The Bowerman down to two lists of three

July 13, 2010

The Bowerman finalists have been pared to three men and three women.

The 10-person Bowerman Advisory Board, in conjunction with the U.S. Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association (USTFCCCA), made the announcements. The Bowerman is the highest award given to collegiate track and field competitors in the United States.

The men’s finalists, announced Tuesday, are all seniors: Ashton Eaton and Andrew Wheating of Oregon, plus Ryan Whiting of Arizona State.

Women’s finalists, announced Monday, also are all seniors: Virginia Tech’s Queen Harrison, Iowa State’s Lisa Koll and Texas-El Paso’s Blessing Okagbare.

Finalists were chosen based on performances throughout the 2010 indoor and outdoor seasons. Only performances through the conclusion of the NCAA Outdoor competition were considered.

The Bowerman Voters will receive ballots listing each of the finalists and must rank them by first, second and third choice. First-place votes will receive three points, second place will notch two, and third will receive one point. The finalist with the highest point total will be declared the winner.

The Bowerman Voters consist of:

  • The Bowerman Advisory Board, media personnel, statisticians, collegiate administrators
  • Galen Rupp, 2009 men’s winner of The Bowerman
  • Jenny Barringer, 2009 women’s winner of The Bowerman
  • Online voting by the public will constitute one collective vote (ranking of choices will be made by order of total single votes)
  • Online voting by USTFCCCA members will constitute one collective vote (ranking of choices will be made by order of total single votes)
Ashton Eaton

Ashton Eaton

Paper balloting will conclude in August while online voting will begin in the coming weeks and will last until late August. Winners will be announced in a ceremony at the USTFCCCA Convention on Dec. 15 at San Antonio, Texas.

Eaton, from Bend, Ore., won his second consecutive NCAA Indoor heptathlon title and a third straight NCAA Outdoor decathlon championship. His title-winning score of 6,499 indoors broke the world record set 17 years earlier by Dan O’Brien. Outdoors, he topped 8,150 points three times, setting an NCAA Championships meet record. 

Andrew Wheating

Andrew Wheating

Wheating, from Norwich, Vt., won NCAA outdoor crowns in the 800 and 1,500, becoming the fourth overall and first to accomplish the double win since 1984. Wheating also defended his outdoor 800-meter national crown with the win, the first American to do so since 1994. In the 1,500, Wheating led Oregon to a 1-2-3 national sweep. At the NCAA Indoor, Wheating anchored the distance medley relay to a second straight national title and was national runner-up in the 800.

Ryan Whiting

Ryan Whiting

Whiting, from Harrisburg, Pa., produced a third straight NCAA Indoor crown with the shot put and a second-consecutive outdoor title. In addition, Whiting won his first NCAA crown with the discus and is only one of 11 to have notched national crowns with the shot and discus in the same championship. At the outdoor championships, Whiting’s final toss of 72-1 (21.97 meters) moved him into a tie for second on the all-time collegiate list and just three centimeters shy of the collegiate record. Overall, Whiting marked throws of over 70 feet on eight occasions during the year –- an all-time collegiate best. Whiting was also undefeated among collegians with the shot in 2010.

Queen Harrison

Queen Harrison

Harrision, a native of Richmond, Va., became the first female in NCAA history to win both 100- and 400-meter hurdle national titles. In addition, Harrison won the NCAA indoor crown in the 60-meter hurdles. She recorded the 2010 collegiate-best times in all three hurdle events spanning the indoor and outdoor seasons and went undefeated in every finals of those events. Harrison notched the fourth-best, all-time collegiate best 100-meter hurdle time in winning the Penn Relays title (12.61).

Lisa Koll

Lisa Koll

Koll, out of Fort Dodge, Iowa, swept NCAA crowns in the 5,000 and 10,000 meters at the NCAA Outdoor Championships, only the fourth female ever to do so. Koll won the 10k by over 23 seconds to claim her second national title in the event, while her 30-second victory in the 5,000 paired with her 2010 NCAA indoor title at the same distance. Koll opened the outdoor season with a collegiate record, clocking 31:18.07 in the 10k at the Stanford Invitational. In individual races, Koll only lost to a collegian once during the season.

Blessing Okagbare

Blessing Okagbare

Okagbare, from Umuahi, Nigeria, notched NCAA Outdoor crowns in the 100 meters and long jump, becoming the first in collegiate history to pull off such a feat. Indoors, Okagbare won national titles in the 60 and long jump, twice bettering the NCAA long-jump record. Okagbare was undefeated in all sprint and jump finals during the season and anchored the UTEP 4×100 to the NCAA Championships semifinals.

Tyson Gay beats Asafa Powell in Gateshead 100

July 10, 2010

From Tom Surber of USA Track & Field

Tyson Gay

Tyson Gay

In his first 100m competition of the year, American record-holder Tyson Gay (Lafayette High School) used an impressive finishing burst in passing former world record-holder Asafa Powell of Jamaica in winning the men’s 100 meters Saturday at the Aviva British Grand Prix in Gateshead, England.

The British Grand Prix is a member of the prestigious new IAAF Samsung Diamond League series consisting of 14 of the greatest invitational track meets in the world. 

Gay trailed Powell for most of the race before passing him with 20 meters to go. In the first battle this season between two of the ‘big three’ of men’s sprinting (Gay, Powell and Usain Bolt) Gay put an end to Powell’s unbeaten season by crossing the finish line first in 9.94 seconds.

Competitors in the 100 dealt with a +1.7 meters per second headwind.

“I felt good,” Gay told the IAAF. “Asafa’s one of my favorite competitors and I managed to get him today. I really had to stretch to the finish line and he didn’t see me coming. The wind maybe affected the time slightly, but not much.”

Powell was the runner-up in 9.96, with Daniel Bailey third in 10.15 and Trell Kimmons fourth in 10.18.





