Florida track men, Oregon women are No. 1

March 22, 2012

From the U.S. Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Assocation (USTFCCCA): The men of Florida and the women of Oregon will begin the 2012 outdoor track & field season as the top teams in the country according to the National Team Computer Rankings posted Thursday by the USTFCCCA. Both squads are coming off the indoor season where they claimed respective NCAA Championships for the third straight year.

Florida is the pre-season men’s outdoor favorite for the third straight year.  Oregon is the outdoor favorite for the first time in the five years in which pre-season computer rankings have been used. The women’s pre-season No. 1 has went on to win the last four national titles.

Texas A&M is the three-time defending championship team on both the men’s and women’s sides. The Aggies open at No. 6 and No. 7 in the men’s and women’s rankings, respectively.

Pre-season national team rankings are calculated using data from previous seasons as a base of evaluation. Marks gained in the early part of this season will supersede previous-year marks if they are superior.

Florida’s men finished third at the 2011 outdoor championships with 53 points,  two behind Texas A&M (55) and one behind runner-up and Florida State (54). The Gators lost jumping extraordinaire Christian Taylor and Will Claye to the professional ranks, but return several national scorers including quarter-miler Tony McQuay, sprinter Jeff Demps, decathlete Gray Horn and national indoor triple jump champ Omar Craddock.

No. 2 Florida State lost 2011 winner of The Bowerman Ngoni Makusha to the pros, but keep Maurice Mitchell for the 2012 campaign. Mitchell won the 200 meters at last year’s outdoor championship and was third in the 100.

On the women’s side, Oregon placed second at last year’s NCAA Outdoor Championship with 45 points, four behind Texas A&M’s 49.

The Ducks return three-time indoor pentathlon champion Brianne Theisen for her senior campaign and will also lean heavily on distance standouts Jordan Hasay, Anne Kesselring and Becky Friday. Oregon also has been effective in the sprints as English Gardner won the indoor 60-meter crown.

LSU is  second in the women’s rankings and third on the men’s side. The Tiger women will have several in the mix in the sprints, hurdles and relays.

Among conferences, the SEC leads with 1,287.71 ranking points and seven teams in the nation’s top 25. The Big 12 isthe top women’s conference with 1,261.75 ranking points and also seven teams in the top 25.

NCAA Division I
Men’s Outdoor Track & Field National Team Computer Rankings
2012 Preseason — March 22
next ranking: April 3
Rank School Points Conference Coach

2011 FINAL

1 Florida 273.50 SEC Mike Holloway

3

2 Florida State 261.88 ACC Bob Braman

2

3 LSU 232.63 SEC Dennis Shaver

4

4 Texas Tech 225.30 Big 12 Wes Kittley

9

5 Arkansas 222.28 SEC Chris Bucknam

10

6 Texas A&M 204.01 Big 12 Pat Henry

1

7 Texas 183.06 Big 12 Bubba Thornton

12

8 Indiana 162.12 Big Ten Ron Helmer

20

9 Georgia 157.89 SEC Wayne Norton

54

10 Virginia Tech 157.60 ACC Dave Cianelli

5

11 Arizona 156.80 Pac-12 Fred Harvey

7

12 Baylor 143.09 Big 12 Todd Harbour

32

13 Southern California 138.04 Pac-12 Ron Allice

12

14 Mississippi State 136.67 SEC Steve Dudley

20

15 Nebraska 135.59 Big Ten Gary Pepin

38

16 Oregon 134.63 Pac-12 Vin Lananna

10

17 Stanford 124.11 Pac-12 Edrick Floreal

6

18 Iowa 119.62 Big Ten Larry Wieczorek

46

19 Wisconsin 107.79 Big Ten Ed Nuttycombe

NR

20 Arizona State 107.50 Pac-12 Greg Kraft

25

21 Mississippi 98.75 SEC Joe Walker

19

22 Princeton 97.99 Ivy Fred Samara

32

23 Oklahoma 93.90 Big 12 Martin Smith

20

24 Auburn 92.77 SEC Ralph Spry

NR

25 Ohio State 83.22 Big Ten Robert Gary

NR

Men’s Conference Index Top 10
Rank Conference Points

Top 25 Teams

1 SEC 1287.71

7

2 Big 12 1085.74

5

3 Pac-12 884.33

5

4 Big Ten 883.64

5

5 ACC 648.29

2

6 Big East 173.12
7 Southland 160.96
8 Mountain West 157.23
9 Ivy 141.19

1

10 MEAC 127.85

NCAA Division I
Women’s Indoor Track & Field National Team Computer Rankings
2012 Pre-season — March 22
next ranking: April 3
Rank School Points Conference Head Coach

