March 5, 2010
NOTRE DAME, Ind. – The first day of the Alex Wilson Invitational proved to be an exciting one as a new Loftus Sports Center pole vault record was set and 47 athletes and relay teams set NCAA qualifying marks.
Mark Hollis, competing unattached, broke the 18-year old men’s pole vault record of 5.50m (18-0 1/2) with a new mark of 5.51m (18-01).
The Alex Wilson Invitational continues Saturday with events beginning at 11:00 a.m.
Women’s Weight Throw: Western Michigan’s Irene Cooper was the top thrower with a mark of 19.99m (65-07), followed by Dayton’s Mallory Barnes in second at 19.36m (6306 1/4) and UTEP’s Terran Alexander was third at 19.14m (62-09 1/5). Madeline Casanova finished 11th with a throw of 14.65m (48-00 3/4), and Mason Bashaw was 12th at 13.94m (45-09). The top four throwers set NCAA provisional qualifying marks.
Men’s Weight Throw: Indiana State’s Joshua Williams was the top thrower with an NCAA provisional qualifying mark of 20.30m (66-07 1/4), followed by Southeast Missouri’s Brandon Colbert in second at 19.06m (62-06 1/2) and Indiana’s Patrick Onye in third with a mark of 18.20m (59-08 1/2). John Belcher finished fifth at 18.09m (59-04 1/4), Greg Davis was sixth at 17.66m (57-11 1/4), Mitchell Gormley finished seventh at 16.14m (52-11 1/2) and Mike Smigelski finished eighth with a mark of 14.92m (48-11 1/2).
Women’s Long Jump: Purdue’s Leah Eber won the event with a jump of 6.22m (20-05), followed by teammate Christina Madison in second at 6.19m (20-03 3/4). Western Michigan’s Ashley Hunault finished third at 5.91m (19-04 3/4), and Toledo’s Kiah Douglas was fourth at 5.65m (18-06 1/5). Eber and Madison both set NCAA provisional qualifying marks.
Men’s Long Jump: Eric Quick was the top jumper at 7.21m (23-08), followed by Central Michigan’s Kevin Bacon in second at 7.04m (23-01 1/4).
Women’s High Jump: North Carolina’s Patience Coleman finished first with a jump of 1.79m (5-10 1/2), followed by Purdue’s Emily Breslin in second at 1.79m (5-10 1/2) and Marquette’s Erynn James in third at 1.71m (5-07 1/4). Kendra Jennings finished fourth at 1.66m (5-05 1/4) and Central Michigan’s Tanisha Johnson was fifth at 1.66m (5-05 1/4). Coleman and Breslin hit NCAA provisional qualifying marks.
Men’s Pole Vault: Mark Hollis, unattached, set a Loftus Sports Center record with a height of 5.51m (18-01). Purdue’s Eric Sparks finished second at 5.14m (16-10 1/4), followed by Central Michigan’s Marcus Briedinger in third at 5.14m (16-10 1/4), teammate Mike McGregor in fourth at 4.99m (16-04 1/2) and Jim Merchun finished fifth at 4.84m (15-10 1/2).
Women’s 5000m: Charlotte’s Amanda Goetschius won the event with a time of 16:09.19, followed by Indiana’s Sarah Pease in second at 16:19.44 and Princeton’s Reilly Keirnan in third 16:21.94. Jessica Rydberg finished 10th in 17:10.48, Erica Watson was 12th at 17:19.02, Susanna Sullivan finished 13th in 17:47.36 and Kari Johnson was 14th in 18:34.43. The top six times were all NCAA provisional marks.
Men’s 5000m: New Mexico’s Chris Barnicle clocked in at 13:47.16 to win the event, followed by Tyson David, of Alabama, in second at 13:54.50 and Jake Walker was third at 13:55.08. Dan Jackson finished 19th at 14:35.23. The top 10 runners all set NCAA provisional qualifying marks.
Women’s Distance Medley Relay: Kansas was the top team with a time of 11:07.96, followed by Indiana in second at 11:11.02 and Michigan in third at 11:11.17. Notre Dame finished sixth with a time 11:20.34. The top seven teams hit NCAA provisional qualifying mark.
Men’s Distance Medley Relay: Eastern Michigan was the top team with a time of 9:32.72, followed by Indiana in second at 9:32.73 and Villanova in third at 9:33.11. Minnesota finished fourth in 9:33.85 and Texas was fifth at 9:34.29. Notre Dame finished 13th with a time of 9:04.30. The top 15 teams set NCAA provisional qualifying marks.