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

2008-09 Men's Track and Field Headline Archive

EMORY TRACK AND FIELD CONTINUES TO RECEIVE POSTSEASON ALL-ACADEMIC HONORS

(July 10) The Emory University track and field team continued to receive postseason honors for its academic and athletic performance during the 2008-09 campaign, as both the Eagles' men's and women's teams were honored as Division III All-Academic Teams by the U.S. Track and Field and Cross Country Coaches Association (USTFCCCA), and seniors Jordan Beall, Melissa Jones, and Katie Sheehan were named to the USTFCCCA Division III Women's All-Academic team.

Beall, Jones and Sheehan join fellow Eagle all-academic team members Steve Dry, Tommy Fyffe and Alex Greenhouse, who were named to the men's team earlier in the week.  To qualify for the USTFCCCA All-Academic Track and Field Team, a student-athlete must have compiled a cumulative grade point average of 3.30 and have met the NCAA Division III Indoor or Outdoor automatic or provisional qualifying standard in their respective event.

Beall recorded qualifying marks in the long jump and as part of the Eagles' 4x100-meter relay team, setting school records in both events during the season.  She earned all-America honors in the long jump during the indoor season and in the 4x100 relay during her outdoor campaign.  Beall recorded a 3.40 GPA while majoring in international studies at Emory.

Jones recorded a provisional qualifying time in the 10,000-meter run with a school-record time of 37:09.59, after winning outdoor UAA Championships in the 5,000- and 10,000-meter runs.  She held a 3.59 GPA at Emory with a major in business.

Sheehan set a provisional qualifying mark in the indoor pentathlon, notching a career-best score of 3,021 points in the event during her 2009 campaign.  A Bobby Jones scholar, she finished her Emory career with a 3.95 GPA with a major in biology.

Beall, Jones and Sheehan were all named to the ESPN the Magazine/ CoSIDA Academic all-District first team earlier in the season.

Meanwhile, the Emory men's team was one of 51 squads recognized as all-academic Division III teams by the USTFCCCA, as the team's GPA of 3.389 was the eighth-best among all qualifying programs.  The women's team was recognized as well, as the Eagles' 3.463 team GPA was the 22nd-best among the 100 qualifying programs. 


DRY, FYFFE & GREENHOUSE EARN USTFCCCA ALL-ACADEMIC RECOGNITION

(July 6) Emory University track and field team members Steve Dry, Tommy Fyffe and Alex Greenhouse were placed on the U.S. Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association (USTFCCCA) All-Academic team, based on their academic and athletic performances during the 2009 indoor and outdoor seasons.

To qualify for the USTFCCCA All-Academic Track and Field Team, a student-athlete must have compiled a cumulative grade point average of 3.30 and have met the NCAA Division III Indoor or Outdoor automatic or provisional qualifying standard in their respective event.

Dry, a junior, helped lead the Eagles to a University Athletic Association (UAA) indoor championship, earning all-UAA honors in the 55-meter hurdles.  During the outdoor season, he recorded a provisional qualifying mark of 14.84 seconds in the 110-meter hurdles, a personal-best time.  Dry is a four-time all-UAA honoree, and won the UAA Championship in the 55-meter hurdles during the 2008 season.  In addition, he has recorded a 3.99 grade point average while majoring in Chemistry and Religion, and was selected to the ESPN the Magazine Academic all-America third team earlier in the season.

Fyffe recorded outdoor qualifying times in both the 5,000-meter run (14:40.37) and the 3,000-meter steeplechase (9:17.50), in addition to an indoor qualifying time and University Athletic Association (UAA) Championship in the 5,000-meter run.  The junior, who has recorded a 3.79 GPA, was named to the ESPN the Magazine Academic all-District first team earlier in the season.

Greenhouse recorded a provisional qualifying time in the outdoor 400-meter hurdles, recording his season-best mark of 53.51 seconds at the Orange and Purple Classic.  The junior was part of Emory's UAA Championship 1,600-meter relay teams in both the indoor and outdoor season, while earning all-UAA honors in three other events during the indoor and outdoor campaigns.  Greenhouse, who has a 3.71 GPA as a Business major, was named to the ESPN the Magazine Academic all-District first team earlier in the year.


DRY NAMED TO ESPN THE MAGAZINE ACADEMIC ALL-AMERICA TEAM

(June 22) Emory University junior Steve Dry, of the track and field team, was named to the ESPN the Magazine Academic All-America third team, as selected by the College Sports Information Directors of America (CoSIDA).

During the indoor track and field season, Dry helped lead the Eagles to a University Athletic Association (UAA) championship, earning all-UAA honors in the 55-meter hurdles.  During the outdoor season, he recorded a provisional qualifying matk of 14.84 seconds in the 110-meter hurdles, a personal-best mark.  Dry is a four-time all-UAA honoree, and won the UAA Championship in the 55-meter hurdles during the 2008 season.

Dry has recorded a 3.99 grade point average while majoring in Chemistry and Religion.  A four-time academic all-UAA honoree, this year marks the first time Dry has been recognized by CoSIDA for his academic and athletic achievements.

Dry is the 114th Emory student-athletes to receive Academic All-America honors as selected by CoSIDA and the seventh for the 2008-09 school year.

To be eligible for Academic All-America consideration, a student-athlete must be a varsity starter or key reserve, maintain a cumulative G.P.A. of 3.30 on a scale of 4.00, have reached sophomore athletic and academic standings at his/her current institution and be nominated by his/her sports information director.  The Academic all-Americans are then selected from the pool Academic all-District first team honorees from each of the eight districts.

Since the program's inception in 1952, CoSIDA has bestowed Academic All-America honors on more than 14,000 student-athletes in Divisions I, II, III and NAIA, covering all NCAA championship sports.


EIGHT EAGLES NAMED TO ESPN THE MAGAZINE/ CoSIDA ACADEMIC-ALL DISTRICT TEAM

(June 5) Eight members of the Emory University track and field and cross country teams have been named to the ESPN the Magazine/ CoSIDA Academic all-District team, as juniors Steve Dry, Tommy Fyffe, Tyler Faits, Alex Greenhouse, and Charles Meade were named to men's first team, while Jordan Beall, Melissa Jones, and Katie Sheehan were named to the women's first team.

Academic all-district athletes are selected for their performance both athletically and academically.  Emory awardees represent five of the nine athletes selected to the men's team, and three of the 12 honorees on the women's team.

By virtue of being named to the all-district first team, all eight nominees will be place on the ESPN the Magazine/ CoSIDA Academic All-America ballot.  Men's academic all-Americans will be announced on Thursday, June 18th, while the women's team will be announced on Friday, June 19th.

