Outdoor Track 2022

Hokies Outdoor Track starts today with the Hokies sending athletes to three different meets.

Raleigh Relays - 3/24/22-3/26/22
So far only the distance and throws start lists are posted. The sprints will be posted after seeding is done at check-in. This meet attracts a ton of athletes. I was surprised to see how many sections were being run for some of the distance events like 15 for the 1500m and 10 for the men's 5000 meters. A lot of new names so we will see how they do.

Events on 3/24 with Hokies
1. Men's 1500m - David Beck, Eldon Phillips, Christian Jackson, Azaan Dawson, David Whitfield, Seb Anthony
2. Men's 5000m - Colby Burcham, Tyler Leeser, Viktor Idhammar, Ethan Mills, David Kennedy, Arnav Tikhe, Dclan Rymer, Ben Fleming.
3. Men's Shot Put - Tyson Jones
4. Women's Shot Put - Fiona Richards and Essence Henderson

Events on 3/25 with Hokies
1. Women's 5000m - Ava Hassebrock and Chase Kappeler
2. Women's 1500m - Maxana Grubb and Ashley Smith
3. Women's Discus - Rebecca Mammel and Fiona Richards
4. Men's Discus - Tyson Jones
3/25 Sprint Update
5. Men's 110 m Hurdles - Matthew Mitchell and Sam McLendon
6. Men's 100m Dash - Cole Beck, Chad Blaker, Donovan Louis, Michael Bell, KJ Moore, Torrence Walker
7. Men's 400m - Kahleje Tillmon, Kennedy Harrison, Tyreke Sapp
8. Women's 100m Hurdles - Layla Anderson

Events on 3/26 with Hokies
1. Men's Hammer - Khalil Bedoui
2. Women's Hammer - Rebecca Mammel and Sara Killinen
3. Sprints - I'll update this when the start lists are posted.

Weems Baskin Invitational - 3/25-3/26
Per VT Track, jumpers and multi athletes will be attending this one, but no start lists that I can find so I will update as I find info.
Updated
3/25 Events with Hokies
1. Women's 400m - Elly Kuzma
2. Women's Javelin - Birna Kristjansdottir (Multi Athlete)
3. Women's Long Jump - Hailey Huston Myles and Birna Krisjansdottir
4. Men's Javelin - John Manilli, Conrad Pereira, Jacob Spotswood, Sean Murphy (All Multi Athletes)
5. Men's Long Jump - Elijah Bell
6. Men's Long Jump Invitational - Caleb Stephens

3/26 Events with Hokies
1. Women's 100m Hurdles - Birna Kristjansdottir
2. Women's High Jump Invite - Rosie Cicmanec, Jordan Jones, Laurel Miller
3. Women's 400m Hurdles - Elly Kuzma
4. Women's Triple Jump - Hailey Huston Myles
5. Men's Triple Jump - Caleb Stephens
6. Men's High Jump - Sean Murphy
7. Men's High Jump Invite - Elijah Bell and Aidan Clark
8. Men's Discus - John Manilli, Conrad Pereira, Jacob Spotswood, Sean Murphy
9. Men's 110 Hurdles - Jacob Spotswood, John Manilli, Conrad Manilli

Texas Relays
Rachel Baxter and Julia Fixsen are in Austin, TX to compete with some of the best in the women's pole vault. Of the eleven women competing, six are college athletes (2 Hokies, 1 Baylor, 1 Duke, 1 Louisville, and 1 LSU). The rest of the field is made up non-collegiate athletes with international competition experience.
1. Bridget Williams, former Hoo and current VT volunteer assistant coach, finished third in the USATF Indoor Championships a couple of weeks ago.
2. Katerina Stefanidi - Katerina is from Greece originally and is a Stanford graduate. 2012 Outdoor NCAA champion, 2016 Olympic Gold Medalist, etc etc. She is very well decorated internationally.
3. Jenn Suhr - three time Olympian, 2012 Gold Medalist and 2008 Silver Medalist, World Indoor Record Holder, 5th at the last Olympic Trials. Oh and she turned 40 in February.
4. Anicka Newell - two time Olympian for Canada
5. Emily Grove - Has competed internationally but has not had the same level of success as the other non-collegiate athletes.
The pole vault event is scheduled for 3/26.

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Raleigh Relays Results from 3/24

1. Men's 1500m - a giant field with 200 finishers. Seb Anthony took 29th with a time of 3:44.79. Other Hokies, D. Beck (149th), Phillips (198th), Jackson (134th), Dawson (113th), and Whitfield (117th) all set PRs.
2. Men's 5000m - an even bigger field with 223 finishers. Ben Fleming finished 25th with a time of 13:57.73 which bested his old PR by over 30 seconds. Other Hokie finishers were Burcham (150), Leeser (103), Idhammar (123), Mills (158), Kennedy (177), Tikhe (97) and Rymer (120).
3. Women's Shot Put - Essence Henderson finished 5th with a throw of 15.66m. Fiona Richards had three fouls and did not record a distance.
4. Men's Shot Put - Tyson Jones did not start the event.

Raleigh Relays Results from 3/25
1. Women's 5000m - Ava Hassebrock finished 48th out of 151 finishers with a time of 16:37.89 and Chase Kappeler finished 80th.
2. Women's 1500m - Ashley Smith finished 154 out of 196 with a time of 4:38.92 and Maxana Grubb was 158th with a time of 4:40.10.
3. Women's 100m Hurdles - Layla Anderson was 27th out of 54 with a time of 14.212 seconds.
4. Women's Discus - Essence Henderson was 2nd out of 52 competitors with a throw of 53.39 meters. Fiona Richards was 7th and Rebecca Mammel was 22nd.
5. Men's Discus - Tyson Jones was 35th out of 46 with a throw of 45.10 meters.
6. Men's 110 m Hurdles - Matthew Mitchel finished 5th out of 54 with a time of 14.08 seconds and Sam McLendon was 8th with a time of 14.12 seconds.
7. Men's 100m - Cole Beck led the way finishing 2nd out of 70 competitors with a time of 10.141 seconds. Other Hokies were Walker (10th), Louis (T-24), Bell (31), Moore (38) and Blaker (57).
8. Men's 400m - Kennedy Harrison was 10th out of 94 competitors with a time of 47.30 seconds and Kahleje Tillmon was right behind him in 11th with a time of 47.32. Tyreke Sapp finished 15th with a time of 47.924.