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Tyson Gay wins at Gateshead

Track notes: Eastern’s Bouchikhi, UK’s Sorrillo feted

May 4, 2010

For the third time in four years, Eastern Kentucky has the Male Outdoor Track and Field Freshman of the Year in the Ohio Valley Conference.

Here’s a look at that item, along with EKU’s third-place finishes at the OVC Championships and what’s up with the University of Kentucky, which a conference Runner of the Week.

Track and field fans in the Lexington area will want to mark Thursday on the calendar. That’s when the public schools will gather at Paul Laurence Dunbar for the City High School Championships, starting at 6 p.m.

OVC Freshman of the Year

Soufiane Bouchikhi, from Antwerp, Belgium, is the OVC Male Freshman of the Year for the outdoor season, replicating what he achieved indoors.

Soufiane Bouchikhi

Soufiane Bouchikhi

He follows in the footsteps of teammates Elkana Kurgat and Shannon Davis, who won OVC Male Freshman honors for the 2007 and 2008 seasons. The award was created in 2005.

Bouchikhi posted the fastest 5,000 meters in the conference this season, 14:01.74, to place second at the Penn Relays – a mere two-hundredths of a second behind Lewis Woodard of William & Mary.

The full list of OVC award winners: Megan Gingerich, Eastern Illinois (Female Track Athlete of the Year); Kandace Arnold, Eastern Illinois (Female Field Athlete); Elizabeth Bond, Jacksonville State, and Jerika Lewis, Southeast Missouri (Freshman Co-Athletes); Chris Gill, Southeast Missouri (Male Track Athlete); Brandon Colbert, Southeast Missouri (Male Field Athlete), and Bouchikhi. 

OVC Championships

EKU’s men and women both placed third in last weekend’s rain-shortened OVC Championships at Tennessee Tech, winning eight individual titles.

Heading the list was Bouchikhi, who took the 5,000 in 15:00.37.

Eastern Illinois won the men’s title with 261 points, followed by Southeast Missouri with 128, EKU with 106, Tennessee State with 61 and Morehead State with 22.

EKU’s other male champions were Christopher Rengifo in the 1,500 (3:54.19), Joseph Maina in the 10,000 (30:23.75) and David Mutuse in the 3,000-meter steeplechase (9:39.72).

Eastern Illinois’ women prevailed with 212 points, followed by SEMO (155 1/2), EKU (131), Jacksonville State (73 1/2), Tennessee Tech (67), Austin Peay (66 1/2), Tennessee State (42 1/2), Murray State (30) and Morehead State (1).

EKU winners were Diamond Benjamin in the 100 (11.94), Lydia Kosgei in the 1,500 (4:39.99), Kat Pagano in the 5,000 (17:29.35) and the 4-by-100-meter relay team of Benjamin, Lutisha Bowen, Jazzmin Jeter and DanHeisha Harding (46.65).

Sorrillo, Banks win at Ohio State

Victories by Rondel Sorrillo, David Banks, Kristin Smith and Ashley Muffet highlighted Kentucky’s showing in the Jesse Owens Track Classic at Ohio State.

Rondel Sorrillo

Rondel Sorrillo

Sorrillo, an Olympian from Trinidad and Tobago, showed that his progress is continuing after suffering a hamstring injury late in the indoor season. His winning time of 10.33 for 100 meters — his first try at the distance this season — puts him among the top 20 collegiate performers this season. Yet, he had to recover after stumbling out of the starting blocks.

No wonder the senior was named Male Runner of the Week in the Southeastern Conference.


Banks eclipsed his school record in the triple jump by half an inch, winning the event with a distance of 51 feet, 5 1/2 inches.

Ashley Muffet

Ashley Muffet

Smith notched the second-best mark in school history to win the hammer throw at 208-7. That moved her from 12th in the national rankings to No. 4.

Muffet uncorked her best effort in nearly four years to take shot-put honors at 53-11 1/4. That improved her national ranking from No 16 to No. 11.

Other top performers for UK including Josh Nazdam, fourth in the men’s 1,500 (3:47.07) and Samantha Stenzel, who matched her school record (12-7 1/2) to tie for third in the women’s pole vault.

Aggies on top

Texas A&M is No. 1 in both the men’s and women’s rankings compiled by the U.S. Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association. The Aggies are defending NCAA champions in each.

The SEC has eight of the top 25 men’s teams (3. Florida; 7. LSU; 8. Auburn; 12. Mississippi; 13. Mississippi State; 16. South Carolina; 23. Georgia; 25. Arkansas) and four of the top 25 women’s squads (2. LSU; 9. Arkansas; 10. Florida; 14. Auburn).

Among area men’s teams, Louisville is No. 29, Kentucky is No. 43 and Western Kentucky is No. 54

On the women’s side, UK is 30th, U of L 32nd and Western 131st.

In-state individuals with top 10 rankings are U of L men Matt Hughes (4. steeplechase), Steve Hnat (8. shot put) and Tone Belt (9. long jump) and woman Jere’ Summers (6. discus and hammer throw); UK men Sharif Webb (8. 800) and Colin Boevers (10. discus), and women Kristin Smith (4. hammer throw) and Ashley Muffet (5. discus); and WKU male Gavin Smellie (3. 200).

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For team-by-team reports, see:

Tyson Gay is USA Track and Field Athlete of the Week

September 23, 2009
Lexington's Tyson Gay

Lexington's Tyson Gay

Lexington native Tyson Gay has been named USA Track & Field’s Athlete of the Week for a second time this season.

The former Lafayette High School and University of Arkansas standout lowered his own American record in the 100-meter dash from 9.71 seconds to 9.69 in Sunday in China at the Shanghai Golden Grand Prix. Gay’s previous record came in last month’s World Championships at Berlin, where he placed second to Jamaica’s Usain Bolt.

