• Two Outdoor National Champions
  • 9 Indoor Individual All-Americans
  • 18 Outdoor Individual All-Americans
  • 7 Indoor UAA Team Championships
  • 5 Outdoor UAA Team Championships

2006-07 Men's Track and Field Headline Archive

July 16

EMORY MEN'S TRACK & FIELD PROGRAM EARNS ALL-ACADEMIC RECOGNITION

The 2006-07 Emory University men's track and field program has been selected by the U.S. Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association as a member of the All-Academic Team.

The Eagles of Head Coach John Curtin posted a grade-point average of 3.324 and ranked seventh among the 47 NCAA Division III teams who recognized for their performance in the classroom.  Haverford College topped the list with a 3.426 GPA was followed by Nebraska Wesleyan with a mark of 3.400. 

To be nominated, a team must carry a 3.00 cumulative GPA. 


May 26

EMORY'S ASHLEY DeMARCO EARNS ALL-AMERICA HONORS AFTER FINISHING EIGHTH IN HEPTATHLON AT NCAA DIVISION III NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIPS

LINTON ALL-AMERICAN IN 400 METERS

Emory University senior Ashley DeMarco earned All-America acclaim after finishing in eighth place out of 18 competitors in the heptathlon at NCAA Division III National Championships. The nationals were held at Keller Field at Titan Stadium and hosted by UW-Oshkosh.

DeMarco totaled 4,677 points in the seven-event competition.  Christina Acquaviva of SUNY-Cortland took home first-place honors with a Division III record 5,189 points.  Amy Reed of Messiah finished runner-up with 5, 142 points. 

Heading into Friday, DeMarco held down fifth place and finished 17th in the long jump, 16th in the javelin throw and 12th in the 800 meters in the final three events of the heptathlon.

In the high jump competition, DeMarco posted an 11th-place mark with an effort of 5'2 1/2"

DeMarco wasn't the lone Emory performer to earn All-America status. Junior Fred Linton brought home All-America recogntion following his fourth-place finish in the 400 meters. Linton posted a time of 47.61 seconds.

Other Emory competitors in the nationals included Jordan Beall in the long jump (15th place, 17' 5 1/4"), Rob Leventhal in the 800 meters (11th place, 1:52.28), the men's 4x100 relay team of James LePorte, Tyler Faits, Alex Greenhouse and Linton (11th place, 41.61) and the men's 4x400 relay quartet of Naoki Murai, Faits, Leventhal and Linton (10th place, 3:18.19).


May 25

EMORY'S ASHLEY DeMARCO STANDS FIFTH IN HEPTATHLON AT NCAA DIVISION III NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIPS

Emory University senior Ashley DeMarco holds down fifth place out of 18 competitors in the heptathlon after the first day at the NCAA Division III National Championships. The nationals are being held at Keller Field at Titan Stadium and hosted by UW-Oshkosh.

DeMarco competed in four events on Thursday and recorded 3,067 points.  Christina Acquaviva of SUNY-Cortland ranks first with 3,181 points and is followed by Lindsay Lange of Hope College (3,148 points.).  Jillian Crandall of Wisconsin-River Falls (3,094 pts.) and Catherine Chappell of Milwaukee School of Engineering (3,088 pts.) are third and fourth, respectively.

DeMarco posted a second-place finish in the high jump with an effort of 5'7.25" while finishing sixth in the 100 meter hurdles (14.89), fifth in the shot put (35'7.75") and 10th in the 200 meters (26.47).

The final day of the heptathlon competition will be conducted on Friday with the final three events consisting of the long jump, javelin and 800 meters.


EMORY UNIVERSITY TO BE REPRESENTED AT NCAA CHAMPIONSHIPS

The Emory University men's and women's track and field teams will be represented at the 2007 NCAA Division III Outdoor Championships this week (May 24-26).  This year's event will be held at J.J. Keller Field at Titan Stadium on the campus of UW-Oshkosh.

On the women's side, senior Ashley DeMarco (Pittsburgh, PA) will compete in the heptathlon and high jump while sophomore Jordan Beall (Boulder, CO) will take part in the long jump.

DeMarco warmed up for the nationals with a second-place finish out of nine contestants in the heptathlon with 4,576 points at the Gregory Multi-Events Invitational. Beall competed in the long jump and came in second out of 21 with an effort of 18-01.5

The men will see junior Frederick Linton, Jr., compete in the 400 meters with senior Rob Leventhal running in the 800 meters.

Both Linton and Leventhal will see action on relay teams as well.  Linton will run a leg on the 4x100 team while Leventhal will run the third leg on the 4x400 relay squad.

Last weekend both Linton and Leventhal participated at Gregory Invitational held at North Central College in Naperville, Illinois. Linton posted a second-place finish out of 29 entries in the 200 meters with a time of 21.81 seconds while Leventhal registered an 11th-place showing out of 62 competitors in the 800 meters (1:52.1).


EMORY TRACK AND FIELD COMPETES AT THE DUKE ASICS TWILIGHT MEET

(May 6) The Emory University Track and Field team began the final stretch of its 2007 season this weekend, as the Eagles competed at the Duke Asics Twilight meet, against a number of Division I opponents.  The meet yielded a number of good times for the Eagles, including a NCAA provisional qualifying time in the men's 4x100-meter relay.

The Emory men's 4x100-meter relay finished the event in a time of 41.98 seconds, just ahead of the NCAA provisional qualifying time of 42 seconds.  The Eagles finished third overall in the event.

Junior Jim LePorte recorded a career-best distance in the long jump with a jump of 6.30 meters.  The jump was the best this season by an Eagle.

On the women's side, Emory performed well in the 5,000-meter run, as Lauren Shores took fifth place in a time of 17:40.26, and Melissa Jones' time of 17:40.92 was good for a seventh-place finish.  Ashley DeMarco finished third in the high jump and sixth in the 100-meter hurdles, and Jane Ukandu took fifth in the 200-meter dash.

