped a distance of 5.03 m in the Women's Long Jump to finish 11th and Zimmerman (Williamsburg, Va.) was 11th in the Women's 1500 m Run, timing in at 4:48.08.

Junior Yazzming Lee (Paterson, N.J.) gave GWU a 12th place finish in the Women's Hammer Throw, tossing a distance of 47.21 m in the event.

Sophomore Kristen Hurley, the reigning Big South Indoor Pentathlon Champion, picked up a 17th place finish in the 100 m Hurdles, finishing in 15.65.

Gardner-Webb's A 4 x 100 m Relay finished in 12th place, as T'Keyah Bell, Wright, Nancy Cates, and Milton teamed up to finish in 49.30.

Joining Sears in the standout performances from the Gardner-Webb men was sophomore Mike McClay (Lawrenceville, Ga.), whose time of 4:03.03 in the Men's 1500 m Run earned him a 5th place finish in the event.

Gardner-Webb's throwers put up strong performances. In addition to his school record in the Hammer Throw, Sears represented the Runnin' Bulldog men with a 4th place showing in the Men's Shot Put, throwing a distance of 15.70 m. Gardner-Webb senior Travis Rogers (Conyers, Ga.), who was 12th in the event at 14.19 m, also posted a 10th place showing in the Hammer Throw, recording a distance of 54.80 m.

Senior C.J. Wise (Butler, Pa.) recorded an 18th place showing in the Hammer Throw, tossing 48.52 m.

In the Men's Long Jump, freshman Chris Darden (Athens, Ga.) put up an 8th best distance, jumping 6.82 m in the event. Fellow freshman Ben Bell (Greensboro, N.C.) recorded personal bests in both the 100 m Dash and Javelin Throw at 11.84 and 35.0 m respectively.

Darden picked up a second Top 10 finish in the Men's High Jump, grabbing 10th place with a top height of 1.85 m.

Sophomore Tavarus Ferguson (Evans, Ga.) recorded a distance of 6.27 m in the Men's Long Jump, placing 18th in the event.

Gardner-Webb put two athletes in the Top 15 of the Men's 3000 m Steeplechase, headlined by sophomore Drew Ford (Wasilla, Alaska), who finished 10th in a personal best 10:46.92. Fellow sophomore Jarrett Willis (Shelby, N.C.) took 15th in the event with a time of 11:06.61.

Freshman Miles Harris (Atlanta, Ga.) led the Runnin' Bulldogs in the Men's 400 m Dash, finishing 16th with a time of 49.98. Gardner-Webb got another Top 20 finish from junior Josiah Stanton-Brooks (Seattle, Wa.), whose time of 4:13.00 in the Men's 1500 m Run netted a 17th place finish.

GWU was led in the 800 m Run by sophomore Trey Crook (Lexington, N.C.), whose time of 2:00.99 was 18th best in the event.

The Runnin' Bulldogs' A 4 x 100 m Relay team (Darden, Ferguson, Terry Davis, and Codi Merritt) finished in 8th position after running to a season best time of 43.31.

Gardner-Webb track & field will next be in action at the Asics Winthrop Invitational March 29 -31.

Four Victories Lead Keydets at VMI/W&L Carnival
LEXINGTON, Va. - Four Keydets won events Saturday, as action wrapped up on the final day of the VMI/W&L track and field carnival, contested at VMI's Read Memorial Track at Foster Stadium.

Antonio Wood claimed a convincing victory in the decathlon, winning by 249 points en route to a personal best, and meet record, score of 6657 points. Wood posted personal best efforts in five of the 10 events, including the ninth event, the pole vault. There, he cleared 4.34 meters (14'2 ¾") to tally the top mark of any of the 12 competitors. Wood also recorded new top marks in the 400-meters, the 110-hurdles, the high jump and the 1,500-meter run.

After competing in a relay Friday, Felix Kitur competed in his first individual race of the season, the 800-meters. Kitur won going away in 1:51.40, tying the national leader entering the weekend, and doing so despite racing in a driving rainstorm.

Following her third-place finish in Friday's discus throw, Mary Grace Lemon won the hammer on Saturday, taking the title with a personal best toss of 45.93 meters (150'8"). The effort was over two meters better than Lemon's previous PR.

The fourth victor of the day was Ademola Titcombe, who won the triple jump with a leap of 13.98 meters (45'10 ½).

Several other Keydets posted strong efforts Saturday, including freshman Julian Jackson, who finished second to Titcombe in the triple jump. Jackson's mark was 13.04 M/42'9 ½".

Finally, Renee Reives finished third in the women's shot put (11.30 M/37'1"), while Nate Gant followed up Friday's long jump victory with a third-place result in the 100-meters.

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

Coastal Track & Field Takes Home 14 Top 10 Finishes at Weems Baskin
COLUMBIA - The Coastal Carolina men's and women's track and field programs continued to impress on day two of the University of South Carolina hosted Weems Baskin Invitational on Saturday as the squads combined to tally 14 top 10 finishes.

Junior Jessica Dennison opened the day on the track for the Chants as she turned in a fifth place finish in the 3,000m steeplechase with a time of 11.50.94. Spencer Lange equaled Dennison's placing in the men's 3,000m steeplechase as he crossed the finish line in 10:24.68.