2011 FINAL

1 Oregon 354.70 Pac-12 Vin Lananna

2

2 LSU 291.71 SEC Dennis Shaver

3

3 Southern California 279.91 Pac-12 Ron Allice

6

4 Clemson 264.83 ACC Lawr. Johnson

7

5 Arkansas 221.81 SEC Lance Harter

14

6 Oklahoma 201.41 Big 12 Martin Smith

4

7 Texas A&M 197.31 Big 12 Pat Henry

1

8 Texas 186.89 Big 12 Bev Kearney

8

9 Texas Tech 167.80 Big 12 Wes Kittley

54

10 Kansas 159.21 Big 12 Stanl. Redwine

23

11 Florida 155.72 SEC Mike Holloway

34

12 UCF 134.46 Conference USA C. Smith Gilbert

17

13 Baylor 131.66 Big 12 Todd Harbour

38

14 Tennessee 127.20 SEC J.J. Clark

11

15 Auburn 117.66 SEC Ralph Spry

14

16 Georgia 115.82 SEC Wayne Norton

40

17 Arizona State 115.50 Pac-12 Greg Kraft

19

18 Arizona 111.74 Pac-12 Fred Harvey

5

19 Kansas State 110.72 Big 12 Cliff Rovelto

13

20 Nebraska 100.74 Big Ten Gary Pepin

32

21 Stanford 99.72 Pac-12 Edrick Floreal

8

22 Southern Miss 83.57 Conference USA Kevin Stephen

10

23 UTEP 80.32 Conference USA Mika Laaksonen

NR

24 West Virginia 78.38 Big East Sean Cleary

20

25 Florida State 78.09 ACC Bob Braman

20

Women’s Conference Index Top 10
Rank Conference Points

Top 25 Teams

1 Big 12 1261.75

7

2 Pac-12 1227.12

5

3 SEC 1168.77

6

4 ACC 574.64

2

5 Big Ten 501.43

1

6 Conference USA 442.62

3

7 Big East 390.08

1

8 Mountain West 226.15
9 Missouri Valley 151.18
10 WAC 105.30

The NCAA Outdoor Track & Field Championships will be held June 6-9 in Des Moines, Iowa, and hosted by Drake University. Preliminary rounds will be conducted May 24-26 in Austin, Texas (West site) and Jacksonville, Fla. (East site).

Outdoor Pre-season Rankings in Past Years:

MEN Pre-season No. 1 NCAA Finish NCAA Champ Pre-season Rank
2008 Florida State 1st Florida State 1st
2009 Texas A&M 1st Texas A&M 1st
2010 Florida 2nd Texas A&M 2nd
2011 Florida 3rd Texas A&M 2nd
2012 Florida ??? ??? ???
WOMEN Pre-season No. 1 NCAA Finish NCAA Champ Pre-season Rank
2008 LSU 1st LSU 1st
2009 Texas A&M 1st Texas A&M 1st
2010 Texas A&M 1st Texas A&M 1st
2011 Texas A&M 1st Texas A&M 1st
2012 Oregon ??? ??? ???

Beard, Makusha take top college track, field honors

December 15, 2011

College football has RG3.

Collegiate track and field has Jessica Beard and Ngoni Makusha.

Within a week of Baylor’s Robert Griffin III winning the Heisman Trophy as college football’s top player, Beard and Makusha have won The Bowerman — college track and field’s equivalent to the Heisman.

Beard, from Texas A&M, took women’s honors.

Makusha, from Florida State, won the men’s award.

Jessica Beard

Beard, who will graduate Saturday, won NCAA titles indoors and outdoors at 400 meters and the 4-by-400 relay. From Euclid, Ohio, she became the third women in NCAA history and first since 1999 to win both 400 and both 4-by-400 titles in the same year.

Beard clocked the world’s fastest time of the year indoors (50.79). Outdoors, she won the NCAA in 51.10 and had a 49.13 split as anchor of the Aggies’ relay. After the collegiate season, Beard placed fourth in the USATF Championships 400, running a season-best 51.06.