Gay’s 9.69 ties Bolt’s winning time from the 2008 Beijing Olympics, matching the second-fastest “legal” time ever. Gay’s race Sunday had the maximum allowable wind, 2 meters per second (about 4 1/2 mph).

Gay also had the fastest 200 meters of the week by an American, 20.21, Tuesday at Szczecin, Poland.

Former University of Kentucky standout and reigning world champion Dwight Phillips had the best long jump by an American during the week, 27 feet, 5 1/4 inches.

Dwight Phillips

Dwight Phillips

LaShawn Merritt

LaShawn Merritt

Allyson Felix

Allyson Felix

Christin Wurth-Thomas







Best American marks for the week ending Sept. 20. X — Sunday at Shanghai, China; Y — Tuesday at Szczecin, Poland; Z — Sunday at Talence, France.


100 — 9.69, Tyson Gay (adidas) X                        American record
200 — 20.21, Tyson Gay (adidas) Y
400 — 45.28, LaShawn Merritt (Nike) X
800 — 1:46.33, Nick Symmonds (Oregon TC Elite) Y
110 hurdles — 13.15, Terrence Trammell (TSA) X
High jump — 7-5 1/4, Andra Manson (Nike) X
Long jump — 27-5 1/4, Dwight Phillips (Nike) X
Shot put — 70-6 1/4, Christian Cantwell (Nike) Y
Decathlon — 8,189, Tom Pappas (Nike) Z


100 — 10.64, Carmelita Jeter (Nike) X                   World leader
200 — 22.37, Allyson Felix (adidas) X
400 — 50.89, Monica Hargrove (unatt.) X
1,500 — 4:07.31, Christin Wurth-Thomas (Nike) Y
100 hurdles — 12.56, Dawn Harper (Nike) X
Pole vault – 13-9 1/4, Jillian Schwartz (Nike) X

Photos courtesy of USA Track & Field

Sorrillo fifth in NCAA 100; UK relay takes sixth

June 13, 2009

Rondel Sorrillo was Kentucky’s top performer Friday, the rain-delayed third day of the NCAA Outdoor Track and Field Championships at Fayetteville, Ark.

Sorrillo ran the third-fastest 100 meters in UK history to place fifth in the country, timed in 10.22 seconds. LSU’s Trindon Holliday won in 10.00.

Sorrillo, a junior who competed for Trinidad and Tobago in the 200-meter dash at last summer’s Beijing Olympics, also anchored the Wildcats’ 4-by-100 relay Friday.

Rondel Sorrillo

Rondel Sorrillo

The foursome of Gordon McKenzie, Jose Acevedo, Kwasi Obeng and Sorrillo clocked 39.27, good for sixth place. The time ranks fourth-best in school history.

Sorrillo is set to run the 200-meter finals Saturday, to be televised live by CBS. Also in the finals is Gavin Smellie of Western Kentucky.

The Southeastern Conference dominated the relay, placing 1-2-4-5-6-7. Clemson, from the Atlantic Coast Conference, broke up the pack by finishing third.

Florida won in 38.58. Holliday anchored LSU to second place in 38.67. After Clemson came Mississippi State, South Carolina, UK and Auburn.

Corey Thorne

Corey Thorne

Tone Belt

Tone Belt

Louisville had two finalists Friday, both placing seventh.

Tone Belt cleared 7-1 1/2 in the high jump. Scott Sellers of Kansas State won at 7-5.

Cardinals steeplechaser Corey Thorne finished the 3,000-meter event in 8:45.86. Kyle Perry of Brigham Young took top honors in 8:29.24.

Janet Jesang

Janet Jesang

In women’s action, Western Kentucky’s Janet Jesang, a junior from Uganda, placed fifth in 16:32.59. Illinois junior Angela Bizzarri snared first place in 16:17.94. Runner-up Nicole Blood of Oregon was more than 8 1/2 seconds back in 16:26.58.

UK heptathlete Ashley Trimble began Friday in 19th place. She rallied to finish 14th with 5,459 points. Oregon’s Brianne Theisen was the only competitor to break 6,000 points, scoring 6,086.

Ashley Trimble

Ashley Trimble

Trimble scored 680 points in the long jump (17-9 3/4), then finished with career bests in the final two events. Her javelin throw of 118-8 was worth 594 points, and her 800-meter time of 2:11.32 scored 945 more.

U of L’s Seidre Forde fell 8 1/4 inches shy of qualifying for finals of the women’s triple jump. Needing a top-12 finish, she finished 21st at 41-10.

UK track men jump to 11th in final national poll; Rashaud Scott is region Field Athlete of Year

June 9, 2009

The University of Kentucky men’s team jumped from 20th to No. 11 in the final U.S. Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association poll of the season. The NCAA Outdoor Championships open Wednesday at the University of Arkansas and continue through Saturday.

Texas A&M moved from No. 2 to No. 1 in the final poll. Oregon also moved up a spot to No. 2, followed by four Southeastern Conference squads — previously top-ranked Florida, Arkansas (up from 6), LSU (up from 8th) and South Carolina. In all, the SEC has eight of the top 20 teams. 

Texas A&M also moved from No. 2 to No. 1 in the women’s poll, switching places with Oregon. Third is LSU, which leads five SEC teams in the top 20.

UK has the top-ranked women’s team from the state, improving from No. 34 to 32.

The UK men are led by Rashaud Scott, the Field Athlete of the Year in the Southeast Region (see below). He is coming off a sweep of regional shot put and discus titles and is defending NCAA champion in the latter event. He is ranked No. 1 in the discus and No. 8 in the shot. Teammate Chase Madison is No. 7 in the discus.

In addition, the Wildcats qualified in both the 4-by-100 and 4-by-400 relays, ranking sixth and 12th, respectively.

Rondel Sorrillo, who anchors the 4-by-100 unit, also made it in the 100 (ranked No. 22) and 200 (No. 5).

