Top Marks & Fast Times Highlight Saturday T&F Action


Lady Bucs Wrap Up Competition at GT Invite
ATLANTA, Ga. - The Charleston Southern women's track & field team had another solid day at the Georgia Tech Invitational, hosted by the Ramblin' Wreck in Atlanta on Saturday.

The Lady Bucs' relay team took sixth place in the 4x100-meter event. Mulern Jean, Gabrielle Houston, Jasmine King and Brittney Greer combined for a time of 46.30 to take second in their heat.

Houston went on to take third place in the 100-meter dash finals, running an 11.51.

Tamisha Foster took 18th in the triple jump, recording a mark of 11.71 meters. Sequoya Casey fouled out of the event.

On Friday evening, Adrienne Cuff placed third in the steeple chase with a time of 11:23.76. The Bucs will return to action May 24-26 at the NCAA East Regional meet, hosted by the University of North Florida in Jacksonville, Fla.

Bucs Set New Marks at GT Invite
ATLANTA, Ga. - Three events resulted in three season bests for the Buccaneers men's track & field team on Saturday at the Georgia Tech Invite, hosted by the Ramblin' Wreck in Atlanta.

The quartet of Rozzie Johnson, Cornelius Tyler, Dantwan Spreads and Javon Young set a new program and Big South record in the 4x100 meter relay with a third place finish. The team combined for a time of 39.60, finishing behind Florida State and Nigeria.

Young set a new season best in the 100-meter dash finals with a time of 10.42. He took fourth behind runners from the ACC and Nigeria. He also took second in the 200-meter dash, running a 20.83. Johnson was 16th in the event, running a 21.33.

On Friday evening, Lavon Allen and Braxton Drummond took fourth and fifth, respectively in the long jump. Allen finished with a distance of 7.57 meters, while Drummond was close behind with a mark of 7.48 meters.

The Bucs will return to action May 24-26 at the NCAA East Regional meet, hosted by the University of North Florida in Jacksonville, Fla.

Coastal Carolina Track & Field Concludes Regular Season with Superb Efforts
CLEMSON, S.C./ATLANTA - The Coastal Carolina men's and women's track and field teams concluded their regular season schedule of meets on Saturday with representation at both the Clemson Tiger Qualifier and Georgia Tech Invitational.

Clemson Tiger Qualifier
The Chants secured two top-3 finishes in the women's hammer as seniors Shantelle Patterson and Brittany Connor placed second and third, respectively. Patterson turned in her fourth-best effort of the season as she launched the implement 54.94m (180-03) down range. Connor notched her second-best distance of the season with a heave of 53.65m (176-00).

Ryan Minor capped his exceptional rookie campaign with a sixth-place finish in the hammer throw. Minor threw for 52.36m (171-09) to capture his third-best performance of the season.

Freshman Danielle England placed second with a distance of 35.78m (117-05) in the women's javelin throw, despite competing in the event at the Georgia Tech Invitational only 14 hours earlier.

Freshman DeAndra Lipscomb finished third in the men's 400m-dash as he crossed the line in 49.41.

Carrington Fernandors turned in his second quickest 110m hurdles time of the season with a 14.70 to place  sixth in the event finals. Shane Norris (15.00) finished seventh followed by Tre'von Gee (15.12) in eighth.

Newcomer Aaron Noble placed third in the high jump as he matched his second-best effort of the season by clearing 1.96m (5-05.00) on his first attempt at the height. 
Georgia Tech Invitational

The Chanticleer women's 4x100m relay team of Ashley Davis, Erica Peake, Gabrielle Lee and Qwontajah Thompson ran their third-best time of the season as the quartet posted a 46.77. The time was good for sixth in the first and fastest heat of the day and ninth overall.

Coastal's men's foursome of Tyler Askew, Corey Jameson, Joseph Wilson and Ronnie Jackson completed their circuit in 41.11 to place fifth in the second heat of the afternoon and 10th overall.

The women's 4x400m relay team saved the season's best performance for last as the quartet of Thompson, Peake, Santresa Jamison and Barnes finished with a season-best time of 3:42.25. The time, which placed the Chants fifth in the 13-team field, is the second fastest ever ran by a Chanticleer foursome.

Senior Christian Johnson paced four Chants in the women's 800m-run with a time of 2:16.64. Freshman Sophie Perry finished in 2:18.63 followed closely by Emily Marchini (2:18.63) and Shelby Nicosia (2:19.45).

