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Published 01/19/2013
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Williams, Simmons Lead T&F at Auburn Invite

BIRMINGHAM, Ala. - Senior All-American Samantha Williams and freshman standout Isaiah Simmons shined, as the Miami track and field program competed in the Auburn Invitational at CrossPlex Indoor Track & Field Center.

Williams traveled 42' 5.5" (12.94m) to win the triple jump in a field of 21 competitors. The senior also placed eighth in the long jump, covering 19' 0.5" (5.80m), while junior Nicole Cummings finished 11th with a jump of 18' 6" (5.64m).

Simmons was the star for the men, breaking his own shot put record with a throw of 59' 7.5" (18.17m). A week ago, Simmons broke the Miami indoor shot put record with a throw of 58' 7" (17.87m).

Simmons, who placed second in the shot put for the second consecutive week, was not the only Hurricane to set a new personal record.

Junior Sean Pezzulo placed ninth in the men's 3000m, setting a personal record with a time of 8:41.84, while senior Greg Kaczka finished fourth in the men's mile, setting a new personal record with a time of 4:12:08. Kaczka's time ranks second in Miami history to Connor Adams, who ran the indoor mile in 4:11.91 on Feb. 3, 2012 at the Virginia Tech Elite Meet.

Kaczka was also part of the Miami team that placed fourth in the 4000m DMR. The senior ran the opening leg of the medley followed by sophomores Davin Johnson and Douglas Dourado. Junior Luke Fontaine finished the race to give Miami a 10:16.97 time.

Freshman John-Patrick Friday finished seventh in the men's triple jump (47' 11"), while sophomore Innocent Jacob placed tenth in the long jump (22' 8").

Phillip Dorsett was Miami's top finisher in the men's 60m with a time of 6.93 seconds, but did not qualify for the final. Dorsett also ran the opening leg for Miami's 4x400m relay team that placed ninth with a time of 3:21.11.

For the women, sophomore Taneisha Cordell and junior Alaine Tate finish sixth and seventh overall in the women's 800m. The pair finished almost simultaneously, with Cordell running the 800m in 2:12.16 and Tate finishing in 2:12.29.

Both women's 4x400 teams finished in the top 10 on Saturday. Cordell,Tate and sophomores Jokira Jiles and Shannon Wright finished fourth with a time of 3:44.81. The quartet of freshman Jamika Glades, sophomore Jasmyne King and juniors Alyssa McClure and Lindsi Arrington placed ninth with a time of 3:52.17.

McClure also qualified for the finals in the 60m dash, finishing eighth with a time of 7.49 seconds. The junior placed sixth in prelims with a time of 7.46 seconds.

A pair of young Hurricanes placed in the top 10 in their events. Sophomore Amber Monroe placed sixth in women's shot put, setting a personal record with a throw of 43' 3" (13.18m) and freshman Dakota Dailey-Harris placed seventh in the women's high jump, clearing 5' 5.75" (1.67m).

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