Louisville’s men improved from 37th to 29th in the team rankings. The Cardinals are led by a pair of top 10-ranked athletes — Corey Thorne, No. 2 in the steeplecase, and Tone Belt, No. 6 in the high jump.

Western Kentucky jumped 14 spots to No. 37. The Hilltoppers are led by Gavin Smellie, ranked No. 2 in the 200, and Mandhla Mgijima, No. 7 in the long jump.

Eastern Kentucky moved from No. 163 to 137. The Colonels’ lone NCAA qualifier is 5,000-meter runner Joseph Maina (No. 27).

UK’s women have four NCAA qualifiers, all ranked 17th or better: Ashley Muffet (No. 4, discus), Kristin Smith (No. 7, hammer throw), Ashley Trimble (No. 11, heptathlon) and Emilee Strot (No. 17, discus).

Louisville is ranked No. 35, an improvement of 14 spots. The Cards are led by Jere’ Summers, who ranks sixth in the discus and 10th in the shot.

Western Kentucky jumped 19 spots to No. 53. Janet Jesang, No. 5 at 5,000 meters, leads the Hilltoppers.

The final team rankings:


1. Texas A&M

2. Oregon

3. LSU

4. Arizona State

5. Tennessee

6. Florida State; 7. Southern Cal; 8. Penn State; 9. Baylor; 10. Texas.

11. Michigan; 12. UCLA; 13. Miami (Fla.); 14. Florida; 15. Washington.

16. UTEP; 17. Oklahoma; 18. Arkansas; 19. Nebraska; 20. Auburn.

21. Illinois; 22. Virginia Tech; 23. Indiana; 24. BYU; 25. Stanford.


1. Texas A&M

2. Oregon

3. Florida

4. Arkansas

5. LSU

6. South Carolina; 7. So. Cal; 8. Stanford; 9. Nebraska; 10. Ariz. State.

11. KENTUCKY; 12. Fla. State; 13. Miss. State; 14. Texas; 15. Auburn.

16. Minnesota; 17. Kansas State; 18. Texas; 19. Baylor; 20. Georgia.

21. Wash.; 22. Arizona; 23. Cal; 24. Boise State; 25. Wash. State.

Division I regional athletes and coaches of the year

Rashaud Scott

Rashaud Scott

Erik Jenkins

Erik Jenkins

Kentucky shot put/discus ace Rashaud Scott has been named by the USTFCCCA as men’s Field Athlete of the Year in the Southeast Region.

Western Kentucky’s Erik Jenkins was named Women’s Head Coach of the Year in the Southeast Region.

The full list of award winners follows.

Name (school) region

Tiffany Ofili

Tiffany Ofili

Women’s trackTiffany Ofili (Michigan) Great Lakes; Clara Grandt (West Virginia) Mid-Atlantic; Angela Bizzari (Illinois) Midwest; Jenny Barringer (Colorado) Mountain; Danette Doetzel (Providence) Northeast; Murielle Ahoure (Miami, Fla.) South; Porscha Lucas (Texas A&M) South Central; Francena McCorory (Hampton) Southeast; Charonda Williams (Arizona State) West.

Destinee Hooker

Destinee Hooker

Women’s fieldKara Patterson (Purdue) Great Lakes; Gayle Hunter (Penn State) Mid-Atlantic; Liz Roehrig (Minnesota) Midwest; Blessing Okagbare (UTEP) Mountain; Tahari James (Boston U.) Northeast; Kim Williams (Florida State) South; Destinee Hooker (Texas) South Central; Dorotea Habazin (Virginia Tech); Southeast; Sarah Stevens (Arizona State) West.

Trindon Holliday

Trindon Holliday

Men’s trackAdam Harris (Michigan) Great Lakes; Sean Tully (Villanova) Mid-Atlantic; German Fernandez (Oklahoma State) Midwest; Gil Roberts (Texas Tech) Mountain; Kyle Heath (Syracuse) Northeast; Calvin Smith (Florida) South; Trindon Holliday (LSU) South Central; Sam Chelanga (Liberty) Southeast; Galen Rupp (Oregon) West.

Aston Eaton

Aston Eaton

Men’s fieldDerek Drouin (Indiana) Great Lakes; Clarence Smith (Penn State) Mid-Atlantic; Will Claye (Oklahoma) Midwest; Dimitrios Fylladitakis (UTEP) Mountain; Nico Weiler (Harvard) Northeast; Chris Hill (Georgia) South; Jason Colwick (Rice) South Central; RASHAUD SCOTT (KENTUCKY) Southeast; Ashton Eaton (Oregon) West.

T. Buford-Bailey

T. Buford-Bailey

Women’s head coachJames Henry (Michigan) Great Lakes; Beth Alford-Sullivan (Penn State) Mid-Atlantic; Tonja Buford-Bailey (Illinois) Midwest; Wes Kittley (Texas Tech) Mountain; Bill Morgan (Connecticut) Northeast; Caryl Smith Gilbert (Central Florida) South; Jim Bevan (Rice) South Central; ERIC JENKINS (WESTERN KENTUCKY) Southeast; Dan Steele (Oregon) West.

Brian Forrester

Brian Forrester

Women’s assistantBrian Forrester (Akron) Great Lakes; Chris Miltenberg (Georgetown U.) Mid-Atlantic; Marc Burns (Wichita State) Midwest; Scott Irving (U.S. Air Force Academy) Mountain; Clive Terrelong (Connecticut) Northeast; Karen Harvey (Florida State) South; Vince Anderson (Texas A&M) South Central; Carrie Lane (Virginia) Southeast; Robert Johnson (Oregon) West.