Weems Baskin Invite Results from 3/25
1. Women's 400m - Elly Kuzma was 18th out of 42 with a time of 1:00.83.
2. Women's Javelin - Kristjansdottir had three fouls so she did not record a distance.
3. Women's Long Jump - Hailey Huston Miles won the event with a jump of 5.96 meters. Kristjansdottir placed 6th out of 21 with a jump of 5.6 meters.
4. Men's Javelin - Sean Murphy led the Hokies with a 6th place finish out of 31 competitors and his throw of 54.59 meters. Spotswood was 11th, Pereira 16th and Manilli 18th.
5. Long Jump - Elijah Bell was 5th out of 31 with a jump of 7.11 meters.
6. Long Jump Invite - Caleb Stephens took 2nd with a jump of 7.39 meters.

Wow, Cole Beck blazing with a 10.15 this early in the season. Looks like it was just barely wind-aided, otherwise it would be a top 20 time IN THE WORLD so far this year. He's a legit contender to at least be in the 100m finals of the NCAA championships.

Also, looks like the men's 4x400 will be a strength this season. I have to think they could just grab a fast-looking guy from the drillfield to round out that relay with Harrison, Tillmon and Sapp and still win the ACC. Imagine if Jacory Patterson was still a Hokie.

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It's funny you mention Jacory Patterson. I was looking for him in the 400m at the Indoor Championships to see if Florida made him better since the rumor during his transfer was that he had gotten all he could out of the coaching at VT. He finished 5th in the 400m but did have a really strong lead leg for the 4x400m relay.

This led me down a rabbit hole. I looked up the seasons best times going into the NCAAs in which his 2022 was 20.91 for the 200m (a non-qualifying time) and 45.97 for the 400m. In 2021 his best pre-NCAA times were 20.62 and 45.24 respectively. His 2020 pre-NCAA best time in the 400m was 45.66. Even taking into account Rector being a fast indoor track, I think one could argue that transferring to Florida has not made him take a drastic next step.

I don't have any comparison times for outdoor, but will keep a casual eye on that during the outdoor NCAAs.

Patterson just had a big breakthrough in the 200m. Not a huge surprise considering the 300 is his best event. But to beat Matthew Boling (2021 NCAA indoor champ) and Joseph Fahnbulleh (5th at the 2021 Tokyo Olympics) in the 200m is pretty impressive.

Florida Relays - 200m

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Had some other stuff going on this weekend so I didn't have a chance to keep tabs on the events in real time, but a couple of highlights.

Florida Relays
1. Mens 4x100 Relay took the win in the rain. 4x100 blind handoffs are dicey during good conditions and this was in driving rain so well played to the guys for getting through it. Foursome of Kahleje Tillmon, Torrence Walker, Kennedy Harrison and Cole Beck. They were initially 2nd, but NC A&T was DQ'd.
2. Mens Shot Put - Tyson Jones took 2nd.
3. Women's Discus (College Invite) - Essence Henderson finished 3rd (top college athlete).
4. Women's Discus (College) - Fiona Richards took 3rd and Rebecca Mammel was 6th.
5. Women's Hammer Throw - Sara Killinen took 4th.
6. Women's Shot Put - Essence Henderson took 4th and Fiona Richards 8th.

Bill Carson Invitational at ECU - smaller meet
1. Aidan Clark took the win in the high jump.
2. Caleb Stephens was 2nd in the long jump.
3. Men's Pole Vault - of the 10 athletes that recorded jumps, 6 were Hokies (1st, T-2nd, 4th, 5th, 7th and 10th)
4. Devin Daye-Schafer finished 3rd in the triple jump.
5. Birna Kristjansdottir had a good multi training event participating in the 100m hurdles (4th), High Jump (4th) and shot put (10th).
6. Elly Kuzma was 2nd in the 400m.
7. Rosie Cicmanec won the high jump and Laurel Miller took 4th.
8. Two less well known names with the women's pole vault with Marley McCall (3rd) and Emily Connor (6th).
9. Women's Triple Jump - Hailey Huston Myles took 2nd.

From Virginia Tech Athletics Facebook page:
"Virginia Tech track & field broke the school record in the 4x100m relay at the Pepsi Florida Relays, with a time of 39.14!

KJ Tillmon, Torrence Walker, Kennedy Harrison and Cole Beck's time together stands as No. 1 in the ACC and No. 5 in the NCAA this season."

The exchanges I saw in the 39.14 were pretty good. We finished second to NCA&T and their second exchange was wonky. The third leg had to turn around to look at the other runner to get the baton. And still won.

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NC A&T has a really good program. They were 2nd in the indoor championships this year. Two Aggies were part of the US 4x400 gold medal team in Tokyo. Randolph Ross Jr., coach's son, and Trevor Stewart ran legs in the prelims to get the US into the finals.

Randolph Ross is an absolute stud, and NC A&T is loaded in the men's sprints.

Speaking of small-school sprinters, the top two times in the NCAA in the men's 100m this year are Benjamin Azamati from West Texas A&M (9.90) and Ilias Garcia from Mt. SAC (9.88), although there seems to be some serious question about the accuracy of Garcia's time.

In case you're wondering, Mt. SAC is a community college in California.

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Hokies were at the Tennessee Relays this weekend so here are a few highlights:

1. Men's Decathlon - 3 Hokies finished in the top 10 with Jake Spotswood setting a new school record of 7210 to take 4th overall and 3rd collegian. Sean Murphy finished in 6th with 7103 points, just shy of a personal best which was the previous school record. Conrad Pereira finished 10th with a total of 6712.
2. Men's 1500m Invite - Antonio Lopez Segura won by a hundredth of a second with a time of 3:45.40. Ben Fleming was 7th, Tyler Leeser was 9th and Ethan Mills finished 11th.
3. Men's 800m Invite - Seb Anthony took second on a finishing kick with a time of 1:51.19.
4. Men's 4x1500m Relay - Hokies team of Dawson, Rymer, Whitfield, and Idhammar won with a time of 15:52.88 which is the 4th fastest time in school history.
5. Men's DMR - The Hokies had two teams in this one. The team of Anthony, Jackson, D. Beck, and Tikhe took 2nd with a time of 9:42.374 and the team of Lopez Segura, Phillips, Leeser, and Fleming finished 5th with a time of 10:06.58.
6. Women's DMR - The ladies team of Kappeler, Price, Grubb, and Ballowe finished in 2nd with a time of 11:41.020.