Despite the end of the academic school year, Emory will continue to participate in meets in order to train and qualify athletes for the NCAA Division III National Championships, which will take place from May 24th-26th.


EMORY'S FREDERICK LINTON NAMED THE UAA'S MOST OUTSTANDING PERFORMER

(Apr. 30) Emory University's Frederick Linton was named the University Athletic Association's Most Oustanding Performer, based on his performance in running events at the 2007 UAA Track and Field Outdoor Championship Meet.

Linton was the star of the University Athletic Association (UAA) Championship Meet, finishing first in two individual events and two relays.  Linton became the UAA Champion in both the 200-meter dash and the 400-meter dash, while anchored the first-place 4x100-meter and record-setting 4x400-meter relays team.  The junior scored 40 points at the meet for the Eagles, finishing first in each of the four events he ran.

Linton brings the honor home to Emory for the ninth time in school history, and becomes the sixth individual Eagle to win the award (there have been two multiple-year winners in school history).  He also follows Rob Leventhal, who received the same honor for the UAA Indoor Track and Field Championships in March.

Linton led the Emory to a second-place finish at the UAA meet, as the Eagles trailed the first-place team by just 1.5 points by the end of competition.


EMORY MEN'S TRACK FINISHES 1.5 POINTS SHY OF THE UAA CHAMPIONSHIP

(Apr. 22) The Emory University Men's Track and Field Team finished just 1.5 points shy of the University Athletic Association (UAA) Title, finishing second to Carnegie Mellon University (Pa.).  The Eagles scored 166.50 points during the meet, claiming the conference championship in six events, and placing an athlete in the top-three finishers in 13 of the 21 events.

The meet title came down to the very last race, the 4x400-meter relay.  With the Eagles trailing the Tartans by six and a half points heading into the race, Emory would need to finish first, and Carnegie Mellon would need to finish either sixth or seventh.  The Eagles took care of their part, claiming the conference championship in the event in a conference-record time, but the Tartans' team finished fourth in the relay to clinch their first outright UAA Championship.

Emory's Frederick Linton was the star of the meet, finishing first in two individual events and two relays.  Linton became the UAA Champion in the 200-meter dash with a time of 21.95 seconds, and the 400-meter dash with an NCAA provisional qualifying time of 48.52 seconds.  Linton also anchored the 4x100-meter relay, teaming with Alex Greenhouse, Tyler Faits, and Jim LePorte to win the event in a time of 42.15 seconds, and combined with Naoki Murai, Rob Leventhal and Faits on the winning 4x400-meter relay team which set the new UAA record time of 3:17.25.  All together, Linton scored 40 points at the meet for the Eagles, finishing first in each of the four events he ran.

Leventhal was the only other individual champion for the Eagles, finishing first in the 800-meter run.  The senior finished the race in a season-best and NCAA provisional qualifying time of 1:52.96.

Other top finishers for the Eagles include Faits, who took second in the 200-meter dash and third in the 400-meter dash, Greenhouse, who finished third in the 100-meter dash, Steve Dry, who finished second in the 110-meter high hurdles, and Tommy Fyffe, who took second in the 3,000-meter steeplechase.  The Eagles' 4x800 team finished second as well, as Alex Robbins, Nick Price, Nicolai Lundy and Leventhal recorded a time of 7:48.28.

Senior Brandon Rowlett led the Eagles in the field events, taking home the UAA Championship in the high jump with a height of 1.87 meters.  Emory had three other competitors finish second in field events, including Jordan Knight in the pole vault, Jake Randolph in the discus throw, and Jake Wheeler in the javelin throw.

The five total Association champions are a vast improvement for the Eagles, who registered just one conference champion in the last two years.  Emory's second-place finish is the seventh top-two finish in school history, and the team's best finish since they last won the UAA title in 2004.  Emory will continue its season next week, as the Eagles are scheduled to travel to Des Moines, IA for the Drake Relays.



FIRST DAY OF COMPETITION UNDERWAY AT THE UAA TRACK AND FIELD CHAMPIONSHIPS


(Apr. 21) At the completion of the first day of competition at the University Athletic Association Track and Field Championships, the Emory University Women sit in third place with 46 points, while the Emory Men sit in sixth place with 33.50 points.

After seven scored events for the women, Washington University (Mo.) is the overall leader with 102 points, followed by the University Of Chicago (Ill.) with 71, then Emory University with 46, Carnegie Mellon University (Pa.) with 17, Case Western Reserve University (Ohio) with 17, Brandeis University (Ma.) with 13 and New York University with five.      
 
Carnegie Mellon leads the men's events with 64 points, followed by Washington with 50 points, then Case Western with 39 points, the University Of Chicago with 38.50 points, New York with 38 points, Emory with 33.50 points and Brandeis University with nine points.       

The most notable Emory performance from the first day came in the long jump, as Jordan Beall broke a 22-year old school record in the event and finished first overall.  The sophomore's distance of 5.70 meters was also a UAA Outdoor record, and an NCAA provisional qualifying time.

Also scoring well for the Eagles on the first day was Lauren Shores, whose third-place finish in the 3,000-meter steeplechase gave the Eagles six more points on the day.  The Emory Women's 4x800-meter relay team took second place in what would have been a UAA record time of 9:22.63, had Washington University not finished two-hundredths of a second in front of them.

In the women's 100-meter hurdle preliminaries, Ashley DeMarco took first place in a time of 15.69 seconds.  She will compete for the UAA Championship in the event tomorrow at 12:20 PM.  Senior Jane Ukandu qualified for both the 200-meter and 100-meter dash finals, finishing first in the preliminaries of the former, and third in the later.

On the men's side of the meet, Frederick Linton took first in the 400-meter dash preliminaries with an NCAA provisional qualifying time of 48.36 seconds, while Tyler Faits followed close behind, finishing in third with a time of 49.65 seconds.  Both will run in the event's finals tomorrow at 12:35 PM.  Linton was also the top qualifier in the 200-meter dash, besting all runners with a time of 21.69. 

