Lady Vols’ Areson joins Bowerman ‘watch list’

March 3, 2011
Jackie Areson

Jackie Areson

Tennessee’s Jackie Areson is the latest addition to the women’s “watch list” for The Bowerman. Collegiate track and field’s top award is sponsored by the United States Track & Cross Country Coaches Association, which provides this background information.

Areson leads the NCAA in the 5,000 meters this season. She is undefeated in the mile, 3K and 5K this season. Last weekend, she won the 5,000 and anchored the Lady Vols’ first-place distance medley relay.

The 10-deep watch list follows, in alphabetical order.

Jackie Areson, Tennessee, sr., from Delray Beach, Fla.
IN 2011: Areson most recently brought two SEC titles to the Lady Vols in the 3,000 meters and as anchor of the distance medley relay. The time of 11:05.37 turned in by the DMR team is among the nation’s top five this year. In addition, Areson is the national leader in the 5,000 meters with a clocking of 15:39.81 in winning the event at the Flotrack Husky Classic by nearly five seconds. Areson’s 3,000-meter run in winning the Penn State National in 9:01.91 ranks third in the NCAA this year.

Jessica Beard

Jessica Beard

Jessica Beard, Texas A&M, sr., from Euclid, Ohio
IN 2011: Beard won an unprecedented fourth straight indoor Big 12 title at 400 meters last weekend and did so in a collegiate-leading time of 51.68. Beard was named Big 12 Performer of the Year as she also scored second-place honors in the 200 meters at the conference meet and anchored the Aggies to a fifth straight crown in the 4-by-400. Her season-best 200 time of 22.95 ranks fourth in the NCAA. Beard is undefeated in the 400 meters this season.

LaKya Brookins

LaKya Brookins

LaKya Brookins, South Carolina, sr., from Seneca, S.C.
IN 2011: Brookins has the nation’s leading time in the 60 meters with a 7.14, achieved in winning the SEC title Sunday. All told, Brookins has won five-out-of-six finals at the distance this year and has clocked sub-7.20 performances on four occasions, including the last three. Brookins also won 60-meter titles at the Tyson Invitational, the New Balance Collegiate Invitational and the Texas A&M Challenge.

Ti'erra Brown

Ti'erra Brown

Ti’erra Brown, Miami (Fla.), jr., from Hampton, Va.
IN 2011: Known mostly for her 400-meter hurdle prowess, Brown has overall had a light indoor season. However, that doesn’t mean she hasn’t been competitive. Most recently at the ACC Indoor Championships, Brown placed second overall in the open 400, and won her section of the finals, in a time of 53.25. The time currently stands as the No. 16 time in the NCAA this year and is on the “bubble” to be selected for the NCAA Indoor Championships.

Semoy Hackett

Semoy Hackett

Semoy Hackett, LSU, jr., from Scarborough, Trinidad & Tobago
IN 2011: In her first season as a Division I participant, Hackett has achieved marks in the 60 and 200 that among the nation’s top five in both events. Her season best in the 200 meters of 22.84 is just off the 22.78 leader set by teammate Kimberlyn Duncan in winning the SEC title. In the 60, Hackett is tied with the fifth-best mark of the 2011season at 7.24. Hackett finished runner-up in the SEC in both the 60 and 200.

Sheila Reid

Sheila Reid

Sheila Reid, Villanova, jr., from Newmarket, Ontario, Canada
IN 2011: In one of the more impressive showings by anyone at a conference championship this year, Reid won three Big East titles this indoor season. Starting off, she was the winner of the 1000 meters in a very fast 2:43.70, was the third leg of the Wildcats’ winning DMR, and anchor of the squad’s 4-by-800 team that won a conference crown. Reid holds claim to the second-best mark among collegians this year in the 3,000 meters, having run 8:56.92 in competition against collegians. At the New Balance Indoor Grand Prix in Boston, Reid ran a would-be NCAA-leading mark in the mile with an impressive showing against a bevy of professionals in the event’s 3,000-meter run. Reid would finish third in that event with a 4:35.30 clocking.

Tina Sutej

Tina Sutej

Tina Sutej, Arkansas, jr., from Ljubljana, Slovenia
IN 2011: After having achieved the chance to break the collegiate record in her last four competitions, Sutej was relieved to finally break through with a clearance of 14-10¾ (4.54m) to reset the record in winning the SEC title. Sutej broke the 2002 record of Amy Linnen. Undoubtedly the most consistent in the vault this season, Sutej has cleared more than 14-6 (4.42m) four times this season and has won six straight events.

Jeneba Tarmoh

Jeneba Tarmoh

Jeneba Tarmoh, Texas A&M, jr., from San Jose, Calif.
IN 2011: Tarmoh has been busy to start the 2011 season. Including relays and all rounds, Tarmoh has contested 22 races in the 60, 200, and 4-by-400. Like Hackett, Tarmoh is also in the nation’s top five in the 60 (7.24, tied fifth) and 200 (22.88, third). Tarmoh was the Big 12 Champion in the 200 meters, runner-up in the 60, and helped the Aggies to another conference victory in the 4-by-400. Additional winning credits from 2011 include a victory in the 200 at the New Balance Collegiate Invitational and in the 60 at the Texas A&M Conference Challenge on Jan. 15.

Brianne Theisen

Brianne Theisen

Brianne Theisen, Oregon, sr., from Humboldt, Saskatchewan, Canada
IN 2011: Theisen has already claimed a collegiate record this season. On Jan. 28 at the Washington Invitational, Theisen scored 4,507 points in the heptathlon to top the previous mark of 4,498 set by Arizona State’s Jacquelyn Johnson in 2008. With a high jump of 6-0 (1.83m) in the record-setting pentathlon, Theisen also ranks in seventh in the NCAA this season in that event. In addition, Theisen has won nine straight combined-event competitions against collegiate competition with the win at the UW Invitational. At the MPSF Championships, Theisen sat out the pentathlon, but competed in four other events, including the leadoff leg on the Ducks first-place 4-by-400, placing second in the high jump and third in the 60-meter hurdles.

Kim Williams

Kim Williams

Kim Williams, Florida State, sr., Kingston, Jamaica
IN 2011: Netted impressive performances in both long and triple jumps at the ACC Championships. In becoming the first in ACC Championship history to win an event for a fourth time, Williams triple jumped to a collegiate-leading mark of 45-9¾ (13.96m). In addition, the previous day, Williams won the ACC long jump title with a leap of 21-6 (6.55m) -– a performance that ranks No. 2 in the NCAA this year.

The Bowerman Advisory Board appointed four of its members to comprise The Bowerman Women’s Watch Committee and another four of its members to make up The Bowerman Men’s Watch Committee. The committee will release its next women’s update on Thursday, March 17. The three men and three women finalists will be named late June.


UK’s Sorrillo, EKU’s Rengifo take weekly honors

February 3, 2010
Rondel Sorrillo

Rondel Sorrillo

Kentucky senior Rondel Sorrillo is Male Runner of the Week in the Southeastern Conference.

A 2008 Olympian from Trinidad and Tobago, won the 200-meter dash at UK’s Rod McCravy Memorial Track and Field Meet. His time of 20.77 seconds makes him an automatic qualifier for the NCAA Championships, ranks first in the SEC this season and second in the nation. Sorrillo also ran a 47.5 split in the 4-by-400 relay.

This week’s other SEC track and field award winners:

Male Field Athlete: Walter Henning — The LSU junior, who placed fourth in the 35-pound weight throw at last year’s NCAAs, shattered personal and school records at the New Mexico Invitational with an NCAA-leading throw of 75 feet, 8 inches. His previous best was 74-5 1/2.

Male Freshman: Jeremy Postin — The Florida weight-thrower placed third at the Texas A&M Challenge, reaching a personal best of 59-6 3/4 in his second collegiate meet. That also ranks fifth on the Gators’ all-time list.

Female Runner: Jackie Areson — The Tennessee senior broke a 19-year-old school record and automatically qualified for the NCAAs by clocking 9:07.27 for 3,000 meters at the Penn State Invitational. Her time leads the SEC, ranks second in the NCAA and clipped 2 1/2 seconds off the Vols record set by Patty Wiegand.

Female Field: Shara Proctor – The Florida senior from Anguilla won the Texas A&M Challenge long jump with a collegiate-leading 21-8, adding four inches to her school record. Her NCAA-automatic mark ties for eighth-best in the world this season.

Stephanie Brown

Stephanie Brown

Female Freshman: Stephanie Brown — Brown clocked a 2:07.62 split on the 800-meter leg to help Arkansas record an NCAA-provisional time of 11:15.70 in the distance medley relay at Texas A&M. That is the second-best mark in the NCAA thus far. Brown also placed second in the mile with a provisional qualifying time of 4:46.40. That ranks 13th in the NCAA this season, No. 2 among freshmen. 

EKU’s Rengifo takes OVC award

Eastern Kentucky senior Chris Rengifo is the Ohio Valley Conference’s Male Track Athlete of the Week.

Competing at the Rod McCravy Memorial meet, Rengifo ran the second-fastest mile (4:16.26) and third-fastest 800 (1:54.01) by an OVC athlete this season.

