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Alex Young won both the discus and hammer throw events at the Terrier Relays.
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GWU Track & Field Competes at Terrier Relays and Duke Invitational on Saturday
Courtesy: Gardner-Webb
          Release: April 07, 2013
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Spartanburg, S.C. - Alex Young, Taylor Cook, Tyler Samotis, and Sarah Perkins each won individual events, and numerous personal records went down as Gardner-Webb track & field impressed at the Terrier Relays on Saturday.

Saturday's busy day of competition comes with 2013 Big South Outdoor Championships only two weeks away (April 18-20).

In the women's pole vault, senior Taylor Cook (Boone, N.C.) won for the second time this season. Cook, who took first place pole vault honors at last weekend's Winthrop Invitational, finished with the top mark on Saturday with a height of 3.50 m.

Freshman Megan Melton (Riverside, Calif.) tied for third in the event with a personal best performance of 3.35 m.

Freshman Sarah Perkins scored her first collegiate win on Saturday, taking first place in the women's 400 m hurdles. Perkins achieved a season best time of 1:04.34 in the event.

GWU's Nicole Saxton added a 14th place showing the 400 m hurdles after turning in a time of 1:10.82.

GWU occupied the 2nd and 3rd spots in the women's 100 m hurdles. Junior Kristen Hurley (Columbia, Conn.) led GWU with a personal best time of 15.12 and Perkins (Gorham, Maine) closed fast for a season best time of 15.32 in the event.

Hurley added a 6th place showing in the long jump. The junior achieved a season best mark, 5.03 m, to lead the Runnin' Bulldog women in the event.

In the women's 200 m dash, Saxton led the Runnin' Bulldogs, giving the squad a 6th place finish. A sophomore from Tampa, Fla., Saxton sprinted to a personal best time of 26.28 in the event.

Senior T'Keyah Bell (Cherryville, N.C.) took 9th in the women's 100 m dash, leading the squad with a season best time of 12.69. Bell tied her previous personal best with the run.

Freshmen Jessica Norris (Johnson City, Tenn.) and Kaylan Myers (Lexington, Kent.) tied for 7th in the women's high jump. Both Norris and Myers cleared a height of 1.49 m on Saturday during the event.

In the triple jump, Norris took 5th, achieving a distance of 10.49 m in the event.

Junior Kyntoya Hansford achieved a 3rd place finish in the women's discus throw. The Miami, Fla. native threw a personal best distance of 38.52 m on Saturday.

Gardner-Webb's throwers showed out in the women's hammer throw. Ashlei Alexander (Queens, N.Y.) led the squad with a 2nd place finish at 48.50 m, Jasmine Miles (Amelia, Va.) took 3rd with a mark of 44.78 m, Yazzming Lee (Paterson, N.J.) finished in 4th place at 44.77 m, and Hansford added a 5th place finish with another personal best distance of 41.86 m for the Runnin' Bulldogs in the event.

Lee (11.87 m) and Hansford (11.68 m) finished in 3rd and 4th place in the shot put, respectively in another strong showing for the GWU hurlers. Hansford turned in her third personal best performance of the weekend in the event.

Junior Katie Spiro (Sylva, N.C.) finished 4th in the women's javelin throw with a mark of 34.45 m. Fellow junior Tomora Parker added an 8th place finish with a personal best mark  at 28.69 m.

Gardner-Webb took 5th place in the women's distance medley relay behind the efforts of Ariel Zimmerman, Spiro, Claire Cates, and Megan Frost, who combined for a time of 14:05.36.

GWU picked up a 9th place finish in the women's 4x100 m relay. Ashley Slate, Olivia Moody, Kaylan Myers, and Norris teamed up for a time of 52.78 in the event.

In the women's 4x200 m relay, Hurley, Slate, Bell, and Perkins combined to finish third. The quartet finished with a time of 1:50.41.

Zimmerman, Cates, Frost, and Spiro turned in an 8th place finish in the women's 4x400 m with a time of 4:34.45.

In the men's pole vault, Tyler Samotis (Hendersonville, N.C.) made it two wins in a row after winning the event at the Winthrop Invitational last weekend. Samotis cleared 4.80 m on Saturday, the top mark of the meet as well as an Outdoor personal best.

Freshman Tyler Marsengill (Rock Hill, S.C.) reached a height of 4.20 m to take 3rd place. Ben Bell (3.45 m) and Titus Hamilton (3.15 m) put up personal bests to add 6th and 9th place finishes in the event, respectively, for the Runnin' Bulldogs.

Alex Young (LaVergne, Tenn.) added to an already impressive freshman campaign by winning both the discus throw and the hammer throw at the Terrier Relays on Saturday. Young tossed 50.53 m, a season best, to finish atop the discus throw rankings, and threw 57.83 m in the hammer throw to finish first in that event as well.

Freshman A.J. White (44.13 m) and sophomore Nathan Padfield (41.06 m) achieved season bests to finish 6th and 10th in the discus throw, respectively. Ben Bell added an 18th place finish at 33.80 m.

Padfield also picked up a 4th place finish in the hammer throw after achieving a distance of 46.28 m. White tacked on a 10th place showing in the event at 41.31 m.

White (Hurricane, W.Va.) led the Runnin' Bulldog men in the shot put, achieving an 8th place finish after tossing 13.76 m. Fellow freshman Xavier Stewart took 11th in the event with a distance of 12.81 m.

In the men's long jump, freshman Chuboy Umeadi led the squad with a 4th place finish and a season best distance of 6.55 m. Junior Tavarus Ferguson (Evans, Ga.) tacked on a 7th place finish for Gardner-Webb, jumping a season best 6.36 m in the event.

Umeadi added a 6th place showing in the triple jump, achieving a season best distance of 13.52 m in the event.

Junior Drew Ford (Wasilla, Alaska) led the Runnin' Bulldog men in the 1,500 m run with a 13th place finish. Ford finished with a time of 4:27.88 in the event.

Bell (Greensboro, N.C.) and Hamilton (Blair, Neb.) finished 12th and 13th in the men's 110 m hurdles. Bell finished in a time of 17.24, and Hamilton raced to a season best time of 18.01 in the event.

A fourth place finish in the men's 4x400 m came from the Runnin' Bulldogs Josh Wembolua, Joseph Martin, Hamilton, and Miles Harris. GWU achieved a time of 3:22.72 in the event.

GWU picked up a 7th place finish in the men's 4x100 m relay. Martin, Harris, Tavarus Ferguson, and Terry Davis teamed up for a time of 44.70 in the event. In the men's 1,600 sprint medley, the quartet of Aaron Cronk, Nick Rogers, Trey Crook, and Justin Loy combined for an 8th place finish and a time of 3:54.14.

Crook, Rogers, Loy, and Cronk teamed up to take 12th in the men's 4x800 m relay with a time of 8:46.20.

In the men's distance medley relay, Ford, Rogers, Crook, and Loy ran to an 11th place finish and a time of 11:38.79.

Durham, N.C. - Senior Ivana Hughes also competed on Saturday, representing Gardner-Webb Track & Field at the Duke Invitational, running one of her signature events, the 800 meters, on Saturday at Wallace Wade Stadium.

The field at the Duke Invitational included over 1,000 participants from 50 institutions.

Hughes (Evans, Ga.) ran the women's 800 meters on Saturday, turning in a season best time of 2:14.98. She placed 24th in the event.

Saturday's performance for Hughes ranks her third in the Big South in the 800 meter run.

Gardner-Webb track & field's next scheduled competition is the Carolinas Cup on Friday, April 12 in Rock HIll, S.C.



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