Collegiate Track & Field Weekend Review: February 7, 2011

By Tom Lewis, USTFCCCA

February 7, 2011   

* KIRANI JAMES SETS THE TRACK ABLAZE, AGAIN: A week after setting the collegiate-leading time at 200 meters (20.58), Alabama sophomore Kirani James again posted an impressive performance – this time in the 400 meters. Saturday, the defending outdoor 400-meter national champ posted a 45.47 all-conditions world-leading time at the Meyo Invitational. Technically the time is the fastest in the world so far in 2011, but will not be considered an official world-leading time because it was achieved on the oversized track at Notre Dame’s Loftus Center. Alabama’s sprinters are likely going to compete at the Texas A&M Challenge this upcoming weekend.

* DIVISION II’S SPENCE RUNS EARLY-SEASON WORLD LEADER: Shippensburg junior Neely Spence won the women’s 5000 at the New Balance Invitational in a world-leading time of 16:01.05. It was the second-straight year in which Spence topped a heavy-Division I field to take the top spot at the New Balance meet. Spence was the individual champion at the 2010 NCAA Division II Cross Country Championships.

* MCMILLIAN REACHES ALL-TIME TOP FIVE: Nebraska senior Chaunte McMillan won the women’s pentathlon at this weekend’s Frank Sevigne Husker Invitational with a school-record score of 4,378 points. The performance also made McMillian fifth on the all-time collegiate performers list. The only ones better than McMillan in the event all-time are Brianne Theisen (4,507 – 2011), Jacquelyn Johnson (4,496 – 2008), Austra Skujyte (4,439 – 2002), and Hyleas Fountain (4,417 – 2004).

* DEMPS DOWNS RETURN RUMORS WITH GOOD OPENER: Florida sophomore Jeff Demps opened his 2011 campaign and put to rest any rumors of his non-return to the track by winning the 60-meter dash at this weekend’s Virginia Tech Elite meet with a 6.57 clocking. The Gator football star is the NCAA’s defending champion in the 60 meters indoors and the 100 meters outdoors. His 6.57 has only been bettered this year by Oklahoma’s Mookie Salaam (6.55).

* SOUTH CAROLINA’S BROOKINS TAKES BACK COLLEGIATE LEAD: South Carolina senior LaKya Brookins reclaimed her collegiate-leading status in the women’s 60 meters with a 7.18 run in winning the event at the New Balance Collegiate Invitational.

"I was feeling it," Brookins said. "I was trying to get there. I’ve been working hard all year. The time shocked me. I didn’t think I would run that this soon, but I’m not complaining. Hopefully come SEC’s and NCAA’s I’ll do better and show everyone that I can do this and I’m ready."

Brookins was the 2009 NCAA Indoor Champion in the 60-meter dash.

* BYU WOMEN, LSU MEN WIN NEW BALANCE MEET: A bevy of talented teams competed this weekend at the New Balance Collegiate Invitational at the Armory in New York City. BYU’s women came out on top, posting 90½ points to nearest-challenger LSU’s 85 and third-place Texas A&M (80). The Cougars scored in many events and was the winners of the 4×800 relay.

“We are thrilled that we can represent BYU back in the east against some of the top schools in the country,” BYU head coach Patrick Shane said. “This is a meet that favors a team with depth and balance and we are really excited to come out on top.” 

On the men’s side, LSU won their fourth-ever, and first since 2006, team title at the New Balance meet. The Tigers scored 97 points to Texas A&M’s 80 for top billing.

 

Week’s Best Marks

(week ending February 6, 2011)