Chris Bucknam

Chris Bucknam

Men’s head coach  – Dennis Mitchell (Akron) Great Lakes; Joe Compagni (Monmouth) Mid-Atlantic; Gary Pepin (Nebraska) Midwest; Mark Robison (Brigham Young) Mountain; Nathan Taylor (Cornell) Northeast; Michael Holloway (Florida) South; Tie: Chris Bucknam (Arkansas) and Sean Brady (Southeastern Louisiana) South Central; Jason Vigilante (Virginia) Southeast; Ron Allice (Southern California) West. 

Don Babbitt

Don Babbitt

Men’s assistant – Rodney Zuyderwyk (Purdue) Great Lakes; Sheila Burrell (Georgetown U.) Mid-Atlantic; Billy Maxwell (Nebraska) Midwest; Dion Miller (Texas Tech) Mountain; Michelle Eisenreich (Brown) Northeast; Don Babbit (Georgia) South; Dick Booth (Arkansas) South Central; Tim Hall (Clemson) Southeast; Mark MacDonald (Washington State) West.

Former Wildcat Phillips is USATF Athlete of Week

June 9, 2009

Former University of Kentucky standout Dwight Phillips was named Tuesday as USA Track & Field’s Athlete of the Week.

Dwight Phillips

Dwight Phillips

Phillips notched the eighth-best outdoor mark ever in the men’s long jump at Sunday’s Nike Prefontaine Classic, 28 feet, 8 1/4 inches, at Hayward Field in Eugene, Ore.

Phillips, 31, arrived at UK in 1997. His 400-meter time of 46.80 that season still stands as the Wildcats’ freshman record. He also competed in 1998 before transferring to Arizona State, following Darryl Anderson when the UK sprints coach was hired there.

Since then, Phillips has become a two-time World Outdoor champion in the long jump, as well as the 2004 Olympic gold-medalist. Sunday’s mark ties Phillips with Larry Myricks and Erick Walder for eighth on the all-time list of jumps, and fifth on the all-time list of performers. It was the longest jump in the world since Mike Powell’s world-record 29-4 1/2 in 1991.

Reese Hoffa

Reese Hoffa

Jenny Barringer

Jenny Barringer

Also at Eugene, Louisville native Reese Hoffa won the shot put with the world’s best performance of the season, 71 feet, 10 inches.

Colorado’s Jenny Barringer, the national record-holder in the steeplechase, became the third American ever to break four minutes in the women’s 1,500 meters. Her time at Eugene, 3:59.90, is a collegiate record.

100 – 9.94 Mike Rodgers (Nike) – Eugene, Ore., 6/7     U.S. leader
200 – 20.41 Thomas Hunter (unat) – Walnut, Calif., 6/6
400 – 45.48 Tavaris Tate (Mississippi HS) – Albuquerque, N.M., 6/6
800 – 1:45.86 Nick Symmonds (Oregon TC) – Eugene, 6/7
1500 – 3:37.19 Lopez Lomong (Nike) – Eugene, 6/7     U.S. leader
Mile – 3:53.47 Lopez Lomong (Nike) – Eugene, 6/7
3000 – 7:35.92 Bernard Lagat (Nike) – Eugene, 6/7     U.S. leader
3000SC – 8:26.55 Josh McAdams (New Balance) – Eugene, 6/7
10,000 – 28:16.81 Jorge Torres (Reebok) – Eugene, 6/6
110H – 13.29 Dexter Faulk (Nike) – Turin, Italy, 6/4
400H – 48.38 Bershawn Jackson (Nike) – Eugene, 6/7
HJ – 2.26/7-5 Jesse Williams (Nike) – Eugene, 6/7
PV – 5.52/18-1.25 Mark Hollis (unat) – St. Polten, Austria, 6/6
LJ – 8.74/28-8.25 Dwight Phillips (NIke) – Eugene, 6/7     World leader
TJ – 16.06/52-8.25 James Jenkins (unat) – Walnut, 6/6
SP – 21.89/71-10 Reese Hoffa (NYAC) – Eugene, 6/7     World leader
DT – 64.69/212-3 Adam Kuehl (unat) – Chula Vista, Calif., 6/6
HT – 75.28/247-0 Jake Freeman (Iron Ball AC) – West Point, N.Y., 6/5
JT – 75.96/249-2 Adam Montague (unat) – Walnut, 6/6
Dec – 7466 Curtis Beach (New Mexico HS) – Albuquerque, N.M., 6/5     HIGH SCHOOL RECORD
100 – 11.13 Stephanie Durst (unat) – Hengelo, Holland, 6/1
200 – 22.41 Shalonda Solomon (Reebok) – Walnut, 6/6
400 – 49.86 Sanya Richards (Nike) – Eugene, 6/7     World leader
800 – 2:00.18 Maggie Vessey (unat) – Eugene, 6/7
1500 – 3:59.90 Jenny Barringer (Colorado) – Eugene, 6/7     U.S. leader/COLLEGIATE RECORD
3000SC – 9:40.02 Lisa Galaviz (Nike) – Walnut, 6/6
100H – 12.74 Michelle Perry (Nike) – Eugene, 6/7
400H – 58.25 Jennifer Grossarth (unat) – Walnut, 6/6
PV – 4.45/14-7.25 Chelsea Johnson (Nike) – Walnut, 6/6
LJ – 6.74/22-1.5 Funmi Jimoh (Nike) – Hengelo, 6/1
TJ – 13.80/45-3.5 Crystal Manning (unat) – Walnut, 6/6
SP – 18.35/60-2.5 Michelle Carter (unat) – Walnut, 6/6
DT – 63.98/209-11 Stephanie Brown Trafton (Nike) – Eugene, 6/7
HT – 70.68/231-11 Jessica Cosby (Nike) – Eugene, 6/7
JT – 60.30/197-10 Kim Kreiner (Nike) – Walnut, 6/6     U.S. leader
Hept – 5619 Kasey Hill (unat) – Dallas, 6/7

13 from state schools awarded NCAA at-large bids; Tyson Gay is USA Track & Field athlete of week

June 2, 2009

Seven women and six men from Kentucky colleges were awarded at-large bids Tuesday to the NCAA Track & Field Championships, June 10-13, at Arkansas.