Voting for the Academic All-District 3 team is conducted by the members of the College Sports Information Directors of America (CoSIDA) in the states of Florida, Georgia, North Carolina, South Carolina and Virginia.  To be eligible, a nominee must have completed at least one year at their respective institution with a 3.3 cumulative grade point average and be a starter or key reserve on his team.  Emory nominees are placed in the "college division" category, which is composed of all NCAA Division II and III schools, along with NAIA programs.


CURTIN AND LEIVERS EARN USTFCCCA REGIONAL HONORS

(May 18) Emory University's John Curtin was named the women's head coach of the year for the South/ Southeast Region, and Carl Leivers earned men's assistant coach of the year honors for the region, as announced by U.S. Track and Field and Cross Country Coaches Association (USTFCCCA).

Under Curtin's tutelage, Emory finished second at this year's University Athletic Association outdoor track & field championships. Emory's athletes have recorded ten NCAA provisional or automatic qualifying times this season (four in track events, six in field events), and five more provisional times in the 4x100 meter relay. Emory's 4x100 meter relay broke the school record in the event and is ranked fourth headed into the NCAA Championships. Curtin is in his 23rd year at Emory.

As coach of Emory's distance runners, Leivers has had a banner year. Indoors, Leivers's student-athletes contributed 25 points to Emory's UAA Championship, leading all schools in points scored in the distance events. Leivers's student-athletes also broke the Emory records in the 5,000-meter run and Distance Medley Relay, and Eagle runner Tommy Fyffe achieved NCAA qualifying marks in the outdoor 5,000-meter run and 3,000-meter steeplechase.

The USTFCCCA selects the top track athlete, field athlete, head coach, and assistant coach for the eight regions in NCAA Division III outdoor track & field.

Qualifying members of the Emory University track and field teams will be concluding their 2009 season at the NCAA Division III Championships this weekend.


EAGLES RECORD SEVEN PROVISIONAL QUALLIFYING TIMES AT THE GREGORY INVITATIONAL

(May 17) In its final weekend of competition before the NCAA Championships, the Emory University track and field team set seven provisional qualifying times at the Gregory Invitational.  In the process, three Emory athletes set school records.

Emory senior Melissa Jones opened the meet by breaking her own school record in the 10,000-meter run.  The senior's time of 37:09.59 was good for a NCAA provisional qualifying mark and a second-place finish.  Jones bested her previous school-record time of 37:50.25, set earlier in the season.

Later in the meet, senior Jordan Beall won the long jump with a distance of 5.79 meters, just .01 meters shy of an automatic qualifying mark, and breaking her own school record as well.  She will compete in the long jump at the NCAA Division III Championships next weekend.

Freshman Lauren Attiah finished second in the triple jump with a provisional qualifying distance of 11.31 meters, while freshman Alix Dyer's time of 57.31 seconds in the 400-meter run was good for a fourth-place finish and a provisional time.  Rounding out the women's portion of the meet, Emory's 400-meter relay team finished third in a provisional time of 48.56 seconds.

For the Emory men, junior Tommy Fyffe broke his own school record in the 3,000-meter steeplechase, finishing third in a provisional qualifying time of 9:17.50.  Junior Alex Greenhouse also recorded a provisional time of 54.01 seconds in the 400-meter hurdles, finishing fourth overall.

Junior Charles Meade narrowly missed a provisional time in the 1,500-meter run with a time of 3:55.45, good for a 10th-place finish. 

In other weekend action, the Emory men sent two of its hurdles to the Georgia Tech Invitational to compete against Division I opponents.  Junior Steve Dry claimed 24th place with a time of 15.09 seconds, while Everett Bryant finished 25th with a mark of 15.53 seconds.

The Emory women will conclude their season next weekend, as qualifying athletes will attend the NCAA Division III Championships.  The Emory men, who will not have any participants in next weekend's championships, have ended their 2009 campaign with the two meets.


THREE EAGLES FINISH COMPETITION AT GREGORY MULTI-EVENT

(May 14) Three members of the Emory University track and field team competed at the Gregory Multi-Event meet in Naperville, IL, as Katie Sheehan finished seventh in the heptathlon and Stephen Beehler and Brad Pruente finished 11th and 12th, respectively, in the decathlon.

Sheehan scored 3,708 points during the meet, short of the 4,100 points required for a NCAA provisional qualifying mark.  The senior's best finish came in the long jump, where she finished third with a distance of 5.03 meters. 

Beehler and Pruente each finished just shy of the provisional qualifying score of 6,050 points, with Beehler scoring 5,998 points and Pruente notching 5,921 points.  Beehler finished third in the 1,500-meter run with a time of 4:30.03 and fourth in the discus throw with a distance of 34.96 meters, while Pruente's best finish was sixth in the long jump with a jump of 6.35 meters.

The rest of the Emory squad will be competing at the Gregory Invitational in Naperville on Thursday and Friday, in addition to the Georgia Tech Invitational in Atlanta on Friday and Saturday.  This week's meets are Emory's final contests before the NCAA Division III National Championships.


EMORY TRACK AND FIELD TO COMPETE AT THE GREGORY INVITATIONAL THROUGHOUT THE WEEK

(May 12) The Emory University track and field team will return to Naperville, IL for the second time in as many weeks, as the Eagles will participate in the Gregory Multi-Events and the Gregory Track and Field Invitation, hosted by North Central College.

The meet will begin with the multi-event competitions, which will start on Tuesday, May 12th and run through Wednesday, May 13th.  Emory will send its distance runners to compete on Thursday, May 14th, while the sprinters, mid-distance runners and jumpers will take part in events on Friday, May 15th.

Currently, three athletes for the 23rd-ranked Emory men's team have recorded five NCAA provisional qualifying marks in three different events, while four athletes and one relay team for the 25th-ranked Emory women's team have recorded 15 provisional qualifying marks in five different events.  The NCAA Division III Championships will begin May 21st in Marietta, OH.


EAGLES FINISH THE WEEK WITH FIVE NCAA PROVISIONAL TIMES AT THE ORANGE & PURPLE CLASSIC

(May 11) The Emory University track and field team capped off a week of strong performances with five more NCAA provisional qualifying times at the Orange and Purple Classic in Clemson, SC.

Competing against a field consisting mostly of Division I competitors, junior Alex Greenhouse led the way for the Eagles with a second-place finish in the 400-meter hurdles.  His time of 53.51 seconds was his best of the season, and good for a provisional qualifying mark.

Emory's women's 4x100-meter relay team of senior Jordan Beall, junior Mary Crystal Spence and freshmen Alix Dyer and Monique Osigbeme recorded its fifth provisional mark of the season with a time of 47.82 seconds and a second-place finish.  Osigbeme also recorded a provisional time of 12.21 seconds in the 100-meter dash, her fastest of the season, while Spence's season-best time of 25.18 seconds was also good for a provisional mark.  Freshman Lauren Attiah rounded out the Eagles' qualifiers with a triple jump of 11.50 meters, finishing seventh in the event.