Freshman Tommy Fyffe scored well for the Eagles, placing second in the 3,000-meter steeplechase with a career-best time of 9:27.46, and Emory's 4x800-meter relay team took second-place as well.  In the field events, Jordan Knight earned eight points for the Eagles, finishing second in the pole vault with a season-best height of 4.15 meters.

The final day of the UAA Championships will be tomorrow at the Woodruff P.E. Center on the Emory University campus.


EMORY TO HOST UAA TRACK & FIELD CHAMPIONSHIPS

(Apr. 20) Emory University will be the site of the 2007 University Athletic Association (UAA) Track and Field Outdoor Championship Meet, taking place on Saturday, April 21st and Sunday, April 22nd.  The Eagles will be one of seven competing teams from the UAA at the Woodruff P.E. Center this weekend.

"We are obviously excited about this weekend's UAA Championships, "said Emory Head Coach John Curtin.  "But, hosting it here on our home track will make it that much more special"

The Emory men's team will be looking for its sixth-outdoor championship and it's first since the 2004 season, when the Eagles won eight individual events at the meet.  Emory will enter this season's championship with a number of competitors who have recorded the top-time out of all-UAA competitors this season in their respective events.  Frederick Linton opens the meet with the top UAA times in the 100-meter dash and the 400-meter dash, while Tyler Faits has recorded the best 200-meter dash time, and Rob Leventhal holds the top time in the 800-meter run, after winning the event at the 2004 UAA Championship.  In addition, Jake Randolph will hold the top distance in the discus throw to begin the meet, while Jake Wheeler has the top performance in the javelin throw in 2007.

"I really like our men's team's chances at the title," said Coach Curtin.  "It's going to be a three team battle and I imagine it could come down to the final event before it is decided." 

The Emory women's team last won the UAA Championship in 1997, and has come away with a total of four Association titles.  The Eagles will return Jane Ukandu, 2004 and 2006 UAA Champion in the 200-meter dash, and Ashley DeMarco, last year's high jump champion.  Entering this year's meet, DeMarco holds the top-UAA time in the 100-meter hurdles, and the top height in the high jump, while Ukandu holds the season's best time in the 200-meter dash, and Amy DiBianca, Melissa Jones, and Lauren Shores will be seeded one-two-three in the 5,000-meter run.

"If anyone has a chance to upset Washington University's women it's our kids," said Curtin.  "We don't have a lot of depth but what we have is going to score well." 

"The kids have worked hard and really focused on this all year.  It should be a lot of fun to watch this play out."

The UAA Championship will be the final of three meets taking place at the Woodruff P.E. Center this season.  Fans can follow the action by viewing the live results, which will be updated following the conclusion of each event.


EMORY FINISHES WEEKEND AT DUKE AND CLEMSON

(Apr. 9) After hosting its first two meets of the 2007 Outdoor Track season, Emory University hit the road, traveling to Duke University (N.C.) and Clemson University (S.C.) to compete in two weekend meets.

On Friday and Saturday, the Eagles took part in the Duke Asics Invitational.  While there was no team scoring at the event, a number of Eagles turned in season-best times, while competing against a field consisting of mostly Division I opponents.

For the men's team, senior Rob Leventhal finished 19th in the seeded 800-meter run, finishing in a time of 1:55.38.  Leventhal also took 27th in the 1,500-meter run with a time of 3:57.68, the best time this season by an Emory athlete.  Competing in the 5,000-meter run, freshman Tommy Fyffe recorded an Emory season-best time of 15:13.08.  The Eagles' Al Tripothi finished 17th-overall in the seeded 110-meter hurdles, another Emory season-best time.

On the women's side, Emory shined in the seeded 5,000-meter run, as three Eagles finished in the top-30.  Senior Amy DiBianca finished 22nd in the event with a time of 17:35.60, sophomore Melissa Jones finished 24th, recording a time of 17:36.41, and junior Lauren Shores finished 26th with a time of 17:39.93.  All three recorded NCAA provisional qualifying times for the 5,000-meter run.

Senior Ashley DeMarco took 21st in the 100-meter hurdles with a season-best time of 15.51 seconds, and 22nd in the high jump with a height of 1.60 meters.  Freshman Rebecca Flink finished 12th in the seeded 3,000-meter run with a time of 11:02.39.

At the Clemson Throws Fest, three Eagles recorded season-best distances in their respective events. 

Senior Barry Corrado (12.88 meters) and sophomore Brett Heller (12.01 meters) each recorded personal season-bests in the shot put, while Jake Wheeler's throw of 52.98 meters in the javelin is a school-best for 2007.

Emory will continue its season this weekend, as the Eagles will travel to Sewanee, TN, where the University of the South (Tenn.) will be hosting the Mount Laurel Relays.


EMORY TRACK AND FIELD HITS THE ROAD FOR THE FIRST TIME THIS SEASON

(Apr. 5) The Emory University Men's and Women's Track and Field Teams will be participating in two meets this weekend, as the runners will travel to Durham, NC to compete at the Duke Invitational, while the throwers will head to Clemson, SC to take part in the Clemson Invitational. 

The Eagles will try to follow up two strong, home performances during the previous two weeks.  At the Emory Invitational, the men's team finished first, while the women finished second.  At the Emory Classic, both the men and women took second place.

"This week we will have the opportunity to compete for the first time during the outdoor season away from the comfort of our own campus," said Emory Head Coach John Curtin.  "The Duke Invitational will be a great opportunity for our runners to face some top-level nation-wide competition.  Over 1500 athletes from all over the country will be competing.  Our throwers will be going to Clemson where we feel they can get a better competitive opportunity in smaller fields.  If the weather cooperates we should see some excellent performances."

The meets mark the third-full week of competition for the Eagles in the 2007 outdoor track and field season. 