A native Canadian (Woodbridge, Ontario), Rengifo is a two-time first-team All-OVC cross country performer. He ran on the Colonels’ winning distance medley relay at last year’s OVC Indoor Championships, and also ran on the school-record four-mile relay at the 2008 Penn Relays.

Texas A&M No. 1 in both team rankings

Texas A&M holds the top spot in both the men’s and women’s weekly rankings of NCAA Division I programs, compiled by the U.S. Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association.

The A&M men notched three world-leading marks at its Texas A&M Challenge, climbing from fourth in the rankings. The Aggies already topped the women’s rankings.

The Aggies with world-leading marks: Curtis Mitchell, 20.69 for 200 meters; Tabrarie Henry, 45.81 for 400; and a 3:04.86 4-by-400 relay team of Bryan Miller, Tran Howell, Henry and Demetrius Pinder.

Kentucky’s men dropped two spots to No. 21, while Louisville’s women maintained the No. 14 spot.

The SEC leads the men’s rankings with seven teams among the top 25. The Big 12 and Pac-10 have six teams each.

The SEC also tops the women’s list with six teams. The Big 12 and Atlantic Coast Conference are next with four teams each.

Men’s rankings

    School (points)                     Previous rank
 1. Texas A&M                                          4
 2. Florida State                                       1
 3. Oregon                                               2
 4. LSU                                                     6
 5. Florida                                                 3
 6. Nebraska                                            5
 7. Arkansas                                             7
 8. Arizona State                                      8
 9. Oklahoma                                           9
10. Stanford                                           17
11. Indiana                                            16
12. Baylor                                              10
13. Minnesota                                        12
14. Penn State                                        –
15. Texas Tech                                       11
16. California                                         22
17. Virginia Tech                                    13
18. South Carolina                                15
19. New Mexico                                     –
20. Auburn                                            18
21. KENTUCKY                                   19
22. Georgia                                          14
23. Arizona                                          20
24. Oklahoma State                             24
25. Washington State                          21

Women’s rankings

 1. Texas A&M                                       1
 2. Oregon                                            2
 3. Brigham Young                                 3
 4. LSU                                                  4
 5. Tennessee                                       8
 6. Florida State                                    5
 7. Clemson                                           7
 8. Penn State                                       6
 9. Florida                                              9
10. South Carolina                               11
11. Arkansas                                        10
12. Villanova                                         –
13. Nebraska                                        12
14. LOUISVILLE                                 14
15. Oklahoma                                      15
16. Arizona                                          17
17. Auburn                                           19
18. Washington                                   13
19. Baylor                                            16
20. Virginia Tech                                  18
21. Indiana State                                22
22. Southern Illinois                            20
23. Connecticut                                   21
24. Texas-El Paso                                25
25. North Carolina                                –


Wildcats, Cardinals ranked in track and softball; Yanks souvenir ball, bat auction helps non-profit

January 26, 2010

Kentucky’s men are No. 19 and Louisville’s women are 14th in the first regular-season U.S. Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association rankings of NCAA Division I teams.

The Florida State men and Texas A&M women retained the No. 1 spots awarded in the pre-season. Oregon is No. 2 in both men’s and women’s rankings.

The UK men dropped two spots from the pre-season. The Wildcats are last among seven Southeastern Conference teams ranked among the top 20.

The top 25 men’s teams include seven each from the SEC, Pac-10 and Big 12, plus two each from the ACC and Big Ten.

Louisville’s women climbed four spots from the pre-season. The Cardinals are the first of three Big East teams among the top 25.

The SEC leads the women’s poll with six teams among the top 25. The Big 12 has four teams, followed by the Big East, Pac-10 and ACC with three each.

Both Louisville and Kentucky will be in action this weekend at UK’s Rod McCravy Memorial Meet.

Friday’s schedule is limited to four field events — men’s high jump, women’s pole vault and weight throws for men and women.

Saturday’s card begins at 10:30 a.m. with the women’s high jump and long jump. The first track event, semifinals of the women’s 60-meter hurdles, is set for 12:30 p.m.

MEN                                                                                   WOMEN
Rank (previous rank) School (points)                     Rank (previous) School (points)

 1. (1) Florida State (135.17)                                        1. (1) Texas A&M (189.67)
 2. (3) Oregon (124.74)                                                 2. (2) Oregon (120.25)
 3. (2) Florida (120.22)                                                  3. (5) Brigham Young (117.86)
 4. (8) Texas A&M (118.10)                                           4. (3) LSU (105.16)
 5. (4) Nebraska (107.17)                                             5. (4) Florida State (103.16)
 6. (9) LSU (106.59)                                                       6. (10) Penn State (91.38)
 7. (5) Arkansas (94.10)                                                7. (9) Clemson (85.29)
 8. (7) Arizona State (89.48)                                          8. (12) Tennessee (82.15)
 9. (6) Oklahoma (88.97)                                               9. (6) Florida (79.60)
10. (11) Baylor (67.78)                                                 10. (17) Arkansas (75.59)
11. (14) Texas Tech (65.59)                                       11. (7) South Carolina (74.18)
12. (10) Minnesota (62.80)                                         12. (11) Nebraska (66.28)
13. (13) Virginia Tech (61.23)                                     13. (8) Washington (65.98)
14. (19) Georgia (57.62)                                              14. (18) LOUISVILLE (63.40)
15. (12) South Carolina (57.45)                                 15. (21) Oklahoma (61.68)
16. (38) Indiana (53.65)                                              16. (16) Baylor (61.40)
17. (16) Stanford (48.07)                                             17. (26) Arizona (58.12)
18. (15) Auburn (47.67)                                               18. (13) Virginia Tech (56.30)
19. (17) KENTUCKY (47.42)                                        19. (27) Auburn (53.31)
20. (101) Arizona (41.20)                                             20. (23) Southern Illinois (53.29)
21. (18) Washington State (40.92)                            21. (14) Connecticut (47.74)
22. (20) California (40.72)                                           22. (20) Indiana State (46.28)
23. (22) Kansas State (40.59)                                    23. (22) West Virginia (44.97)
24. (21) Oklahoma State (39.64)                               24. (19) Illinois (44.91)
25. (36) Washington (37.87)                                      25. (25) Texas-El Paso (44.56)

 

Cardinals 21st, Wildcats 26th in softball pre-season poll

Louisville is No. 21 and Kentucky is one spot shy of making the ESPN.com/USA Softball Pre-Season Collegiate Top 25 poll released Tuesday.

Topping the list is defending NCAA champion Washington (51-12 last season), taking 17 of 20 first-place votes.

U of L (48-11) is one of two Big East teams ranked, one spot behind DePaul. The Cardinals open their season Feb. 12 in the Marriott Tournament at Houston. In order, U of L will face Kansas, No. 15 Baylor (twice), Houston and No. 16 Ohio State.

UK (34-23) had the most votes of “others receiving votes” – 26th overall. The Wildcats begin play Feb. 11 in the Kajikawa Classic where they will face, in order, host and No. 7-ranked Arizona State, San Diego State, Cal State Fullerton, Western Michigan and No. 11 California.

Five Southeastern Conference teams are ranked ahead of UK: No. 2 Alabama, No. 5 Florida, No. 8 Georgia, No. 13 LSU and No. 18 Tennessee.

Rank, Team (first-place votes), 2009 record, points

 1. Washington (17)         51-12   479
 2. Alabama (1)                 54-11   457
 3. Michigan                       47-12   430
 4. Arizona (1)                    46-17   424
 5. Florida                           63-5     407
 6. UCLA (1)                       45-11   396
 7. Arizona State                47-19   387
 8. Georgia                         47-12   363
 9. Missouri                        50-12   337
10. Oklahoma                    41-16   306
11. California                     38-20   282
12. Stanford                       48-11    256
13. LSU                           34-18-1    234
14. Georgia Tech               46-15   215
15. Baylor                            40-22   214
16. Ohio State                     47-11   187
17. Northwestern               31-15   167
18. Tennessee               40-18-1   163
19. Florida State                 44-16   128
20. DePaul                          39-14   107
21. LOUISVILLE                  48-11    93
22. North Carolina              47-13    91
23. La.-Lafayette                 45-13    84
24. Fresno State                 28-20    70
25. UMass                           41-10     55
Others receiving votes: KENTUCKY (26), Jacksonville State (17), Auburn (14), North Dakota State (14), Nevada (12), Oregon (11), Oklahoma State (10), Texas (8), Cal Poly (7), Notre Dame (7), Nebraska (6), Texas A&M 5, Ball State (4), Brigham Young (4), San Diego State (4), Long Beach State (3), Purdue (2), New Mexico State (1), Virginia Tech (1), Western Michigan (1).

SCORE one for the ol’ coach

Jeff Bennett

Jeff Bennett

Former UK baseball coach Keith Madison, now national baseball director of SCORE International, is helping raise funds for the non-profit organization through an online sale of baseball memorabilia. The pair of items come courtesy of Jeff Bennett, relief pitcher for the Tampa Bay Rays and an annual supporter of SCORE. The sale on eBay runs through January.

Descriptions follow.

