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Tiger Classic Produces Big Results for Clemson and Purdue


Men's 3000m Steeplechase

Warm temperatures and intermittent gusts of wind accompanied an exciting two days of action at Hutsell-Rosen Track this weekend. Over twenty schools made the trip to tiny Auburn, Alabama to take part in Auburn’s annual Tiger Classic.

The event started on Friday evening with three field events for the men’s and women’s competitions (hammer throw, javelin, and triple jump). The hammer throw and javelin competitions were invitation only. Saturday’s action included the women’s high jump invitational and the remaining 18 open events.

Clemson dominated the top finishers category with nine (6-men, 3-women), followed by Purdue with seven (2-men, 5-women). Illinois and Auburn both placed four in the top spot.

Event Highlights:
Auburn Senior jumper Maya Pressley placed second in the high jump and set a new school record in the process clearing a height of 1.88m (6 ft-2 in) on her last attempt. Doreen Amata, running unattached, won the event with a height clearance of 1.91m (6ft -3.25in).

Georgia Tech’s Aaron Unterberger continued his winning ways setting a new track record in the process clearing 5.3m (17ft-4.5in). Unterberger approached the winning height tied with Illinois’ vaulters Cody Klein and Matthew Bane. On his last attempt, the Yellow Jacket senior cleared the height. Klein and Bane were unable to successfully clear the height.

Clemson’s Natalie Anthony posted a new facility record in the women’s 3000 meter with a mark of 9:41.41 Saturday evening.

Former Auburn star Kerron Stewart’s (Nike) time of 51.83 seconds in the 400 meters was the fourth fastest time in the world. Stewart was pushed by Monica Hargrove 51.87 (Under Armour) and Memphis sophomore Kala Funderburk 52.92 (Memphis school record).

Auburn senior Kai Selvon was the top collegiate finisher in the women’s 200 meters in 23.37, her first open event of the outdoor season.

Super freshman Daina Levy (Auburn) picked up a second straight win in the women’s hammer throw with a toss of 57.88m (189ft -11in) Friday night. Levy finished fourth in the Discus Throw behind 4-timeolympian Aretha Thurmond’s (1st place) throw of 60.20m (197ft -6in) and a pair of Indiana State Sycamores (Mary Thiesen and Felisha Johnson) .

Heat Sheets and Results


Event Winners
Event Men Women
100m Warren Fraser, Clemson Shenique Ferguson, Unatt.
200m Manteo Mitchell, Nike Anthonique Strachan, Unatt.
400m Brunson Miller, Clemson Kerron Stewart-Nike
800m Ryan Lynn, Illinois Vanessa McLeod, Purdue
1500m Ty McCormack, Clemson Katie Hoevet, Purdue
110mH/100mH Spencer Adams, Clemson Kendra Harrison, Clemson
400mH Reuben McCoy, Unatt. Ajoke Odumosu, Unatt.
3000m John Mascari, Indiana St Natalie Anthony, Clemson
5000m Ian Barnett, Illinois Sharise Lund, Purdue
3000m Steeple Chase Jannis Topfer, Illinois Blair Doney, Purdue
4 x 100 relay Clemson A Auburn Elite A
4 x 400 relay Illinois A Clemson A
High Jump (open) Geoff Davis, Purdue Ivanna Vukomanovic, Purdue
High Jump Invite -------------------------- Doreen Amata, Unatt.
Pole Vault Aaron Unterberger, Ga Tech Jessie Johnson, Auburn
Long Jump Jameel Abdul-Mateen, Clemson Chelsea Carrier-Eades, Unatt.
Triple Jump Cordairo Golden, MTSU Ryann Hendricks, Unatt.
Shot Put Coy Blair, Purdue Valentina Muzaric, Auburn
Discus Throw Eddie Lynn, Troy Aretha Thurmond, Nike
Hammer Throw Open Jeff Long, South Alabama Anjulia Nicholson, Coastal Carolina
Hammer Throw Invite Brandon Pounds, Indiana St. Daina Levy, Auburn
Javelin Throw Open Chris Tillotson, Coastal Carolina Ashley Cope, Samford
Javelin Throw Invite Ben Lincoln, Wake Forest Jessie Merckle, Wake Forest
Unatt.- Unattached

