Tuesday, February 16, 2010 | Track & Field
Track & Field Weekly Release

Sammy Biggs of Southern Illinois provisionally qualified in the 400-meter with his performance that gave him the top-time in the Valley.  Indiana State's Major Clay high jumped to new heights this past weekend with his jump ranking sixth nationally and Tonya Nero from Wichita State set a new personal-best in the 5000-meter run. Kylie Hutson automatically qualified for the fourth straight week and is currently holds the No. 1 best vault in the nation this season. For their efforts, they are named MVC Men's Track Athlete of the Week, MVC Men's Field Athlete of the Week, MVC Women's Track Athlete of the Week, and MVC Women's Field Athlete of the Week, respectively.

Sammy Biggs of Southern Illinois won the men's 400-meter invite by nearly a full second, as he beat Michigan's Carl Buchanon to record his fastest 400-meter dash time of the season, provisionally qualifying in the event for the first time this season. Biggs' 400-meter dash time is the fastest recorded in the Missouri Valley Conference this season. He then went on to lead the 4x400 relay team to a third-place finish. Running the anchor leg, SIU's team led by Biggs hit the NCAA provisional qualifying time for the first time all year by finishing in a time of 3:12.12.

Junior Major Clay had a personal best jump of 7' 3" (2.21m) to capture the high jump competition at the Iowa State Classic on Saturday. It is the sixth best jump of the season in the nation and best in the Missouri Valley Conference by six centimeters (2.5"). Clay's jump is also third-best in Indiana State history.

Wichita State's Tonya Nero provisionally qualified for the NCAA Indoor Championships as the cross country all-region award winner finished the 5000-meter run in a time of 16:39.92. Nero's time in the 5000-meter run is a new personal best and places her second on the WSU all-time leader board in that category. Nero also broke the Trinidad and Tobago country record in the 5000-meter that was previously set in 1995.

Senior Kylie Hutson soared to the top of the national rankings on Saturday, clearing 14' 5.25" (4.40m), winning the pole vault at the Iowa State Classic. She has reached the automatic qualifying mark for the pole vault for the fourth straight week. The height set a new Indiana State and Missouri Valley Conference record for the event and is the best height in the nation to date.

Other notable performers:
Jeremiah Vaughan, Indiana State
Jeremiah Vaughan raced to a win at the Iowa State Classic on Saturday, winning the 3000-meter with a time of 8:12.54. The sophomore has the top time in the Missouri Valley Conference this season in the event and ranks 45th in the nation with a converted time of 8:06.08 set at the Wisconsin Elite Meet on Jan. 29.

Matt Mroczynski, Illinois State
Matt Mroczynski had a career weekend at the Iowa State Classic. He paired up with Anthony Jacks, John Neisler and Jon Roberts to place fifth overall in the distance medley relay in a time of 9:59.72. Mroczynski then set a new personal-best in the seeded mile run with a time of 4:11.03 to finish in 15th place overall.

Maxim Bakana, Southern Illinois
Maxim Bakana finished second in the men's triple jump with a mark of 48', his best of the season. That mark is also the second furthest recorded in the Missouri Valley Conference.

Brandon Childs, Wichita State
Brandon Childs, fresh off his NCAA provisional mark at the Shocker Quad, placed first again for the second straight week in the men's high jump, clearing the bar at 6' 10.75".

Ben Pratt, Illinois
For the second-consecutive meet, Ben Pratt posted a personal-best in the triple jump over the weekend at the Iowa State Classic.  Pratt posted the fifth-best jump in the Valley this season with a leap of 47' 1.5" to finish in eighth place.  He also set a new career-best in the long jump with a leap of 22' 3" to place 24th overall.

Kandise Thompson, Southern Illinois
Kandise Thompson ran the anchor leg for the SIU women's 4x400 relay team that set a new school record by crossing the finish line in a NCAA provisional qualifying time of 3:39.51. That time beat the old school record by nearly four seconds and was six seconds faster than any other relay team at the GVSU Big Meet. Thompson also had standout races in the 200 and 400-meter invites finishing in seventh and second-place, respectively.

Allison Malone, Indiana State
Junior Allison Malone, an all-conference cross country athlete for Indiana State, made her return to indoor track & field at the Iowa State Classic on Friday, placing ninth in the 3000-meter. Malone is the fifth collegian in the 3000-meter with a personal-best time of 10:07.12.

Sade Sealy, Illinois State
Junior Allison Malone, an all-conference cross country athlete for Indiana State, made her return to indoor track & field at the Iowa State Classic on Friday, placing ninth in the 3000-meter. Malone is the fifth collegian in the 3000-meter with a personal-best time of 10:07.12.

Terry Phillips, Missouri State
Terry Phillips won the Iowa State Classic's seeded 3000-meter run in 9:35.79, a personal-best. The time cements her status as the third all-time 3000-meter performer in Missouri State history and gives her the fastest 3000-meter time of any MVC runner this year, by nearly 12 seconds.

Gwen Berry, Southern Illinois
Gwen Berry became the first athlete to beat Jeneva McCall (a teammate at Southern Illinois) in the shot put this season. Berry set a new personal record in the event to take first-place, and she did so by hitting the NCAA provisional qualifying mark. Her shot put of 51' 6.25" is the second furthest recorded in the MVC this year (behind McCall's) and is the 22nd furthest in the nation.