1. 2009 official MLB Rawlings baseball, with 22 autographs from the World Series champion New York Yankees. Signatures include Derek Jeter, Alex Rodriguez, CC Sabathia, Mariano Rivera, Johnny Damon, Mark Teixeira, Jorge Posada, (World Series MVP) Hideki Matsui, Andy Pettitte, AJ Burnett, Robinson Cano, Melky Cabrera, Nick Swisher, Joba Chamberlain and Manager Joe Girardi.  Online, see: http://cgi.ebay.com/ws/eBayISAPI.dll?ViewItem&Item=220543520321&Category=73418&_trkparms=algo%3DLVI%26its%3DI%26otn%3D1

 

 

2. 2009 official Mark Teixeira-autographed baseball bat. The bat was donated from Teixeira’s personal game collection, straight from the Yankees clubhouse, and is signed in permanent silver ink. Online, see: http://cgi.ebay.com/ws/eBayISAPI.dll?ViewItem&item=220546270071


Track and field honor roll: SEC, OVC and nation

January 19, 2010

Florida’s Mariam Kevkhishvili and Auburn’s Sheniqua Ferguson have won weekly Southeastern Conference track and field awards, based on their performances Satuday in the University of Kentucky Invitational.

Mariam Kevkhishvili

Mariam Kevkhishvili

Kevkhishvili, from Tibilisi, Georgia, is Female Field Athlete of the Week for her personal-best 60-foot-7 1/4 shot-put victory at UK. Her mark set school, fieldhouse and national records, and also surpassed the automatic qualifying standard for the NCAA Championships. She is a three-time NCAA champion and two-time Olympian.

Sheniqua Ferguson

Sheniqua Ferguson

Ferguson, a junior from Nassau, Bahamas, is co-Female Runner of the Week. Her 60-meter dash victory, in 7.28 seconds, is an NCAA provisional qualifier, ranks fifth all-time at Auburn and equals the fastest time in the NCAA this season.

Sharing honors with Ferguson is South Carolina junior LaKya Brookins. The defending NCAA champion opened her season by winning the Virginia Tech Invitational 60 in the same time as Ferguson, 7.28.

Female Freshman of the Week is Regina George of Arkansas. The newcomer from Chicago won the 800 (2:09.42) and anchored the winning 4-by-400 relay (3:36.43, NCAA provisional qualifier). George’s time ranks second in the SEC this season, ninth in the NCAA and third by an NCAA freshman. The relay time leads the NCAA.

Weekly honors for SEC men go to Georgia’s John Freeman (Field), plus the Arkansas duo of Scott McPherson (Runner) and Cobi Hamilton (Freshman).

Freeman, a junior from Plano, Texas, set a personal best of 66-10 in the 35-pound weight throw at UK. He was the top collegiate finisher in the events, second overall, and the first Bulldog of the season to post an NCAA provisional qualifier.

McPherson, a senior and also from Plano, Texas, led a 1-2-3 Razorbacks sweep at 3,000 meters in the Arkansas-Texas dual. His time of 8:10.66 leads the SEC and ranks second in the NCAA.

Hamilton, from Texarkana, Texas, made his collegiate debut with a 21.25 victory at 200 meters. That is a personal best and ranks third in the SEC this season, fifth in the NCAA and first among NCAA freshmen. Arkansas placed 1-4-5 in the event. Hamilton’s race came 13 days after playing in the Liberty Bowl. He played in 13 football games for the Razorbacks, catching 19 passes for 347 yards and three touchdowns.

Eastern’s Forbes takes OVC award
Bianca Forbes

Bianca Forbes

Eastern Kentucky freshman Bianca Forbes is Female Track Athlete of the Week in the Ohio Valley Conference.

Forbes, from Toronto, made her collegiate debut at UK. Her time of 56.68 is the fastest 400 meters in the conference and ranks No. 5 all-time at EKU. The indoor school record of 55.61 was set by Sheri Calhoun in 2003.

Forbes won her heat at UK, placing 18th overall in a meet that was laden with Big Ten, Southeastern, Atlantic Coast, Sun Belt and Big East conference teams.

The Bowerman ‘watch lists’ are here

Kevkhishvili is among 10 athletes on The Bowerman women’s watch. Another 10 athletes are on The Bowerman men’s watch.

The Bowerman, presented by the U.S. Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association (USTFCCCA), is the sport’s version of the Heisman Trophy.

The women’s watch list, which will be updated Feb. 9, includes 2009 finalist Porscha Lucas of Texas A&M.

The full list, in alphabetical order: Joanna Atkins (jr., Auburn), sprints; Jessica Beard (jr., Texas A&M), sprints; Angela Bizzari (sr., Illinois), distances; Lacey Cramer (soph., Brigham Young), middle-distance; Semoy Hackett (soph., Lincoln (Mo.)), sprints; Kylie Hutson (sr. Indiana State), pole vault; Mariam Kevkhishvili (sr., Florida), throws; Porscha Lucas (sr., Texas A&M), sprints; Brianne Theisen (jr., Oregon), combined events; Kim Williams (jr., Florida State), jumps.

Others receiving mention: Marie Borner (sr., Bethel (Minn.)), distances; Kristi Castlin (sr., Virginia Tech), hurdles); Brenda Martinez (sr., Cal Riverside), middle-distance; Francena McCorory (jr., Hampton), sprints; Liz Patterson (sr., Arizona), high jump.

Ashton Eaton

Ashton Eaton

The men’s list includes 2009 finalists Ashton Eaton of Oregon and German Fernandez of Oklahoma State.

The men’s watch list: Jeshua Anderson (Jr., Washington State), hurdles; Ronnie Ash (jr., Oklahoma), hurdles; Sam Chelanga (jr., Liberty), distances; Will Claye (soph., Oklahoma), jumps; Jason Colwick (sr., Rice), pole vault; Ashton Eaton (sr., Oregon), combined events; German Fernandez (soph., Oklahoma State (distances); Trindon Holliday (sr., LSU), sprints; Andrew Wheating (sr., Oregon), distances; Ryan Whiting (sr., Arizona State), throws.

Also mentioned: Charles Clark (sr., Florida State), sprints; Ramon Gittens (jr., St. Augustine’s), sprints; Ricky Flynn (sr., Lynchburg), distances; Tabarie Henry (jr., Texas A&M), sprints; Ngonidzashe Makusha (jr., Florida State), jumps.


Fast times, big throws and big jumps at UK

January 17, 2010

What a way to start the University of Kentucky’s indoor track and field season.

Competition was simply outstanding in the Kentucky Invitational, with eight Southeastern Conference schools (UK, Alabama, Auburn, Florida, Georgia, Mississippi State, Tennessee and Vanderbilt), two from the Big Ten (Michigan State, Ohio State), two from the Atlantic Coast Conference (Georgia Tech, Miami) and three in-state visitors (Louisville, Eastern Kentucky, Western Kentucky). Add to that post-collegiate Olympians such as Reese Hoffa, Perdita Felicien, Hazel Clark and Dee Dee Trotter, to name a few.

Hoffa, a world champion indoors and outdoors, as well as a two-time Olympian, blasted the Nutter Fieldhouse record in the shot put with a final-attempt distance of 69-6 3/4.

Nutter records also fell to Florida’s Mariam Kevkhishvili in the women’s shot and Western Kentucky’s Janet Jesang in the women’s 3,000 meters.

Don Weber

Don Weber

“An excellent field for an early season meet,” said Don Weber, UK head coach. “Obviously, very few if anybodyis where they want to be at this time of year, just coming back from Christmas break. To be competitive in a variety of events is certainly an encouraging start. So I feel pretty good about it, and when you look at some individual situations, (there has been) some significant development from one year to the next.”

Most noteworthy, he said, is Kristin Smith, who set a school record of 64-1 3/4 in Friday’s weight throw.

“When she was a freshman, there weren’t too many people in the whole country worse than she was,” Weber said. “As a junior and senior, there aren’t too many people in the country better than she is.” 
Weber pulled her aside after Friday’s meet to get Smith’s take on her improvement. 

“She said, ‘as a freshman, rather than just focusing on me, I worried about how good everybody else was and that really was intimidating to me, and interfered with my development’,” Weber said.

No more, which is a lesson the coach hopes the rest of his team will get after a competition such as the one this weekend. Focus on improving your own performance rather than worry about what someone else.

 

 

Some event-by-event highlights from Saturday, with ladies first:

60-meter hurdles — Felicien (8.13) prevailed in a photo finish over Danielle Carruthers (8.1311) and Vonette Dixon (8.1391).

“I totally didn’t react to the gun,” said Felicien, the 2003 world champion, eight-time Canadian national champion and former University of Illinois standout. “I’m happy to come out with a win. First race of the season.”

Felicien was the Olympic gold-medal favorite going into the 100-meter hurdles finals at the 2004 Athens Olympics. However, she clobbered the first hurdle and fell. She missed the 2008 Beijing Olympics due to a foot injury.

“We don’t need to talk about that. That was six years ago,” Felicien said of her Athens mishap. “There’s always going to be motivation, but it’s been so many years and I’ve done well since then that I’m not using that as a centerpiece or focal point of my season or my career. Just race my race.”

Her light at the end of the tunnel this season is the Indoor World Championships, March 12-14 at Doha, Qatar.