Other strong finishes from the 25th-ranked Emory women came from their 4x400-meter relay team of Dyer, sophomore Alisha Reynolds, freshman Omenka Uchendu, and sophomore Melanie Levy, which finished third in a time of 3:57.20, just .60 seconds shy of a provisional qualifying mark.  Spence's time of 12.36 seconds in the 100-meter dash was just six-hundredths of a second short of a provisional mark.

For the 23-ranked men, junior Tyler Faits recorded a season-best time in the 200-meter dash with a time of 22.04, just .24 seconds shy of the provisional mark.  Junior Steve Dry's time of 14.95 seconds in the 110-meter hurdles was five-hundredth of a second shy of the provisional qualifying time. Charles Meade, also a junior, finished first in the 1,500-meter run with a time of 3:57.51.

The Eagles will look to continue to turn in solid late-season performances this week, as Emory is scheduled to take part in the Gregory Multi-Event and North Central Invitational in Naperville, IL this week.


FYFFE RECORDS PROVISIONAL QUALIFYING TIME AT THE DR. KEELER INVITATIONAL

(May 8) Emory University's Tommy Fyffe, one of four Eagles competing in the distance events at the Dr. Keeler Invitational at North Central College in Naperville, IL, recorded a provisional qualifying time in the 5,000-meter run on Thursday.

Fyffe recorded a time of 14:40.37 in the event, good for a second-place finish and more than four and a half seconds better than the NCAA provisional qualifying mark.  The time was the second-best in Emory history in the 5,000-meter run, just short of Phil Hagedorn's (04C) school record of 14:35.24.

Senior Melissa Jones was just over nine seconds shy of a provisional mark of her own in the women's 5000-meter run, finishing sixth as well with a season-best time of 17:44.64.

Emory's two competitors in the 10,000-meter run each recorded career-best times, as junior Paul Winterhalter finished sixth in a time of 31:25.47, while Nate Ennist's mark of 31:50.57 was good for a 10th-place finish out of 29 runners.

Although the Dr. Keeler Invitational will continue on Friday, the Eagles will not be participating in any of the event.  Emory will instead send a contingent of runners to the Orange and Purple Classic, hosted by Clemson University, on Saturday.


EMORY TRACK AND FIELD RETURNS TO COMPETITION WITH TWO MEETS

(May 6)  The Emory University track and field team will take part in its first meets since the University Athletic Association (UAA) Championship, as the Eagles will send representatives to the Dr. Keeler Invitational in Naperville, IL on Thursday and the Orange and Purple Classic in Clemson, SC on Saturday.

Emory will send four athletes to compete in the distance events at the Dr. Keeler Invitational, hosted by North Central College.  For the men, Tommy Fyffe is slated to take part in the 5,000-meter run, while Paul Winterhalter and Nate Ennist are registered for the 10,000-meter run.  For the women, Melissa Jones is currently signed up for both the 5,000-meter run and 10,000-meter run.

The rest of the Emory squad still looking to qualify for the NCAA Division III Championships will head to Clemson University for the Orange and Purple Classic.  While the meet will begin on Friday, the Eagles are only scheduled to compete in events on Saturday.


EMORY WOMEN FINISH SECOND, MEN THIRD, AT THE UAA OUTDOOR TRACK AND FIELD CHAMPIONSHIPS

(Apr. 26) The Emory University track and field team received championship performances from Melissa Jones, Alix Dyer, Rebecca Willett, the women's  4x100-meter relay team and the men's 4x400-meter relay team on day two of the conference championships, helping the women's squad finish second, and the men's team third, at the 2009 University Athletic Association (UAA) Outdoor Track and Field Championships in Pittsburgh, PA.

The Emory women finished the meet with 169.50 points, behind first-place Washington University's (Mo.) 231.50 points and just ahead of the University of Chicago with 167 points.  The Emory men scored 144.50 points, behind first-place Washington's 221 and second-place and host-institution Carnegie Mellon's 152.

Senior Melissa Jones won her second individual conference championship of the meet, claiming victory in the 5,000-meter run with a time of 18:44.61, just a day removed from her first-place finish in the 10,000-meter run.  Freshman Alix Dyer earned a UAA Championship with a time of 57.77 seconds in the 400-meter dash on day two, while Rebecca Willett won the 800-meter run for the second-straight year with a time of 2:16.66.  Jordan Beall, Monique Osigbeme, Dyer, and Mary Crystal Spence combined to win the 4x100-meter dash in a UAA-record and provisional qualifying time of 47.55 seconds.  Beall also won the long jump on the first day.

A number of Emory's women also earned all-UAA honors, awarded to the top-three finishers in an event.  Lauren Attiah finished second in the triple jump with a provisional qualifying distance of 11.68 meters, Osigbeme and Spence finished second and third, respectively, in the 100-meter dash, Spence finished second in the 200-meter dash, and Beall finished second in the javelin throw.  Emory's 4x400-meter relay team of Alisha Reynolds, Melanie Levy, Willett and Dyer finished second as well.

The Eagles second-place finish is their best at the UAA Outdoor Championships since they finished second in 2006.

The only UAA Championship for the Emory men came from their 4x400-meter relay team of Alex Greenhouse, Chike Brennen, Jason Campbell and Tyler Faits, which recorded a time of 3:19.50. 

Greenhouse would record a provisional qualifying time in the 400-meter hurdles with a season-best time of 53.63 seconds, good for a second-place finish, in addition to a third-place finish in the 100-meter dash.  Other all UAA finishers were Don Wang in the javelin throw (second), Brad Pruente in the high jump (second), Faits in the 200- and 400-meter dashes (second in both), and Tommy Fyffe in the 5,000-meter run (second).  Emory's 4x100-meter relay team of Pruente, Faits, Everett Bryant, and Greenhouse also earned all-UAA honors with a third-place finish.

Paul Winterhalter (5,000-meter run), Ian Francis (long jump) and the Eagles 4x800-meter relay team also earned all-UAA honors on the first day of competition.

This marks the second-consecutive year that the Eagles have finished third at the UAA Outdoor Track and Field Championships.

Emory will have a week off from competition before sending selected competitors to the Orange and Purple Classic, hosted by Clemson University on Friday, May 8th.


BEALL AND JONES WIN INDIVIDUAL TITLES ON DAY ONE OF THE UAA CHAMPIONSHIPS

(Apr. 25) Emory University seniors Jordan Beall and Melissa Jones each won an event during the first day of the University Athletic Association (UAA) Championships in Pittsburgh, PA.  The Emory women sit in third-place heading into the second and final day of competition, while the men are in fourth.