Source for school records is the VTT&F meet recap here

Next up for the Hokies is the Gamecock Invitational for throwers and sprinters on Saturday, 4/16. Pole Vaulters Rachel Baxter, Emily Fixsen and volunteer coach Williams will head to California for Saturday's USATF Golden Games at the Mt. Sac Relays (write up here)

A couple of highlights from Saturday's action.

Gamecock Invitational
1. Women's Shot Put - Fiona Richards took 3rd.
2. Women's Discus - Fiona Richards took 3rd and Rebecca Mammel was 4th.
3. Women's Hammer Throw - Sara Killinen was not messing around. She won the event with a throw of 66.04 meters beating her teammate and 2nd place finisher, Rebecca Mammel, by 6.42 meters.
4. Men's 100m Invite - Kahleje Tillmon took 2nd with a time of 10.39 seconds.
5. Men's 200m - Kennedy Harrison took 2nd with a time of 20.50 seconds setting a PR and the 2nd fastest time at VT.
6. Men's 4x100 m - the relay team of Tillmon, Walker, Harrison, and C. Beck set another school record while winning the event with a time of 39.05 seconds which is good for the #2 time in the ACC and #8 time in the US this season.
7. Tyson Jones took third in the Discus
8. Men's Hammer Throw - Khalil Bedoui won the event with a throw of 63.6 meters.

USAT&F Golden Games
Rachel Baxter tied for first with non-collegiate athlete, Olivia Gruver, with a height of 4.5 meters to tie her outdoor PB. Volunteer assistant coach, Bridget Williams, also cleared 4.5 meters, but took 3rd due to attempts.

Next up for the Hokies will be the Virginia Challenge in Charlottesville next weekend and the pole vaulters head down to South Carolina for the U of SC Open.

Some highlights from the weekend. The Hokies were at the Virginia Challenge in Charlottesville and the U of SC Open.

Virginia Challenge
1. Sara Killinen was 2nd in the womens hammer throw and the top collegian with a throw of 63.31 meters.
2. Ava Hassebrock was 7th out of 62 finishers in the 1500m with a time of 4:23.04.
3. Heptathlon - Birna Kristjansdottir had a great first day and had personal bests in the high jump, shot put, and long jump. Unfortunately she faulted on all of javelin throws to get 0 points for that event and did not start the 800m, finishing in 13th.
4. Women's High Jump - Laurel Miller and Rosie Cicmanec tied for 5th with jumps of 1.66m.
5. Hailey Huston Myles finished in 5th in the Triple Jump with a season's best of 12.67 m.
6. Womens 800m - Star Price, Ava Hassebrock, and Maxana Grubb finished in 6th, 8th, and 11th out of 56 finishers.
7. Womens 800m Invite - Hannah Ballowe set a PB with a time of 2:05.88 to finish 5th. Barbora Malikova finished 7th, Grace Boone was 18th with a season's best of 2:09.06 and Leigha Torino was 22nd.
8. KJ Moore was 4th in the men's long jump.
9. Ethan Mills (9th), Tyler Leeser (25th), David Whitfield (28th), and Azaan Davis (40th) all set personal bests. Seb Anthony also ran and finished 14th.
10. Ben Fleming took 4th in the men's 3000m steeple invite.
11. Antonio Lopez Segura finished 8th in the mens 5000m Invite with a personal best time of 13:38.22.
12. Elijah Bell tied for 5th in the men's high jump invite.
13. All three Hokies in the men's triple jump set personal bests. Chancey Chambers was 2nd, Caleb Stephens was 9th, and Devin Day-Schafer was 21st.
14. Mens 800m - Azaan Dawson (13th), Eldon Phillips (15th), David Whitefield (16th), and Tyler Leeser (20th) all set personal bests.
15. Men's 800m Invite - Seb Anthony had a season's best of 1:49.06 to finish in 7th.

U of SC Open
1. Women's Pole Vault Invite - Rachel Baxter wins again with an outdoor best of 4.53 meters. Julia Fixsen was 5th with a jump of 4.33.

Next weekend the Hokies are scattered across four different meets: UNF Invitational in Jacksonville, Torrin Lawrence Memorial in Athens, GA, Desert Heat Classic in Tucson, and the Virginia Grand Prix in Charlottesville.

4/29-5/1 Recap

University of North Florida Invitational - the sprinters went to Jacksonville.
1. Men's 200m - Kahleje Tillmon finished 6th overall, but was the first collegian with Kennedy Harrison finishing 8th overall and the 2nd collegian. Cole Beck finished 13th.
2. Men's 4x100 - The foursome of Tillmon, Walker, Harrison, and Beck win again with a time of 39.09 seconds.
3. Men's 100m - Kahleje Tillmon finished 6th and Cole Beck finished 7th.
4. Men's 4x400m - the foursome of Tillmon, Harrison, Sapp and Beck finished 2nd with a time of 3:07.04.

Torrin Lawrence Memorial - the field and multi athletes went to Georgia
1. Rosie Cicmanec had a season's best of 1.72 meters in the High Jump to finish 6th.
2. Hailey Huston-Myles finished 8th in the long jump with a jump of 5.76 meters and took 3rd in the triple jump with a mark of 12.78 meters.
3. KJ Moore won the men's long jump with a personal best of 7.65 meters.
4. Jake Spotswood tied for 2nd in the men's pole vault with a mark of 5.12 meters which is good for a tie for 3rd best vault in the ACC this season. Oh by the way, he is typically a decathlete.
5. Chauncey Chambers was 2nd in the triple jump with a leap of 15.39 meters.
6. Elijah Bell finished 3rd and Aidan Clark T-4 in the high jump.

Desert Heat Classic - Arizona for the Throwers
1. Women's Hammer Throw - Sara Killinen took 2nd with a throw of 69.5 meters and Rebecca Mammel was 6th.
2. Women's Discus - Essence Henderson finished 2nd with a throw of 56.06 meters.
3. Women's Shot Put - Essence Henderson finished 4th.
4. Men's Hammer Throw - Khalil Bedoui finished 2nd with a throw of 64.26 meters.
5. Men's Shot Put - Tyson Jones finished 4th with a throw of 18.52 meters.

