CORAL GABLES, Fla. - Miami track and field finished off its first outdoor meet of the season with a lot of success.
"I was happy with the effort we showed in our first outdoor meet," said Amy Deem, Miami's director of track and field and cross country. "There were a lot of good things to build off this weekend."
The Hurricane men were led by Isaiah Simmons, who had another historic performance.
One day after setting a school record in the men's hammer throw with a throw of 168' 10", Simmons broke the Miami outdoor shot put mark while winning the event at the Hurricane Invitational with a mark of 60' 4". The previous record was set by Mitch Sammons in 1982 (59" 11").
"I am really happy for Isaiah," Deem said. "It was great to see him start the outdoor season like he finished his indoor season, really strong. He set records in his first outdoor meet. I am looking forward to a very bright future from him."
Simmons also won the men's discus with a throw of 166' 8". The redshirt freshman now ranks second in Miami history behind Sammons (175' 2").
Phillip Dorsett also performed well in the final day of the Hurricane Invitational. The sophomore finished second in the men's 100m dash with a time of 10.63, just one tenth of a second behind South Carolina's Chris Royster (10.53).
Senior Greg Kaczka was the high finisher among collegians in the men's 800m, placing third with a time of 1:54.11. Sophomore Douglas Dourado placed seventh in the event, finishing in 1:55.26. Both times were personal bests for Kaczka and Dourado.
Freshman Tequille Jackson placed sixth in the men's 110m hurdles with a time of 14.57 while teammate Christian Cook posted a time of 15.15 seconds. Former Miami track standout Devon Hill finished third in the race with a time of 13.69 seconds.
The men's 4x100 relay team placed sixth with a time of 42.75 seconds. Miami's men ran two teams in the 4x400 relay, finishing fourth (3:17.04) and 11th (3:29.99).
Miami's women also had a strong finish at the Hurricane Invitational.
The women's 4X400m relay team was victorious, finishing in 3:40.85.
"I was proud of the 4x400 group," Deem said. "I thought they competed hard. If we want to compete at the national level, we've got to get a little bit better, but I felt like that was a good start for us."
Freshman Alexis Wright and Jamika Glades each set personal records. Wright finished second in the women's triple jump, clearing 38' 2", while Glades placed third in the 100m hurdles with a time of 13.95 seconds.
"It's always good to see someone get a personal record," Deem said. "Jamika Glades tried all last year to break 14 seconds and she did it in her first meet this year. That was great."
Taneisha Cordell and Lindsi Arrington finished second and third, respectively, in the women's 800m. Cordell, a sophomore, finished in 2:07.97, while Arrington, a junior, finished in 2:13.42. Freshman Kelly Williamson placed 10th in the event, finishing in 2:24.53.
"Very happy with Taneisha's opening performance in the 800 today," Deem said. "She is one of our strongest legs in the 4x400, too. I look for her to keep doing good things for us."
Alyssa McClure placed third in the women's 100m dash with a time of 11.7 seconds. Teammate Jokira Jiles finished 10th, posting a time of 12.08 seconds.
A day after placing sixth in the women's hammer throw, sophomore Amber Monroe placed third in the women's shot put, clearing 43' 7.75".
The Hurricane trio of Alaine Tate, Shannon Wright and Jasmyne King finished fifth, sixth and seventh in the women's 400m dash. Tate posted a time of 55.74 seconds in her Miami outdoor debut while Wright, (56.41) and King (56.51) finished right behind her. Miami alum Dominque Darden placed second with a time of 54.32 seconds.
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