“The plan is to go there, be ready for Doha, be on the podium,” Felicien said.

Danielle Carruthers

Danielle Carruthers

Carruthers, a former Kentucky high school (Paducah Tilghman) and Big Ten (Indiana) champion, is Felicien’s club teammate (Speed Dynamics) and training partner. Carruthers lives in Atlanta now, but spent the last week training at Naples, Fla., due to cold weather.

“We’ve been training really hard,” Carruthers said. “I had some great sessions before I came (up) here. … We did a lot for about a week and a half, every day — hard, hard, hard! Then I drove 10 hours back to Atlanta, had Thursday off, drove five hours here, and race the next day. I’m just trying to get in shape and get ready for Millrose.”

The Millrose Games come Jan. 29 at New York.

60 — Carruthers also competed in Saturday’s 60-meter dash, placing second in the consolation heat and ninth overall (7.53). 

 

 

Sheniqua Ferguson

Sheniqua Ferguson

Auburn junior Shaniqua Ferguson won in an NCAA provisional-qualifying 7.28, ahead of Speed Dynamics’ Ebonie Floyd-Broadnax (7.34).

200Nivea Smith completed an Auburn sweep of the short sprints. The sophomore clocked 23.79, followed by junior teammate Joanna Atkins in 23.84, both NCAA provisional marks. Former Georgia Tech standout Ashlee Kidd was third, followed by Trotter, the Olympic relay gold-medalist out of Tennessee.
400Nike’s Ajoke Odumosu, formerly of South Alabama and an Olympian for Nigeria, won by more than a second over former Western Kentucky standout Valerie Brown, 53.10 to 54.15.

800
— Tennessee sophomore Chanelle Price (2:06.95) and Middle Tennessee senior Zamzam Sangau (2:07.23) both posted NCAA provisional marks. Former Frankfort High School and UK performer Jackie Gordon was third (2:10.87).
Mile — Another NCAA provisional qualifier for Tennessee as senior Phoebe Wright (4:43.50) finished ahead of former Adams State All-American Victoria Martinez (4:47.67) and three-time Olympian Hazel Clark (4:51.95), out of Florida.
Janet Jesang

Janet Jesang

3,000 — WKU’s Jesang, a senior from Uganda, blazed to an NCAA automatic qualifying mark of 9:11.09. New Balance’s Sarah Bowman, who won the NCAA mile title for Tennessee last March, was a distant second in 9:28.63.

4-by-400 relay — Kentucky got its lone win of the day from the foursome of Jenna Martin, Jazmyn Shorter, Brittany Cabbler and Precious Nwokey, 3:39.94 to Florida’s 3:39.96. All are juniors except for Nwokey, a sophomore from Houston. 

Precious Nwokey

Precious Nwokey

Nwokey had the Wildcats’ fastest split, 54-flat, and was recognized by Weber as someone who has made “dramatic improvement” since last season.

“Last year, pretty much a lost ball in the high weeds,” Weber said. Now, “somebody who has developed into a serious, competitive track athlete in a year’s time.”
The third-place Knoxville Elite team had a daunting lineup of Trotter, Clark, Bowman and Martinez, finishing in 3:43.04. 

High jumpChaunte Howard, a 2004 Olympian out of Georgia Tech, topped former Auburn star Raevan Harris, 6-2 to 6-0 3/4. Howard barely missed at 6-4, which would have tied the fieldhouse record. 

 

 

Mariam Kevkhishvili

Mariam Kevkhishvili

Shot put — Florida’s Kevkhishvili, with a put of 60-7 1/4, won by exactly six feet over Tennessee’s Annie Alexander. Kevkhishvili also set a national record for the former Soviet Republic of Georgia. (No, not the Bulldogs.) UK had a good showing as Ashley Muffet and Jennifer Svoboda placed 4-5, just ahead of Louisville’s Jere’ Summers.

Long jump — Miami (Fla.) got its only win from Deandra Doyler (20-4 1/4). Rachel Gehret, who placed fourth in the high jump, and Louisville teammate Amaka Omenyinma placed 2-3 at 19-10 1/4 and 19-8 1/4.

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60 hurdlesEric Mitchum (7.72), an all-American out of Oregon, bested former Tennessee standout Karl Jennings (7.85).

D'Angelo Cherry

D'Angelo Cherry

60 — This was an SEC trifecta. Mississippi State sophomore D’Angelo Cherry zipped to the win (6.65), trailed by Alabama senior Ray Jadusingh (6.69) and Auburn sophmore Harry Adams (6.73). After Miami’s Cory Nelms in fourth, SEC sprinters from six schools took the next nine spots.
200 — More SEC domination of the sprints here. Ex-Seton Hall blazer Obra Hogans, fourth in 21.44, was the only non-SEC runner to crack the top eight. Georgia sophomore Torrin Lawrence ruled in 21.29, followed by Tennessee senior Evander Wells in 21.20. Both are provisional qualifying marks.

400 — Mississippi State freshman Tavaris Tate notched an NCAA provisional mark (46.49). LaRon Bennett, an elite 400-meter hurdler out of Georgia, took second (47.73), followed by UK sophomore Justin Austin (48.06).

800 — Things got crazy here when a photographer strayed onto the track near the finish line with a lap left, triggering a collision that knocked out a pair of runners. Kentucky junior Sharif Webb, a junior college transfer, avoided the pileup and went on to win the first heat in 1:51.07.

 

Sharif Webb

“I saw her (the photographer), but I dipped to my right,” Webb said. “As soon as I did that, everybody else went down, but I avoided it.
“She was in lane one the entire time. … When I saw it coming, I got out of the way.”
Wh
at Webb didn’t see coming was that the supposedly slower second heat would knock him down to third place. Georgia sophomore Aaron Evans wound up winning (1:50.65), with the Indiana Invaders’ Juan Carrillo in second (1:50.95).

Mile — Former Tennessee performer Andrew Dawsom (4:11.52) won out over a pair of Michigan State runners, freshman Isaiah VanDoorne (4:12.12) and Spencer Beatty (4:12.35).

3,000 — One of the more exciting finishes came with Louisville junior Matt Bruce (8:13.50) holding off UK sophomore Luis Orta (8:14.11).

4-by-400 relay — Florida led from the second exchange on and finished in 3:06.40, fourth-best in Gators history. Mississippi State (3:09.80) rallied for second, followed by UK (3:11.64). A dropped baton on the final straightaway cost Alabama a chance to hold off Mississippi State.

Shot put — Hoffa led all the way despite a worthy challenger in Shore Athletic Club’s Rhuben Williams, the runner-upat 65-11. Georgia senior Israel Machovec was third (58-1 1/4), followed by UK junior Colin Boevers (57-6 1/2).

Colin Boevers

Colin Boevers

“It was a good opener. I threw well,” Boevers said. Doug Reynolds, UK throws coach, “told us to execute what we do in practice, and I feel like I did it pretty well. I didn’t quite connect on any throws, so I know there’s more in the tank.”

Boevers was impressed by Hoffa, a two-time Olympian and a world champion indoors and outdoors.

“Reese Hoffa, he’s really a hero in this sport and he’s incredible to watch,” Boevers said. “This is my first time competing with him. I was kind of jittery at first, but I settled in. I did my thing and he ended up with a great throw, and it was an honor to compete with him.”

Reese Hoffa

Reese Hoffa

Hoffa would like to add a World Championships indoor gold to the one he won in 2006. (He won silver medals in 2004 and 2008.)
“World Indoors in Doha, that’s where my eye’s on right now,” said Hoffa, who represents the New York Athletic Club.

Hoffa says he’s better equipped now than he was in 2008, when he won the U.S. Olympic Trials but finished seventh at the Beijing Olympics.

“I think I’m more comfortable being in a limelight position,” Hoffa said. “Beijing, although I had had some success, it was nothing like having everybody have their eye on you. And, if you’re not used to that, there’s no way to prepare for that. You’ve just got to experience it, live through it and learn from it.”

Long jump — How about a 1-2-3-5 finish for Louisville? Wesley Smith, a sophomore, led the pack at 25-4 1/2. Tone Belt, who won Friday’s high jump, was second (25-2 1/2), followed by Rudon Bastian (25-1 1/4), UK’s Keenon Hall (24-7 1/4) and Friday’s runner-up in the triple jump, Andre Black (24-3 1/2).

“It was pretty good. That’s our second meet,” said Jake Jacoby, U of L’s jumps coach. “We’re still working on things and they’re dialing in fairly well. I was very happy with the way we performed tonight.”

Daily competition in practice keeps Jacoby’s group sharp.

“They’re jawing all the time,” he said. “It’s a day-to-day thing. They challenge each other in the weight room and on the track, and it makes for a good, solid corps.”

Pole vault — Florida junior Eric Foran won in a jumpoff, clearing 16-2 3/4 after tying with Georgia sophomore Allen Brandon at 16-0 3/4. Third-place Logan Lynch of Michigan State also cleared 16-0 3/4, but had one more miss.

 

 


The lowdown on 51 potential Legends in the making

June 13, 2009

Taking a closer look at the Houston Astros’ selections in this week’s Major League Baseball Draft.

After all, this is where many of the 2010 Lexington Legends are sure to come from. Background info, courtesy of the Astros media relations staff.