MEN
55m Cordero Gray SR UT Arlington 6.23
Brijesh Lawrence SO Doane~ 6.23
60m Jeff Demps SO Florida 6.57
200m Zye Boey SO Eastern Illinois 20.89
300m (not available)
400m Kirani James SO Alabama 45.47 ov ac-WL, ac-CL
500m Tabarie Henry SR Texas A&M 1:01.28 =CL
600yd Blaise Rewaka SR Nebraska 1:09.68 CL
600m John Kline JR Arizona State 1:17.38 A CL
800m Duncan Phillips JR Arkansas 1:48.48
1000m Jeff Moriarty SR Columbia 2:20.77
Mile Jeremy Rae SO Notre Dame 3:59.62 ov
3000m Sam Chelanga SR Liberty 7:48.24 exh uno-CL
Maverick Darling SO Wisconsin 7:52.31
5000m Amos Sang SR Abilene Christian* 14:05.82 D2L
55mH Lawson Montgomery JR Wichita State 7.31
60mH Keiron Stewart SO Texas 7.68 =CL
4x400m Texas A&M 3:08.99^
Demetrius Pinder, Bryan Miller, Tran Howell, Tabarie Henry
4x800m Texas A&M 7:27.26 CL
Sam Mutschler, Oscar Ramirez, Michael Preble, Joey Roberts
DMR Virginia 9:36.41
Brett Johnson, Kevin Anding, Anthony Kostelac, Patrick Todd
HJ Ricky Robertson SO Mississippi 2.24m^ 7-4¼
Clint Silcock SR Utah State 2.24m 7-4¼
PV Victor Weirich SO BYU 5.40m^ 17-8½
Joe Berry SR Tennessee 5.40m 17-8½
LJ Justin Hunter FR Tennessee 7.88m^ 25-10¼
TJ Christian Taylor JR Florida 16.61m 54-6
SP Mason Finley SO Kansas 20.40m^ 66-11¼
WT Walter Henning SR LSU 22.12m 72-7 CL
PENT Ben Harmon SR Washington (Mo.)** 3,634
HEPT Krzysztof Slupkowski SR Wichita State 5,668
WOMEN
55m Terra Evans JR Texas Tech 6.90^
60m LaKya Brookins SR South Carolina 7.18 CL
200m Jeneba Tarmoh JR Texas A&M 22.98
300m (not available)
400m Jessica Beard SR Texas A&M 52.25 CL
500m Andrea Sutherland SR Texas A&M 1:12.29
600yd Kianna Elahi JR Iowa State 1:21.39 CL
600m Ijeoma Iheoma JR Penn State 1:30.90
800m Heather Wilson JR Connecticut 2:05.68
1000m Caroline King JR Boston College 2:44.60
Mile Sheila Reid Villanova 4:35.30 exh uno-CL
Kate Van Buskirk SR Duke 4:35.83 CL
3000m Bogdana Mimic SO Villanova 9:17.34
5000m Neely Spence JR Shippensburg* 16:01.09 WL, CL
55mH Kelsey Lloyd SR Texas Tech 7.83^
60mH Jasmin Stowers FR LSU 8.13 =CL
4×400 Texas A&M 3:30.70 CL
Jeneba Tarmoh, Ibukun Mayungbe, Andrea Sutherland, Jessica Beard
4×800 BYU 8:53.02
Sarah Edwards, Stacy Slight, Ashlee Thomas, Nicole Clark
DMR Arkansas 11:02.45
Kristen Gillespie, Shelise Williams, Regina George, Stephanie Brown
HJ Brittani Carter SR LSU 1.86m 6-1¼
PV Tina Sutej JR Arkansas 4.45m 14-7¼ CL
LJ Mara Griva FR Nebraska 6.33m 20-9¼
TJ Colleen Felix JR Georgia 13.45m 44-1½ CL
SP Faith Sherrill SR Indiana 17.76m^ 58-3¼
WT Felisha Johnson SO Indiana State 22.62m 74-2½
PENT Chantae McMillan SR Nebraska 4,378

FRESH FACES: Week’s Best Marks from Freshmen

(week ending February 6, 2011)

MEN
55m Ifrish Alberg East Tennessee State 6.33
60m Dentarius Locke Tennessee 6.66
200m Dentarius Locke Tennessee 21.28^
300m (not available)
400m Brycen Spratling Eastern Michigan 46.48 FRL
500m Keith Griffith LSU 1:02.25 FRL
600yd Richie Bales Iowa State 1:13.65^
600m Bernard Bennett-Green Penn State 1:21.12^
800m Bryan Cantero Arkansas 1:49.55 FRL
1000m Byron Jones Columbia 2:25.95
Mile Alexander Hatz Wisconsin 4:05.18^
3000m Jake Hurysz North Carolina 8:01.97
5000m Paul Chelimo Shorter** 14:32.75
55mH Slater Powell Montana State 7.58 FRL
60mH Eddie Lovett Florida 7.90^
HJ James Harris Mississippi State 2.18m 7-1¾
PV Michael Viken Eastern Illinois 5.20m^ 17-¾
Matthew Bane Illinois 5.20m 17-¾
LJ Justin Hunter Tennessee 7.88m^ 25-10¼ CWB
TJ Shane Lewis USF 15.37m 50-5¼
SP Stephen Saenz Auburn 19.35m^ 63-6
WT Alec Faldermeyer UCLA 20.78m 68-2¼ =FRL
PENT Cory Zaeske UW Whitewater** 3,196
HEPT Austin Bahner Wichita State 5,173
WOMEN
55m Pamela Vinson UT Arlington 6.98
60m Toshika Sylvester LSU 7.37
200m Ashley Collier Texas A&M 24.01^
300m (not available)
400m Aiesha Goggins East Carolina 53.80
500m Taylor Buckner Texas A&M 1:15.62
600yd Ellie Grooters Nebraska 1:22.39 FRL
600m Rebekka Simko Penn State 1:31.35
800m Nijgia Snapp Tennessee 2:09.52
1000m Missa Varpness Minnesota 2:49.90 ov
Mile Emily Lipari Villanova 4:47.54^
3000m Robyn Bennett Baylor 9:30.80
5000m Taylor Pogue Michigan 16:36.73 ov ac-FRL
55mH Allison Fereshetian Maine 8.09
60mH Jasmin Stowers LSU 8.13 =CL, CWB, FRL
HJ Barbara Szabo Western State* 1.82m 5-11½ D2L, FRL
PV Sandi Morris North Carolina 4.11m 13-5¾
LJ Mara Griva Nebraska 6.33m 20-9¼ CWB, FRL
TJ Mara Griva Nebraska 12.81m 42-½ FRL
SP Samira Burkhardt Virginia Tech 16.30m 53-5¾
WT Dani Bunch Purdue 19.44m^ 63-9½
PENT Anne Martin Nebraska 3,727