EAGLES TAKE SECOND PLACE AT THE EMORY CLASSIC

(Apr. 3) The Emory University Men's Track and Field team recorded its second top-two finish in as many meets in the 2007 outdoor track and field season, as the Eagles finished second at the Emory University Track and Field Classic. 

The Eagles were led by senior Rob Leventhal, who finished first out of 33 runners in the 800-meter run at the Emory University Classic.  The senior recorded an NCAA Provisional Qualifying time 1:53.03 in the event, the best time for an Eagle this season.

Emory had one other first place finisher at the meet, as junior Jake Wheeler recorded the top distance in the javelin throw.  Wheeler's throw of 52.87 meters is the best by an Eagle this season.

Other top finishers for the Eagles include Tommy Fyffe, who finished second in the 3,000-meter steeplechase, Kyle Krol, who took second in the 1,500-meter run, Jake Randolph, who had the third-best throw in the discus, and Tyler Faits, who finished third in both the 200-meter dash and the 400-meter dash.

The Emory Track and Field Classic is the second of three meets that the Eagles will be hosting this season.  Emory will play host again on April 21st and 22nd, as the Eagles will welcome in the schools of the University Athletic Association to compete in the Association Championship Meet.  The Eagles will be back in action next weekend, as Emory will be competing at the Duke Invitational and the FSU Seminole Invitational.


EAGLES' TRACK AND FIELD TO HOST THE EMORY CLASSIC

(Mar. 29) The Emory University Men's and Women's Track and Field Teams will host the second of three meets this season at the Woodruff P.E. Center, as the Emory University Track and Field Classic will be held this Friday and Saturday.

The Emory men will enter the meet after having finished first at the Emory Invitational last weekend, while the women recorded a third-place finish at the event.  Both teams will be competing with a full gamut of athletes for the second time this season.

Emory will be one of 18 schools competing at the Classic, along with a number of unattached runners and track club members.

The meet will begin at 3:00 PM on Friday, and at 9:00 AM on Saturday.  Results and team scores will be posted to the Emory University website following the end of competition each day.


EAGLES TAKE FIRST-PLACE AT THE EMORY INVITATIONAL

(Mar. 26) The Emory University Men's Track and Field Team opened its 2007 outdoor season with a bang, finishing first out of 23 teams at the Emory University Track and Field Invitational.  In total, the Eagles recorded 16 top-five finishes at the meet, which was held at the Woodruff P.E. Center on the Emory University campus.

Emory was led by Frederick Linton, who recorded two top-two finishes at the meet.  Linton finished first in the 400-meter dash, recording an NCAA provisional qualifying time of 47.80 seconds, the fifth-fastest time in school history.  The junior also finished second in the 200-meter dash, finishing the race in 21.97 seconds.

Freshman Tyler Faits was right behind Linton in both events, taking third in the 200-meter dash and fourth in the 400-meter run.  The Eagles registered two individual second-place finishers at the meet, with freshman Steven Dry in the 110-meter hurdles, and sophomore Adam Moroff  in the 400-meter hurdles.  Other top finishers in track events for Emory include freshman Tommy Fyffe, who claimed third place in the 3,000-meter steeplechase and junior Jim LePorte, who finished fourth in the 100-meter dash.

The Eagles were successful in the field events as well, with Drew Harbur taking second in the hammer throw, Jordan Knight finishing third in the pole vault, and Jake Wheeler claiming fourth in the javelin throw.

Emory competed in two relays, as the 4x100-meter relay team finished third, while the 4x400-meter relay team took seventh at the Invitational.

The Eagles Track and Field Team will play host again next weekend, as the Woodruff P.E. Center will be the venue for the Emory University Track and Field Classic.  The two day meet will begin Friday and run through the day Saturday.


EAGLES' TRACK AND FIELD TO HOST EMORY UNIVERSITY INVITATIONAL

(Mar. 23) The Emory University Track & Field Team will be competing in full-force this Saturday, as the Eagles will welcome over 20 schools to the Woodruff P.E. Center to take part in the Emory University Invitational.  The meet will mark the first of three events the school will host during the 2007 Outdoor Track season.

In 2006, the Emory University Men's team finished fourth at the meet.  The Eagles were led by Rob Leventhal, who recorded the top finish in the 1,500-meter run at the meet.  This year, sophomore Adam Moroff is the second seed in the 400-meter hurdles, junior Michael Rothbart will be the third seed in the 10,000-meter run, and senior Drew Harbur enters the meet as the second seed in the hammer throw.  Emory will also have the second-seeded 4x100-meter relay team.

The Emory women's team finished second at the Emory University Invitational last season.  Distance runner Amy DiBianca picked up the Eagles' lone top finish, taking first place in the 5,000-meter run.  This season, senior Ashley DeMarco will enter the meet seeded first in both the 100-meter hurdles and the high-jump, DiBianca will be the top-seed in the seeded 5,000-meter run, and sophomore Alex VanNostrand is the top seed in the shot put.  Senior Jane Ukandu is seeded second in both the 100- and 200-meter dash.

The Emory University Invitational will begin at 8:00 AM on Saturday, March 24th, with the 10,000-meter run, and will conclude with the 4x400-meter relay, scheduled for 4:05 PM on Saturday.  The meet will take place at Woodruff Physical Education Center on the Emory University campus, and admission to the event is free to the public.


EMORY TAKES HOME THREE CONFERENCE HONORS

(Mar. 9) The Emory University Men's Track and Field team has received three honors as a result of its second-place finish at the University Athletic Association (UAA) Championship.  Senior Rob Leventhal was named the UAA's Most Outstanding Performer in running events, freshman Tyler Faits was honored with the Rookie of the Year award, and Emory earned the conference coaching staff of the year.

Leventhal becomes the fifth Eagle to garner the honor the honor.  He became the UAA Champion in two separate events, recording a school-record and NCAA provisional qualifying time of 4:11.66 in the mile run, and a provisional qualifying time of 1:54.86 in the 800-meter run, the seventh-fastest time in school history.  Leventhal was the only multiple-event winner during the meet.  He was also part of the first-place Emory 4x400-meter relay team, which recorded a school-record time as well. 