1st Round (#21): SS Jiovanni Mier, Bonita (Calif.) H.S.; 6-2, 175
Year AVG AB  R  H   2B 3B HR RBI BB SO SB OBP
2009   .394   71  37 28   10     1     5    18   22     9   18   .545
Ranked 44th on Baseball America’s draft rankings, noted as having above average speed and a powerful arm that grades out to well-above-average. … Homered in his last at-bat for Bonita High. … Also pitched in high school, and reportedly had his fastball gunned in the 91-93 mph range. … Maintained a 2.80 ERA (4ER/10IP) through the 2008-09 season. … MVP of the Miramonte League in his 2007 junior season (.479 , 3 HR, 30 RBI, 5 SB). … Brother, Jessie Mier, is a catcher for Inland Empire, Class A affiliate of the Los Angeles Dodgers.
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2nd Round (#69): RHP Tanner Bushue, South Central (Ill.) H.S.; 6-4, 190
Year ERA W-L G   IP   H  R ER BB SO
2009   0.62   8-3 13 68.1 31 15    6   22 140
No. 140 in Baseball America’s draft rankings. … As a junior in 2008, Midland Trail Conference Player of the Year (6-0, 2 sv, 47.2 ip, 11 h, 21 w, 126 so).
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3rd
Round (#100): OF Telvin Nash, Griffin (Ga.) H.S.; 6-2, 220
Year AVG AB  H 2B 3B HR RBI BB SO OBP
2009   .527   78 39    7     1   10    40     9    9   .591
Louisville Slugger High School Pre-Season All-Star in 2009.
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3rd (Supplemental-#111): 3B Jonathan Meyer, Simi Valley (Calif.) H.S.; 6-1, 195
Year AVG  H 2B HR RBI BB SO SB
2009   .390 36   10    3     34  13    19    7
177th in Baseball America’s draft rankings. … As a junior in 2008 (.387 , 13 2B, 2 3B, 9 HR, 43 RBI, .802 SP), led Simi Valley to CIF title. … The Ventura County Star and the Daily News Player of the Year in 2008, as well as All-State First-Team, All-CIF Southern Section First-Team and L.A. Times All-County Team that year.
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4th Round (#131): RHP B.J. Hyatt, South CarolinaSumter; 6-4, 205
Year ERA W-L G/GS S   IP   H  R ER BB SO HR WP
2009   7.24   3-0   16/3   3 32.1 33 34  26   19   31     4     1
Former member of the Coastal Plain League’s Florence RedWolves.
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5th Round (#161): SS Brandon WickoffIllinois; 5-9, 170
Year AVG  AB  R   H 2B 3B HR RBI BB SO SB-ATT
2009   .373  228 56  85   17    5    4      41  25     7    10-13
Rivals.com Preseason All-Big Ten as junior this season. … All-Ping! Baseball second team. … Finished on a career-best 18-game hitting streak, including nine multiple-hit games, and reached base in every game except one this season. … Had 23 multi-hit games, second-best on team, and 10 multi-RBI games. … In 2008, All-Big Ten SS. … Started all 56 games and hit in No. 3 spot in 50 games. … Hit .369 with team-high 61 RBI, tied for team lead in doubles (12) and tied for Big Ten lead in sacrifice flies (9). … His 37 RBI in Big Ten games ranked second in the league and were third-most in Illini history. … Had 24 mult-hit games and 15 multi-RBI efforts. … Played 56 games in 2007, starting 54, all at third base. … Batted mostly in the No. 2 spot. … Led his high school team to the Illinois State Tournament in 2005 and 2006, placing fourth in his junior season. … 2006 All-State pick by Prep Baseball Report and the Chicago Tribune. (Peoria) Journal Star Player of the Year in 2005.
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6th Round (#191): SS Enrique Hernandez, American Military Academy (Puerto Rico); 5-11, 170
2009 Puerto Rico High School Baseball All-Star.
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7th Round (#221): LHP Dallas Keuchel, Arkansas; 6-2, 180
Year ERA W-L  G    IP    H  R ER BB SO
2009   4.04   7-3  16 98.0 106 54  44   28  62
186th in Baseball America’s draft rankings. … Led Razorbacks in wins and innings pitched. … 4-3, 4.58 ERA, 61 strikeouts, 74.2 inning pitched and 11 starts in 2008. … Threw five or more innings in six of 11 starts and had 2-to-1 strikeout-to-walk ratio. … In SEC play, 2-1, 4.72, 30 strikeouts over 47.2 innings. … Pitched two seasons for Wareham Gatemen of Cape Cod League; a West Division all-star.
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8th Round (#251): RHP Brandt Walker, Stanford; 6-3, 185
Year ERA W-L G    IP   R ER BB SO
2009   7.11   0-1 12 19.0  16   15  13  12
2008   4.50   0-0   6   6.0    5    3     7    4
Opened the year as a starter. … Sophomore season (2008), reached College World Series with the Cardinal. … Pitched in 15 games (two starts) over his first two seasons, going 0-1 with a 6.38 ERA (13er, 18.1 ip. …Graduated in 2006 from St. Stephens Episcopal School in Austin, Texas. … A 2006 first-team Preseason Louisville Slugger All-American. … Ranked No. 7 among 2006 Texas High School players. … Selected by the Texas Rangers in the 21st round of the 2006 MLB First-Year Player Draft.
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9th Round (#281): SS Ben Orloff, Cal-Irvine; 5-11, 170
Year AVG GP AB  R  H 2B RBI BB SO SB-ATT
2009   .358  60  254 62  91 11     28   21   16    18-23
2008   .344  60  227 50  78 17     23   30   19    19-28
Named a Louisville Slugger Third Team All-American this year; Top 10 Returning Senior by Rivals.com; Brooks Wallace Award Preseason Watch List. … In 2008, All-Big West Conference first-team honoree; Lincoln NCAA Regional All-Tournament team. … Ranked 12th in the country in sacrifice bunts (16). … Tied for third on UCI career list with 44 stolen bases; seventh in games played (181); tied for 13th in runs (116); tied for 19th in hits (190). … Started 155 consecutive games. … Struck out 35 times in 481 at bats over his last two seasons.
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10th Round (#311): 3B Erik Castro, San Diego State; 6-4, 200
Year AVG GP  AB  R  H 2B HR RBI BB SO SB-ATT
2009   .388   58  206 48 80  19   11     56   42   37     3-4
All-Mountain West Conference second team as utility/DH. … Homered in four consecutive games against three different opponents May 10-15 (vs. Air Force, San Francisco, Utah). … Two of his team-leading 11 home runs came at PETCO Park (home of the San Diego Padres) against UC Davis on April 3; the first player in the 10 col­legiate games played in the Major League stadium to hit two homers in a game. … .496 on-base percentage led the Aztecs. Also led in batting, homers and RBI. … Errorless in 19 games at catcher and four appearances at first base. .… Batted .446 (33-for- 74) with runners in scoring position … Hit .400 in league play with eight doubles, seven homers, 24 runs and 29 RBI.
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11th Round (#341): C David “Bubby” Williams, Crowder (Mo.) College; 6-0, 190 
NJCAA Division I Baseball All-Region 16 Team in 2008. … As a freshman last year, 1st Team All Region and  Region 16 Player of the Year.
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12th Round (#371): RHP Geoffrey Thomas, Stephenson (Ga.) H.S.; 6-0, 187
Year  ERA W-L     IP BB SO
2009    0.51   3-2  27.2    23   48
Team MVP in 2006 and 2008, all-county in 2007 and 2008. … Rawlings/Perfect Game USA Preseason All-Region Team this season. … Participated in the Major League Baseball Inaugural Break­through Series and was a MLB Urban Academy All-Star selection in 2008.
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13th Round (#401): OF Jake Goebbert, Northwestern University; 6-0, 205
Year AVG GP AB  R  H 2B HR RBI BB SO SB-ATT
2009   .280  30  107 24 30  10     4     23   18   15     2-3
2008   .353  49  173 41 61  22   10     48   28   27     3-3
As a sophomore in 2008, second-team All-Big Ten. … The Wildcats’ Big Ten Sportsmanship Award recipient. … Broke a 31-year-old school season record by posting a Big Ten-leading 22 doubles; also led team in HR, RBI, BB and with .665 slugging percentage, . 458 on-base percentage. … Hit safely in 17 straight games. … Pitched twice, at Illinois and in a home win over Elmhurst, and did not allow a run. … ESPN the Magazine Academic All-District V team . … Academic All-Big Ten.
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14th Round (#431): LHP David Berner, San Jose State; 6-2, 205
Year ERA W-L G/GS CG SV    IP  H  R ER BB SO
2009   3.20   7-2   13/13    3     0  95.2 84 43  34   15   84
In 2008, made 14 appearances, 13 starts. … Tossed 83.0 innings, second-most on the team and seventh-most in the WAC. … Led the Spartans with 67 strikeouts, fifth-most in the conference. … Went at least 4.2 innings in every start.
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15th Round (#461): CF Ryan Humphrey, St. Louis Community College–Meramec; 6-0, 195
Year AVG GP-GS  AB  H 2B 3B HR RBI
2009   .278    44-44  133  37    6    0    0      21
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16th Round (#491): 1B Ronald Sanchez, Manuela Toro (Puerto Rico) H.S.; 5-10, 170
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17th Round (#521): RHP Justin Harper, Oklahoma City University; 6-3, 210
Year ERA W-L G/GS CG SV   IP   H    R ER BB SO
2009   4.94   9-3  15-14     4     0 71.0  63  44  39   38   86
Went 2-1 with 6.00 ERA as sophomore, fanning 42 over 36 innings. … Ranked as top junior-college prospect in Arizona by Baseball America. … 0-2, 3.24 ERA, 14 strikeouts, 25 innings as freshman. … All-state for Greenway High School in Phoenix, Ariz. 
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18th Round (#551): RHP James (J.B.) MacDonald, Boston College; 6-2, 190
Year ERA W-L G/GS CG SV  IP   H  R ER BB SO
2009   4.86   5-7   15-15    1    0 96.1 96 58  52   32  71
Started 11 games and made one relief appearance as a junior in 2008, going 4-7. … As a sophomore, pitched in 13 games, totaling 28.1 innings; 1-0, one save, 23 strikeouts. … Went six straight appearances — 9.2 innings — without surrendering an earned run. … Played four years at Danvers High School, earning Northeastern Conference MVP and all-region honors in 2005.
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19th Round (#581): CF Brian Kemp, St. Johns; 5-9, 180
Year AVG  GP-GS  AB  H  R 2B 3B HR RBI BB SO SB-ATT
2009    .379    52-52  219 83 68   13    3     3     35   25   25   16-21
2008 pre-season All-Big East selection as a sophomore. … Played 36 games, all starts, batting a team-high .360 with 20 RBI, three doubles, five triples and one home run. … Stole a team-best 16 bases in 21 attempts and had 15 multi-hit games. … Had a 15-game hitting streak. … As a freshman, started 56 games and batted .348, with team-bests of 53 runs and 25 stolen bases. … Louisville Slugger freshman All-American; All-Big East third team.
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20th Round (#611): RF Julio (J.D.) Martinez, Nova Southeastern (Fla.); 6-3, 194
Year AVG GP-GS AB  H  R 2B 3B HR RBI BB SO SB-ATT E FLD%
2009   .428     55-55 187 80 73  15    2  15      57  41   26      8-9       6  .921
2008   .370     51-50 192 71 54  18    1  12      56  27   18      6-7       1  .989
Set single-season program record in runs scored (73) while placing second in batting average this season; top 10 season in slugging percentage (.770), hits, home runs, RBI, total bases (144) and walks. … Set NSU career home run record April 17 vs. Barry University, hitting his 31st. … Sophomore season of 2008, led team in RBI, second in at-bats, runs, hits, doubles, homers and total bases (124). …  First-Team All-Sunshine State Conference, Daktronics All-South Region Second-Team, NCBWA All-South Region First-Team, ABCA/Rawlings All-America Baseball third team. .. Finished with 21 multiple hit and 10 multiple RBI games. … As freshman in 2007, hit .379 with 5 HR, 29 RBI. … Back-to-back state title teams at Flanagan High School. … Team Gold Glove winner senior year. … 2006 MLB Draft 36th Round Pick of the Minnesota Twins.
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21st Round (#641): 2B Barry Butera, Boston College; 6-0, 180