Virginia Grand Prix - the distance folks made the short trip to Charlottesville
1. Womens 3000m Steeplechase - Chase Kappeler set a personal best of 10:13.44 to take 2nd.
2. Women's 800m - Star Price (PB, 2:06.76), Grace Boone (SB, 2:07.29), and Maxana Grubb (PB, 2:07.87) finished 1, 2 and 3.
3. Women's 1500m - Hannah Ballowe (4:21.47, PB) took 2nd, Ava Hassebrock (4:21.50, PB) took 3rd, and Leigha Torino (4:22.24, PB) took 5th.
4. Men's 800m - Eldon Phillips (1:51.06), David Whitfield (1:51.28), and Azaan Dawson (1:51.30) took 2nd, 3rd, and 4th.
5. Men's 1500m - Ethan Mills (3:43.02, PB), Tyler Leeser (3:44.93, PB), and Viktor Idhammar (3:46.01, PB) took 2nd, 3rd, and 5th.

The schedule shows the Liberty Twilight Qualifier on Wednesday as the next meet. This will be the last one before ACC Championships begin on May 12.

Cole Beck with a really good view (one lane over and right behind as part of the next heat) as Trayvon Bromell ran the fastest 100m time (9.75) in the world this year. It was barely over the legal tailwind limit (2.1 m/s, 2.0 is considered legal), so it's not official. But still that's amazingly fast.

Trayvon Bromell runs smoking 100m

Hokies' men's 4x100 and 4x400 relays are looking really strong. VTmemory, do you think that's our best chance at scoring at the NCAA's on the men's side?

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I think it will be tough on the men's side. The relays for sure have a chance, but they might also steal a point or two in steeplechase (Nibbelink), triple jump(Chambers) and decathlon (spotswood).

Indoor 800m national champion Lindsey Butler out for the season with a stress fracture ๐Ÿ˜ฉ

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Well that sucks. I had wondered why I hadn't seen any results from her recently.

KJ Moore won the men's long jump with a personal best of 7.65 meters

That's 25.1 feet....

Women's 800m - Star Price (PB, 2:06.76), Grace Boone (SB, 2:07.29), and Maxana Grubb (PB, 2:07.87) finished 1, 2 and 3

Pain is Temporary, Chicks Dig Scars
Glory is Forever, Let's Go Hokies!!

The VaSID awarded the Hokies with 26 honors and 6 major awards.

From the Hokiesports press release:

ABOUT VaSID
Virginia Sports Information Directors (VaSID) names 44 all-state teams in 23 sports each year as well as an Academic All-State squad and an all-sports champion in both the University and College Divisions. Membership in VaSID is open to all media relations professionals working at a university or conference in the state of Virginia.

2022 All-State Women's Indoor Track & Field University Division
Track Athlete of the Year: Lindsey Butler
Field Athlete of the Year: Rachel Baxter
Coach of the Year: Dave Cianelli

First Team
Barbora Malรญkovรก, Sprints
Lindsey Butler, Mid-Distance
Rachel Baxter, Jumps
Julia Fixsen, Jumps
Victoria Gorlova, Jumps
Rebecca Mammel, Throws
Virginia Tech Distance Medley Relay (Hannah Ballowe, Grace Boone, Lindsey Butler, Star Price, Leigha Torino)

Second Team
Hannah Ballowe, Mid-Distance
Chase Kappeler, Distance
Layla Anderson, Hurdles
Hailey Huston Myles, Jumps
Sara Killinen, Throws

2022 All-State Men's Indoor Track & Field University Division
Track Athlete of the Year: Antonio Lopez Segura
Field Athlete of the Year: Jake Spotswood
Coach of the Year: Dave Cianelli

First Team
Cole Beck, Sprints
Kennedy Harrison, Sprints
Seb Anthony, Mid-Distance
Jake Spotswood, Multis
Antonio Lopez Segura, Distance
Sam McLendon, Hurdles
Chauncey Chambers, Jumps
Alexios Prodanas, Throws
Virginia Tech 4x400m Relay (Kennedy Harrison, Patrick Forrest, Tyreke Sapp, Kahleje "KJ" Tillmon)

Second Team
Kahleje "KJ" Tillmon, Sprints
Aidan Clark, Jumps
Virginia Tech Distance Medley Relay (Seb Anthony, Christian Jackson, Tyreke Sapp, Patrick Forrest, Ben Fleming, Antonio Lopez Segura)

Link

I wonder if Jr was there to watch.

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The Hokies had a great showing at Liberty yesterday.

1. Layla Anderson - first she set a PR of 14.37 seconds in qualifying for the 100m hurdles. Then in the race she set a new All Conditions Best with 13.83 seconds to take 2nd. The wind was high at 3.1. After hurdling, she won the 200m with a time of 23.67 which was good for a PR.

2. Men's 400 m - Kennedy Harrison set a facility record with his PR of 45.87 making him the 2nd Hokie ever to go below 46 seconds. This is also the current ACC leading time. Tyreke Sapp took 2nd with a time of 46.19 seconds which is good for a PR and the 3rd best time in VT history and good for #3 in the ACC on the season. Patrick Forrest finished 4th with a time of 48.62.

3. Women's 1500m - Grace Boone took 2nd with a PR time of 4:21.67. Chase Kappeler finished 6th with a time of 4:26.83.

4. Womens 800m - Leigha Torino set a season's best time of 2:08.67 to win and Maxana Grubb finished 6th with a time of 2:13.85.

5. Men's 1500m - Antonio Lopez Segura won with a PR time of 3:39.89 moving him in to 5th all time at VT and 5th in the ACC this season. Ben Fleming took 2nd with a PR time of 3:41.25. David Whitfield, Declan Rymer, and Azaan Dawson finished 7th, 8th, and 9th.

6. Mens 800m - Eldon Phillips set a PR in a time of 1:49.66 to win the event. Tyler Leeser and Viktor Idhammar finished 3rd and 4th setting person bests as well.

Next up are the ACC Outdoor Championships held 5/12-5/14 in Durham. Hopefully more Hokies can set fast times to get into NCAA qualifying positions.