Emory's women scored 41 points during the first day of competition, and currently trail Washington University (Mo.), which scored 86 points, and the University of Chicago, which registered 72 points.

Beall finished first in the women's long jump, winning the event for the third-consecutive year.  The senior reached a distance of 5.68 meters, both a NCAA provisional qualifying mark and a track record.  Jones claimed the top spot in the 10,000-meter run, giving the senior the first UAA outdoor championship of her career.  Jones' finished the event with a time of 38:28.82.

Other scorers during day one for the Eagles included Natalie Waryck (sixth) and Jennifer Feinberg (seventh) in the 10,000-meter run, Natalie Fenn (fifth) and Arwen Marker (eighth) in the 3,000-meter steeplechase, Ashley Flint in the pole vault (eighth), Lauren Attiah (fourth) and Katie Sheehan (seventh) in the long jump, and the Eagles' sixth-place 4x800-meter relay team of Colleen Campbell, Andramica Etienne, Sara Gelb, and Rebecca Willett.

The women also put themselves in a strong position to score points on the second day of the meet, qualifying four runners in the finals of the 100-meter dash, 200-meter dash, and 400-meter dash, two in the 400-meter hurdles, and one in each of the 800-meter run and 100-meter hurdles.

The Emory men scored 26 points on the first day, and trail first place Carnegie Mellon University (80 points), second place Washington University (64 points) and the third-place University of Chicago (48 points).

Emory's Paul Winterhalter earned all-UAA honors (awarded to a top-three finisher) with a third-place finish in the 10,000-meter run with a time of 33:13.62.  Freshman Ian Francis also earned all-UAA honors with a third-place finish in the long jump with a distance of 6.78 meters.  Emory's 4x800-meter relay team of Nick Price, Alex Robin, Jason Campbell, and Charles Meade claimed a third-place finish as well with a time of 7:49.30.

Also scoring for the Eagles during day one were Tommy Fyffe (fourth) in the 3,000-meter steeplechase, and David Lane (seventh) and Stephen Beehler (eighth) in the pole vault.   

Junior Alex Greenhouse qualified for the finals of the 400-meter hurdles with first-place finish in the preliminaries in a NCAA provisional qualifying time of 54.17.  Emory qualified athletes for the finals of the 100-meter dash, 200-meter dash, 400-meter dash, 800-meter run, 110-meter hurdles, and 400-meter hurdles, which will all be held on Sunday.

Action at the meet will continue Sunday morning.


EMORY TRACK AND FIELD HEADS TO PITTSBURGH IN SEARCH OF THE UAA CHAMPIONSHIP

(Apr. 23) The Emory University men's and women's track and field teams will both make a run at a conference title this weekend, as the Eagles will travel to Pittsburgh, PA to compete at the University Athletic Association (UAA) Championships, hosted by Carnegie Mellon University.

The Emory men, ranked 17th in the nation according to the latest USTFCCCA poll, will look for a strong follow-up performance to their UAA Championship during the indoor season in the winter.  Other ranked teams at the meet include 18th-ranked Washington University (Mo.) and 23rd-ranked Carnegie Mellon. 

Emory's Tyler Faits will enter the meet as the top-ranked athlete in the 200-meter dash, and Steve Dry is the top-ranked runner in the 110-meter hurdles.  In addition, the Eagles' 4x800-meter relay team is ranked first heading into the meet.

The Eagles last won an outdoor UAA title during the 2004 season, and finished third last season.

The Emory women will enter the meet ranked 14th in Division III, and are the second-highest ranked women's team participating this weekend.  Other ranked UAA teams include fourth-ranked Washington University (Mo.), and 39th-ranked Carnegie Mellon.

Emory's Alix Dyer is the top-seeded 400-meter run competitor at the meet, while Melissa Jones and Natalie Waryck are ranked first and second, respectively, in the 10,000-meter run.  In the field events, Jordan Beall and Lauren Attiah are seeded first and second in the long jump, and Attiah is the top-ranked athlete in the triple jump.  The Eagles also feature the top-seeded 4x100-meter and 4x800-meter relays.

Emory finished second to Washington University at the 2009 indoor championships, and last won a UAA outdoor championship in the 1997 season, including a third-place finish last year.

The meet will kick off on Saturday, April 25th at 10:00 AM, and conclude on Sunday, April 26th, with the last event scheduled for 2:50 PM.  Live results and schedules will be posted to the official UAA Championship website, the link to which is above.


EAGLES GEAR UP FOR UAAs WITH A SOLID SHOWING AT THE BULLDOG LIMITED

(Apr. 18) In its final meet before the University Athletic Association (UAA) Championship, the Emory University track and field team looked in top form, as the Eagles turned in a number of impressive marks at the Bulldog Invitational, hosted by the University of Georgia.

Emory's Mary Crystal Spence became the second Eagle this season to record a NCAA provisional qualifying time in the 100-meter dash, finishing fifth in a time of 12.30 seconds.  Spence later ran the anchor leg in the Eagles' 4x100-meter relay team, joining Jordan Beall, Monique Osigbeme and Alix Dyer for a second-place finish in a time of 47.83 seconds, just over half a second shy of an automatic qualifying time.

The Emory women also saw their 4x400-meter relay team of Dyer, Alisha Reynolds, Omenka Uchendu and Rebecca Willett finish first in a time of 3:58.73, and Osigbeme claim second in the 200-meter dash with a time of 25.78 seconds (.53 seconds shy of a provisional qualifying mark).

On the men's side, Alex Greenhouse finished second in the 400-meter hurdles with a time of 54.47 second, .17 seconds shy of a provisional qualifying time.  In the 800-meter run, Charles Meade finished fourth with a time of 1:54.37, while Jason Campbell claimed fifth in 1:54.41.

Emory will next head to Pittsburgh, PA for the UAA Championships, starting Saturday, April 25th.


EMORY MEN'S AND WOMEN'S TRACK BOTH RANKED IN THE TOP-10

(Apr. 18) Emory University's strong start to the 2009 outdoor track and field season was reflected in the latest US Track and Field and Cross Country Coaches Association (USTFCCCA) dual meet poll, as the men are ranked ninth in the nation, and the women are ranked 10th.

Just one week away from the University Athletic Association (UAA) Championships, the Emory men are the top-ranked team in the conference, while the women are the second-highest ranked UAA team.  Both of the Eagles' squads are the top-ranked teams in the South Region.

Emory will be in action at the Bulldog Limited in Athens, GA on Saturday, its final meet before the UAA Championships next weekend.


EMORY TRACK AND FIELD RECORDS FOUR PROVISIONAL MARKS AT WEEKEND MEETS

(Apr. 12) The Emory University track and field team saw four of members record NCAA provisional qualifying times while competing at the Ole Miss Invitational.  In addition, Emory's contingent of athletes at the Furman Invitational recorded a number of strong showings as well.