A host of Chants stepped into the starting block for both the men's and women's 200m-dash. Peake, who was named the 2012 Big South Women's Track Athlete of the Year after capturing five first-place finishes at the Big South Championship meet, turned in the most impressive performance by a Coastal woman as she placed 10th in the 50-athlete field with a 23.93. Lee finished 33rd with a 24.95 split followed by A. Davis (25.21) in 38th, Ruby Durham (25.37) and Camille Hurley (25.75).

Wilson led the way in the men's 200m race with a 21.61 to place 25th of the 55 competitors. Jameson ran a 21.75 to finish 33rd, while Jackson clocked a 21.98 followed by Stevie Brunson's 22.11 and Eric Brown's 22.58.

Jamison blazed to the finish line in 56.04 to win the fifth heat of the women's 400m-dash. Jamison's time, which placed her 14th overall, was the second quickest of her senior campaign. Freshman Sharmaine Barnes ran a 58.31 to place 26th overall.

Stevie Brunson stopped the clock in 48.88 in the men's 400m-dash to place 43rd in the stout field that featured numerous unattached individuals.

Christina Davis was the first athlete to cross the finish line in the fifth heat of the 400m hurdles with a time of 1:02.24. Davis' time notched her 20th overall in the 28-competitor field.

Sophomore Russel Kanner turned in a 54.33 time in the men's 400m hurdles to place fourth in his heat and 21st overall.

Cameron Griggs turned in his seventh top-10 worthy performance of the season in the men's discus. The sophomore finished with a final distance of 47.44m (155-08), which he achieved on his fifth attempt of the day.

Big South Conference runner-up JaDarrell Barnette continued his strong sophomore campaign as he finished 10th in the triple jump. Barnette easily surpassed his previous personal-best in the event with a distance of 14.44m (47-04.50).

Reigning Big South Women's Field Athlete of the Year Kierra Gabe finished 11th in the women's triple jump with a leap of 11.93m (39-01.75).

Bendik Wins ECAC Hammer with School-Record Throw
PRINCETON, N.J. - Liberty redshirt senior Melinda Bendik won the ECAC hammer competition and broke her own school record with a 201-3 throw, highlighting a sun-drenched Saturday at Weaver Track & Field Stadium. Meanwhile, the Flames' top IC4A result was a third-place pole vault finish by Kolby Shepherd.

Bendik's victory, which provided a nice substitute for her graduation ceremony, contributed 10 points to the Lady Flames' total of 19 tallies. Liberty now ranks fourth in the ECAC team standings through nine events, just two points behind Cornell for second. The Lady Flames have never finished higher than seventh place at this meet. Defending ECAC champion Duke owns a commanding lead with 56.5 points so far.

On the men's side, Liberty has totaled 16 points through eight events, which is good for seventh place on the IC4A ledger. Connecticut's 30 points have the Huskies one point ahead of Duke for first place at this juncture.

Women's ECAC Day Two Recap
Bendik stepped up for her final throw of the ECAC women's hammer competition trailing Connecticut's Victoria Flowers, the top-ranked hammer thrower in the East Region. However, Bendik's sixth heave reached 201-3 and Flowers could not answer on her final attempt.

As a result, Bendik became the first Lady Flame ever to win a throwing event title at the ECAC Division I Outdoor Track & Field Championships. Additionally, the Texas native broke her own program record of 197-10, which had been set April 28 at the Highlander Invitational in Radford, Va. Bendik now ranks No. 6 in the East Region and No. 18 nationally for the women's hammer.

Reigning ECAC heptathlon champion Christina Mitchell finished fifth in this year's heptathlon competition, with a score of 4,498 points. Her top event on Saturday was the javelin, as her 136-11 mark topped the field of heptathletes by 11 and a half feet.

Later on in the day, Mitchell competed in the ECAC javelin. Her throw of 136-3 netted 12th place overall.

The Lady Flames' 4 x 100 relay quartet of Sherri Spruel, Abigail Flower, Olivia Charnuski and Meme Layne qualified to Sunday's ECAC final with a time of 46.34 seconds.

Charnuski nearly made the ECAC 100 hurdles final as well, finishing with the 10th-fastest time during the semifinals, 14.13.