^ Athlete/relay has a better mark this season
* NCAA Division II Institution
** NCAA Division III Institution
~ NAIA Institution
# Junior College
A – Performance occurred at altitude
(ov) – Performance occurred on an oversized track; not-eligible for WL/CLs
WL – World-leading mark
CL – Collegiate-leading mark
uno-CL – Unofficial collegiate-leading mark (marks that will not be considered for NCAA qualification)
ac-WL/ac-CL – All-conditions world/collegiate leader
D2L – NCAA Division II-leading mark
Exh – exhibition performance (not eligible for NCAA qualification)
CWB – Current Week’s Best all-around mark
FRL – National collegiate freshman-leading mark

 

Active Collegiate Winning Streaks

(known winning streaks)
Report streaks to tom@ustfccca.org

MEN Individuals & Relays

60m

ALL ROUNDS

5: Mookie Salaam, Oklahoma

400m

INDOOR RACES

9: Torrin Lawrence, Georgia (last loss: 5/17/09, SEC Indoor Championships [DNF])
Win streak in races finished: (12) does not include DNF at 2009 SEC Indoor (has yet not lost a collegiate race in which he finished)

800m

INDOOR FINALS

3: Robby Andrews, Virginia

INDOOR RACES

5: Robby Andrews, Virginia

3000m

4: Sam Chelanga, Liberty

4x400m

OVERALL

7: Texas A&M (last loss: 2010 Penn Relays)

OVERALL RACES (all rounds)

8: Texas A&M

INDOOR FINALS

7: Texas A&M (last loss: 2/13/10, second to Texas Tech)
4: Boise State

HIGH JUMP

OVERALL

10: Derek Drouin, Indiana (last loss: 2/13/10, Tyson Invitational, 6th place)
All competitions: (12) includes wins in summer 2010 (including Canadian national championships)

POLE VAULT

INDOOR

7: Scott Roth, Washington
(last collegiate loss: 3/14/08, NCAA Indoor Championships [10th place])
All competitions: (8) won two meets in 2009 while redshirting (last loss: 1/31/09, UW Invitational)

LONG JUMP

4: Eetu Viitala, Boise State (4-0 in 2011)

TRIPLE JUMP

OVERALL

6: Christian Taylor, Florida (last collegiate loss: 6/13/09, NCAA Championships [3rd place])
Taylor was second at the USATF Championships in 2010
4: Chrys Jones, Centre (last loss: 3/20/10 Rhodes Open)
Jones has won 12 of the last 13 competitions, beginning with the 2009 indoor season

INDOOR

6: Christian Taylor, Florida (lass loss: 2/14/09, Tyson Invitational [5th place])
6: Chrys Jones, Centre (last loss: 2008 NCAA Indoor Championships)

SHOT PUT

INDOOR

8: Kurt Roberts, Ashland  (last loss: 2/13/10, Akron Invitational)
4: Luke Pinkleman, Nebraska

WEIGHT THROW

7: Walter Henning, LSU (last loss: 3/14/09, NCAA Indoor Championships [4th place])


 

WOMEN Individuals & Relays

3000m

OVERALL

10: Neely Spence, Shippensburg (has not lost as a collegian)

INDOOR

6: Neely Spence, Shippensburg (has not lost as a collegian)

60m HURDLES

FINALS

6: Indira Spence, Adams State

ALL ROUNDS

11: Indira Spence, Adams State

HIGH JUMP

ALL FINALS

4: Amber Kaufman, Hawaii

LONG JUMP

4: Ti’Anca Mock, Oklahoma (last loss: 1/7/11, Arkansas Invite)

TRIPLE JUMP

INDOOR

6: Kim Williams, Florida State
(last loss: 2008 NCAA Indoor Championships, 2nd place to Erica McLain)

SHOT PUT

4: Faith Sherrill, Indiana (last indoor loss: 2010 NCAA Indoor)
4: Christin Bridge, St. Francis (Pa.) (last indoor loss: 3/6/10, ECAC Indoor)

WEIGHT THROW

6: Mele Vaisima, Boise State (last loss: 2/12/10, Boise Team Invite)
5: Amanda Phelps, Navy (last loss: 3/7/10, ECAC Indoor)
5: Felisha Johnson, Indiana State (last loss: 3/5/10, Alex Wilson)

PENTATHLON

3: Brianne Theisen, Oregon (last loss: 3/13/09, NCAA Indoor Championships, 3rd place)