ACC Championships kicked off today on ACCNX (yes the commentary is painful, one announcer didn't even bother to try names and just said things like the "Clemson girl is running in lane 4"). Track events just started for the evening with prelims. Hokies are in the mens 200m (starts at 6:55), women (7:15 PM) and mens (7:35PM) 1500m, and men's 10000m final at 8:40 PM.

Field Events started this morning and the Hokies scored some important points on both sides.
1. Men's Hammer Throw - Khalil Bedoui took 3rd
2. Women's Hammer Throw - Sara Killinen finished 3rd and Rebecca Mammel was 5th.
3. Men's Long Jump - KJ Moore finished just out of the points in 9th. FSU cleaned up points in the long jump finishing 1st, 2nd, and 4th for a total of 23 points.
4. Women's Pole Vault is starting now with three Hokies participating, Rachel Baxter, Julia Fixsen, and Marley McCall.

The first half of the decathlon was also held today. Top Hokie Sean Murphy is currently sitting in 2nd with Pereira in 6th and Manilli in 12th. Jacob Spotswood is not competing, not sure what happened but based on some Twitter snooping, his ankle is sporting some epic colors and a walking boot is present.

Current Standings:
Men after 2 scored events
1. FSU - 23
2. Miami - 17
3. UNC - 12
4. Louisville - 7
5. VT - 6
T-6. UVA - 5
T-6. WF - 5
8. NC St - 2
9. Duke - 1
10. BC, Clemson, GT, ND, Syracuse - 0

Women after 1 scored event
T-1. VT - 10
T-1. UNC - 10
3. ND - 9
4. Miami - 7
5. Clemson - 3
BC, Duke, FSU, GT, Louisville, NC St, Syracuse, UVA and WF - 0

Recap of Day 1
1. Women's 1500m - Torino and Hassebrock advance to Saturday's final.
2. Women's Pole Vault - I think the wind made it a challenge for everybody last night. Julia Fixsen took 2nd and Rachel Baxter was 4th.
3. Men's 200m - Tillmon and Beck won their heats and Harrison qualified on time for Saturday's final. This is a good opportunity for the Hokies to score a lot of points and claw back up the standings.
4. Men's 1500m - Only one Hokie, David Whitfield, advanced to the final.
5. Men's 10,000m - Antonio Lopez Segura took 3rd. Just in case a 6 mile race doesn't seem long/miserable enough, it started pouring halfway through. Lopez Segura ran an impressive race.

Recap of Today's Field Events
1. Mens Pole Vault - Harrison Rice snuck into the points with a 7th place finish.
2. Mens Shot Put - Tyson Jones finished 4th.
3. Men's Triple Jump - tough day at the office for Chambers and Stephens who finished out of the points at 15th and 16th respectively.
4. Decathlon - still waiting on the last event, but at the moment Sean Murphy is the only Hokie in the points in 6th. He was in 2nd for a while but had faults on all 3 throws in the discus which resulted in 0 points for the event.

This evening there are Hokies in the prelims for the 400m (men & women), men's 100m, 800m (m&w), and the finals in the 3000m steeplechase (m&w), women's shot put final, and womens triple jump.

At the current moment, the men's team is in 6th and the women's team is in 5th.

Agree with you on the men's 200m, that's probably VT's best opportunity to pull in a lot of points, with Cole Beck, Kahleje Tillmon and Kennedy Harrison all making the finals.

The 100m might be what decides the men's side of the meet, in my opinion. Beck and Kahleje Tillmon qualified 1st and 5th, respectively, but FSU got FOUR sprinters into the final (qualifying 2nd, 4th, 6th and 8th). So depending on how that shakes out, that could be a huge points swing for either school.

If things really fall into place in the 100m and 200m, the men's team could have a shot at the title, considering they should probably do very well in the 4x100 and 4x400. I haven't broken down exactly what FSU has in all the other events, but they're also looking good in the 400m, qualifying 1st, 4th and 5th. It's a lot of pressure, but Beck probably has to win both the 100m and 200m, which he is definitely very capable of doing.

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Looking at it, I think FSU just has too many guys in the finals of the sprints to catch them.

Yep, I looked at the finals entrants this morning. For almost every event we have good scoring opportunities, FSU seems to have at least as many in the finals. They're pretty freaking loaded.

I'll consider it a good meet on the men's side if we can come home with a few individual golds.

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CLEAN EXCHANGES FOR THE WIN! HOKIES TAKE THE 4X100!

Hokies go 1,2, and 6th in the men's 200.

Great work for Cole Beck to finish 2nd in both the 100m and 200m (with a personal best 20.47).

SUPER exciting to see freshman Kahleje Tillmon run a more-than-respectable 10.32 in the 100m and then to turn around and take first in the 200m with a personal best 20.41! He's got a bright future at VT.

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Final update on the ACC Championships
Point scoring Hokies not yet mentioned above:

Men
1. Decathlon - Murphy finished 6th
2. 3000m Steeplechase - Fleming takes the win and Nibbelink finished 4th.
3. High Jump - Clark finished 5th.
4. 4x100 - might as well say it again - Hokies with the Meet Record winning time.
5. 1500m - Whitfield finished 8th
6. 400m - Sapp finished 6th
7. 100m - Beck finished 2nd and Tillmon was 7th.
8. 800m - Anthony finished 4th.
9. 200m - might as well highlight it again, Tillmon finished 1st, Beck 2nd, and Harrison was 6th.
10. 5000m - Lopez Segura finished 5th.

4x400 - Drama, drama, drama. The Hokies were neck and neck with Clemson down the final stretch after a blistering Cole Beck third leg. Kennedy Harrison engaged in some defensive running to try to keep the Clemson runner behind him and they clipped feet. After review and an almost tussle in the infield between the two relay teams, the Hokies were DQ'd for not giving the Clemson runner a full stride length before cutting him off. This cost them a facility record.