2013 Tiger Classic Photos




Highlights by School

Alabama State University

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In the men's 4x100, ASU's “A” team was represented by Quantavious Lockhart, Sylvester Byrd, Ryan Hall and Shawn Lockhart, had a strong seventh place finish with a time of 41.61.

Artrailia LeSane had a personal record in the 1500m run with a third-place time of 4:42.73. She bested her old record by over two seconds.

Artrailia LeSane turned in another outstanding performance with her third place finish in the 3000m steeplechase. She also set her second career-best time of the day with her 11:10.16 finish. Her previous best was 11:34.73 set two weeks ago at the FSU Relays.

The Lady Hornets 4x400m relay team kept the theme going by running a season-best 3:45.60, besting their previous season best of 3:48.52 set at the TSU Relays. The team consisted of Jerrica Mahone, Alexis Ferebee, Gordon and Wedderburn running the anchor leg in the seventh place finish.

The Hornets 4x400m relay team did not want to feel left out as the team finished the race with a 3:15.37 knocking off over three seconds off their previous season best which was 3:18.66 set at the Southern Invite. The team of Sylvester Byrd, Ryan Hall, Brandon Coombs and Dyrez Rebeiro finished eighth in the event.

Tyrisha Chambers finished off a solid weekend with a sixth place finish in the high jump with a season-best jump of 1.67m.

Appalachian State

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Raphael Rojas finished seventh in the 800-meter run and set a new personal record with a time of 1:51.25 in the event and move into seventh-place in App State history.

Josh Cox grabbed second in the 3,000-meter steeplechase with a time of 9:12.90 while Michael Ellis set a new personal record and finished eighth with a time of 9:29.37.

Jared Stalling notched two top-10 performances on the weekend. The senior finished fourth in the discus throw with a toss of 50.50 meters (165-8) and 10th in the hammer throw with a mark of 56.65 meters (185-10).

Auburn

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Freshman Jessie Johnson improved her school record in the women’s pole vault with a clearance at 13-5.25 (4.10m).

Sophomore Valentina Muzaric set a new personal best to win the women’s shot put with a throw of 56-1.0 (17.09m). In the men’s shot put, junior Marcus Poppenfoose posted his best throw of the season, throwing 59-7.5 (18.17m) to place third.

Popenfoose was also second in the discus with a long throw of 173-03 (52.82m).

Senior Jeremy Hardy finished second and set a new personal best in the 100 meters, running in 10.42.

CLEMSON

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Warren Fraser ran a season-best 10.34 to win the men’s 100m dash. Brunson Miller duplicated Fraser’s effort with a personal record (PR) of 45.93 seconds in the men’s 400m dash, Spencer Adams took top honors in the men’s 110m hurdles with a time of 13.40 s. Later in the afternoon Ty McCormack clocked 3:45.67 in the 1500 meters to add another win for the Tigers. Jameel Abdul-Mateen soared 7.63m (25ft – 0.5in) to win the men’s long jump. The Tigers' 4x100 relay team ran 40.02s to best a field of eighteen.

Keni Harrison took first in the 100 hurdles and third in the 400 hurdles with a 12.87 (PR) and a 57.20.

The women's 4x400 relay (Keni Harrison, Nia Fluker, Brianna Rollins and Marlena Wesh) time of 3:34.43 was the best turned in by the field of 25 relay teams.

