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Published 02/09/2013
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T&F Sets School Record at VT Elite

BLACKSBURG, Va. - Miami track and field set a new school record in the final day of competition at the Virginia Tech Elite Meet at Rector Field House.

The men's distance medley relay team of Luke Fontaine, Christian Cook, Douglas Dourado and Greg Kaczka finished fourth in the event. Kaczka, who ran the 1600m part of the DMR in 4:10.887, helped the team set a new Miami record with a time of 10:02.83.

"Greg continues to have a stellar senior season and anchored the DMR to a school record," Deem said.

The men were not the only Canes relay team to have success Saturday as the women's relay team of Jokira Jiles, Taneisha Cordell, Alaine Tate and Shannon Wright finished third in the 4x400m final with a time of 3:43.379.

"Alaine and Taneisha continue to improve and compete hard each week," Deem said. "They both ran well in their open events and ran tough on the relay."

Miami's women finished the weekend with several strong performances.

All-American Samantha Williams finished second in the women's triple jump, posting a mark of 42' 0.75". The senior placed fifth in the women's long jump on Friday.

Several other female athletes joined Williams with strong performances. Freshman Jamika Glades finished fifth in the women's 400m, posting a time of 56.87 seconds.

Junior Alyssa McClure and sophomore Amber Monroe each earned sixth place finishes in their respective events Saturday. McClure ran the women's 200m in 24.32 seconds, while Monroe throw in the women's shot put traveled 43' 6".

Freshman John-Patrick Friday stood out for the men's program. Friday finished fifth in the men's triple jump with a mark of 47' 4.5" and placed seventh in the high jump, clearing 6' 8.75".

Sophomore Tim Richardson finished just behind Friday in the triple jump, covering 47' 3.5", while sophomore Innocent Jacob finished tied with Friday in the men's high jump.

Other men's track athletes posting top five finishes include junior Bassim El-Sabawi, who finished fifth in the men's 200m final with a time of 22.31 seconds, and sophomore Sean Pezzulo, who placed fourth in the men's 5000m, posting a time of 15:05.20.

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