Ngoni Makusha

Makusha, from Seke, Zimbabwe, joins a list of 100 meters and long jump champions in the same NCAA Outdoor meet that includes Houston’s Carl Lewis, Ohio State’s Jesse Owens and Michigan’s DeHart Hubbard. The junior, who is passing on his senior season in order to turn pro, also won the NCAA Indoor long-jump title and is the first male to sweep the indoor and outdoor jump titles since Nebraska’s Arturs Abolins in 2006. Makusha won a third title outdoors, running the second leg on the Seminoles 4-by-100 relay. His winning time of 9.89 in the 100 broke the collegiate and meet record of 9.92 set by UCLA’s Ato Bolden, and also is the Zimbabwean national record. He also set a national record of 27-6 3/4 in the long jump.

The Bowerman award, named for legendary Oregon coach Bill Bowerman, was introduced in 2009. It is presented annually by the United States Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association.

The Bowerman winners

WOMEN                                                                                    MEN
Jenny Barringer,  Colo.               2009                 Galen Rupp, Oregon
Queen Harrison, Va. Tech         2010                  Ashton Eaton, Oregon
Jessica Beard, Texas A&M         2011                  Ngoni Makusha, Fla. St.

 


Track and field notebook

July 19, 2011

Cleaning up some post-vacation track and field notes …

Southeastern Conference rivals Alabama and Florida have plucked two assistant coaches from Don Weber’s staff at Kentucky.

Alabama hired throws coach Doug Reynolds in June, and Florida took sprints coach Erin Tucker this month.

Cory Young

Cory Young

While the search is on for Tucker’s replacement, Reynolds’ spot at UK has been taken by Cory Young.

Young, a 2005 University of Indianapolis graduate, was named Division II National Women’s Assistant Coach of the Year this season at Grand Valley State. In five seasons with the Lakers, Young’s throwers totaled 33 all-America honors and four national championships.

Doug Reynolds

Doug Reynolds

Erin Tucker

Erin Tucker

Reynolds spent six seasons at UK, where his throwers set seven school records and won nine SEC titles. A Pac-10 discus champion for Arizona, where he graduated in 1998, Reynolds was named Mideast Region Throws Coach of the Year in his first season at UK.

Tucker returns to his alma mater, where he was a four-time SEC champion and six-time all-American from 1994 through 1999. He spent eight seasons at UK and in 2006 was named Mideast Region Men’s Assistant Coach of the Year. At UK, he coached 27 all-Americans, 26 all-SEC performers, 15 all-region athletes, six SEC champions, four Olympians, three NCAA runner-ups and one NCAA champion (Rondel Sorrillo, 2010, 200 meters).

And the ESPY goes to …

Tyson Gay

Tyson Gay

In case you missed it, the ESPY Awards included a winner from Lexington: Tyson Gay. The American record-holder in the 100 meters (9.69) and second-fastest ever in the world, the Lafayette High School graduate won the ESPY for Best Track and Field Athlete.

* One of Gay’s biggest rivals from his high school days, Owensboro’s Casey Combest, will be featured Saturday in a 90-minute documentary carried on ESPN Classic. The documentary, Lay It On The Line: The Casey Combest Story, is scheduled to air at 4 a.m. and again at 6:15 p.m.

Combest set national high school indoor records for 60 meters, 100 yards and 100 meters. The documentary follows his comeback in an attempt to qualify for the 2008 U.S. Olympic Track and Field Trials.

Finalists named for The Bowerman

The Bowerman Advisory Board, in conjunction with the U.S. Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association, has named The Bowerman finalists. The award is considered collegiate track and field’s top honor, on par with football’s Heisman Trophy.

Tina Sutej

Tina Sutej

Kimberlyn Duncan

Kimberlyn Duncan

Jessica Beard

Jessica Beard

Women’s finalists are Texas A&M senior sprinter Jessica Beard, LSU sophomore sprinter Kimberlyn Duncan and Arkansas junior pole-vaulter Tina Sutej.

Men’s finalists are Washington State senior hurdler Jeshua Anderson, Florida junior jumper Christian Taylor and Florida State junior sprinter/jumper Ngoni Makusha.