Coastal Carolina-

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Freshman Jessica Gelibert of the Coastal Carolina track and field team made history Saturday as she set a new school record in the 400 meter hurdles and was part of a record setting 4x400 relay. The men's and women's teams posted a number of season-best times and distances Saturday afternoon. Gelibert bested the previous school record by three one-hundredths of a second in the 400 hurdles with a fourth-place finish and a time of 58.64. The previous record holder was Ebony Brown who posted a time of 58.67 in 2006. Gelibert teamed up with sophomore Qwontajah Thompson, sophomore Camille Hurley and senior Erica Peake to post a time of 3:38.24 in the 4x400 relay while finishing third. The time bested the previous record from 2009 by over two seconds.

Seniors Anjulia Nicholson and Naomi Atkins placed first and third, respectively, in the women's hammer open. Nicholson used a throw of 47.71 meters (156-06) to take the crown while Atkins had a throw of 46.46 meters (152-05).

Junior Chris Tillotson picked up a first-place finish in the men's javelin open with a season-best toss of 54.61 meters (179-02).

Columbus State

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Heath Lamb and Jacob Dirkman each set personal bests in the 5,000 meters. Lamb ran a time of 15:36.48, while Dirkman finished right behind him in 15:37.91.

In the 1,500 meters, Nathaniel Reeves ran a season best 4:01.18.

Quenton Brantley posted a time of 51.95 seconds in the 400 meters. The sophomore will now be competing at the Peach Belt Conference championships as he snuck under the qualifying time of 52 seconds.

Jeremy Williams and Isaiah Lay both raced to season best times in the 400 meters at 49.60 seconds and 49.71 seconds, respectively. Williams also set a new season best in the 200 meters running it in 22.22 seconds.

Norbert Ferrell recorded a personal best time of 56.22 seconds in the 400-meter hurdles.

Georgia Tech

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Monique Pate placed sixth in the javelin throw with a launch of 31.47m (103’3”) and Ashleigh Uhl took ninth 29.01m ( 95ft -2in).

On the track, Ama Larbi placed ninth in the 400-meter hurdles with a time of 1:01.34.

ILLINOIS

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Junior Ryan Lynn won his second 800m title of the outdoor season. Ryan finished the race with a season best time of 1:49.07 while teammate Zebo Zebe turned in a time of 1:50.78 to place fourth overall in the race.

The Illini were also successful in the distance races as senior Jannis Topfer took the 3,000m steeplechase crown in a time of 8:54.48 which is the ninth fastest in school history. In the 5,000m, the Orange and Blue had five runners finish in the top-seven. Redshirt-freshman Ian Barnett won the race with a time of 13.58.79 which ranks fifth best in school history. It's the first time an Illini distance runner has cracked the school's top-10 list in the event since 2007.

Junior Stephon Pamilton ran his best 400m time this season as he finished second in the event with a time of 46.43, which is just outside Illinois' top-ten. Freshman Juan Paul Green also competed well in the event, finishing right behind Pamilton with a lifetime-best time of 46.39 to place third.

The 4x100m relay squad of Joseph, Stryganek, DJ Zahn and Smith finished fourth with a time of 40.72 while the 4x400m quartet of Zahn, Viney, Green and Pamilton recorded a 10 second season best time of 3:07.10 to win the meet.

In the field events, Steve Monte also highlighted the day, throwing the fourth farthest javelin throw in school history, 203-7 (62.05m).

INDIANA STATE

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Indiana State freshman John Mascari ran to victory in the men’s 3,000 meters. Mascari captured the 3,000 meters at the finish line as he outran Kyle Graves of Wake Forest by a step to take the victory by just a half-second. Mascari finished with a career best 8:21.11 while Graves was second in 8:21.78. Indiana State’s Tristan Selby also ran a personal best as he finished third in 8:35.13.

Leeann Michl ran a season best 2:07.91 in the 800 meters and finished just a half-step behind Purdue’s Vanessa McLeod who won the event in 2:07.50. Kalli Dalton placed fourth in the 1500 meters with a career best 4:43.20. Nicole Lucas ran a career best 10:15.33 to finish sixth in the 3,000 meters.