FINAL TEAM SCORE - 93 points for 2nd place

Men Team Finishing Order
1. FSU - 149
2. VT - 93
3. UVA - 83
4. UNC - 78
5. Miami - 61
6. Clemson/Duke - 59
8. Notre Dame - 55
9. Louisville -53
10. Wake Forest - 42
11. NC State - 40
12. Pitt - 30
13. Syracuse - 10
14. BC - 4
15. GT - 1

Women
1. 3000m Steeplechase - Kappeler finished 6th.
2. Shot Put - Henderson took 2nd
3. Triple Jump - Huston Myles finished 4th
4. Discus - Henderson took 4th
5. 1500M - Torino finished in 8th
6. 400M - Malikova finished 4th
7. 800M - Boone finished 5th

4x400M Relay - I disliked the running order put out. The anchor leg ended up having the slowest leg (likely had tired legs after the 800m). Going into this, the ladies had a 1.75 point lead over UVA. However, UVA had a great 3rd and 4th leg to pass the Hokies. Based on everyone's times, UVA would have been 8th which would have kept the Hokies in the lead. However, a Miami chick stood in the exchange zone like a deer in the headlights and caused a collision. Miami was DQ'd out of 3rd place for that moving UVA up to 7th which gives them enough points to beat the Hokies by 0.25 points.
FINAL TEAM SCORE - 54 points for 8th place.

Women Team Finishing Order
1. Miami - 108
2. Duke - 100.5
3. FSU - 99
4. NCSU - 91
5. Clemson - 67
6. Louisville - 64
7. UVA - 54.25
8. VT - 54
9. UNC - 53.25
10. ND - 50
11. GT - 31
12. WF - 17
13. Pitt - 11
14. BC - 10
15. Syracuse - 9

I think the men had a solid outing, it is really hard to compete with the complete team FSU has. The women really need to improve the team balance. It is tough to compete for a team title if you don't have anyone competing in the sprints, hurdles, and long jump.

I'll dig into who has qualifying marks for NCAAs.

Also relevant, the commonwealth clash wrapped up with these meets.
VT: 12.5
LOLUVa: 8.5

Warning: this post occasionally contains strong language (which may be unsuitable for children), unusual humor (which may be unsuitable for adults), and advanced mathematics (which may be unsuitable for liberal-arts majors)..

The participants for the NCAA East Preliminary meet, which will be held May 25-28 at the University of Indiana, were announced today, and the Hokies are pretty well represented on both the men's and women's sides. This meet is essentially the semi-finals for advancing to the NCAA Championship meet.

I'm guessing VTmemory will do a full breakdown of the Hokies qualifying for the preliminary meet, but the women have several athletes in the middle distances and field events. The men's team has competitors all over the meet, but are particularly well represented in the sprints, and also the steeplechase.

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Glad you were on top of things since I've been slow. Mr. VTmemory was racing Motoamerica at VIR over the weekend so my pit crew duties won out over track and field. Did watch some of the softball games at the race track though.

Hokies qualified 32 athletes for the East Regional. The top 12 times in each region per event qualify for the Championships in Eugene.

Men
1. Seb Anthony - 800m - Seeding time is 9th overall so if Anthony just does his thing, he should advance to the NCAAs.
2. Cole Beck - 100m, 200m - For the 100m, Beck's seeding time was 10.15 which is mid pack for the 48 guys that are declared for the race. I think he needs to shave of a couple of hundredths and run closer to the 10.11 that he did in last years ACC Championships to make NCAAs. I think the 200m is more of a long shot to advance, it is certainly possible, but he would have to have a really good race.
3. Khalil Bedoui - Hammer Throw - I don't expect Bedoui to qualify for NCAAs, but he could with a new PR and some help from the guys in front of him if they get into trouble with faults.
4. EJ Bell - High Jump - Bell is midpack with a qualifying mark of 2.13m so I am not expecting him to move past the regionals.
5. Chauncey Chambers - Triple Jump - Chambers needs to just do his thing and he should advance to NCAAs.
6. Aidan Clark - High Jump - Clark is also midpack with a qualifying mark of 2.12 so he is unlikely to advance to NCAAs.
7. Ben Fleming - 3000m Steeplechase - 3rd seeding time overall so Fleming just needs to do his thing and should advance to the NCAAs.
8. Kennedy Harrison - 400m - Harrison is really close to sneaking into the NCAAs. If he has a good meet and shaves off a couple of hundredths, I think he has a great shot at it.
9. Tyson Jones - Shot Put - I don't expect Jones to qualify for NCAAs, but he could with a new PR and some help from the guys in front of him if they get into trouble with faults.
10. Antonio Lopez Segura - 5000m - Lopez Segura is going to have to run a really good race to advance but based on the way he has knocked of chunks of time in other events this season, I think it is very doable. He was very strategic at the ACC outdoor championships so that should help.
11. KJ Moore - Long Jump - Qualifying mark of 7.75 m is mid pack so I don't expect him to move forward to NCAAs, but if he has a really good day and some of the guys with longer jumps on the season have trouble with faults, it is possible.
12. Ben Nibbelink - 3000m Steeplechase - Nibbelink will need to run well but also has a really good chance to qualify.
13. Declan Rymer - 3000m Steeplechase - Rymer would have to have a career day to qualify and knock something like 10-12 seconds off his seasons best.
14. Tyreke Sapp - 400m - Sapp is a bit more of a long shot to advance.
15. KJ Tillmon - 100m, 200m - I think advancing in the 100m would be a long shot with a seeding time of 10.23 but I think advancement in the 200m is very possible if he can knock off a couple of hundredths.
16. 4x100m Relay - If the Hokies run cleanly and don't have any iffy exchanges, they should move on to the NCAAs.
17. 4x400m Relay - I was worried that the issue at the ACC championships would keep the Hokies out of the Regional, but they are in. If they can run the time they did at ACCs prior to the DQ which is 2 seconds faster than the submitted seeding time, they should be able to sneak in.

Big congratulations to Freshman KJ Tillmon for the award of a full scholarship. I didn't realize he was a walk-on who happens to now be a school record holder and ACC champ in the 200m.

