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Canes Shine in NCAA Qualifier Meets

Courtesy: Hurricanesports.com
          Release: 03/02/2013
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CORAL GABLES, Fla. - A quartet of Canes spent Saturday trying to potentially qualify for the NCAA Indoor Championships.

Alaine Tate, Isaiah Simmons, Samantha Williams and Alyssa McClure each competed this weekend trying to earn a spot among the best indoor track and field athletes in the country.

Williams had the best performance of the group, winning the women's triple jump at the VT Qualifier. The senior All-American cleared 42' 0.5" to finish atop the 22-athlete field. While Williams beat the field, she did not surpass her best distance of the season, 42' 5.5", set at the Auburn Invitational in January.

"I am very happy with the way Sam competed today winning against such a strong field of jumpers," said Miami's jumps coach, Gavin O'Neal. We were using this meet for Sam to get better prepared for NCAAs next week. I am confident after her performance today that Sam will compete well at her first NCAA Indoor Championship."

Simmons also excelled, placing second in the men's shot put at the VT Qualifier with a throw of 57" 5.5". A week ago, the redshirt freshman won the ACC Indoor Championship in men's shot put with a throw of 58' 1.75". But neither of those throws tops his best of the season, when he cleared 59' 7.5" at the Auburn Invitational to set a new Miami record.

"Isaiah has had a great indoor season battling through the adversity of injuries and persevering each week, said Miami's throws coach, Cory Young. The work that has been done during indoor season will pay huge dividends going outdoors."

McClure also had a strong showing at the VT Qualifier. The junior finished fourth in the women's 60 m with a time of 7.46 seconds. McClure improved off her preliminary time of 7.49 seconds, which was good enough to win her heat. A week ago, McClure posted her best time of the year, running the women's 60m in 7.36 seconds to finish third in the event.

Tate, who competed at the Alex Wilson Invitational on the campus of the University of Notre Dame, finished the women's 800m in 2:09.75.

"Alaine has a breakout indoor season," said Miami's distance coach, Damon Griffiths. "She didn't have the race that we would have liked, but we have a lot to build on going into the outdoor season."

The junior transfer placed 20th at the meet, but she has some impressive times from a week ago at the ACC Indoor Championships. Tate, who posted a time of 2:07.54 in the ACC final, set a Miami record in the women's 800m run during preliminaries at the ACC Indoor Championships, posting a time of 2.06.09.

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