Year AVG GP-GS AB  H  R 2B 3B HR RBI BB SO SB-ATT

2009   .326    57-57  215 70 37    9    4     4     34  19    49    6-14

In 2008, played 52 games, 51 starts, leading team in walks (31), triples (3) and stolen bases (11); second on team in runs (42) and homers (6).  … 14 multi-hit games. … 17 games in 2007, six starts, getting five hits and two RBI. … Three-year varsity infielder and pitcher at Jesuit High School, a two-time district title team in New Orleans; two-time All-District team and American Legion All-District team, two-time Academic All-District. … Member of 2005 5A State Champion team.
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22nd Round (#671): RHP Mark Jones, Manheim Township (Pa.) H.S.; 6-7, 205
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23rd Round (#701): RHP Robby Donovan, Stetson; 6-5, 220
Year ERA W-L G/GS CG SV   IP  H  R ER BB SO

2009   5.19  5-3   13-13   0     0  76.1 87 54  44   34   68

Led the team in strikeouts (59, 22 looking) games started (12) in 2008; also second in innings pitches (65 1/3) and third in wins (3). … As a freshman in 2007, tied for fourth on the team in appearances (17, including seven starts), fifth in innings pitched (55). … Finished with a 3.93 earned run average and 33 strikeouts, holding opponents to a .250 batting average. … 8-3 with 100 strikeouts in 79 innings for Royal Palm Beach High School, reaching district playoffs. … First Team All-County, 2005 Puma All-American, going 5-0 as a junior. … Drafted in the 35th round by the Minnesota Twins.
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24th Round (#731): LHP Michael Modica, George Mason; 6-0, 175
Year ERA W-L G/GS CG SV   IP  H R ER BB SO

2009   4.34 11-2  14-14    1    0  87.0 42 81 51   35   75

2009 second-team All-American status, the highest honor ever afforded a Mason pitcher. … First-team All-CAA and South Jersey Baseball Coaches Association University Pitcher of the Year. … Second all-time at Mason in strikeouts (221) and third in wins (22) and innings pitched (268 2/3). … His  11 wins are second-most in school history in a single season. … Appeared in 14 games in 2008, with 13 starts and one complete game (4-5, 7.09 ERA, 72 1/3 ip, 78 SO). … His 78 strikeouts tied Major-Leaguer Shawn Camp for fifth-most in a single-season in school history. … As a high school senior, All-Conference, All-South Jersey and All-State, going  9-3 with 107 strikeouts. … Finished career with more than 200 strikeouts and a 1.23 ERA.
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25th Round (#761): 1B Nicholas Stanley, Florida Southern College; 6-2, 195
Year AVG GP-GS AB  H  R 2B 3B HR RBI BB SO SB-ATT E FLD%

2009   .344    57-57  227 78 57  23   3    11    59   20   27     2-2        7    .985

Played 2008 at North Carolina State, starting 30 of his 51 games (23 at catcher, seven DH). … Hit  .305 with 2 HR, 22 RBI, nine  multi-hit games and six multi-RBI games. … Started in 16 of his 28 Atlantic Coast Conference games, hitting .348 with two homers and 14 RBI.  … Played  in two of three Super Regional games vs. Georgia, going 1-for-2. … Played two seasons at South Florida Community College. … Hit .491 with 7 HR, 36 RBI in 2007. … First-team all-state and first-team all-conference selection. … Hit .339 with 1 HR, 15 RBI in 2006. … Second-team all-conference selection.
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26th Round (#791): 1B Matthew Watson, Pompano Beach (Fla.) H.S.; 6-0, 200
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27th Round (#821): 3B Aaron Bray, North Carolina-Charlotte; 6-0, 180
Year AVG GP-GS AB H  R 2B 3B HR RBI BB SO SB-ATT E FLD%

2009   .339    50-50 189 64 43 10    1    1     36    29   22   11-15    12    .928

UNC-Charlotte’s all-time career hits leader with 293, eclipsing Bo Robinson’s 289. … One of two players in program history with more than 200 hits and 200 runs scored; Kevin Ayers is the other. … Second with 212 career runs (Ayers leads with 216). … Bray also is tied for seventh with 10 career triples and is 10th in career stolen bases with 59 … .347 career batting average is tied for ninth on the all-time list. … Played first, second and third this season. … All-Raleigh, N.C. Regional in 2008, as well as second Team All-Atlantic 10. … First-Team All-Atlantic 10 in 2007, and on Pre-Season Wallace Watch List. … As freshman in 2006, became second Niner ever named to Louisville Slugger Collegiate Baseball Freshman All-America Team. … Atlantic 10 Rookie of the Year, the second Niner in team history named Freshman of the Year. … Second team All-Atlantic 10 and All-Rookie Team.
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28th Round (#851): RHP Eric Anderson, Mountain Vista (Colo.) H.S.; 6-4, 187

Year ERA W-L G/GS CG SV IP   H   R ER BB SO

2009   1.67   9-0   12-8    0     2  58.2 32 18  14  18   80

2008 Colorado Class 5A All-State honorable mention infielder.
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29th Round (#881): CF Garen Wright, Putnam City (Okla.) H.S.; 6-3, 230
Year AVG GP AB  H  R 2B 3B HR RBI BB SO

2009   .385  25    78 30 22   8   0     3     15     9    24

2008 participant in the Rawlings Perfect Game USA South Top Prospect Showcase.
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30th Round (#911): RHP Brandon Petite, Vauxhall (Alberta, Canada) H.S.; 6-3, 210
2009 participant in Baseball Canada Cup as a member of Team Nova Scotia. … Named to Team Canada’s roster for 2008 World Junior ‘AAA’ Baseball Championship.
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31st Round (#941): LHP Travis Smink, Virginia Military Institute; 6-2, 200
Year ERA W-L G/GS CG SV IP    H    R  ER BB SO