Faits became the UAA Champion in the Faits 400-meter dash, recording a time of 50.18 seconds, and finished second in the 200-meter dash.  Faits also was part of the first-place 4X400-meter relay team.  He becomes the second Eagle to receive Rookie of the Year honors.

Emory's coaching staff, comprised of head coach John Curtin and assistant coaches Carl Leivers, Glenn Arnold, Kenny Cox and Pedro Vasquez, took home the award in part for helping Emory improve to second in the conference this season, from seventh a year ago.


TWO EAGLES TO COMPETE AT NCAA INDOOR TRACK AND FIELD CHAMPIONSHIPS

(Mar. 8) The Emory University Track and Field Team will be sending two athletes to compete at the NCAA Division III Indoor Track and Field Championships.  The men's team will be represented by senior Rob Leventhal, while senior Ashley DeMarco will attend the meet on behalf of the women's team.

Leventhal will be competing in the mile run, the preliminary round of which is scheduled to take place on Friday at 4:20 PM.  Should he finish in the top-three of his heat, or be one of the next four fastest runners, Leventhal will advance to the finals on Saturday at 2:15 PM.  His season-best qualifying time of 4:11.66 in the mile is the fifth-best time amongst the 12 entrants in the event.

DeMarco will be competing in the high jump, entering the meet as the 11th-overall seed.  Her season-best height in the event is 1.66 meters, tying a school indoor track record.

The NCAA Division III Championships will end the 2006-07 indoor track season for the Eagles.  Emory will begin its 2007 outdoor track season next weekend.


EAGLES FINISH SECOND AT THE UAA INDOOR CHAMPIONSHIP MEET

(Mar. 3) The Emory University Men's Track and Field Team, ranked 49th in the nation, finished second out of the seven teams at the University Athletic Association (UAA) Championship Meet.  It marks the best finish for the Eagles since the 2004 season, when Emory finished first at the conference championships.

Eagles' senior Rob Leventhal became the UAA Champion in two separate events, recording a school-record and NCAA provisional qualifying time of 4:11.66 in the mile run, and a provisional qualifying time of 1:54.86 in the 800-meter run, the seventh-fastest time in school history. Leventhal was the only multiple-event winner during the meet.

Junior Frederick Linton took conference-champion honors in the 200-meter dash, finishing first with time of 22.54 seconds.  The Eagles took the top three spots in the event, with Tyler Faits finishing second and Alex Greenhouse finishing third.

Linton, Faits, Greenhouse and Leventhal teamed up later in the meet to finish first in the 4x400-meter relay, recording the fourth-fastest time in school history of 3:22.16.

Other top finishers for Emory include Faits, who finished first in the 400-meter dash (50.18), and Tommy Fyffe, who took fifth place in the 3,000-meter run.

Jordan Knight
led the Eagles in the field events, finishing fourth in the pole vault with a height of 4.15 meters, the fourth-best height in school history.  Al Tripothi finished fifth in the high jump with a height of 1.75 meters.

All together, Emory University registered five first-place finishes in the 13 events, and had nine finishers in the top three.  The Eagles have now recorded nine top-two finishes at the UAA Championship, including six in the last eight years.  Emory will conclude its 2007 by sending its qualifying runners to the NCAA National Championships next weekend in Terre Haute, IN.  


EMORY TRACK AND FIELD TO COMPETE AT THE CONFERENCE CHAMPIONSHIPS

(Mar. 1) The Emory University Track and Field Teams will compete at the 2007 University Athletic Association (UAA) Indoor Track and Field Championships, from Friday, March 2nd-Saturday, March 3rd.  The meet, hosted by Brandeis University (Mass.) will take place in Waltham, MA.

The Emory Men's Team, ranked 49th in the nation, will enter the meet after finishing seventh at the UAA Indoor Championships last season.  This year, Emory will enter the meet with four times recorded this season that rank in the top-three in the conference.  Tyler Faits' time of 6.64 seconds in the 55-meter dash is third best in the conference, Frederick Linton Jr.'s 22.62 seconds in the 200-meter dash is third best, Rob Leventhal's time of 1:54.07 in the 800-meter dash is the second-best in conference, and the 4x400 meter team enters the championship with the second-best recorded time. 

"We are entering the UAA Championship on the men's side this week with the best team we have had since we last won the title in 2004, said Emory Head Coach John Curtin.  We feel good about our chances if we can perform on the track the way we have all year.  If we get some breakthroughs in the field events, we will be in the hunt."

The Emory Men have won six UAA titles over the program's history.

The Emory Women's team, ranked 28th in the nation, will compete after finishing third at last year's conference championships.  Emory will be lead at the meet by a pair of seniors, Amy DiBianca and Ashley DeMarco.  DiBianca has recorded the top-UAA time in the 3,000-meter run, the second-best time in the 5,000-meter run, and the third-best time in the mile run, while DeMarco has top-recorded time in the conference in the 55-meter hurdles, and the second-best height in the high jump.  Other Eagle athletes to watch at the meet include Jane Ukandu, who has the second-best conference time this season in the 55-meter dash, and Jordan Beall, who has the third-best distance in the long jump this year.

"On the women's side we are strong in the distances and hope we can score well enough in the other areas to finish in the top three," said Curtin. 

The Eagles last won the Indoor Conference Championship in 1995, the only conference title in the women's team's history.

"The UAA is as competitive a conference as there is in the country, and we will be seeing some great performances this weekend," said Curtin.

The UAA Championships will be Emory's second to last meet of the 2007 Indoor season.  Qualifying Eagles will compete at the NCAA National Indoor Championships in Terre Haute, IN starting Friday, March 9th.