Ngoni Makusha

Ngoni Makusha

Jeshua Anderson

Jeshua Anderson

Christian Taylor

Christian Taylor

Finalists were chosen by the 10-person Bowerman Advisory Board, based on performances during the 2011 indoor and outdoor collegiate seasons. The award will be presented Dec. 14, during the USTFCCCA convention at San Antonio, Texas.

The winners will be determined by Bowerman Voters, who consist of: Bowerman Advisory Board; media; statisticians; collegiate administrators; and past winners Galen Rupp, Ashton Eaton, Jenny (Barringer) Simpson and Queen Harrison. Also, online voting (Aug. 1-16) by the public will constitute one collective vote, as will online voting by USTFCCCA members.


Bowerman lists down to 10 semifinalists

June 21, 2011

The women’s and men’s watch committees for The Bowerman have named the 10 semifinalists for collegiate track and field’s biggest award. The Bowerman, track and field’s version of what college football has in the Heisman Trophy, is presented in conjunction with the U.S. Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association.

A 10-person Bowerman Advisory Board will trim the list to three finalists, to be named July 13 (men) and 14 (women).

Women’s semifinalists

Name, year, school, events, hometown
Nia Ali
, sr., Southern Cal, hurdles/jumps, Philadelphia
Brigetta Barrett, so., Arizona, jumps, Duncanville, Texas
Jessica Beard, sr., Texas A&M, sprints, Euclid, Ohio
Emma Coburn, jr., Colorado, distance, Crested Butte, Colo.
Kimberlyn Duncan, so., LSU, sprints, Katy, Texas
Jordan Hasay, so., Oregon, distance, Arroyo Grande, Calif.
Sheila Reid, jr., Villanova, distance, Newmarket, Ontario, Canada
Tina Sutej, jr., Arkansas, pole vault, Ljubljana, Slovenia
Jeneba Tarmoh, jr., Texas A&M, sprints, San Jose, Calif.
Brianne Theisen, sr., Oregon, combined events, Humboldt, Saskatchewan, Canada

Nia Ali

Nia Ali

Nia Ali Winner of the NCAA outdoor 100-meter hurdles with a wind-aided 12.63. Ali clocked a personal-best time of 12.77 to win Pac-10 title and is ranked seventh in the world in 2011. Finished sixth at the NCAA outdoor meet in the high jump; had a season best of 6-1¼ to finish second in the Pac-10 to Arizona’s Brigetta Barrett. Ali was also an NCAA qualifier indoors in the 60-meter hurdles.

Brigetta Barrett – Claimed NCAA high jump titles in both the indoor and outdoor seasons to join six others that have accomplished the feat (most recently, Texas’ Destinee Hooker in 2009). Barrett cleared six feet or more in each of her 11 competitions and notched an all-around personal best of 6-4 to win the Pac-10 title. Barrett won 10 of 11 meet crowns in the high jump during both indoor and outdoor seasons.

Jessica Beard

Jessica Beard

Jessica Beard – Became the third female in NCAA Division I history, and first since 1999, to win both 400 national titles in the same year and run on both winning 4-by-400 relays at the NCAA Indoor and NCAA Outdoor Championships. Beard, four-time Big 12 indoor 400-meter champ, recorded the world’s fastest 400 time indoors with a 50.79 clocking to win the national crown. Outdoors, Beard clocked 51.10 for the NCAA win and split 49.13 for the Aggies as anchor of the winning 4-by-400 relay.

Emma Coburn – Won the NCAA 3,000-meter steeplechase title in a wire-to-wire 9:41.14 and bettered the field by more than six seconds. Coburn was undefeated in the steeplechase during the season and clocked a 9:40.51 personal best to win the Payton Jordan Cardinal Invitational -– a mark that ranks sixth among collegians all-time. Coburn also finished eighth at the NCAA Indoor Championships in the mile.

Kimberlyn Duncan

Kimberlyn Duncan

Kimberlyn Duncan — Swept the NCAA 200-meter titles and, in both seasons, notched world-leading times. Duncan became the sixth woman in NCAA Division I history and the first since Auburn’s Kerron Stewart in 2007 to sweep 200-meter titles in the same season. Indoors, Duncan won the SEC title in 22.78 for the world’s best time of the season. Outdoors, Duncan was undefeated in the 200 and clocked a low-altitude collegiate record (and the third-best overall) with a 22.24 run. Duncan was also the NCAA 100-meter runner-up and anchored the Lady Tigers to an NCAA title in the 4-by-100 (42.64).

