Tigers Leave Kentucky With New School Record, All-Time Top Ten Marks

MUTIGERS.COM Freshman Tony Carodine landed at #5 on the All-Time Top Ten list in the Triple Jump during Saturday's competition.
Freshman Tony Carodine landed at #5 on the All-Time Top Ten list in the Triple Jump during Saturday's competition.

Jan. 26, 2013

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Lexington, Ky. - It was another record-breaking day for the Tigers, this time with freshman Markesh Woodson earning himself the top spot on the record-board for the men's 60m dash.  After tying the record at last week's Missouri Invitational, Markesh beat out a tough field to win the event in 6.69, good enough for the #16 ranking in the nation as released by the Track & Field Results Reporting System (TFRRS).  He beat out the previous record, set by Carlos Posey at the Big 8 Championships on Feb. 24, 1999, by 0.01 seconds.

On finding out he broke the school record in the final heat, Woodson simply said "I was extremely happy!  I prayed for help to get the record and thank God for the success.  [Now, moving forward] I am focused on staying healthy, running smart, and keeping my faith strong."

The Tigers continued to drop All-Time Top Ten marks, with five athletes adding their names to the boards throughout the second day of competition at the Rod McCravy Memorial Meet in Lexington, KY.  The squads left their first away meet of the year with eight new top ten marks and nine PR's, continuing their exciting entrance into the SEC.  

"As a team, collectively, they acted like the pros we expect them to be," said Head Coach Brett Halter of the first away meet for the young Tigers squad. "It was pretty excited as a coaching staff to watch this group come together.  There is a lot of great comradery, and we're already seeing the results of their investment this fall."

In the triple jump, Freshman Tony Carodine continued with his strong performances, hitting a PR of 15.32m to place fourth overall and land at #5 on the All-Time list.  It was also enough to get him the #27 spot in the national rankings.  Fellow-freshman Danielle Williams jumped 0.01m under her performance last week to finish 11th in the triple jump competition and beat out the #10 All-Time mark with a second jump of 11.66m. 

"I felt very good about this weekend.  This meet has showed me how much more I can progress throughout the indoor season and continue it into the outdoor season," Carodine said. "Competing on my first collegiate roadtrip was a great experience!  The competition was great, and I enjoyed the environment.  Now, I'm just ready to get back to training and try to exceed that mark within these next few weeks."

Freshman Chelsie Stevens joined her 60m counterpart, Woodson, once more this week, running a 7.73 to land herself at #6 on the All-Time list.  Stevens missed the school record in the same event by 0.01 seconds last week, finishing in 7.61.  She also earned a new PR of 25.77 in the 200m, besting her time from last week by 0.22 seconds.

"It's exciting to see some of the newcomers step in and take some big roles in the team," said Halter. "We're really getting some balanced efforts throughout the team.  We're seeing all event areas come together and working for each other."

Senior Laura Roxberg and sophomore Kearsten Peoples also hit Top Ten marks in their respective events, adding to the boards topped by their school records.  Roxberg ended her indoor season last year with a new mile school record of 4:39.91 while Peoples started her season this year with a record-breaking mark of 16.87m.  Roxberg took home an 11-second win in the mile to hit a #5 All-Time finish of 4:42, placing her at #21 in the national rankings.  Peoples landed herself at the #6 spot after finishing fourth in the shot put competition with her second mark of 16.03m.  She is currently in the #5 spot in the national rankings for the shot put, and #25 for the weight throw.

The distance crew came through with some big performances as well, with sophomore Chris Spudic finishing tenth overall in the 3,000m run with a 25-second PR of 8:25.22.  Junior Merid Seleshi was fifth overall in the race with a four-second PR of 8:18.5, senior Max Storms was 11th with a final time of 8:26.04.  Sophomore Courtney Brown also earned a PR in the 3,000m, finishing with a 10:07.54 to best her previous time by 16-seconds.  Senior Bailey Belvis took third overall in the 3,000m, crossing the line in 9:41.33.

"My race this weekend gave me a good idea of my fitness level, and gave me more confidence for the coming weeks," said Belvis, who currently resides in the #12 spot for the SEC in the 3,000m run. "Our first meet on the road went very smoothly and it felt like the whole team brought a lot of excitement and energy to the track.  We had some really strong performances and that was backed by a lot of team support."

Today's results were a continuation of the success found during Friday's events, which started with senior Kelcy Vanarsdall's first pentathlon competition of the season.  She finished with her second-best career score of 3,395 points, good for fifth place.

"I felt really good heading into this weekend's competition, but fell 19 points shy of a PR.  That's not a lot in the world of pentathlons, and it is early in the season, so I think good things are coming," said Vanarsdall. "This weekend's meet was a blast...It was inspiring to see the team splitting up and going to the various event areas to cheer on heir teammates."

In the throws, freshman Nick Sublett and senior Cortni Ervin hit season bests in the weight throw, and went on to achieve the same on Saturday in the shot put.  Both marks put Ervin into the top 20 for SEC rankings, coming in at #12 for the shot put and #16 for the weight throw.  Junior Katie Evans also threw a season-best in the shot put on Saturday to earn the #11 spot on the SEC rankings.  This continues the strong throws performances that started back in December, and currently have Peoples, senior Brooks Mosier, sophomore Jill Rushin, senior Jacob Bullinger, and junior Brian Duncan in the top 45 of the TFRRS national rankings. They are joined by this weekend's ranking-performances from Woodson, Roxberg and Carodine, and last weekend's marks from senior Malcolm Pennix and freshman Jonathon Ilori.  These rankings will be the make-it-or-break-it at the end of the season, as the top 16 individuals in each event will go on to the NCAA National Championships in Fayetteville, AR.  

"Our goal is simply always to get out of January and into February, and that's where things get going," said Halter. "There are great things, and there are things that we need to get better with as a team performance-wise, but I think we're going to start seeing these performances as we move into February and start establishing a competitive rhythm.  

The Tigers will be back in action next weekend with the Husker Invitational in Lincoln, NE.  For the latest updates on your Tigers, stay tuned to MUTigers.com and follow the team on Twitter @MIZ_TrackField.



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