Joseph Maina (EKU photo)

Joseph Maina (EKU photo)

From Eastern Kentucky, Joseph Maina was added to the men’s 5,000-meter field.

From Kentucky, Rondel Sorrillo made it in the men’s 100, Emily Strot in the women’s discus.

From Louisville, Steve Hnat was added in the men’s shot put; Josh Greenwald and Andrew Hackney in discus; Matt Hughes in the steeplechase. U of L additions to the women’s field are Chinwe Okoro and Khadija Abdullah in the shot put, Rachel Gehret in the high jump and Seidre Forde in the triple jump.

From Western Kentucky’s women’s team, Miaie Williams was added in the 100, Janet Jesang in the 5,000.

The at-large recipients will join automatic qualifiers at Arkansas. Automatic berths went to the top five in individual events and top three in relays at the Mideast Regional, held Saturday at U of L.

Here’s what the combined at-large and automatic lists from Kentucky schools look like, with NCAA seeding; a = at-large berth; q = automatic qualifier.

Rondel Sorrillo

Rondel Sorrillo

Gavin Smellie

Gavin Smellie

100 meters — 24 a, Rondel Sorrillo (UK).

200 — 3 q, Gavin Smellie (WKU); 5 q, Rondel Sorrillo (UK).

5,000 — 26 a, Joseph Maina (EKU).

3,000 steeplechase — 2 q, Cory Thorne (U of L); 14 a, Matt Hughes (U of L).

4-by-100 relay — 6 q, Kentucky.

4-by-400 relay — 11 q, Western Kentucky; 12 q, Kentucky.

Shot put — 8 q, Rashaud Scott (UK); 17 a, Steve Hnat (U of L).

Rashaud Scott

Rashaud Scott

Chase Madison

Chase Madison

Discus — 1 q, Rashaud Scott (UK); 7 q, Chase Madison (UK); 16 a, Josh Greenwald (U of L); 17 a, Andrew Hackney (U of L).

Long jump — 7 a, Mandhla Mgijima (WKU).

High jump — 9 q, Tone Belt (U of L).

Long jump — 16 q, Tone Belt (U of L).

Tarah McKay

Tarah McKay

Janet Jesang

Janet Jesang

100 — 19 a, Miaie Williams (WKU).

1,500 — 24 q, Tarah McKay (U of L).

5,000 — 6 a, Janet Jesang (WKU).

4-by-100 relay — 12 q, Western Kentucky.

Shot put — 10 q, Jere’ Summers (U of L); 20 a, Chinwe Okoro (U of L); 23 a, Khadija Abdullah (U of L).

Kristin Smith

Kristin Smith

Ashley Trimble

Ashley Trimble

Discus — 4 q, Ashley Muffet (UK); 6 q, Jere’ Summers (U of L); 17 a, Emilee Strot (UK).

Hammer throw — 7 q, Kristin Smith (UK).

High jump — 19 a, Rachel Gehret (U of L).

Triple jump — 24 a, Seidre Forde (U of L).

Heptathlon (entries based on pre-regional results) — 11. Ashley Trimble (UK).

USA Track & Field Athlete of the Week: Tyson Gay

The third-fastest 200-meter dash of all time makes Tyson Gay the USA Track & Field choice for athlete of the week.

From Tyson Gay's facebook

From Tyson Gay's facebook photo gallery

Gay, a Lafayette High School graduate who later starred for Arkansas, uncorked a 19.58-second 200 Saturday at the Reebok Grand Prix, in New York’s Icahn Stadium. Only a pair of Olympic champions have ever run faster: Michael Johnson (19.32) and Usain Bolt (19.30).

Gay swept the 2007 World Championships in the 100 and 200 meters, and also ran on the gold-medal 4-by-100 relay.

After winning the 100 in American-record time at last year’s U.S. Olympic Trials, Gay suffered a severe hamstring injury during preliminaries of the 200. He went on to run the 200 at the Beijing Olympics, but the missed practice time left him far off his usual form. A dropped baton in the 4-by-100 put a disappointing end to his Olympic experience.

Saturday’s result, his first 200 since the Olympics, means Gay now has the third- and fourth-fastest 200s ever. No. 4 is 19.62, his winning effort at the 2007 USA Outdoor Championships.

Saturday’s runner-up, Gay’s former training partner and Arkansas teammate Wallace Spearmon, finished in 19.98. Former LSU standout Xavier Carter was third in 20.27.

“It made me very, very happy; 19.5 had been one of the goals I had, but to do that in the first race is very pleasing,” Gay told reporters. “I wanted to work on my reaction and my start. Then I just ran. I ran for my life. When I came toward the finish line, I got kind of tight and I just wanted to bring it on in. I tried to push all the way through, just to see where my body is at.”

Several of the week’s leading national marks were turned in on Louisville’s Cardinal Park facility, site of the NCAA Mideast Regional.

Cory Thorne

Cory Thorne

Louisville’s Cory Thorne had the fastest 3,000-meter steeplechase of the week (8:36.98).

Three winners in men’s field events ranked No. 1 for the week: Kentucky’s Rashaud Scott in the discus (216-2); LSU’s Walter Henning in the hammer throw (231-6), and Arkansas’ Mychael Stewart in the long jump (25-10 3/4).

And two of the women’s field event champions at Louisville led the nation: Purdue’s Kara Patterson in the javelin (192-1), and Indiana State’s Lauren Martin in the triple jump (44-4 3/4).