For the fifth-ranked Emory men, junior Steve Dry set a provisional qualifying time with a time of 14.84 seconds in the 110-meter hurdles, good for a fifth-place finish.  Although he did not qualify provisionally, junior Alex Greenhouse recorded two solid times as well, running a mark of 10.97 seconds in the 100-meter dash, and a time of 54.48 seconds in the 400-meter hurdles.

For the women at the meet, freshman Lauren Attiah broke her own school record with a distance of 11.82 meters in the triple jump for an eighth-place finish.  Senior Jordan Beall recorded the second-best long jump in school history with a distance of 5.65 meters and a ninth-place finish.  Freshman Monique Osigbeme rounded out the top-performers of the day with a time of 12.22 seconds in the 100-meter dash.  All three marks were good to provisionally qualify for the NCAA Championships.

At the Furman Invitational, senior Adam Moroff finished first in the 400-meter hurdles with a time of 57.67, while the Eagles' 4x400-meter relay team's time of 3:27.88 was good for a top finish as well.  Junior Alex Robin rounded out the first place finishes for the Emory men with a time of 1:57.27 in the 800-meter run.

The Emory women's 4x400-meter relay team recorded a first place finish with a time of 4:02.71.  Jasmine McCullough claimed second in the 100-meter hurdles (16.01 seconds), Alisha Reynolds took second in the 400-meter dash (59.09 seconds), Natalie Fenn took second in the 3,000-meter steeplechase (11:54.20), and Ashley Flint took second in the pole vault (nine feet).

Next up for the Eagles will be the Bulldog Limited in Athens, GA next Saturday.


EMORY TRACK & FIELD BACK TO WORK WITH TWO WEEKEND MEETS

(Apr. 8) Just two weeks away from the University Athletic Association (UAA) Championships, the Emory University track and field team will take part in two weekend meets, as the Eagles will be at the Ole Miss Invitational and the Furman Invitational on Saturday, April 11th.

Emory will send a group of sprinters and hurdles to the Ole Miss Invitational, hosted by the University of Mississippi in Oxford, MS, of Division I's Southeastern Conference.  The event will be an open meet, and there will be no team scoring.

The rest of the Eagles will head to the Furman Invitational, hosted by Furman University in Greenville, SC. 


EMORY ATHLETES SET RECORDS DURING TWO WEEKEND MEETS

(Apr. 6) Emory University's Melissa Jones and Lauren Attiah each set school records during two track and field meets over the course of the weekend.  The Eagles' men finished third, and the women ninth, at the Gem of the Hills Invitational, and also set a contingent of runners to the un-scored Asics Duke Invitational.

At the Duke meet, Jones recorded a time of 37:50.25 while finishing sixth in the 10,000-meter run, besting Natalie Waryck's previous school record of 37:59.28.  Other top finishers at Duke included Natalie Fenn in the 5,000-meter run (18:53.44, seventh place), Rebecca Willett in the 800-meter run (2:19.79, sixth place) and Sara Gelb in the 1,500-meter run (4:57.13 eighth place).  For the men, Tommy Fyffe led the way with a 14th-place finish in the 5,000-meter run with a time of 14:52.23.

At the Gem of the Hills Invitational, hosted by Jacksonville State University, the Emory men finished third with 83 points scored, while the women finished ninth with 22.50 points.

Leading the way for the women was Lauren Attiah, who set an outdoor school record in the triple jump with a distance of 11.40 meters, good for a NCAA provisional qualifying mark and a sixth-place finish at the meet.  Attiah also finished fifth in the long jump with a distance 5.46 meters, just .01 meters shy of a provisional qualifying mark.

The Emory women also performed well in the 4x100-meter relay, which finished third in a time of 47.96 seconds, the second provisional qualifying mark for the team this season.  The Eagles' 4x400-meter relay team finished fourth in a time of 4:00.77.

On the men's side, Alex Greenhouse recorded a season-best time of 54.38 seconds in the 400-meter hurdles, good for a second place finish.  Other top finishers for the men in track events at the meet included Tyler Faits in the 200-meter dash (22.15 seconds, fifth place) and the 400-meter dash (49.83, eighth place), Steve Dry in the 110-meter hurdles (15.12 seconds, fourth place), and Everett Bryant in the 110-meter hurdles (15.29 seconds, fifth place).

In the field events, Xavier Fowler finished second in the triple jump (13.06 meters), Don Wang claimed second in the javelin throw (50.64 meters), Zak Warsaw took third in the hammer throw (39.09 meters) and Brad Pruente finished fifth in the long jump (6.45 meters).

The Eagles will return to action for the Furman Invitational on Saturday, April 11th, in Greenville, SC.


EMORY TRACK AND FIELD TO CONTINUE ITS OUTDOOR SEASON WITH TWO WEEKEND MEETS

(Apr. 2) The Emory University track and field team will resume the outdoor season this weekend, as the Eagles will take part in two road meets, traveling to Durham, NC for the Asics Duke Invitational, and to Jacksonville, AL for the Gem of the Hills Invitational.

The Asics Duke Invitation, hosted by Duke University, will begin on Friday, April 3rd and run through the end of the day on Saturday, April 4th.  Emory will be sending 11 men and 13 women to the meet to compete in the distance and mid-distance events.  There will be live results during the meet, the link to which is posted above.

Emory will be among a group of 20 schools and 580 athletes competing at the Gem of the Hills Invitational, hosted by Jacksonville State University.  The meet is slated to start at 10:00 AM on Saturday, April 4th.


EMORY TRACK AND FIELD TO HOST THE EMORY CLASSIC

(Mar. 27) The Emory University track and field team will host its final home meet of the year, as the Eagles will welcome in a number of teams for the annual Emory University Classic.

The Eagles will represent one of 24 schools participating at the meet, in addition to a number of track clubs and unattached athletes.  Other participating schools include Macalester College, Anderson University, the University of the South, Embry Riddle College, Clark Atlanta University, UNC Pembroke, Mount Mercy College, Central Connecticut State University, Oberlin College, Union College, Taylor University, Morehouse College, New York University, University of the Cumberlands, Lindenwood University, North Georgia College and State University, Shorter College, Oglethorpe University, Clayton State University, Mercer University, Chattahoochee, Truett McConnell College, and Augusta State University.

Last week, the Emory men recorded a second-place finish at the Emory Invitational, while the women finished third.  At last year's Emory Classic, the Emory men finished first, while the women finished third.

This weekend's events will be held at the track and field facilities at the Woodruff Physical Education Center.  The WoodPEC features an eight-lane, 400-meter Rekortan track with a natural grass infield.  The facilities include long jump, steeplechase and pole vault pits, as well as separate throwing areas for shot put, discus and javelin.

