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Track and Field: Out Distancing the Competition

Hurricanes rack up records, titles and awards

By: Pravin Patel // Sports Editor

Issue date: 7/8/08 Section: Sports
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Ena Leufory placed first in the 800 meter race this weekend. The track team was in Arkansas this weekend for the tyson Invatational.
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Ena Leufory placed first in the 800 meter race this weekend. The track team was in Arkansas this weekend for the tyson Invatational.

Men's track and field head coach, Mike Ward, and women's track and field head coach, Amy Deem, have a great deal to be proud of when looking back to last season. From the outstanding athletes to the great performances, both coaches saw it all from their respective squads.

Of the various accolades the two squad's accumulated throughout their seasons, none are more noteworthy than sophomore Kristy Whyte being recognized as the Atlantic Coast Conference (ACC) Women's Track Most Valuable Performer. After a strong track season, Whyte put together an impressive showing at the ACC Championship, as she raced to first place finishes in the 100-meter and 200-meter dashes, earning ACC Titles in both events.

Besides Whyte, junior Krista Simkins also had a solid season, ultimately leading to her claiming the ACC Title in the 400-meter dash. The Hurricanes also saw the development of freshmen Ti'erra Brown and Takecia Jameson, as they claimed second and third, respectively in the 400-meter hurdles at the ACC Championships, while Brown also earned a fourth place finish in the 100-meter hurdles.

Additionally, the relay team of Charlene Fuller, Simkins, Tara Thomas and Whyte took the 4X100 meter relay event at the ACC Championship, while the 4X400 meter relay team of Ena Leufroy, Jameson, Tameka Jameson and Whyte took second.

The Hurricanes also succeeded in the field events at the ACC Championships, as senior Khadija Talley took first place in the discuss throw, while coming second in the shot put. Junior Viktoria Andonova came second in the pole vault, while sophomore Deandra Doyley came second in the long jump.

As for the Hurricane men, four-time All-American Tim Harris was his usual self, taking his sixth straight conference title in the 800-meters, adding one more outdoor title to his two outdoor titles and three indoor titles. Sophomore Cory Nelms also saw the hard work he put in throughout the season culminate in two third place finishes in the 110-meter and 400-meter hurdle events.

Besides bringing home numerous awards and accolades, members of the Hurricanes' track and field teams also did their part to rewrite University of Miami record books, as Harris, who already holds the school record for the 800-meter dash, set a new school record in the 1,500-meter event. On the women's side, Talley broke her own school record in the discuss, setting a new school-best mark.

From the track to the field, the University of Miami performed well all of last season. From personal record best times and distances to school records to ACC Titles, the men's and women's teams made a splash in the collegiate arena. Having returned a number of top athletes, the teams will now look to take that success and build upon it, as they head into this upcoming season with new goals and new dreams.

Pravin Patel may be contacted at p.patel7@umiami.edu.
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