Stacia Weatherford had a great day in the hurdles, placing as the fourth collegian (eighth overall) in the 100 meter hurdles (13.80) and the third collegian (fifth overall) in the 400 meter hurdles (59.11). Carmelia Stewart ran a career best 14.41 to place 21st in the 100 hurdles while Brittany Housel ran 1:04.96 to place 23rd in the 400 hurdles.

The Indiana State women also did well in the field events led by freshman Kimyanna Rudolph who took third place in the women’s pole vault by clearing a career best height of 13-feet-5.25-inches (4.10 meters) which is the second best in school history and puts her in the top 20 of the nation.

Felisha Johnson placed second in the shot put with a heave of 55-feet-11.75-inches (17.06 meters) and third in the discus with a throw of 161-feet-8-inches (49.28 meters). Mary Theisen was second in the discus at 167-feet-5-inches (57.03 meters) and fourth in the shot put 51-feet-0.75-inches (15.56 meters).

Corey Hahn ran 3:55.85 to place fifth in the 1,500 meters with Adams running a career best 3:59.93 to finish 13th.

Dustin Betz also had a career best in the 5,000 meters as he finished in 14:27.71 and eighth overall. Taylor Head was fourth in the 3,000 meter steeplechase with a personal best 9:17.33.

Indiana State had two in the top 10 of the 110 meter hurdles led by Greggmar Swift who finished in a season best 13.91 and third overall (second collegian) with Adarius Washington running a career best 14.19 to place sixth overall (fifth collegian).

The Sycamores also had two in the top 10 of the 400 meter hurdles led by Max Tuttle who ran a career best, and the sixth fastest in school history, of 52.28 to finish third overall (second collegian).

Maurice Lyke moved into the top 10 of the Sycamore all-time long jump list with a career best leap of 24-feet-4.5-inches (7.43 meters) that was second best in the competition.

Louisville

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Sam Bombaugh led a 4-5-6-7 finish for the Cardinals in the men’s hammer throw invite with a toss of 59.99m/196-10. His school record and season-best mark 62.94m/206-6 that he achieved last week currently ranks 10th nationally. Nils Westrich took fifth, Sebastian Lenz set a season best to take sixth, and Brad Vivace rounded out the group with a seventh-place showing.

Patrice Gates led the women’s group with a third-place showing in the women’s hammer throw event. Amashi Kendall, who posted a season-best 56.70m/186-0, took fourth in the competition, and Hannah Baker checked in at No. 10.

Louisville’s only other event of the day came in the women’s javelin, where Katie Wimpari earned a fifth-place finish on an eight-foot season-best (39.48m/129-6).

MCNEESE STATE

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Paige Lynch, Danielle Epps, Simone Johnson and Jasmine Webb ran a 45.83 for a sixth place finish in the 4x100 relay. That mark was just .08 seconds off the school record of 45.77 set by the group just two weeks ago. Epps set a PR in the 100-meter dash with an 11.82 for a 10th place finish.

The men's 4x400 meter relay team made up of Tevon Remo, Cody Skarupa, Morgan Wells and Cherby Laguerre finished sixth with a time of 3:14.77.

Other top 10 finishes had Alex Bruce-Littlewood placing ninth in the 1500 meters with a time of 3:48.60 and La'Shantena Rounds placing ninth in the women's shot put with a mark of 44-4 ¼.

Rounds finished sixth in the hammer throw with a PR of 181-09. Carley Richardson placed second in the javelin with a personal best mark of 144-09.

MEMPHIS

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Kala Funderburk set a school record in the women's 400m clocking in at 52.92. Funderburk broke her own record of 53.76 set during the 2012 outdoor season.

Kala Funderburk, Monica Mason, Keyona Neal and Maya Williamson broke their own program-record in the women's 4 x400m relay at a time of 3:35.54 taking second place. The group surpassed their previous record of 3:37.45 set during the 2012 outdoor season.