EAGLES FINISH SECOND AT THE SEWANEE INDOOR INVITATIONAL

(Feb. 26) The Emory University Men's Track and Field team finished second at the 2007 Sewanee Indoor Invitational to complete its regular season schedule.  The Eagles scored 50.66 points during the meet, allowing Emory to finish ahead of all but one of the 10 other competing teams.

Emory's victory came off the strength of its distance runners, particularly in the 3,000-meter run.  The Eagles took the top-four finishes in the event, with Bryan Forsyth finishing first, Luke Wetzel second, Nathan Ennist third and John Devlin fourth.  All four recorded career-best times.

In addition, freshman Mike Spewack recorded two career-best times at the meet, finishing fourth in the mile run (4:44.21) and ninth in the 800-meter run (2:09.95).

Jordan Knight led Emory in the field events, finishing second in the pole vault with a height of 3.95 meters.

The Sewanee Indoor Invitational concludes the regular season for Emory's Indoor Track and Field Team.  The Eagles, ranked 49th in the nation, will compete at the University Athletic Association's Indoor Championship meet next weekend, hosted by Brandeis University in Waltham, MA.  The meet will begin on Friday, March 2nd and last through Saturday, March 3rd.


EAGLES TO RUN AT THE SEWANEE INDOOR INVITATIONAL

(Feb. 22) The Emory University Track and Field team will compete in its final meet before the University Athletic Association (UAA) Championships, as the Eagles will take part at the Sewanee Indoor Invitational on Saturday, February 24th.  The meet will be hosted by the University of the South in Sewanee, TN.

"This weekend's meet will be used as a final tune up for the UAA Championships coming up next weekend," said Emory head coach John Curtin.  "Many of this week's performances will be used in making final roster decisions in several events where we have tight competition for the three spots available at UAA's."

The meet will also give the Eagles an opportunity to rest a number of their key runners prior to the conference championship. 

"Most of our top middle distance and distance kids will be rested as we prepare for UAA's and Nationals," said Curtin.

The meet will mark the second time this season that the Eagles will compete at the University of the South.  The Sewanee Indoor Invitational is set to begin at 9:00 AM on Saturday morning. 


LEVENTHAL HONORED AS UAA ATHLETE OF THE WEEK

(Feb. 20) Emory University's Rob Leventhal was named the Men's Indoor Track Athlete of the Week for the University Athletic Association, after his performances at the Hooiser Hills Invitational and the DePauw Indoor Classic last weekend.  The senior received the honor for the seventh time during his Emory career.

Leventhal recorded a NCAA provisional qualifying time and a meet record while competing at two separate track meets last weekend.  At the Hoosier Hills Invitational at Indiana University, Leventhal finished fourth in the 800-meter run, completing the race in an NCAA provisional qualifying time of 1:54.07.  He came back the next day to run at the DePauw Indoor Classic, winning the mile run and setting a meet record with a time of 4:17.62.  Both times were the best for Emory this season. 

Leventhal's performance at DePauw helped the Eagles finish fifth out of 15 teams.  The Eagles will return to the track on Saturday, February 24, when Emory will compete at the University of the South in Sewanee, TN for the second time this season. 


EAGLES FINISH FIFTH AT DEPAUW INDOOR CLASSIC

(Feb. 19) Competing in three separate weekend meets, the Emory University Men's Track and Field team recorded a fifth-place finish at the DePauw Indoor Classic, while setting a number of season-best times and distances at the Hoosier Hills Invitational at Indiana University, and at the Gamecock Indoor Open Invitational.

Emory's Rob Leventhal led the Eagles at the Hoosier Hills Invitational, recording an NCAA provisional qualifying time of 1:54.07 in the 800-meter run, good for a fourth-place finish in the event.  Freshman Tommy Fyffe ran the best time for an Eagle this season in the 3,000-meter run, finishing 12th in the event with a time of 8:41.44.  In addition, the Eagles' 1,600-meter relay team's time of 3:21.35 was good for a third-place finish.

Leventhal continued his success the following day at the DePauw Indoor classic, leading Emory to their fifth-place finish.  The senior set a meet record in the mile, recording a time of 4:17.62 and finishing first overall in the race.  Meanwhile, freshman Tyler Faits ran a team-best 6.67 seconds in the 55-meter dash, while Michael Rothbart finished the 5,000-meter run in a season-best 15:35.24.

The Eagles' 800-meter relay team set a new school record at DePauw, finishing first in a time of 1:31.60. The time was a record for the meet as well.

At the Gamecock Indoor Open Invitational, sophomore Richard Hingham-Kessler finished recorded the fastest Emory time in the 400-meter dash this season.  Hingham Kessler finished the race in 49.74 seconds, less than 0.2 seconds away from an NCAA provisional qualifying time.  In the pole vault, junior Jordan Knight recorded a season-best height of 3.97 meters, the second-best height of his career.  Senior Drew Harbur finished seventh in the weight throw, recording a team-best distance of 14.20 meters.

The Eagles will next run on Saturday, February 24, when Emory will compete at the University of the South in Sewanee, TN for the second time this season.  


EAGLES TO COMPETE AT THREE WEEKEND MEETS

(Feb. 15) The Emory University Track and Field teams will be competing at three different meets this weekend, as they start to gear up for the championship season.  Emory's runners will be at the Hoosier Hills Classic at Indiana University on Friday and at DePauw University (Ind.) on Saturday, while the throwers, vaulters and hurdlers will be competing at the Gamecock Invitational at the University of South Carolina on Saturday. 

"This is a big week for our team as we make our final preparations for the upcoming UAA Championships," said Emory head coach John Curtin.  "We have 30 athletes running at Indiana University and many of those same athletes will come back with another race on Saturday at DePauw, in order to simulate the trials and finals format of the two-day UAA Championship."

At the Hoosier Hills Classic, the Eagles will look to take advantage of a favorable track and record a number of season-best times.

"The Indiana University meet will feature strong competition and will be held on one of the fastest tracks in the Midwest," said Curtin.  "We are hoping to see some national qualifying performances from this meet."