The meet will begin on Friday afternoon at 3:00 PM with a number of field events, while the track events will start with the shuttle hurdle relay at 4:00 PM.  The final event of the day on Friday is slated to be the Women's 10,000-meter run, scheduled for 6:35 PM.  Action will resume Saturday morning, with the ‘C' section of the men's 5,000-meter run scheduled for 9:00 AM.  The meet will conclude with the men's 4x400-meter relay at 4:10 PM.

Live results will be available during the meet by clicking on the links on the Emory track and field homepages.  Complete results will be posted to www.go.emory.edu following each day of competition.  Also, with bad weather expected throughout the weekend, please check the Emory Athletics website for any schedule changes that may arise during the weekend.


EAGLES' MEN'S TRACK FINISHES SECOND, WOMEN THIRD, AT THE EMORY INVITATIONAL

(Mar. 21) The Emory University track and field team opened its 2009 outdoor season at home this weekend, as the men finished second, and the women took third-place, at the Emory University Invitational and Multi-Event Opener.

The Emory men scored 124.5 points during the meet, finishing three behind Ohio Northern University which scored 127.5 points, and ahead of third-place Hope College with 121.5 points.  The Emory women scored 90 points during the meet, finishing behind first-place Murray State University (115 points) and second-place Cedarville University (114 points).

The meet opened with the decathlon, as Emory junior Stephen Beehler won the event with a total of 5,749 points, while sophomore Brad Pruente took fifth with 5,490 points.  Beehler recorded first-place finishes in the 400-meter dash and the 1,500-meter run, while taking second in the discus throw, pole vault and 110-meter hurdles.  Pruente won long jump and the 110-meter hurdles, and finished second in the high jump and javelin throw.

At the invitational, the Emory men's 4x800-meter relay team set a school-record on the first day, finishing second in the event with a time of 7:48.99.  Emory junior Charles Meade finished fourth in the unseeded 1,500-meter dash with a time of 3:57.95, just under three seconds shy of a provisional qualifying time.  Junior Tyler Faits finished second in both the 400-meter dash, with a time of 49.89, and the 200-meter dash with a time of 22.38 seconds.

The lone first-place finish for the Eagles's men's squad was Paul Winterhalter, who finished first in the 10,000-meter run with a time of 31:45.87.  Other top finishers for the Emory men were Don Wang (third place in the javelin throw), Alex Greenhouse (third place in the 400-meter hurdles, Everett Bryant (third place in the 110-meter hurdles), Xavier Fowler (second place in the triple jump).

The Emory women's 4x100-meter relay team broke a school record as well during the meet, recording an NCAA provisional qualifying time of 47.66 seconds for a second-place finish.  Emory senior all-American Jordan Beall recorded a distance of 5.46 meters to win the long jump, and was just one-hundredth of a meter shy of a provisional qualifying distance. 

Emory also received a first-place finish from senior Melissa Jones, who recorded a time of 17:56.98 in the 5,000-meter run. 

Other top finishers for the Emory women included Natalie Fenn (third place in the 3,000-meter steeplechase) and Alix Dyer (second place in the 400-meter dash).

The Eagles will return to action next weekend, when they will host the Emory Classic, their second and final home meet of the season.


EMORY TRACK AND FIELD TO BEGIN ITS OUTDOOR SEASON AT HOME WITH THE EMORY INVITATIONAL

(Mar. 18) Following an extremely successful indoor track and field season, Emory University will kick off its outdoor season with the annual Emory University Invitational.  The meet will begin with the Emory Multi-Event Opener on Thursday, and continue with the Invitational on Friday and Saturday.

The Eagles will welcome representatives from 19 other institutions and a number of unattached runners.  Participating institutions besides Emory includes Loras College, Otterbein College, North Georgia College and State University, Union College, Ohio Northern University, Case Western Reserve University, Hope College, Anderson University, Wilmington College, Cedarville University, Shorter College, Murray State University, Clayton State University, Berry College, Furman University, Georgia State University, Augusta State University, Jacksonville State University, and Lee University.

The Emory men will open their outdoor track and field season following a University Athletic Association (UAA) Indoor Championship in the winter.  The Eagles finished seventh in the nation and third in the UAA during the 2008 outdoor season.

The Emory women begin their outdoor season after a 39th-place finish in the nation during the NCAA Indoor Track and Field Championships, and a second-place finish at the UAA Indoor Championships.  The Eagles finished the 2008 outdoor season third in the UAA, and ranked 43rd in the nation.

This weekend's events will be held at the track and field facilities at the Woodruff Physical Education Center.  The WoodPEC features an eight-lane, 400-meter Rekortan track with a natural grass infield.  The facilities include long jump, steeplechase and pole vault pits, as well as separate throwing areas for shot put, discus and javelin.

Action at the Emory Invitational will begin with the decathlon on Thursday at 1:00 PM.  The second day of the decathlon will begin at 10:00 AM on Friday, followed by Emory Invitational field events at 3:00 PM, and track events at 4:00 PM.  The final day of competition will be Saturday, with events starting at 8:30 AM, and scheduled to finish with the 4x400-meter relay at 4:10 PM.

Live results will be available during the meet by clicking on the links on the Emory track and field homepages.  Complete results will be posted to www.go.emory.edu following each day of competition.


FAITS, FRANCIS AND THE EMORY MEN'S TRACK AND FIELD COACHING STAFF EARN UAA INDOOR HONORS

(Mar. 12) Following its championship performance at the 2009 University Athletic Association (UAA) Indoor Track and Field Championship, three groups from the Emory University men's team have been honored by the UAA.  Junior Tyler Faits was named the Most Outstanding Performer for running events, freshman Ian Francis was named the Rookie of the Year, and the Emory coaching staff earned Coaching Staff of the Year honors.

Faits finished first in the 400-meter dash at the UAA Championship last Saturday, winning the event in a time of 49.25 seconds.  He followed that with a first-place finish as part of the Eagles 4x400-meter relay, which led the Eagles to a victory at the championship.  Faits also finished second in the 200-meter dash with a time of 22.38 seconds.  Faits' honor marks the 12th time, and the third-consecutive year, that an Eagle has been named the UAA's Most Outstanding Indoor Performer.  The honor comes after Faits was named the Rookie of the Year in 2007.

Francis competed in a number of field events for the Eagles at the championships, finishing second in the long jump with a distance of 6.66 meters, and second in the triple jump with a mark of 14.16 meters.  He joins Faits (2007) and Rob Bullard (2003) as Eagles who have been named the UAA's Rookie of the Year.

Emory's coaching staff, consisting of head coach John Curtin, and assistant coaches Carl Leivers, Kevin Semanick, Jim Vahrenkamp, and Pedro Vasquez earned the honor of being the UAA's Men's Coaching Staff of the Year.  The Eagles' coaches led the team to their first UAA championship since the 2004 season, and their seventh overall.