Georgio Lynwood racked-up a podium finish taking second in the high jump with a leap of 2.15m (7'0.5"). Kirsten Berding took second in the women's high jump open clearing 1.67m (5'5.75").

Manuel Zeigler took second in the men's triple jump with a leap of 15.35m (50'4.5").

Middle Tennessee

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The squad picked up two individual titles and set 20 personal bests at the two-day Tiger Track Classic.

The Blue Raiders kicked off the event with a championship on Friday night, as Cordairo Golden won the men's triple jump with a leap of 15.36 meters. France Makabu was third on the women's side, hitting 41 feet, 3.25 inches.

On Saturday, MT's success continued as Lucy Kapkiai and Autumn Gipson finished No. 1 and 2 in the women's 1,500 meter run. Kapkiai finished in 4:40.24 while Gipson was just under a half-second behind in 4:40.63. Both times were personal bests, as three other Blue Raiders - Julia Kitevski, Stephanie Smith and Jackline Kiprono - set personal bests at the same distance.

PURDUE

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Geoff Davis cleared 2.22m (7-03.25) to win the men’s high jump competition. The mark is the seventh-best in the nation this season.

Vanessa McLeod ran the program’s fourth-best time, a 2:07.50 to win the women’s 800m run. McLeod's time is 28th in the nation after this weekend's events.

Sharise Lund and Katie Hoevet picked up a pair of wins for the women. Lund won the 5k by more than 10 seconds as she posted a 17:20.36. Hoevet took the top spot in the 1,500-meter run after crossing the finish line in 4:25.10. That time was good enough to win by more than five seconds and is the 55th-fastest time in the country.

Coy Blair and Jakob Engel had nearly identical days in the shot put. Both finished with identical marks of 18.20m (59-08.50). Blair won the event because his second-best throw was farther than Engel's, though Engel took second. That distance is top 20 in the country, though both have better marks on the season. Engel currently has the ninth-best distance while Blair's best is 16th.

Ivana Vukomanovic set a PR en route to winning the women's high jump on the final day of the Tiger Track Classic. Vukomanovic cleared 1.72m (5-07.75) which is a half inch higher than her all-time best and four inches better than her previous outdoor best.

Chukwuebuka Enekwechi threw the fourth-best throw in Purdue history with a mark of 64.94m (213-01). That mark is the eighth-best in the country to date and the third among Big Ten throwers. Enekwechi finished second in the event just four inches behind the champion, Brandon Pounds from Indiana State.

Cierra Brown jumped an all-time best in the triple jump. The freshman leapt 12.62m (41-05.00) to finish second in the event. That mark is currently 22nd in the nation and second among Big Ten competitors. Her mark sits just four centimeters (1.50) outside the top five in Purdue history, though her jump was aided by a wind of 3.8.

SAMFORD

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Katelyn Poole improved on her own school record, finishing 10th in the women’s shot put competition with a best distance of 43-9.75 (13.35m). Brandon Hazouri won the men’s 1500m run with a time of 3:54.07, which ranks fifth all-time in Samford school history.

Friday night, Ashley Cope won the open section of the women's javelin, throwing a best distance of 121-2 (36.93m). This is a new personal best for the junior and moves her to fifth on Samford's all-time performance list. She was the top Bulldog finisher in a pair of events Saturday as well, finishing 13th in the pole vault (12-3.5, 3.75m) and 12th in the 100-meter hurdles (14.11).

Chenelle Terry finished second in the women’s open high jump 1.67m (5ft -5.75in), Shelby Builta finished fourth in the open hammer throw 46.33m (152ft-0),

SOUTH ALABAMA

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The University of South Alabama men’s and women’s track and field teams posted seven top-10 finishes while recording nine personal records at Hutsell-Rosen Track on day two of the Tiger Classic Saturday.

Three of those top-10 efforts and five personal bests came from Jaguar distance runners.