EAGLES RECORD 13 SEASON-BEST TIMES AT THE TIGER INDOOR INVITATIONAL

(Feb. 12) The Emory University Men's Track and Field team registered 13 season-best times while competing at the Clemson Tiger Indoor Invitational last weekend.  Although the field of competition consisted of mostly NCAA Division I runners, the Eagles finished the meet with 11 individual season-best times, and two top relay times for the season.

Emory was led by Rob Leventhal, who finished first out of 41 runners in the mile run, registering a personal-best time of 4:20.28.  In the 800-meter run, the senior recorded a second-place finish out of 43 competitors, running a time of 1:55.89.  His time in the 800-meter run was less than one second shy of an NCAA provisional qualifying time.

The Eagles also posted a solid showing in the unseeded 3,000 meter run.  In the field of 27 runners, Tommy Fyffe finished second, Vikram Srivatava finished fourth and Michael Rothbart finished sixth.  All three recorded season-best times in the event.

Emory recorded two season-best relay times as well, finishing the 4x400-meter relay in 3:29.95, and the distance medley relay in 10:34.05.

Emory's throwers competed at Clemson last weekend as well, taking part in the Clemson Throws Fest.  Stan Tolkachjov led Emory with a 12.71 meter throw in the shot put, and a distance of 12.73 meters in the weight throw.

The Eagles will be headed to Bloomington, IN next Friday, where they will be competing in the Hoosier Hills Meet at Indiana University.


EMORY TRACK AND FIELD TO COMPETE AT THE TIGER INDOOR INVITATIONAL

(Feb. 8) The Emory University Track and Field Team will be headed to Clemson, SC, to compete at the Tiger Indoor Invitational on Friday and Saturday.  The meet will be hosted by Clemson University (S.C.).

The Eagles will enter the meet coming off of a successful showing at the Sewanee Tiger Invitational last weekend, the team's first scored invitational of the season.  At Sewanee, the Emory men's team finished first, while the women recorded a second-place finish. 

This will be Emory's second trip to Clemson this season.  Emory opened its 2006-07 season at the Clemson Opener on December 1st.


EMORY UNIVERSITY WINS THE SEWANEE TIGER INVITATIONAL

(Feb. 5) Emory University's men's track and field team finished first out of 11 teams at the Sewanee Tiger Invitational on Saturday, behind strong performances from a number of runners.  As a team, the Eagles scored 99 points at the meet, 31 more than Mississippi College, the second-place team.  Emory had a finisher in the top five in 12 of the 14 events at the meet.

The Eagles were led by Frederick Linton, who recorded a first-place finish in the 200-meter dash, and a fourth-place finish in 55-meter dash.  Other first-place finishers for the Eagles include Paul Winterhaulter in the 3000-meter run, Jordan Knight in the pole vault, and the Emory distance medley relay team, which set a facility record with a time of 10:52.44.

The win for the Eagles comes in the team's first scored invitational of the season.  Emory will return to the track on Friday, as the Eagles will travel to Clemson, SC to compete in the Clemson Tiger Indoor Invitational.


EAGLES TO COMPETE AT THE TIGER INDOOR INVITATIONAL

(Feb. 1) Emory University's Track and Field teams will be competing in their fourth meet of the 2006-07 Indoor Track season, as the Eagles will the traveling to Sewanee, TN to run at the Tiger Indoor Invitational, hosted by the University of the South (Tenn.).

"This weekend should be an opportunity for us to compete as a complete squad for the first time this season.  With only a couple of exceptions we should be at full strength and competing in a scored invitational," said Emory Head Coach John Curtin.  "We are putting a well balanced team out on the track and I like our chances to put up some good numbers and a win."

The invitational will begin at 9:00 a.m. on Saturday, February 3rd. 


EMORY DISTANCE RUNNERS MAKE A STRONG DEBUT AT THE NISWONGER INVITATIONAL

(Jan. 29) The Emory University Track and Field team, competing in the Niswonger Track and Field Invitational in Johnson City, TN, saw a successful debut of its distance runners last weekend.  The Eagles sent their largest contingent of runners ever to the meet,  which was hosted by Eastern Tennessee State University.   

The Emory University men's team was lead by Rob Leventhal, who finished second in the one-mile run, with a time of 4:24.67.  Also finishing in the top ten in the mile run was Charlie Meade, who finished eighth overall with a time of 4:32.47.  Other top finishers for the Eagles included Nick Price, who finished 15th in the 800-meter run, Jeff Roland, who finished 16th in the 3,000-meter run, and Jim LePorte, who finished 12th in the long jump.

The Eagles will return to the track next weekend to compete at the University of the South in Sewanee, TN on Saturday, February 3rd.


EMORY TRACK AND FIELD TO SEND A FULL SQUAD TO THE NISWONGER INVITATIONAL

(Jan. 25) Emory University's Track and Field teams will continue the Indoor Track season this weekend, as the Eagles will travel to the Niswonger Track and Field Invitational in Johnson City, TN.  The meet, hosted by Eastern Tennessee State University, will take place January 26th through the 27th.

The Niswonger Invitational is the largest indoor track and field event in the South.  This year, 84 colleges, universities and track clubs will be sending competitors to the meet, including Emory' 48 athletes, the school's largest contingent ever at the meet.  This will also mark the first time this season that the Eagles' mid-distance and distance runners will be competing. 

"This will be our first meet with the full squad representation," said Emory head coach John Curtin.  "It's still early in the season but I think we are ready for some quality performances."

While this will be the first meet for the distance runners, the sprinters and field event competitors will be looking to follow up their strong performances at the Baldwin-Wallace Invitational last weekend.  They will be aided by a performance-friendly track at the Eastern Tennessee State University Memorial Center.      

"I am looking forward to what our kids can do on the 300 meter oval that they have in their domed stadium," said Curtin.  "It is a very fast track and hopefully our performances will reflect that."