Jordan Hasay – Won NCAA indoor titles in the mile and 3,000 meters, becoming the fifth overall and the first since Northern Arizona’s Johanna Nilsson (2006) to claim such a double. Hasay also led the Ducks to a runner-up finish in the distance medley relay at the national indoor meet. Outdoors, Hasay finished fourth nationally in the 5,000 meters and eighth in the 1,500.

Sheila Reid

Sheila Reid

Sheila Reid – Tallied three NCAA crowns and five Big East titles during the 2011 seasons. Outdoors, Reid became the first woman in Division I history to win the NCAA 1,500 and 5,000 in the same championship. Indoors, Reid anchored the Wildcats to the NCAA crown in the distance medley relay and was second nationally in the 3,000 meters. In the Big East, Reid won the 1,500-5,000 double outdoors and was a three-time titlist indoors with wins in the 1,000 meters, 4-by-800 and DMR.

Tina Sutej

Tina Sutej

Tina Sutej – Set collegiate records indoors and outdoors. Indoors, Sutej vaulted a best of 14-10¾ to set the all-time collegiate best in winning the SEC crown and went on to win the NCAA title. Outdoors, Sutej again won the SEC league title with a collegiate-record vault – a clearance of 15-1½. Overall, Sutej collected 13 straight meet victories before finishing runner-up at the NCAA outdoor meet, but tied the championship-meet record with Oregon’s Melissa Gergel, who took the crown on virtue of misses.

Jeneba Tarmoh

Jeneba Tarmoh

Jeneba Tarmoh Was twice the NCAA’s runner-up in the 200 meters, matching performances both indoors and outdoors. Tarmoh won NCAA titles indoors and outdoors on the Aggie 4-by-400-meter relays and collected another silver as a member of the 4-by-100 squad. Tarmoh recorded top-five world times both indoors and outdoors in the 200, running 22.34 in the national finals to move into the collegiate all-time top 10 in the event. Tarmoh swept Big 12 outdoor 100- and 200-meter sprint titles and was on Texas A&M’s winning 4-by-100 relay.

Brianne Theisen – Twice set the collegiate record in the pentathlon during the indoor season and won her second straight NCAA crown in the event. Her score of 4,540 bettered her previous all-time collegiate best mark of 4,507, set in January at the UW (Washington) Invitational and ranked among the world’s top five in the event for the season. Theisen also scored at the NCAA indoor meet for the second straight year as a member of Oregon’s 4-by-400 relay team. Outdoors, Theisen did not compete as a result of injury.

Men’s semifinalists

Name, year, school, events, hometown
Jeshua Anderson
, sr., Washington State, hurdles, Woodland Hills, Calif.
Robby Andrews, so., Virginia, distance, Englishtown, N.J.
Sam Chelanga, sr., Liberty, distance, Nairobi, Kenya
Will Claye, jr., Florida, jumps, Phoenix
Kirani James, so., Alabama, sprints, Gouyave, Grenada
Leonard Korir, jr., Iona, distance, Iten, Kenya
Ngoni Makusha, jr., Florida State, jumps/sprints, Zimbabwe
Maurice Mitchell, jr., Florida State, sprints, Kansas City, Mo.
Scott Roth, sr., Washington, pole vault, Granite Bay, Calif.
Christian Taylor, jr., Florida, jumps, Fayetteville, Ga.

Jeshua Anderson

Jeshua Anderson

Jeshua Anderson Joined Brigham Young’s (and former University of Kentucky faculty member) Ralph Mann (1969-70-71) and Iowa State’s Danny Harris (1984-85-86) as the only three to win a third NCAA-championship title in the 400-meter hurdles. Won the title in 48.56, over a half-second ahead of the rest of the field. Earned the season’s collegiate best, and current American-leading, 400-hurdle time of 48.13 in winning a fourth-straight Pac-10 crown. Clocking also ranks second in the world so far in 2011 and ranks among the collegiate all-time top five.

Robby Andrews

Robby Andrews

Robby Andrews – Won his first NCAA outdoor 800-meter title with a memorable, come-from-behind 200-meter sprint to the finish. Sitting in last place at the 600-meter mark, Andrews used a 26.44-second final 200 to pass the field and grab the win from UC Irvine’s Charles Jock by only four hundredths of a second. Final time at the NCAA meet of 1:44.71 equaled the best collegiate and current best American mark of the year (Cory Primm, UCLA). 