Meghan Burggraf did not make the ECAC 800-meter run final, but did fashion her fastest-ever outdoor time, 2:09.94. That moves the junior up to No. 4 on Liberty's all-time outdoor 800-meter list.

Men's IC4A Day Two Recap
Shepherd sailed over 16-10 on his second pole vault attempt to claim third place in the event. In the process, the redshirt senior also greatly improved his chances at qualifying for the NCAA Division I Preliminary Round meet.

The Flames' other two IC4A points on Saturday came from Tim Abbott in the discus. The sophomore's fifth throw stretched the tape to a personal-best 167-4. That effort placed seventh in the event and moves Abbott up to No. 7 in program history.

Ryan Smith followed up Abbott's effort with a 12th-place discus finish, thanks to a 160-10 toss. Earlier in the morning, Smith had come in 14th in the IC4A hammer final, reaching 175-3 on his best attempt.

Kevin Reddington made the IC4A long jump finals with a season-best 23-11.75 leap. However, he just missed out on scoring points for the Flames by two inches, ending up ninth overall.

Liberty will have both of its 4 x 100 relay teams in action on Sunday, as the men's grouping of Roderick Spruel, Leonard Robbins, Tarell Williams and Maxwell Asante posted a time of 40.79 to earn a berth in the IC4A final.

The Flames also had some near-misses while attempting to qualify for other IC4A finals. The 4 x 400 relay team of Andre Washington, Kyle Gill, Paul Arslain and Robbins ran a season-best time of 3:13.36 but came in ninth, with the top eight teams reaching the final.

Asante was 10th in the 100 dash prelims at 10.69, while Robbins and Taylor Courtney were each 12th in their respective event preliminaries. Robbins clocked 47.51 in the 400 dash, with Courtney running a heat-winning 400 hurdles time of 53.08.

The third and final day of the 2012 IC4A and ECAC Division I Outdoor Track & Field Championships will begin Sunday at 10 a.m., when Mychelle Cumings competes in the ECAC shot put and Mia Aghaji takes part in the ECAC high jump. Running events commence at 12:15 p.m., when the Lady Flames run in the ECAC 4 x 100 relay final.

Four Radford Athletes Conclude Competition at Georgia Tech Invitational
ATLANTA, Ga. - Carrying over his success from the 100m yesterday, Radford's Allen Dooms set a PR in the 200m and Brett Olinger posted yet another high finish to highlight the final day of track and field action at the Georgia Tech Invitational on Saturday.
Dooms clocked a personal-best 21.48 to take fifth among collegiate attached athletes.  Joseph Betts finished 17th in the same event with a 21.85. 
In the 400m hurdles, Olinger posted a 53.57 to take sixth place.  He is currently ranked 50th in the NCAA East Region with his season-best 52.68 time set at the Radford Invitational.
Kaise White crossed the finish line in 48.24 in the men's 400m and took 10th place.

Wood's Second-Place Effort Leads VMI at IC4A/ECAC Championships
PRINCETON, N.J. - Antonio Wood recorded personal bests in the final two events to claim a second-place finish in the decathlon, and pace the VMI track and field contingent at the IC4A/ECAC Championships Saturday in Princeton, N.J.

Wood's 6,687 points marked a new personal best in the event, as he wound up more than 200 points ahead of the third-place competitor. After struggling in the day's second event, Wood posted a solid effort in the pole vault (4.20 M/13'9 ¼") and followed that up with career best marks in the javelin throw (44.54 M/146'1") and the 1,500-meter run (4:46.96) to ensure the second-place finish.

Also in action was Felix Kitur, seeking the first outdoor individual IC4A title of his storied career. Kitur clocked in at 1:49.10 in his preliminary round, and he will be the top qualifier to tomorrow's final. Ademola Titcombe finished 26th in the long jump (6.86 M/22'6 ¼"), and Andrey Dmitriev was scratched from the 1,500-meter run due to injury concerns.

Wood's runner-up result gave the Keydets eight team points, and they currently sit in a tie for 12th place in the team standings.

On the women's side, it was Jennifer Sing tying for eighth in the pole vault, recording a mark of 3.78 meters (12'4 ¾"). Kate Collins was also in action, but was one of 14 athletes to not record a height. By comparison, only 13 athletes were able to clear a bar in Saturday's competition. Sing's half point made the Keydets one of 34 teams to notch points at the meet.

VMI track and field returns to action Sunday, wrapping up competition at the IC4A/ECAC Championships in Princeton.