EMORY MEN'S TRACK AND FIELD WINS THE UAA INDOOR TRACK AND FIELD CHAMPIONSHIPS; WOMEN FINISH SECOND

(Mar. 7) After a thrilling finish that came down to the very last event of the meet, the Emory University men's track and field team captured its first University Athletic Association (UAA) Indoor Championship since the 2004 season, as the Eagles bested Carnegie Mellon University by one point to win the title.  The women recorded an impressive performance in their own right, finishing second to Washington University (Mo.).

The Emory men entered the final race of the meet, the 4x400-meter relay, trailing Carnegie Mellon by five points at the meet.  If the Eagles finished first in the event, Carnegie Mellon would have to record a fourth or worse finish for the Eagles to claim the UAA title.  Emory's relay team of Alex Greenhouse, Adam Moroff, Jason Campbell, and Tyler Faits finished in a time of 3:21.01, just .18 seconds ahead of Washington's squad, and Carnegie finished fourth to give Emory the meet victory.

The men's finish was eerily similar to the ending of the 2007 UAA Outdoor Championships, which also came down to the 4x400-meter relay, the final event of the day.  At that meet, the Eagles finished first in the race, but Carnegie finished fourth, resulting in a 1.5 point loss for Emory to the Tartans at the meet.

In an incredibly close meet, the Emory men finished with 106 points, one ahead of the Tartans' 105 points, and three ahead of the University of Chicago's 103 points.  Washington University (Mo.) finished fourth with 88 points, followed by Case Western Reserve University (43 points), New York University (34 points) and Brandeis University (17 points).

Although the Eagles did not win the meet until the final race, Emory's victory was built throughout the second day of competition.  The Eagles finished the meet with 12 all-UAA honors, including second-day UAA Championships for Tyler Faits in the 400-meter run (49.25 seconds) and the Eagles' 4x400-meter relay team.  Emory also saw Tommy Fyffe win the UAA Championship in the 5,000-meter run on the first day.

Besides the champions, other Emory athletes earned all-UAA honors (awarded to a top-three finisher in an event) included Ian Francis (second) and Xavier Fowler (third) in the triple jump, Faits (second) and Greenhouse (third) in the 200-meter dash, Campbell (third) in the 800-meter run, Fyffe (third) in the 3,000-meter run, and Steve Dry (third) in the 55-meter hurdles.  Francis' distance of 14.16 meters in the triple jump was good for a NCAA provisional qualifying mark.

The Emory women's squad was one of two teams to score over 100 points during the meet, as the team's 113.50 points was second only to Washington University's 138.  The University of Chicago (99.50 points) finished third, followed by Brandeis (68 points), Case Western Reserve (42 points), Carnegie Mellon (18 points) and New York University (17 points).

Three of the Emory women recorded UAA Championships on day two.  Freshman Monique Osigbeme finished first in the 55-meter dash with a provisional qualifying time of 7.30 seconds.  Freshman Alix Dyer recorded a UAA Championship and a provisional qualifying and school-record time of 58.26 seconds in the 400-meter dash.  Senior Rebecca Willett rounded out Emory's day two champions with a winning time of 2:20.89 in the 800-meter run.

Emory women earning all-UAA honors on the final day of the championships included Jasmine McCullough in the 55-meter hurdles (second), Mary Crystal Spence in the 55-meter dash (third), Osigbeme in the 200-meter dash (second), Melissa Jones in the 3,000-meter run (second), Lauren Attiah in the triple jump (second), and the Eagles' 4x400-meter relay team.  Attiah's distance of 11.58 meters in the triple jump was good for both a school record and a provisional qualifying mark, and Osigbeme's time of 25.42 seconds in the 200-meter dash was a school record as well.

The UAA Championship was the first for the Emory men since the 2004 season, and the seventh in the history of the program.  The second-place finish for the women is their best since 2006, when the team also finished second.

Emory's qualified athletes will now turn their attention towards the NCAA Division III Championships, which will be held next weekend at the Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology in Terre Haute, IN.


BEALL AND FYFFE WIN CONFERENCE TITLES ON DAY ONE OF THE UAA CHAMPIONSHIPS

(Mar. 6) Two Emory University athletes took home conference championships during the first day of the University Athletic Association (UAA) Indoor Track and Field Championships, as senior Jordan Beall won the women's long jump, and junior Tommy Fyffe finished first in the men's 5,000-meter run.  Heading into the second day, the Emory men are in second place out of seven teams, while the women are third out of seven teams.

With the finals in all of the sprint and middle-distance events, along with a number of distance and field events, still to come on Saturday, the Eagles have put themselves in a solid position.  The Emory men, ranked 16th in the nation, scored 36 points during the first day of the meet, 12 behind #24 Carnegie Mellon University for first place, and ahead of Washington University (27 points), Brandeis University (16 points), Case Western Reserve University (14 points), the #18 University of Chicago (12 points) and New York University (two points).

The Emory women, ranked 22nd in Division III, scored 25.50 points during the first day of competition, and currently sit behind #10 Washington (47 points) and #16 Chicago (38.50 points).  Emory is currently ahead of Case Western Reserve (18 points), Brandeis (12 points), New York University (eight points) and Carnegie Mellon University (six points).

Fyffe's performance in the 5,000-meter run was not only good for a first-place finish and a UAA Championship, but his time of 14:43.32 was both a UAA and Emory record.  It is the first UAA Championship in Fyffe's career, and his first indoor all-UAA honor.

The Eagles also saw Ian Francis record an all-UAA performance, as Emory's freshman finished second in the long jump with a distance of 6.66 meters.  Emory also received an all-UAA performance from its distance medley relay team of Charles Meade, Alex Robin, Stephen Beehler, and Nicolai Lundy, which finished third in a time of 10:11.49.

A numbers of Eagles also qualified for event finals on Saturday.  Junior Tyler Faits finished first in the preliminaries of both the 200-meter dash (22.20 seconds) and the 400-meter dash (50.00 seconds), advancing to the finals in both.  Junior Alex Greenhouse will join Faits in the 200-meter dash finals after finishing third in the preliminaries (22.55 seconds), after also qualifying for the finals of the 55-meter dash with a time of 6.65 seconds.  Sophomore Jason Campbell qualified for the finals of the 800-meter run with a time of 1:56.30, while junior Steve Dry's mark of 7.87 seconds in the 55-meter hurdle preliminaries was good for a third-place finish and a spot in the final heat on Saturday.

Beall finished first in the long jump with a distance of 5.46 meters in the event, good for a provisional qualifying mark.  It marks her first indoor UAA championship, after having won the outdoor long jump in each of the past two seasons.