Women
1. Hannah Ballowe - 800m - Ballowe would need to knock about two seconds off her seeding time so I don't expect her to move on.
2. Rachel Baxter - Pole Vault - Baxter seems to have more trouble with pole vault in outdoor, but is still seeded 3rd so I expect her to advance without issue.
3. Grace Boone - 800m - Boone would need to knock about two seconds off her seeding time so I don't expect her to move on.
4. Julia Fixsen - Pole Vault - Fixsen is seeded 6th and I expect her to also advance.
5. Ava Hassebrock - 1500m - I don't expect Hassebrock to qualify for NCAAs. Based on seeding times, she would be about 5 seconds out of a qualifying spot.
6. Essence Henderson - Shot Put, Discus - Henderson will need to have a good day in the shot put, but is in great position to advance. I also expect her to advance in the discus.
7. Hailey Huston Myles - Triple Jump - I don't expect Huston Myles to advance.
8. Chase Kappeler - 3000m Steeplechase - I think Kappeler has the ability to qualify, but it is a bit of a long shot. The top 7 have quite a bit of separation from the rest of the field so it will be a battle for the next 5 qualifying spots.
9. Sara Killinen - Hammer Throw - I expect Killinen to advance.
10. Barbora Malikova - 800m - Malikova would have to knock a couple of seconds off her seeding time so even though she is remarkably talented, I don't expect her to move on to NCAAs.
11. Rebecca Mammel - Hammer Throw - I don't expect Mammel to advance.
12. Leigha Torino - 1500m - Depending on how the rest of the field does, Torino might be able to sneak in.

Well done Khalil!

Just looked up the results. He set his PB on his first throw which was good for 11th overall.

ACC will be well represented in the hammer throw with throwers from UNC, Miami, and Pitt also making the top 12.

Some updates:

1. 400m - Kennedy Harrison moves on to the quarterfinals on Friday while Tyreke Sapp did not advance out of the prelims and finishes 28th with a time of 46.93.

2. Long Jump-KJ Moore finishes 19th so he will not advance to NCAAs.

3. 100m - not a good day for the Hokies. Cole Beck false started and Tillman did not advance out of the heat.

4. 800m - Not sure what happened since I wasn't able to watch, but Seb Anthony did not advance out of the prelims.

They had a rain delay, but when that clears, we still have Hokies competing in the 200m and the shot put.

200m went much better. Both Tillmon and Beck are on to the quarterfinals.

Some more updates from late Wednesday and yesterday:

Men's Shot Put - Tyson Jones finished his season in 17th.

Women's Hammer Throw - Sara Killinen finished 3rd and advances to NCAAs. Rebecca Mammel finished her season in 28th.

Women's Pole Vault - Rachel Baxter finished in a four way tie for 1st and Julia Fixsen finished in a two-way tie for 5th. Both have punched their ticket.

Women's 1500m - Ava Hassebrock finished in 32nd and Leigha Torino finished in 36th.

Women's 800m - Grace Boone finished in 25th, Hannah Ballowe was 31st, and Barbora Malikova had a DNF.

Women's Shot Put - Essence Henderson finished 22nd.

Busy day today for the Hokie men who will be competing today in the high jump, 4x100m, 3000m steeplechase, triple jump, 400m, 200m, 5000m and 4x400.

Recap from yesterday and today:

1. Men's high jump- Aidan Clark finished his season in 22nd with a jump of 6'-10.25". Tough day for Elijah Bell who no heighted.

2. Mens 4x100- won their heat and were 2nd fastest overall so on to Eugene.

3. Mens 3000m Steeplechase - the Bens went 9 and 10 to punch their tickets to Eugene. Declan Rymer finished his season in 36th.

4. Mens Triple Jump - Chauncey Chambers finished 10th and moves on with a jump of 52'-0".

5. Mens 400m - Kennedy Harrison finished 16th in the quarterfinals and will not advance.

6. Mens 200m - Cole Beck finished 13th and Kahleje Tillmon finished 16th and do not advance.

7. 5000m - Antonio Lopez Segura finishes his season in 18th.

8. Mens 4x400 - finished 15th and will not advance.

9. Womens Discus - the best way to guarantee a spot is to win the whole damn thing. Essence Henderson takes the win with a new personal best of 193'.

10. Womens 3000m Steeplechase - Chase Kappeler finished her season in 44th.

11. Womens Triple Jump - Hailey Huston Myles finished her season in 19th with a new PB of 41'-9.75".

The 2022 Outdoor Championships start Wednesday, 6/8 at Hayward Field in Eugene, Oregon and runs through Saturday, 6/11.

TV coverage is as follows:
Wed - 730 ET on ESPNU
Thurs - 830 PM on ESPNU
Fri - 9 PM on ESPN2
Sat - 530 PM on ESPN

For All American status, those who finish 1-8 will be 1st Team, 9-16 will be 2nd Team and 17-24 will be Honorable Mention.

Participating Hokies by date and current scheduled time (as of 6/6):
Wednesday
-Men's 4x100 - Tillmon, Walker, Harrison, and Beck - Semis - 7:32 PM - #4 seed overall and should make the finals with clean exchanges. Another great opportunity for team points.

-Khalil Bedoui - Men's Hammer - 5 PM ET - Bedoui set a PR at the East Regional so hopefully he can continue that momentum. He will be in Flight 1 of 2 and I think a 2nd Team AA is very doable. I'd love to see him steal a team point or two and make 1st Team.

-Ben Fleming and Ben Nibbelink - Men's 3000m Steeplechase - Semis at 8:02 PM ET - Fleming is the reigning ACC Champion and comes into the event with the #5 time nationally this season. He will be running in Heat 1. Nibbelink finished 5th at the ACC Championships and will be running in Heat 2. The top five in each heat and the next two fastest times advance. I'd like to see both Bens advance and I think Fleming is one of the strongest contenders for team points.

Thursday
- Sara Killinen - Women's Hammer - 6 PM ET - Killinen finished 3rd in the East Region and is the 6th overall seed. She stands a great chance at winning team points and a 1st team AA.

-Rachel Baxter and Julia Fixsen - Women's Pole Vault - 9 PM ET - both ladies are excellent vaulters and stand a good chance of bringing home team points. I give the lean to Fixsen who just has seemed a little stronger recently.

Friday
-Men's 4x100m Finals - if the guys make it to the finals, it will be run at 9:02 PM ET

-Chauncey Chambers - Men's Triple Jump - 9:20 PM ET - Chambers is in Flight 2. I would love to see him shake off his ACC Championships performance and get 2nd Team All American.

- Men's 3000m Steeplechase - if one or both Bens make the finals, it will be contested at 924 PM ET.

Saturday
-Essence Henderson - Women's Discus - 5:05 PM - Henderson is in Flight 2. After winning the East Regional and as the #2 overall seed, I think Henderson stands an excellent chance of scoring team points. I don't think she wins the event because the #1 seed out of Arizona State has a seeding mark of 63.55 meters which is just under 5 meters further than Henderson's.