Cassie Craig, Wichita State
Cassie Craig competed in the women's 60-meter hurdles recording a time of 8.83 in the prelims to advance to the finals.  Craig just missed tying her own personal-best time in the finals as she crossed the line in a time of 8.64, only .01 away from her personal record mark that also ranks fifth in the WSU all-time list

Tori Ziegler, Illinois State
Tori Ziegler tied her previous NCAA regional-qualifying mark in the shot put at the Iowa State Classic to finish in sixth place overall Saturday.  The Fox Lake, Ill., native Ziegler cracked the top 10 with a throw of 50' 11.5" to tie her previous career-best effort set on Jan. 30 at the Indiana Relays in Bloomington, Ind.

Kimsue Grant, Missouri State
Kimsue Grant's 39' 4" mark was good for not only fifth-place in a competitive Iowa State Classic featuring 25 jumpers, but also for the top triple jump of any Bear this season.  Grant's jump is the fifth-best jump of any MVC competitor this season.

Schedule of Events for the 2010 State Farm Missouri Valley Conference Indoor Track & Field Championship

Saturday, February 27, 2010
Multi-Events
10:00 a.m. 60 Meter Hurdles Women's Pentathlon
10:30 a.m. 60 Meter Dash Men's Heptathlon
11:00 a.m. High Jump Women's Pentathlon
11:15 a.m. Long Jump Men's Heptathlon
12:30 p.m. Shot Put Men's Heptathlon
1:00 p.m. Shot Put Women's Pentathlon
1:45 p.m. High Jump Men's Heptathlon
2:15 p.m. Long Jump Women's Pentathlon
3:15 p.m. 800 Meter Run Women's Pentathlon

Field Events
1:45 p.m. 20# Weight Throw Women's Trials and Final
3:30 p.m. Pole Vault Men's Final
3:45 p.m. 35# Weight Throw Men's Final
4:45 p.m. Long Jump Men's Trials and Final
6:45 p.m. Long Jump Women's Trials and Final

Track Events
3:30 p.m. 60 Meter Dash Women's Prelims (If needed)
3:45 p.m. 60 Meter Dash Men's Prelims (If needed)
4:00 p.m. 60 Meter Hurdles Women's Prelims (If needed)
4:15 p.m. 60 Meter Hurdles Men's Prelims (If needed)
4:30 p.m. Distance Medley Relay Women's Final
4:50 p.m. Distance Medley Relay Men's Final
5:10 p.m. 400 Meter Dash Women's Prelims
5:25 p.m. 400 Meter Dash Men's Prelims
5:40 p.m. 60 Meter Dash Women's Semi Finals
5:55 p.m. 60 Meter Dash Men's Semi Finals
6:10 p.m. 60 Meter Hurdles Women's Semi Finals
6:25 p.m. 60 Meter Hurdles Men's Semi Finals
6:40 p.m. 3,000 Meter Run (Slow Heat) Women's Final
7:00 p.m. 3,000 Meter Run (Fast Heat) Women's Final
7:20 p.m. 3,000 Meter Run (Slow Heat) Men's Final
7:35 p.m. 3,000 Meter Run (Fast Heat) Men's Final
7:50 p.m. 200 Meter Dash Women's Prelims
8:05 p.m. 200 Meter Dash Men's Prelims
8:20 p.m. 800 Meter Run Women's Prelims
8:35 p.m. 800 Meter Run Men's Prelims

Sunday, February, 28, 2010
Multi-Events
10:00 a.m. 60 Meter Hurdles Men's Heptathlon
10:45 a.m. Pole Vault Men's Heptathlon
12:45 p.m. 1,000 Meter Run Men's Heptathlon

Field Events
12:30 p.m. Triple Jump Women's Trials and Final
12:30 p.m. Shot Put Women's Trials and Final
12:30 p.m. High Jump Men's Final
2:00 p.m. Pole Vault Women's Final
2:30 p.m. High Jump Women's Final
2:30 p.m. Shot Put Men's Trials and Final
2:30 p.m. Triple Jump Men's Trials and Final

Track Events
1:30 p.m. Mile Run (Slow Heat) Women's Final
1:40 p.m. Mile Run (Fast Heat) Women's Final
1:50 p.m. Mile Run (Slow Heat) Men's Final
2:00 p.m. Mile Run (Fast Heat) Men's Final
2:10 p.m. 400 Meter Dash Women's Final
2:15 p.m. 400 Meter Dash Men's Final
2:20 p.m. 60 Meter Dash Women's Final
2:25 p.m. 60 Meter Dash Men's Final
2:30 p.m. 60 Meter Hurdles Women's Final
2:40 p.m. 60 Meter Hurdles Men's Final
2:50 p.m. 800 Meter Run Women's Final
2:55 p.m. 800 Meter Run Men's Final
3:00 p.m. 200 Meter Dash (2 sections) Women's Final
3:05 p.m. 200 Meter Dash (2 sections) Men's Final
3:10 p.m. 5,000 Meter Run Women's Final
3:35 p.m. 5,000 Meter Run Men's Final
3:55 p.m. 4 x 400 Meter Relay Women's Final
4:05 p.m. 4 x 400 Meter Relay Men's Final
4:15 p.m. Awards Ceremony

NOTE: Individual event medals will be distributed immediately after each event.