100 – 10.04 Jacoby Ford (Clemson) – Greensboro, N.C. 5/30
200 – 19.58 Tyson Gay (adidas) – New York, 5/30     World leader
400 – 44.75 LaShawn Merritt (Nike) – New York, 5/30
800 – 1:46.00 Khadevis Robinson (Nike) – New York, 5/30
1500 – 3:34.14 Leo Manzano (Nike) – New York, 5/30    
U.S. leader
3000SC – 8:36.98 Cory Thorne (Louisville) – Louisville, 5/30
5000 – 13:03.06 Bernard Lagat (Nike) – New York, 5/30   
U.S. leader
110H – 13.12 Terrence Trammell (TSA) – New York, 5/30
400H – 48.52 Bershawn Jackson (Nike) – New York, 5/30
HJ – 2.25/7-4.5 Scott Sellers (Kansas State) – Norman, Okla., 5/29
PV – 5.56/18-3 Jason Colwick (Rice) & Maston Wallace (Texas) – Norman, Okla., 5/30
LJ – 7.89/25-10.75 Mychael Stewart (Arkansas) – Louisville, 5/29
TJ – 16.81/55-2 Will Claye (Oklahoma) – Norman, Okla., 5/30
SP – 20.99/68-10.5 Ryan Whiting (Arizona State) – Eugene, Ore., 5/29
DT – 65.90/216-2 Rashaud Scott (Kentucky) – Louisville, 5/30
HT – 70.56/231-6 Walter Henning (LSU) – Louisville, 5/30
JT – 80.34/263-7 Chris Hill (Georgia) – Greensboro, N.C., 5/29
Dec – 8516 Trey Hardee (Nike) – Gotzis, Austria, 5/31    
U.S. leader
100 – 11.04 Shalonda Solomon (Reebok) – New York, 5/30
200 – 22.34 Lauryn Williams (Nike) – New York, 5/30    
World leader
400 – 50.50 Allyson Felix (adidas) – New York, 5/30    
World leader
800 – 1:59.29 Anna Willard (Nike) – New York, 5/30    
World leader
1500 – 4:03.96 Christin Wurth-Thomas (Nike) – New York, 5/30    
U.S. leader
3000SC – 9:26.20 Jenny Barringer (Colorado) – Norman, Okla., 5/30     World leader
5000 – 15:32.39 Jen Rhines (adidas) – New York, 5/30
100H – 12.88 Seun Adigun (Houston) – Norman, Okla., 5/30
400H – 55.44 Tiffany Williams (Reebok) – New York, 5/30
HJ – 1.93/6-4 Sharon Day (Asics) – Havana, Cuba, 5/29
PV – 4.81/15-9.25 Jenn Stuczynski (adidas) – New York, 5/30    
World leader
LJ – 6.72/22-0.75 Funmi Jimoh (Nike) – Belgrade, Serbia, 5/29 & Brianna Glenn (adidas) – New York, 5/30
TJ – 13.53/44-4.75 Lauren Martin (Indiana State) – Louisville, 5/30
SP – 18.43/60-5.75 Michelle Carter (unat) – New York, 5/30
DT – 63.97/209-10 Stephanie Brown Trafton (Nike) – New York, 5/30
HT – 69.76/228-10 Amber Campbell (Mjolnir) – Havana, Cuba, 5/30
JT – 58.56/192-1 Kara Patterson (Purdue) – Louisville, 5/30
Hept – 6,063 Sharon Day (Asics) – Havana, Cuba 5/30     U.S. leader

Class A State Track & Field: Ft. Campbell, NewCath

May 23, 2009

Fort Campbell’s boys and Newport Central Catholic’s girls took the team championships Saturday in the KHSAA State Track & Field Meet at Louisville.

Fort Campbell totaled 83 points to top Bardstown (70). Ballard Memorial and St. Henry tied for third (46), two points ahead of Lexington Christian.

Will Mullett became LCA’s first-ever individual male champion, taking the 3,200 meters. The Eagles also won the 4-by-800 relay.

Fort Knox junior Courtney Edwards won four events: long and triple jump, plus both hurdles races.

NewCath’s girls scored 98 points. Runner-up St. Henry had 79.50, followed by Fort Campbell (65) and Bishop Brossart (59).

Sixth-place Danville had a double winner in Diamond Pace (triple jump, 300-meter hurdles), and teammate Candice Taylor took the long jump.

Earlier posts

With 13 of 18 events scored, Bardstown leads Fort Campbell 58-52 in the contest for KHSAA Class A Boys’ State Track & Field champion. Fort Knox is third with 30, a point ahead of Lexington Christian and Ballard Memorial.

Through 14 girls’ events, Newport Central Catholic leads with 73 points, followed by St. Henry (63.50), Bishop Brossart and Fort Campbell (49 each).

Some of the recent winners for the girls: Diamond Pace (Danville), 300 hurdles (47.36); Raegan Deaton (Green County), 800 (2:20.20); Candice Taylor (Danville), long jump (18-1.75); Katie Neiser (Bishop Brossart), 200 (26.15), and Annie Gruenschlaeger (Newport Central Catholic), shot (34-4 1/2).

Villa Madonna’s Corey Stoll outkicked Lexington Christian’s Nate Spain in the boys’ 800. Stoll finished in 1:56.12, Spain in 1:58.62.

Other recent boys’ winners: Damien Edelen (Bardstown), 400 (50.52); Courtney Edwards (Fort Knox), 300 hurdles (39.51), and Marc Speed (Kentucky Country Day), discus (142-4).

Initial post

Saturday’s first title in a boys’ track event goes to Lexington Christian’s 4-by-800 relay team.

Running on the Owsley Frazier Cardinal Park oval at the University of Louisville, LCA’s Nate Spain, Ben Boone, Will Mullett and Chris Elliott combined for a time of 8:10.73.

The Eagles led at each exchange, but Elliott was overtaken by Bardstown’s Adam Kaleifeh. Elliott maintained close contact, though, and blew past Kaleifeh with about 250 meters left. Andrew Linkugel got St. Henry up for second (8:14.15), followed by Bardstown (8:16.67).