Patrick Rohr led the men’s team in the 1,500-meter run, clocking in at 3:54.76 to capture third place in the 29-man field. Kristin Parry broke her previous personal record in the women’s 3,000-meter run by more than 37 seconds with a time of 10:05.13 to put her in fourth place overall.

In the men’s 3,000-meter run, Robert Mann (8:49.24) shaved one second off his career-best time on his way to a sixth-place finish.

Following last weekend’s school record-setting performance, Jan-Louw Kotze earned a third-place finish in the men’s discus throw with a 52.29m mark.

In the men’s pole vault, Connor Smith improved his personal best mark to 4.90m to claim fourth place. On the women’s side, Kayla Carlile set a new personal record as well, clearing 3.60m.

Briana Aiken’s 5.78m leap was good for sixth place to lead the Lady Jags in the long jump.

Bobbie Williamson (55.77m) posted a new career-high mark in the women’s hammer throw on her way to a fifth-place finish.

Jeff Long (53.74m) led the Jaguar men’s team, setting a new personal record in the men’s hammer throw to claim first place in the open competition, while Jarrod Kedzior (49.94m) placed sixth. Adam Patterson finished with a throw of 51.71m in the invite competition.

In the women’s triple jump, Shayna McCarver came one-tenth of a meter shy of tying her career-best mark when she leapt 12.21m to finish fifth in the event.

TROY STATE

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Eddie Lynn won the discus competition with a season-best throw of 53.80 meters.

Neko Freeman finished second in a strong 100-meter field with a season-best time of 10.40 seconds, against the wind.

Freeman was also part of a 4x100-meter relay team that finished third at 40.67 seconds, a season-best time .

Larry Henry posted a season-best jump of 2.10 meters in the high jump for a fourth place finish.

WAKE FOREST

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The mid-distance duo of Thomas Bojanowski and Kyle Eager finished strong in the 800m run, finishing second (1:49.81) and third (1:50.67), respectively. Both runners recorded new personal best times. Junior Kyle Graves came in soon after his teammates earning a sixth place finish (1:51.16) and a new personal best time of his own.

Graves shined in the 3,000m run as well placing second overall and shattering his personal best performance with a time of 8:21.78. Conner Crowley and Brian O'Toole also recorded new personal bests as they achieved third (8:37.13) and fourth (8:40.24) place, respectively, to round off the strong Wake Forest distance effort.

Senior Jake Graham led the Deacons in the 3,000-meter steeplechase placing third. The senior posted a new personal best time of 9:14.95 in the process. Nate Guthals grabbed fourth position (9:19.84) en route to a new personal best time of his own.

On the women's side of the event, Katie Adair broke the school record that she previously set in the pole vault recording a measure of 13-01.50 (4.00m) and grabbing the sixth place finish. In the high jump invite, Nyki Caldwell landed on the podium for the fourth straight weekend of competition as the sophomore leaped for 5-09.75 (1.77m) and took home a third place finish.

Katelyin Oliver paced her way to a second place finish in the 3,000-meter run, and did so with a time of 9:52.78. Aubrey Waggoner followed close behind grabbing the fourth place finish (10:06.84) and a new personal best time along the way.

Ben Lincoln and Jessie Merckle took first in the men’s and women’s javelin invitational on Friday. Lincoln registered a throw of 70.31m in the event while Merckle threw for 45.61 to take first place. Both currently lead the ACC in the javelin with Lincoln ranking fourth in the NCAA.

Erika Martin took second in the women’s open javelin with a throw of 34.48m.

WEST VIRGINIA U

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Chene Townsend led the way with a seventh-place finish in the 100-meter hurdles with a time of 13.75. Sydney Cummings placed fifth in the invitational heat of the high jump with a leap of 1.77 meters, while Hannah Stone took fifth in the unseeded heat with a leap of 1.67 meters.

West Virginia University junior Stormy Nesbit placed seventh in the triple jump with a mark of 12.11 meters Friday afternoon on the first day of competition at the Tiger Track Classic in Auburn, Ala.


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