Sam Chelanga

Sam Chelanga

Sam Chelanga – NCAA champion outdoors in the 5,000 meters and national runner-up indoors in the 5K and outdoors in the 10K. His title  in the 5K was won in a season’s best time of 13:29.30 which included a 58.15 final-lap split. Recorded the collegiate-season’s best 7:48.24 indoors in the 3,000 meters at the professional-laden New Balance Games in Boston in February.

Will Claye

Will Claye

Will Claye – Claimed the NCAA indoor national championship in the triple jump and was the nation’s runner-up indoors in the long jump and outdoors in the triple. Also finished third outdoors in the long jump. Outdoors, notched SEC victories in both horizontal jumps, the first to do so since 2004. Wind-legal performances during the outdoor season of 27-2½ and 56-11¼ are among the world’s top five in 2011. Wind-aided triple jump of 57-9¾ at the NCAA outdoor meet is the third-best all-conditions collegiate mark of all time.

Kirani James

Kirani James

Kirani James Claimed NCAA outdoor title in the 400 meters for the second straight year, becoming the first back-to-back titlist in the event since Auburn’s Avard Moncur in 2000 and 2001. Swept SEC crowns in the 400 with indoor and outdoor wins and recorded an all-time world junior indoor best with a 44.80 clocking in taking the league’s indoor crown in February. Clocked 44.6 split as the second leg of Grenada’s 4-by-400-relay team that finished third in the USA vs. The World race at the Penn Relays.

Leonard Korir –Indoor 5,000-meter and outdoor 10,000-meter NCAA champion. Split a 56.18 final lap to claim the outdoor national title. Also finished third outdoors nationally in the 5,000 and sixth indoors at 3,000. In clocking 27:29.40 in the 10K at Stanford’s Payton Jordan Invitational in May, he moved to second all-time in collegiate history in the event (Sam Chelanga, 27:08.39, 2010).

Ngoni Makusha

Ngoni Makusha

Ngoni Makusha — Won NCAA outdoor titles in the 100 meters and long jump, joining Carl Lewis, Jesse Owens, and Michigan’s DeHart Hubbard as the fourth man in NCAA Division I history to claim such a double at a single championship. Also claimed NCAA long jump title during the indoor season, becoming the first since 2006 to sweep the event’s two titles (Arturs Abolins, Nebraska, 2006). Notched a third NCAA title as second leg of 4-by-100-meter relay. Run of 9.89 in the NCAA 100-meter final broke the 1996 collegiate- and championship-meet record of 9.92 set in 1996 by UCLA’s Ato Bolden. Clocked 9.97 to win ACC crown and swept league titles in the long jump. Season’s best in the long jump and 100 meters rank amongst the world’s top five this year.

Maurice Mitchell NCAA outdoor 200-meter champion in a wind-aided 19.99 and third leg of Florida State’s national champion 4-by-100-meter relay team. Was national runner-up indoors in the 200 and was only bested by Oklahoma’s Mookie Salaam who took the title by two thousandths of a second in a different section. Placed third at the NCAA meet indoors in the 60 and outdoors in the 100 meters. Did not lose a 200-meter race in 13 tries during the indoor and outdoor seasons.

Scott Roth Claimed a sweep of NCAA pole vault crowns during the year, becoming the fourth to do so since 2000. Marked indoor personal best of 18-1 during the indoor season and an overall personal best of 18-9¼ to take victory at the Mt. SAC Relays. At the end of the collegiate season, season’s best mark ranked among the world’s top five.

Christian Taylor

Christian Taylor

Christian Taylor – Winner of the NCAA outdoor triple jump title with an all-time, all-conditions collegiate best mark of 58-4¾. The wind-aided title clincher came on the final attempt of a back-and-forth battle with teammate Will Claye. Marked wind-legal 57-1 in the competition’s fourth round to claim the season’s collegiate best mark and current American-leading mark. Finished second nationally indoors to Claye in the triple jump and qualified for both meets in the long jump. With Florida’s 4-by-100- and 4-by-400-meter relay teams, qualified for the national finals in both events outdoors. At Penn Relays, 4-by-100 squad finished second in the Championship of America race.