St. Henry (9:50.23) and Newport Central Catholic (9:54.41) duplicated their 1-2 finish of a year ago in the girls’ relay.

Another repeat 1-2 finish came in the 100-meter hurdles, where Model’s Chelsea Harnack bested Russellville’s Chiquita Rose, 15.89 to 16.25.

A few minutes later, Harnack (12.54) ran second to Bishop Brossart’s Katie Neiser (12.47) in the 100-meter dash.

Frankfort’s Quan Weaver (11.13) held off Danville’s Lamont Key (11.20) in the boys’ 100.

Courtney Edwards of Fort Knox took the boys’ 110-meter hurdles (14.71). Paintsville’s Tyler Lemaster was runner-up (15.08).

Michael Burden of McClean County took honors in the shot (48-4.50), ahead of St. Henry’s Justin Ziegler (47-4).

The other field event completed early, the girls’ discus, went to Beechwood’s Brianna McCarty (106-10), who nipped Megan Hunter of Nicholas County by a mere five inches.

The 4-by-200 relay for boys was won by Mayfield (1:30.57), ahead of Fort Campbell (1:31.70).

The girls’ 4-by-200 went to Newport Central Catholic (1:46.61), followed by Fort Campbell (1:46.97).

Other girls’ winners: Catherine Claywell (Murray), high jump (5-6); Victoria Yocum (Bardstown), 400 (59.51); Newport Central Catholic, 4-by-100 relay (51.20); and Maria Frigo (St. Henry), 1,600 (5:13.41).

More boys’ winners: Fort Campbell, 4-by-100 relay (43.24), and Corey Stoll (Villa Madonna), 1,600 (4:23.43).

CovCath boys, Highlands girls snare 2A titles

May 22, 2009

Covington Catholic’s and Highlands’ girls won the KHSAA Class 2A State Track and Field Meet Friday night.

CovCath scored 67 points, six more than Louisville Central. West Jessamine was another six points back, followed by eight-time defending champion Tilghman with 48.

Highlands eked past Lloyd Memorial, 62.5-61 for girls’ honors. Louisville Central had 53, followed by Rockcastle County with 48.

Initial post

It hasn’t taken long for some surprises at the Class 2A State High School Track and Field Championships, which are underway at the University of Louisville.

Tilghman’s Denzel Powell, the defending champion in the boys’ 100, false-started.

Tilghman’s DeAudrea Horne, defending champ in the girls’ 100, placed second to Abigail Torian of Trigg County — last year’s winner in Class A.

Torian clocked in at 12.44 seconds, Horne at 12.60.

Tilghman did pick up a 10-point victory in the boys’ 110-meter hurdles. Caric Denson, a junior, defended his title in 15.04, ahead of Louisville Central’s Diaz Bolden (15.17).

Johnson Central senior Andy Lewis took advantage of Powell’s absence to win the boys’ 100 in 10.97. Stephon Robinson of Louisville Central was second in 11.02.

Other early winners include Calloway County in the boys’ 4-by-800 relay (8:11.35), South Oldham in the girls’ 4-by-8 (9:51.46) and Nathelie Zetrenne of Central in the girls’ 100-meter hurdles (15.56). In the latter event, defending champion Sarah McKinney of Rockcastle County wound up fifth.

A West Jessamine sweep

West Jessamine seniors took both the boys’ and girls’ 1,600-meter runs.

Adrianne Shearer built a 20-yard gap on the field over the first 400 and maintained about the same gap throughout the race. Shearer finished in 5:22.93, with South Oldham’s Jessie Murner second in 5:26.11. Defending champ Helen Heines of North Bullitt took sixth.

West’s Will Stratford employed a different tactic to win the boys’ 1,600. Sitting comfortably off the pace for the first 1,000 meters, Stratford surged with a lap-and-a-half left. He held off Franklin County’s Robert Sandlin, 4:27.20 to 4:27.56.

Other boys’ winners include Tilghman in the 4-by-200 relay (1:30.22) and Calloway County’s Tyrell Willis in the shot put (50-9.25).

Rockcastle County’s Samantha Smith won the girls’ long jump (17-2.75) and Jackie Stevens of Bullitt East won the discus (111-5). Trigg County’s girls swept the 4-by-200 (1:43.68) and 4-by-100 (49.72) relays.

Late events

Anna Goetz was the only individual winner for Highlands, taking the triple jump (35-3.75).

Western Hills eighth-grader Alisha Adair won the 200 (25.26), beating defending champion Horne (25.31) and Trigg’s Torian (25.66).

Other girls’ winners included: Donnell Nocero (Lloyd), high jump (5-4); Bullitt East’s Stevens in the shot (37-9.5); Cheyenne Evans (Boyle County), 800 (2:19.83); Jessica Gabhart (Elizabethtown), 300 hurdles (45.25); Erica Mills (Boyle County), pole vault (9-0); Michaela Hunter (Rockcastle County), 400 (59.33); Tenny Ostrem, Powell County (11:42.37); and South Oldham in the 4-by-400 relay (4:06.63).

CovCath’s lone individual title came from Alex Connelly in the high jump (6-4).

Other boys’ winners included: Robert Sandlin (Franklin County), 3,200 (9:38.21); R.J. Fields (Harlan County), long jump (22-5); Greg Phillips (Knox Central), pole vault (12-6); Thomas Washington (Logan County), triple jump (45-4); Ken Holbrook (Western Hills), 129-11; Andy Lewis (Johnson Central), 200 (21.78); Stephon Jackson (Louisville Central), 400 (49.88); Thomas Canary (Lexington Catholic), 800 (1:54.94); Chip Clark (Fleming County), 300 hurdles (39.85); Tilghman, 4-by-100 relay (43.67); and Highlands in the 4-by-400 relay (3:26.16).