--- Bulldogs continue success on route to SoCon Indoor Championships ---
Feb. 13, 2010
CLEMSON, S.C. ---- The Samford University track and field team set six school records in at the Clemson Tiger Paw Invitational this weekend. In three meets in the indoor season, the Bulldogs have walked away from each with at least one school record.
"I believe our athletes did a great job with the adversity that was put in front of them this weekend," Samford Head Coach Rod Tiffin said. "We normally like to get to the meet a day in advance but decided to drive up on Friday this week. Our kids got off the bus and set several season and personal best and six school records.
"Once again, we had some great individual performances from Cameron Bean, Blaise Carie, Hillary Neal, Patrick Wells and Michael Seaman," Tiffin said. "Those guys keep getting better each week and performing to the best of their abilities."
On Friday, Cameron Bean highlighted the action as he set a school record in the men's 5000 meters. His time of 14:28.87 was also a personal best and landed him in second place. Then on Saturday, Bean won the men's 3000 meters with a time of 8:27.65.
Hillary Neal took second place in the women's mile with a time of 4:57.90 followed by Lauren D'Alessio in eighth place with a time of 5:08.17. Holly Benson finished 13th with a time of 5:13.52. In the men's mile, Blaise Carie took seventh place with a time of 4:17.93 while Scott Cope recorded a personal best time of 4:21.05 to take ninth place. Will Denton came in 16th place with a time of 4:26.24.
Chinedu Amah broke his own school record in the triple jump with a leap of 45-09.75 to take third in the event.
Also on Friday, Jessica Lucas launched a school record in the women's weight throw with a toss of 38-06.75.
Jessica Van Ausdall grabbed third place and posted a school record in the women's 1000-meter run with a time of 3:00.76 while Alli Keithan (3:16.04) took 15th place and Christi Gaskill (3:25.38) took 21st place. Chas Keithan grabbed fourth place in the men's event with a time of 2:32.04.
McGuire also placed ninth in the women's 500 meters with a time of school record time of 1:22.02 followed by Ashley Bridenbaugh (1:23.66) in 11th place and Emily Allen (1:24.66) in 12th place.
Ashley Dance ran a school record of 42.46 in the 300 meter dash while taking 10th place in the event. Tatum Moffett (42.68) 11th place while Leslie Graf took 17th place with a time of 43.57. Dance also took 12th in the 400 meters with a time of 59.74. Keithan grabbed 14th place in the men's event with a personal best of 51.77.
In the women's 5000 meters, Ina Ables grabbed fifth place with a time of 17:56.08 while Jillian Klassen took 22nd place with a time of 19:36.51 and Lauren Pilcher came in 26th with a time of 20:42.83.
Riley Hawkins notched a personal best in the men's 60-meter dash preliminaries with a time of 7.08. Leslie Graf posted a personal best of 27.08 in the women's 200 meter dash while Bobby Ellision recorded a personal best of 24.32 in the men's event.
In the women's 60-meter hurdle preliminaries, Morgan Tyler just missed the finals, placing 12th with a time of 9.07. Julie McDonald and Christian McGuire both recorded personal best marks – McDonald with a time of 9.42 and McGuire with a time of 9.57.
Gaskill also placed 27th place in the women's 3000 meter run with a time of 11:27.31. Alli Keithan led the Bulldog women in the event with a personal best of 10:57.22 to finish 20th place followed by Deanna Zidar who finished 23rd with a time of 11:04.00.
Ramsey White placed 14th in the men's 800 meter run with a time of 1:58.78 while Andrea Nall placed 43rd in the women's event with a time of 2:37.01.
In the field events, Tyler took ninth in the women's long jump with a leap of 17-09.00 while Allen posted a personal best in the same event with a distance of 16-07.25. Allen also took fifth place in the women's triple jump with a personal best of 37-00.50 while Tyler grabbed eighth place with a distance of 36-07.75. Brandon Bassett posted a personal best leap in the men's event with a distance of 42-07.50.
Bo Ackesron-Gilroy took fifth place in the men's high jump with a height of 6-04.25 while Chenelle Terry placed third in the women's event with a personal best of 5-07.00.
Chris Davis took 14th place in the men's shot put with a distance of 43-08.75.
In the women's pole vault, Laura Bedsole and Mackenzie Wills took fourth and sixth places with a height of 11-04.50 while Mary Barron placed 10th with a height of 10-10.75.
In the men's pole vault, Patrick Wells and Michael Seaman landed in the top three yet again this week. Wells grabbed second place with a personal best of 16-06.00 while Seaman placed third with a height of 16-06.00 as well. Ryan Cook grabbed sixth place with a height of 15-00.25.
The women's distance medley relay team (Van Ausdall, Benson, Neal, D'Alessio) took second with a time of 12:01.48 while the men's team (Cope, Corcoran, Denton, Carie) won the men's event with a time of 10:12.87.
The women's 4x400 relay team (Moffett, Dance, Graf, Bridenbaugh) took eighth place with a time of 4:01.61 while the men's team (Cooper, Cordner, Denton, Corcoran) grabbed sixth place with a time of 3:27.69.
"I really feel, with another week of preparation, we should be ready for the conference championships in two weeks," Tiffin said. "I am happy with the effort we are putting out and feel we are getting better day by day."
The Bulldogs will be back in Clemson, S.C., next weekend for the Tiger Tune-Up before returning again in two weeks for the Southern Conference Championships (Feb. 25-26).