2009   4.33   8-4   18/13   1    0  87.1 100 580 42  32   72

Had strong 2008 season as a redshirt sophomore: 7-for-7 in save opportunities, notching 11 strikeouts and one walk in 12 in­nings in save situations. … Overall, 2-1 with seven saves and a 3.48 ERA. … Led team with 19 appearances, including two starts. … In conference play, 2-1 with four saves in nine appearances, posting a 2.67 ERA and 17 K’s in 27 innings, with opponents hitting .224 against him. … Three-time TVL (high school) All-Star. … As a senior, 0.79 ERA and 102 strikeouts in 71 innings.
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32nd Round (#971): RHP Gregory Peavey, Oregon State; 6-1, 185
Year ERA W-L G/GS CG SV IP   H  R ER BB SO

2009   5.74   4-3  13-12    0    0 62.2 70 44  40   27   42

Made 15 appearances, including five starts, and went 2-3 with a 4.96 ERA in 2008. … Worked 49 innings, striking out 35. … Opponents hit .266 against him. … Eight appearances and one start in Pac-10 games (1-1, 4.56 ERA). …Picked by the New York Yankees in the 24th round of the 2007 MLB Draft, out of high school. … No. 17 among nation’s top 300 players in high school class of 2007 by Baseball America. … Ranked No. 1 among Washington’s top 75 players in high school class of 2007 by Baseball Northwest. … No. 34 among 2007 Major League Baseball Draft Top 50 Prospects (high school and college) by Baseball America.
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33rd Round (#1001): RHP Brenden Stines, Ball State; 6-2, 190
Year ERA W-L G/GS CG SV IP   H   R ER BB SO

2009   5.77   4-4   17-13   0   0   64.0 89 69  41   32   43

In 2008, appeared in 16 games, including 12 starts, going 3-3 with a 7.95 ERA over 54.1 innings; 42 strikeouts. … In 2007, started 13 games and appeared in 15, serving as the Cardinals’ No. 1 starter. … Led team with 68 strikeouts and topped the starters with a 4.20 ERA over 75.0 innings. … All-State as a high school senior in 2005 and All-State honorable mention in 2004. … 18-4 with a 2.80 ERA over his high school career. … 10-2 with six shutouts and a 2.98 ERA as a senior, striking out 101 over 79 innings. … First team All-Northern Indiana Conference in 2004 and 2005.
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34th Round (#1031): RHP Scott Migl, Texas A&M; 6-3, 190
Year ERA W-L G/GS CG SV IP  H  R ER BB SO

2009   7.50   0-1   2/2    0      0   6.0  11 8   5    1     2

Made 15 appearances in 1008, starting 12 games, going 3-3 with a 4.26 ERA and 45 strikeouts  in 61 1/3 innings. … Aggies were 9-3 in games he started. … Named a 2007 Freshman All-American by Collegiate Baseball newspaper. … Appeared in 20 games, starting 11 (7-3, 3.77 ERA). … Four-year letter winner for Coach Tom McGee at St. Pius High School in Houston. … Second-team all-state as a sophomore and first-team as a junior and senior. … Struck out 100 over 87 innings as a senior.
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35th Round (#1061): CF Jackson “Grant” Hogue, Mississippi State; 6-0, 190
Year AVG GP AB  H  R 2B 3B HR RBI BB SO SB-ATT

2009   .315   48 181 57 43  7    1     2     22    16    26    29-34

Switch-hitter posted the team’s third-high batting average this season and the most stolen bases by a Bulldog since 1985… In 2008, as a junior, played in 55 of MSU’s 56 games, 49 as a starter. (34 cf, 15 rf). … Hit .321, leading the Bulldogs with 63 hits, 47 runs and 25 stolen bases in 29 attempts — the most MSU stolen bases since Dan Van Cleve’s 38 in 1985 and tied for fourth-most in school history.
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36th Round (#1091): SS Tyler Saladino, Palomar College (Calif.); 6-0, 185
Year AVG GP AB  H  R 2B 3B HR RBI BB SO SB-ATT

2009   .441  45   161 71 58 14   2    2     33    24    25    12-14

First-team Community College All-American as well as first-team all-state, Pacific Coast Conference Player of the Year, PCC Defensive Player of the Year, and Palomar’s MVP and Gold Glove Award winner. … Batted 453 dur­ing the regular season, .364 in the post-season and .441 on the year, fourth on the all-time Palomar single-season list. … In 2008, first-team All-Pacific Coast Conference, hitting .348 over 45 games (41 starts) as true freshman. …  16 doubles, two triples, four home runs and team-leading 33 RBI and .585 slugging percentage. Also tied for team lead in stolen bases (7-for-11). … Third on the team with 37 runs scored and was No. 2 in successful sacrifice bunts with 37. … Hit .350 in PCC games with 11 doubles, a triple, three home runs and 22 RBI.
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37th Round (#1121): RHP Raul Rivera, Colegio San Vicente de Paul (Puerto Rico); 6-3, 170
Younger brother of  Washington Nationals catcher Saul Rivera.
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38th Round (#1151): OF Sean Barksdale, Temple; 6-0, 210
Year AVG GP AB H  R 2B 3B HR RBI BB SO SB-ATT

2009  .371   48  210 78 53 11   0   15    56    15   27    12-15
Started 55 games in 2008, all in right field. … Batted .307 (66-for-215) with 12 doubles, five home runs and 47 RBI. … His 27 steals led the Big 5, were fifth in the Atlantic 10, and sixth in a single season at TU; most steals by an Owl since Mike Palys swiped 40 in 1988. … 47 RBI were third in the Big 5 and tied for seventh in the A-10. … Hit .377 (43-for-114) over final 30 games, driving in 30 runs…. First Team All-Atlantic 10, Philadelphia Big 5 Co-Player of the Year and First Team All-Big 5 in 2007. … Batted .359 (78-for-217) with 13 doubles, seven home runs and 59 RBI; led team with 14 steals. … Philadelphia Catholic League MVP and Delaware County Times Player of the Year as a high school senior. … Hit .536 with nine homers and 44 RBI. … Philadelphia Daily News First Team All-City pick and Philadelphia Inquirer All-Southeastern Pennsylvania selection.
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39th Round (#1181): RHP Rory Young, R.E. Mountain Secondary H.S.(Canada); 6-1, 210
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40th Round (#1211): RHP Daniel Sarisky, Oglethorpe University (Ga.); 6-1, 184
Year ERA W-L G/GS CG SV IP  H  R ER BB SO

2009   2.45   5-1   15/3    0    3  40.1 32 15 11   14   65
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41st Round (#1241): C Carlos Escobar, Jr., Chatsworth H.S. (Calif.); 6-2, 185
Hit .316 with four home runs and 23 RBI in 2008. … Batted .688 when leading off an inning. … Threw out 10 of 18 would-be base stealers. … First-team All-City and All-WVL. … In 2007, hit .289 with four home runs and 15 RBI. … Threw out nine of 13 would-be base stealers. … Second-team All-City and first-team All-WVL. … Did not commit an error in 32 total chances as a freshman (2006).
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42nd Round (#1271): CF Ivory Thomas, Downey H.S. (Calif.); 5-9, 175
Year AVG GP AB  H  R 2B 3B HR RBI BB SO

2009   .360   28 105 27 35   4    3    1     18    20    12

Named a Southern California  prospect by Baseball America prior to this season.
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43rd Round (#1301): RHP Anthony Tzamtzis, La Salle (Fla.) H.S.; 6-0, 185
Named All-Area South Florida.
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44th Round (#1331): RHP Michael Schurz, Iowa; 6-2, 205
Year ERA W-L CG SV IP   H  ER SO

2007   3.72   6-1   0     9  29.0 32  12   35

Served as Iowa’s closer and had nine saves and team-leading six wins. …  Made 24 appearances and factored into 18 decisions. … Led Hawkeyes with a 2.7/1 strikeout-to-walk ratio.
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45th Round (#1361): 2B Adrian Morales, Miami Dade CC; 5-11, 185
Named to Southern Conference Second Team as an infielder.
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46th Round (#1391): SS Justin Gonzalez, Christopher Columbus (Fla.) H.S.; 6-2, 175
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47th Round (#1421): RHP Matthew Branham, South Carolina-Upstate; 6-5, 220
Year ERA W-L G/GS CG SV IP  H  R  ER BB SO

2009   4.39   2-5   15/13   0   3  82.0 87 49 40   27   82

Pitched with the Brockport Riverbats of the New York Collegiate Baseball League, helping the team to the 2008 champion­ship. …  Served as closer, with eight saves in 15 games; 3-1 with a 2.95 ERA in 21 1/3 innings. … Started 12 games as a weekend starter, finishing 6-5 with a 4.04 ERA over 84.2 innings. … Struck out 57 and walked 18, with two complete games. … 6wins is 11th in school history and his 84.2 innings pitched is seventh. … Finished season with 3.84 career ERA, third in school history.
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48th Round (#1451): LHP Steven Rodriguez, Gulliver Prep (Fla.) H.S.; 6-3, 215
A 2008 Under Armour All-American. … Also named an All-American Prospect.
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49th Round (#1481): 1B Matthew Smith, Mississippi; 6-3, 230
Year AVG GP AB   H  R 2B 3B HR RBI BB SO SB-ATT FLD%

2009   .336   64  232 78 52 15    2    8    59    30    57     4-6        .988

Appeared in 61 games, drawing 60 starts in 2008. … Hit .283, with 40 RBI, 39 runs, 11 doubles, a triple and 14 home runs. … His 14 home runs set the Ole Miss freshman record as he posted a .527 slug­ging percentage. … Also drew 22 walks and posted 17 multiple-hit games, 11 multiple-RBI games.
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50th Round (#1511): LHP Spencer Hylander, Oklahoma Baptist; 6-1, 195
Year ERA W-L G/GS CG SV IP   H   R ER BB SO

2009   5.02   5-1   16/10   4   0   61.0 61 34 26   26   56
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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’s Scott ranks No. 1 in discus; Cats No. 25

May 13, 2009

Rashaud Scott

Rashaud Scott

Kentucky’s Rashaud Scott remains the No. 1 discus performer, but the Wildcats team dropped from 21st to No. 25 in the released U.S. Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association men’s poll that was released Wednesday.