The women's 1,500m saw the Chanticleers come away with four of the top 10 finishers. Both Sophie Perry (4:41.89) and Letitia Saayman (4:42.64) continued the hot starts to their collegiate career as the pair finished third and fourth, respectively, in the 53-competitor field. Close behind the freshman duo were sophomore Emily Marchini and Shelby Nicosia in sixth and seventh place.  Marchini stopped the clock at 4:43.55 with Nicosia just behind in 4:44.71.

The men's team also had two top 10 finishers in the 1,500m as Tyler Cummings, who placed sixth in 4:03.54 to set a new collegiate personal best, was followed by Cameron Wells with a season-best time of 4:04.85 to finish eighth. The pair also competed in the 800m finishing in the top 25 of the event. Cummings turned in a Chanticleer season-best time of 2:00.67 to place 17th as Wells finished 24th in 2:01.52.

Senior Christian Johnson represented the Chants admirably in 800m as she blazed to the finish line in 2:12.10, the program's third fastest time in the event, to place third in the field that featured 58 competitors.

Day two of the field events started with the continuation of the rain delayed men's discus. Cameron Griggs finished the event with the Chanticleers' top distance of 43.72m (143-05), also the team's top effort of the season, to capture 18th place. Senior Tyler Swanson's toss of 40.32m (132-03) was good for 24th overall. Newcomer Ryan Minor finished the day with a toss of 38.69m (126-11) to place 30th.

Additionally, Minor also finished ninth in the shot put with a distance of 14.81m (48-07.25). Griggs and Swanson also competed in the shot put, recording 15th and 17th place finishes, respectively. Griggs threw for a distance of 13.95m (35-09.25) as Swanson recorded a distance of 13.61m (44-08.00).

Freshman Danielle England, who opened her Coastal career with a javelin victory in the CCU Invitational, finished as the runner-up in the javelin with a throw of 41.67m (136-08) on her second attempt of the day. Classmate Otessa Velasquez also came away with a top 10 finish in the event as her throw of 34.30m (112-06) was good for 10th in the 42-competitor field.

Shantelle Patterson and Brittany Connor also took home top 10 finishes in the hammer throw. Patterson placed third with a throw of 55.35m (181-07) on her first attempt of the day. Connor recorded a season-best throw of 52.29m (171-07) to place fourth of the 54 athletes.  Anjulia Nicholson and Naomi Atkins rounded out the Coastal contingent with a tosses of 46.38m (152-02) and 43.99m (144-04), respectively.

Due to inclement weather in Columbia, the women's 5,000m, the men's and women's 4x400m relay, women's discus and shot put along with the men's and women's high jump were cancelled prior to completion. 

Keydets Record Strong Day at VMI/W&L Carnival
LEXINGTON, Va.  - Antonio Wood won four of the first five events in the decathlon, and VMI competitors captured the top two spots in the long jump as the Keydet men's track and field team competed Friday at the opening day of the VMI/W&L track and field carnival, held at Washington & Lee's Wilson Field.

Wood had the top effort in the 100-meter dash, the shot put and the long jump, but in the high jump, he cleared 2.07 meters (6'9 ½") to not only take the event, but post a new personal best. Wood leads the decathlon by 350 points, thanks to his score of 3707 points.

The long jump saw Nate Gant take the win with a 6.93 meter leap (22'9"), ahead of runner-up teammate Ademola Titcombe (6.83 M/22'5"). In one of the later events of the day, the Keydets posted two of the top four times in the men's 5K. Ermin Mujezinovic finished third, with a 15:05.90 time, while he just edged out teammate Noah Hagos, who clocked in officially at 15:05.91.

Finally, Michael McDonald finished fifth in the 3,000-meter steeplechase, as he recorded a time of 10:10.30.

VMI track and field will return to action Saturday, as the VMI/W&L Carnival concludes at Foster Stadium. Action will get underway at 8 a.m.

Sing's School Record Paces Keydets at VMI/W&L Carnival
LEXINGTON, Va.  - Jennifer Sing added yet another school record to her resume, as she was one of two event victors for the VMI Keydet women's track and field team during Friday's action at the VMI/W&L track and field carnival, contested at Washington and Lee's Wilson Field.

Sing cleared the bar at 4.05 meters (13'3 ½") to break her own school record in the pole vault, as she is the only Keydet woman to ever clear 13 feet. In fact, only two women, Sing and teammate Kate Collins, have ever cleared 12 feet. On this day, Sing nearly did not have a chance at the clearance, as it took three attempts for her to tally a mark at 3.45 M. She would then go on to post just one miss combined over the next three heights, before recording the new VMI best on her third try at 4.05 M. The effort would have tied Sing for seventh in the nation coming into the weekend.

Also winning her event was Renee Reives, as the freshman took the discus title with a throw of 41.03 meters (134'7") for her first career event victory.

Also competing in the discus was Mary Grace Lemon, the defending Big South champion in the event, who finished third overall. Lemon recorded a mark of 40.33 meters (132'4"). Meanwhile, Jenna Moye's time in the 1,500 was 4:46.85, good for a second place finish behind a D-III 800-meter All-American.

The aforementioned distance runners saw time in the 5K, and were led by Leah Schubel, who clocked in at 18:42 for a seventh-place result. Michelle Church, competing in her first race since early February, finished 10th in 18:52.

Finally, Thireyona Legg finished fifth in the long jump (4.98 M/16'4 ¼") and Rachel Sing was seventh in the javelin (33.20/108'11").

VMI track and field will return to action Saturday, as the VMI/W&L Carnival concludes at Foster Stadium. Action will get underway at 8 a.m.