March 29, 2013
The No. 24 women's track and field team had a great day Friday in Austin, particularly for the relay teams. The women's 4x100m relay team was able to snatch the final spot in tomorrow's final with a ninth place finish tonight in prelims (45.78). This sprinting quad of Brea Buchanan, Maya Brown, Trinity Wilson and Kylie Price hopes to improve upon today's strong showing and claim a top finish in the final. In other relay action, the women's 1600m medley team took eleventh overall in today's final race (4:01.84) and the women's DMR team took fourth overall (11:44.95).
The women also had a number of top place finishes in today's field events. Senior Allison Koressel finished fourth overall in the pole vault event, topping the 14-foot mark for the first time in the outdoor season (4.31m/14-2). Fellow indoor All-American Kylie Price also had a top-five finish, taking second in the women's long jump after a jump of 6.52m/21-5. Yet another top-five finish came from sophomore Faith Anumba, who claimed fourth in the women's triple jump (12.67m/41-7).
The top finisher Friday for the No.12 men's track and field team was the 4x1,500m relay team, as the team of Alec Govi, Jacob Wood, Lane Werley, Daniel Herrera took second overall in the final race (15:40.78). In other relay action, the men's DMR team claimed seventh place in today's final (10:01.04). Unfortunately, the men's 4x400m relay team finished 19th in prelims and did not qualify for tomorrow's final race.
Off the track, Nicholas Scarvelis had a best throw of 17.67m/58-0 to finish ninth in the men's hammer throw. In other field event action for the Bruin men, Mike Woepse claimed eleventh in today's pole vault final (5.36m/17-7).
BOBCAT INVITE RECAP
The Bruins also sent several athletes back to San Marcos this week, this time for the Bobcat Invitational, March 28-29. This marks the second week in a row members of the Bruins track and field team have competed at the Texas State Track & Field Stadium.
Jaycee Olsen had a great week for the Bruins in San Marcos, claiming third place overall in the women's discus throw (47.11m/154-7). Olsen had one of several solid performances in field events for the Bruins at the Bobcat Invite, as recent addition Caroline Gyllenbern and Zibby Boyer both finished with a share of second place in the women's high jump (1.65m/5-5).
Other results included: Merissa Kado, 5th in the women's 1,500m (4:48.4); Josh Scherer, 6th in men's hammer throw (54.71m/179-6); Maya Brown, 5th in women's long jump (5.64m/18-6); Ryan Andrews, t-5th in men's shot put (16.34m/196-7); Victoria Breidenthal, 4th in the women's javelin throw (37.19m/122-0).
EXTENDED RECAP FROM DAY TWO ACTION IN AUSTIN
Here are the highlights from yesterday's field events:
Junior All-American Alec Faldermeyer claimed a victory in the men's hammer throw with an NCAA-leading throw of 69.75m/228-10. After starting off the day with a foul on his first attempt, Faldermeyer had two throws of beyond the 69-meter benchmark to cruise to victory in Austin.
Fellow hammer thrower Ida Storm also had a huge performance Thursday, finishing second in the women's hammer throw event (66.17m/217-01). The All-American Swede was the top attached competitor in the field, only coming short of Nike/NYAC's Amanda Bingson (72.16m/236-09).
These big throws early in the season are positive signs for Director of Track & Field Mike Maynard and both the men's and women's programs. With results like these, the Bruins are proving they can contend with the nation's best.
Tomorrow, March 30th, marks the final day of competition at the 86th Clyde Littlefield Texas Relays. For continued access to live results, click here.