After the Niswonger Invitational, the Eagles will enter the busiest part of their schedule, competing in five meets during the month of February, before entering the conference and national championships in March.


FAITS NAMED UAA ATHLETE OF THE WEEK

(Jan. 23) Emory University's Tyler Faits was named the University Athletic Association's (UAA) men's track and field Athlete of the Week for his performance at the Baldwin-Wallace Mid-Winter Classic last weekend.

Faits recorded a first-place finish in the 400 Meter Dash, and a second-place finish in the 200 Meter Dash.  The freshman, competing in his second collegiate meet, recorded a personal-best time of 51.66 seconds in the 400 Meter Dash to lead all competitors.  Faits finished the 200 Meter Dash with a time of 23.08 seconds, second among all entrants.

Emory University will continue its indoor track season this weekend, as the Eagles will compete at the Eastern Tennessee State University Niswonger Invitational, and the Clemson Heptathlon on Friday and Saturday.  


FRESHMAN FAITS PACES THE EAGLES AT THE BALDWIN-WALLACE MID-WINTER CLASSIC

(Jan. 22) Emory University's Tyler Faits lead the Eagles at the Baldwin-Wallace Mid-Winter Classic, recording a first- and second-place finishes at the meet last weekend.

Competing in only his second collegiate Indoor track meet, Faits finished the 400 meter dash with a time of 51.66 seconds, taking first-place honors in the event.  Faits' time of 23.08 seconds in the 200 meter dash was good for second place.

Jim LePorte recorded a personal best in the long jump, registering a distance of 6.29 meters in the event and finishing in third place.  Alex Greenhouse finished second in the 55 meter hurdles, third in the 200 meter dash, fourth in the 55 meter dash.

Emory University will continue its Indoor season this weekend, as the Eagles will compete at the Eastern Tennessee State University Niswonger Invitational, and the Clemson Heptathlon on Friday and Saturday.


EMORY MEN'S AND WOMEN'S TRACK AND FIELD TO COMPETE IN BALDWIN-WALLACE MID-WINTER CLASSIC

(Jan. 18) The Emory University Men's and Women's track and field teams will compete in their first meet of 2007, traveling to Berea, OH to take part in the Baldwin-Wallace Mid-Winter Classic this weekend.

The men will be one of 12 teams taking part in the meet, while the women will be one of 11.  The Baldwin-Wallace Classic will mark the second of the 2006-07 Indoor season for the Eagles, following the Clemson Opener, which took place prior to the winter break. 

"We have been back training for a week," said Emory coach John Curtin.  "I'm anxious to see how our kids respond as they kick off the rust and get back to competition."

Both the men's and women's teams will be competing against Case Western Reserve University (Ohio), a conference rival they will see again at the University Athletic Association Championships in early March.  However, we will not be seeing the full gamut of Emory talent at this weekend's meet.

"We will be competing with our sprinters, jumpers, and throwers exclusively," said Coach Curtin.  "We will hold our middle distance and distance runners out for at least another week."

The Baldwin-Wallace Mid-Winter Classic will be held this Saturday, January 20th.  Events will be held throughout the day. 


EMORY DISPLAYS TALENTED YOUNG RUNNERS AT THE CLEMSON OPENER

(Dec. 4) Emory University competed in its first meet of the year this past weekend at Clemson University in the Clemson Opener, competing against a number of NCAA Division I opponents.  The meet provided a chance for a number of young runners to shine early in the season.

Emory freshmen Alex Greenhouse and Tyler Faits, each competing in his first meet of his collegiate career, turned in strong individual performances. Greenhouse was able to place 22nd in the 60 meter hurdles, while Faits placed 25th out of 68 runners in the 200 meter dash.  Sophomore Nick Price, finished towards the top of his race as well, coming in 26th in the 800 meter run.

The Clemson Opener marks Emory's only meet of the 2006 calendar year this season.  Emory's next meet will be held in Berea, Ohio at the B-W Midwinter Classic at Baldwin-Wallace College on January 20th.


EMORY MEN'S TRACK AND FIELD TO OPEN THE INDOOR SEASON

(Nov. 30) The Emory University Men's Track and Field Team will begin its 2006-07 indoor tracks season this weekend, as the Eagles will travel to Clemson University (S.C.) to participate in the Clemson Opener.

The Eagles will be returning two all-University Athletic Association (UAA) runners from last year's team.  Rob Leventhal, a two-time all-UAA runner in the 800-meter run, will be returning for his senior season, as will Drew Harbur, who earned all-UAA honors in the hammer throw and the javelin during the 2006 outdoor season.

Historically, the field at the Clemson Opener has consisted of mostly NCAA Division I team, providing the Eagles with an early season challenge.  This will be the Eagles' lone meet this season in the 2006 calendar year.  Following this weekend's meet, Emory will next be in action on January 20th, 2007 at the B-W Mid-Winter Classic in Berea, OH.


EMORY ADDS KENNY COX AS SPRINT & JUMPS COACH

(Oct. 6) Kenny Cox joined the Emory University Track and Field Team as an assistant coach of sprints and jumps beginning in the fall of 2006.

Hailing from Fuquay-Varina, NC, Cox received his bachelor's degree in communication studies from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, after competing on the Men's Track and Field team from 1995-1999.  Cox was a sprinter, running the 60, 100 and 200 meter events.  He also competed on the school's football team during the 1997 season.

After graduating, Cox served as the Assistant Volunteer Manager for the track and field events at the Special Olympics World Games in Raleigh, NC, assisting in the event planning and coordinating the training of over 50 volunteers.  In May 2003, he became the Sprint Coach for the Metro Atlanta Chapter of the Boys and Girls Club of America, where he coached athletes from ages eight to 18 in the 100 and 200 meter runs, and the 400 meter relay events. He has earned USA Weightlifting Club Coach and Fitness Instructor Training Academy (FITA) certifications prior to coming to Emory.

Cox joined the Emory Athletics family in August of 2006 as a member of the strength and conditioning staff.