Cross-state rival Louisville, led by second-ranked steeplechaser Corey Thorne, also fell, from No. 25 to 27.

Oregon reclaimed the No. 1 team ranking, dropping Florida to No. 2.

Florida and Kentucky are among seven Southeastern Conference teams ranked in the top 25. The SEC Championships open Thursday and last through Sunday at Florida.

Texas A&M is No. 1 in the women’s poll. Kentucky is 37th, Louisville 42nd. LSU is the top-rated SEC team, No. 4.

                            MEN                                                     
    Team                     Conference                 Points                    

 1. Oregon                 (Pac-10)              278.52 
 2. Florida                 (SEC)                    265.86
 3. Florida State        (ACC)                   265.23
 4. Texas A&M          (Big 12)                 236.25
 5. Nebraska              (Big 12)               205.59
 6. Arizona State         (Pac-10)             187.09
 7. South Carolina       (SEC)                  172.25
 8. Arkansas               (SEC)                   169.58
 9. Texas                    (Big 12)               162.35
10. Stanford               (Pac-10)              162.10
11. Baylor                   (Big 12)               159.03
12. LSU                       (SEC)                  158.29
13. Auburn                 (SEC)                  149.12
14. Washington          (Pac-10)             137.66
15. Texas Tech          (Big 12)               120.31
16. Souther Cal         (Pac-10)              119.30
17. California            (Pac-10)               114.77
18. Minnesota           (Big Ten)              111.72
19. Brigham Young   (Mountain West)    94.94
20. Georgia               (SEC)                     93.64
21. Washington State (Pac-10)              91.25
22. Virginia Tech       (ACC)                     91.17
23. Liberty                 (Big South)           91.11
24. Missouri              (Big 12)                 90.43
25. KENTUCKY           (SEC)                   90.27

Other Kentucky and SEC teams — 27. Louisville (Big East), 79.85; 34. Tennessee, 68.73; 37. Western Kentucky (Sun Belt) 62.39; 43. Alabama, 54.34; 46. Mississippi State, 50.94; 71, Mississippi, 25.68; 146. Eastern Kentucky (Ohio Valley) 1.88.

                               WOMEN

 1. Texas A&M          (Big 12)              302.56
 2. Oregon                (Pac-10)            256.51
 3. Florida State        (ACC)                242.82
 4. LSU                      (SEC)                220.09
 5. Southern Cal       (Pac-10)            212.44
 6. Texas                  (Big 12)             192.53
 7. Arizona State      (Pac-10)            170.80
 8. Baylor                 (Big 12)               169.52
 9. Virginia Tech     (ACC)                     154.60
10. Brigham Young (Mountain West)   153.40
11. Michigan          (Big Ten)                150.96
12. Tennessee        (SEC)                    148.34
13. UCLA                (Pac-10)                146.00
14. Auburn             (SEC)                     126.52
15. Stanford           (Pac-10)                119.98
16. Miami, Fla.       (ACC)                     112.82
17. Washington     (Pac-10)                111.96
18. Nebraska         (Big 12)                 111.93
19. Oklahoma       (Big 12)                  111.81
20. Penn State       (Big Ten)               110.29
21. Minnesota       (Big Ten)                  95.52
22. Arkansas         (SEC)                       92.82
23. Texas Tech     (Big 12)                     89.26
24. SMU                (Conference USA)     88.60
25. Indiana           (Big Ten)                  86.12
Other Kentucky and SEC teams — 29. Florida, 71.01; 37. Kentucky, 59.25; 39. Mississippi, 55.93; 42. Louisville (Big East), 52.88; 53. South Carolina, 42.53; 60. Alabama, 37.76; 72. Georgia, 25.96; 73. Western Kentucky (Sun Belt), 24.58; 83. Mississippi State, 17.06.

Event-by-event leaders (plus Kentuckians in top 20)

                       MEN

Gavin Smellie

Gavin Smellie

100 — Jacoby Ford (Clemson) 10.11; 13. Gavin Smellie (WKU) 10.29.
200 — Trey Harts (Baylor) 20.29; 6. Gavin Smellie (WKU) 20.58.
400 — Gil Roberts (Texas Tech) 45.27.
800 — Tevan Everett (Texas) 1:47.39.
1,500 — Matt Centrowitz (Oregon) 3:36.92.
5,000 — Brandon Bethke (Arizona State) 13:27.74.
10,000 — Sam Chelanga (Liberty) 27:28.48.
110 hurdles — Oma Osaghae (Texas Tech) 13.42.
400 hurdles — Jeshua Anderson (Washington State) 49.44.

Corey Thorne

Corey Thorne

3,000 steeplechase — Jake Morse (Texas) 8:34.57; 2. Corey Thorne (U of L) 8:39.19; 12. Matt Hughes (U of L) 8:47.36.
4-x-100 relay — Florida State 38.75; 17. WKU 39.93.
4-x-400 relay — Florida State 3:01.54; 8. UK 3:05.77.
High jump — (Tie) Trent Arrivey (Washington State) and Matt Fisher (Minnesota) 7-4 1/2; 13. Tone Belt (U of L) 7-1.
Pole vault — Jason Colwick (Rice) 18-9 1/4.
Long jump — Brian Chibudu (Florida State) 26-5; 4. Mandhla Mgijima (WKU) 25-11; 6. Rudon Bastian (U of L) 25-8.
Triple jump — Will Claye (Oklahoma) 55-3/4.
Shot put — Ryan Whiting (Arizona State) 66-11 1/2; 15. Steve Hnat (U of L) 60-6 1/2; 16. Rashaud Scott (UK) 60-3 3/4; 20. Chase Madison (UK) 59-11 1/4.
DiscusRashaud Scott (UK) 212-9; 6. Chase Madison (UK) 196-7.
Hammer throw — Chris Rohr (Missouri) 235-11.
Javelin — Cyrus Hostetler (Oregon) 272-10.
Decathlon — Ashton Eaton (Oregon) 8,091.

                        WOMEN
100 — Alexandria Anderson (Texas) 11.09.
200 — Tiffany Townsend (Baylor) 22.63; 20. Miaie Williams (WKU) 23.43.
400 — Jessica Beard (Texas A&M) 51.52.
800 — Molly Beckwith (Indiana) 2:02.51.
1,500 — Jenny Barringer (Colorado) 4:08.38.

Janet Jesang

Janet Jesang

5,000 — Jenny Barringer (Colorado) 15:07.64; 10. Janet Jesang (WKU) 15:52.22.
10,000 — Lisa Koll (Iowa State) 32:43.85; 20. Janet Jesang (WKU) 34:08.18.
100 hurdles — Tiffany Ofili (Michigan) 12.82.
400 hurdles — Eric Cray (Bethune-Cookman) 51.80.
3,000 steeplechase — Nicole Bush (Michigan State) 9:39.38.
4-x-100 relay — Texas A&M 42.91.
4-x-400 relay — LSU 3:31.81; 20. WKU 3:37.43.
High jump — Destinee Hooker (Texas) 6-3 1/2; 11. Rachel Gehret (U of L) 5-11 1/4.
Pole vault — Natalie Willer (Nebraska) 14-4 1/2.
Long jump — Blessing Okagbare (UTEP) 22-6 1/4.
Triple jump — Kim Williams (Florida State) 44-9 3/4; 10. Seidre Forde (U of L) 42-11 3/4.

Ashley Muffet

Ashley Muffet

Ashley Trimble

Ashley Trimble

Shot put — Mariam Kevkhishvili (Florida) 59-2 1/4; 12. Ashley Muffet (UK) 53-4 1/2; 20. Khadija Abdullah (U of L) 52-2.
Discus — Annie Alexander (Tennessee) 188-9; 3. Ashley Muffet (UK) 187-8; 13. Jere’ Summers (U of L) 173-8; 17. Emilee Strot (UK) 171-2.
Hammer throw — Eva Orban (Southern Cal) 226-10; 11. Jere’ Summers (U of L) 199-10; 13. Kristin Smith (UK) 199-2.
Javelin — Kara Patterson (Purdue) 191-7.
Heptathlon — Brianne Theisen (Oregon) 5,986; 20. Ashley Trimble (UK) 5,438.