Thank you for providing all of these updates!

Sure thing!

Khalil Bedoui finished in 17th just missing 2nd Team AA with a throw of 219'-0".

Thought the Hokies would win the heat but Florida and TCU just got them at the end. Now they have to hope their 38.99 gets them through on time. Top two from each of the three heats move on and then the next two best times.

Just missed out on making the finals by 0.003 seconds to Clemson.

The Bens will not move on to the final. The times worked out that the top 12 moved on and Ben Fleming finished 13th overall and 8th in his heat but 2.5 seconds out of qualifying. Ben Nibbelink finished 20th overall and 9th in his heat.

Not Hokie related, but RGIII is part of the espn announcing crew for this one. It pains me to say it since I find him a bit irritating as a human being, but he does a really nice job in the booth. Well researched and enthusiastic about the sport.

I was thinking the same thing while watching last night.

He really knows his stuff, and his commentary is insightful for the non-expert. Not totally surprising, because he was an excellent 400m hurdler at Baylor and he was never lacking in intelligence, just maturity.

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Sara Killinen scores five points for the Hokies with her 4th place finish in the hammer throw. She set a new personal best of 233'-0".

Rachel Baxter finished 4th and Julia Fixsen finished 5th in the pole vault to add another 9 points to the team total.

Chauncey Chambers finished 17th in the triple jump at 51'-11"

11th place for Essence Henderson in the discus to finish out competition. The ladies finished in 17th with 14 team points.

Good way to end the season for Judson Lincoln IV who will be coming to Blacksburg.

That's awesome, he looks smooth and strong. Really relaxed while holding off the field in the last 100m. As comfortable as he looked at the end of the race, he looks like he could even move up to 800 if he wanted. But a 47.27 400 in high school is amazing.

He'll be ACC caliber the second he steps on campus.

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A little non-collegiate activity going on at the end of this week with some current Hokies and alumni headed to Eugene for the USATF Championships going from today, 6/23 through 6/26. TV coverage on the NBC channels.

Current Hokies
-Rachel Baxter - Pole Vault - Friday at 8:55 PM ET
-Essence Henderson - Discus - Friday at 9:45 PM ET - Flight 2
-Chauncey Chambers - Triple Jump - Sunday at 3:15 PM ET - Flight 1

Alumni - Note all references to best times are for USA athletes only not world rankings.
-Hanna Green (2017) - 800m - Thursday at 7:25 PM ET (1st Round), semis are Friday at 11:02 PM and the finals are Sunday at 4:54 PM. 1st round - top three from each of the 4 heats + next three fastest moves on to the semis. Semis - top 3 from each semi + next two fastest goes to the final. Hanna is in the same opening heat with Athing Mu who would be my pick (and everybody else's) to win it all. Looking at the best times for the 2022 Outdoor season, Hanna has the 17th best time (2:00.55) with four of those in front of her not on the start list. I think she makes the semis, but am not sure if she has quite enough to get into the finals unless she can get down to the sub 2 mark which she did in the Olympic Trials last year.

-Jordan Roach (2016) - Men's Discus - Thursday, 8:45 PM ET - Jordan will be throwing in Flight 1. Looking at this year's numbers, I would expect that Jordan does well in his flight but does not have the distance to compete with the guys in Flight 2.

-Bridget Williams (Volunteer assistant coach) - Pole Vault - 8:55 PM Thursday - I expect Bridget to compete for a podium spot.

-Fitsum Seyoum (2021) - 3000m Steeplechase - First Round Thursday, 9:05 ET and finals on Saturday at 5:04 PM. Top 5 from each heat and next 4 fastest advance to the final. Fitsum will be in Heat 2 and looks like his best time this year is an 8:32.35 so making it out of the first round will likely be a challenge.

-Vincent Ciattei (2018) - Thursday, 9:35 PM ET (first round), finals Saturday 4:54 PM ET. Top 3 from each heat plus next three fastest move on to the final. Vincent will be in Heat 1 and has the 3rd best time this year so I expect him to make the final and compete for a podium spot. Note that Matt Centrowitz of Olympic Champion fame (Broadneck High School grad for you Anne Arundel County, Maryland folks) had knee surgery and will not be competing.

Deakin Volz (2019) - Pole Vault - Saturday, 3 PM ET - Looks like Deakin hasn't competed this outdoor season so no idea how he will do here.

Across the pond in Manchester, Neil Gourley (2018) will be competing in the UK Athletics Championships in the 1500m with the first round on Friday at 2:20 PM ET and the finals on Saturday at 10:56 AM ET. Neil should make the final and could compete for a podium spot based on a very cursory look at the 1500m times run by UK runners this year.

Hanna Green finishes 4th in her heat with a 2.01.8 which gets her through to the semis on time.

Hanna Green finished 6th in her semi and will not advance.

In other news, Athing Mu is just fun to watch in the 800m. She is just so dominant.

Athing Mu (pronounced "Mo" for anyone who doesn't follow Track and Field) is amazing. Ajee Wilson pushed her hard today, but Mu is amazing. Watching Mu in the 800m and Abby Steiner in the 200m is awesome - two college kids who look like favorites to win world titles in 3 weeks.

On the men's side I can't wait to see Noah Lyles and Erriyon Knighton in a rematch in the 200m. Can't believe Knighton is 18 years old. I never thought I'd say this, but I actually think he has better than 50/50 odds to eventually break Usain Bolt's 200m record at some point. Also looking forward to seeing if Fred Kerley can take the 100m, and to watching Michael Norman, who is looking like a potential world record threat in the 400m this season.

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Fitsum Seyoum finished 8th in his heat and 17th overall.

Jordan Roach finished 14th.

Tough day for Vincent Carter, just missed qualifying on time.

Hat tip to Neil Gourley who was the fastest qualifier for the final.

Gourley finishes 2nd and qualifies for worlds later this summer.

Not a good day for Deakin Volz who did not register a height in the pole vault.

Final update. Chauncey Chambers finished 12th in the triple jump.

Mr. Queen Harrison (Will Claye) was 2nd.

Bridget Williams finished 7th and Rachel Baxter finished 8th in the pole vault.