The only other all-UAA honor during the first day of competition came from Melissa Jones, who finished second in the 5,000-meter run with a time of 17:59.29.

The Eagles also had 11 of its women qualify for event finals on Saturday.  In the preliminaries of the 55-meter dash, freshman Monique Osigbeme finished first with a provisional qualifying time of 7.30 seconds, and was followed closely by Mary Crystal Spence (third place, 7.41 seconds), and Beall (sixth place, 7.56 seconds).  Osigbeme also finished third in the 200-meter dash preliminaries (25.88 seconds), followed by Alix Dyer in fourth (25.91 seconds) and Spence (25.93 seconds).  Dyer led the way for the Eagles with a first-place finish in the 400-meter dash (59.10 seconds), along with Melanie Levy's third-place finish (59.98 seconds) and Alisha Reynolds in sixth (1:01.04).  Senior Rebecca Willett was the top-finisher in the 800-meter run preliminaries (2:18.66), and Jasmine McCullough finished fifth in the 55-meter hurdle preliminaries (8.95 seconds) to advance to the event finals.

The meet will resume on Saturday at 9:30 AM from the New Balance Armory Track and Field Center in New York, NY.


EMORY TRACK AND FIELD HEADS TO NEW YORK FOR THE UAA INDOOR CHAMPIONSHIPS

(Mar. 5) The Emory University track and field teams will head north for the start of their championship season, as the Eagles will be one of eight institutions taking part in the University Athletic Association Indoor Track and Field Championships in New York, NY this weekend.

The first day of competition will begin on Friday at 12:30 PM, and run through 4:50 PM that day.  Action will resume on Saturday at 9:30 AM, and end with the awards presentation, scheduled for 1:30 PM.

The Emory men's squad will enter the meet as the top-ranked team in the UAA, according to the latest USTFCCCA poll.  The Eagles are currently ranked 16th in the Nation, while the University of Chicago is ranked 18th, and Carnegie Mellon University is ranked 24th.  Last season, Emory finished second at the UAA Indoor Championships, just 10 points behind Chicago.

The Eagles will feature a number of male athletes who will enter the meet ranked among the top three in the UAA in their respective events.  Alex Greenhouse and Tyler Faits are ranked first and second, respectively, in the 200-meter dash and the 400-meter dash, Jason Campbell is ranked third in the 800-meter run, Ian Francis is ranked second in the long jump and third in the triple jump, and Brad Pruente is ranked third in the pentathlon.  The Eagles also feature the third-seeded 4x400-meter relay team.

The Emory women's team is among four ranked female teams participating in this weekend's meet, as the Eagles will begin the weekend ranked 22nd in the Nation, behind 10th-ranked Washington University (Mo.), the 16th-ranked University of Chicago, and the 19th-ranked University of Rochester.  Last season, Emory finished third at the UAA Indoor Championships, behind first-place Chicago and second-place Washington.

The Emory women will also have a number of top-seeded athletes for the meet.  Monique Osigbeme is ranked first in the 55-meter dash, while Mary Crystal Spence is seeded third in the event and second in the 200-meter dash.  Alix Dyer is the top-seeded 400-meter dash competitor, and the third-seeded runner in the 200-meter dash.  Rebecca Willett is seeded third in the 800-meter run, Melissa Jones and Natalie Waryck are seeded second and third respectively in the 5,000-meter run, Jasmine McCullough is seeded third in the 55-meter hurdles, Jordan Beall is the top-seeded competitor in the long jump, Lauren Attiah is ranked second in the long jump, and Katie Sheehan is second in the pentathlon.  In addition, Emory has the third-seeded 4x400-meter relay team.

The meet will be hosted by New York University, and will be held at the world-famous New Balance Armory Track and Field Center in Manhattan.  The facility features a banked, 200-meter track, and also houses the National Track and Field Hall of Fame.

The UAA Championship website, the link to which is posted above, will feature live results, schedules, programs and other features.  Updated results and daily recaps will be posted to www.go.emory.edu at the end of competition each day.


EMORY WOMEN FINISH FIRST, MEN THIRD, AT THE SEWANEE INDOOR INVITATIONAL

(Feb. 28) The Emory University track and field teams fared well in their final tune-up for the University Athletic Association (UAA) Indoor Track and Field Championships next week, as the women finished first, and the men claimed third, at the Sewanee Indoor Invitational on Saturday.

Emory's 19th-ranked women scored 92.50 points during the meet, besting second-place Birmingham Southern College (82 points) and the University of Alabama Huntsville (63.50).  The 13th-ranked Emory men tallied 70 points with a limited squad, finishing third behind Mississippi College (92 points) and Alabama Huntsville (91 points).

The Emory women registered three first-place finishes during the meet.  In the 55-meter dash, freshman Monique Osigbeme finished atop the standing with a time of 7.33 seconds in the finals (and a mark of 7.31 seconds in the preliminaries). 

In the field events, senior and co-captain Jordan Beall finished first in the long jump with a provisional qualifying distance of 5.53 meters, while freshman Lauren Attiah registered a first-place triple jump of 11.33 meters, good for her fifth qualifying mark of the season.

Other top-three finishes at the meet for the women belonged to sophomore Jennifer Feinberg in the 3,000-meter run (second place, 11:23.01), freshman Arwen Marker in the 3,000-meter run (third place, 11:37.72), Kara Cutrona in the shot put (second place, 11.37 meters), and Leah Lomotey-Nakon in both the shot put (third place, 10.60 meters) and the weight throw (second place, 11.34 meters).  In addition, freshman Jasmine McCullough finished third in the preliminaries of the 55-meter hurdles with a time of 8.90 seconds, the best by an Eagle this season.

The Emory men sent a smaller squad than usual to the meet, leaving a number of their top distance runners and sprinters at home to rest for next week's conference championships.  Freshman Ian Francis was able to record the team's lone first-place finish of the day, claiming the top spot in the triple jump with a distance of 13.34 meters.  Francis also finished second in the long jump with a mark of 6.62 meters, his second-best of the season.

Other top-three finishers for the Emory men during the Sewanee Invitational included junior Steve Dry  in the 55-meter hurdles (third place, 7.89 seconds), junior Stephen Beehler in the 400-meter dash (third place, 53.45 seconds), and freshman Xavier Fowler in the triple jump (second place, 13.29 seconds).

 Emory will now turn its attention towards the UAA Championships, which will take place Friday, March 6th through Saturday, March 7th in New York City, NY.  The men will look to better their second-place finish from last season's championships, while the women will look to improve on their third-place result in 2008.


EMORY TRACK AND FIELD HAS SUCCESSFUL SHOWING AT TWO WEEKEND MEETS

(Feb. 22) The Emory University track and field team turned in another solid performance last weekend, as the Eagles had successful appearances at both the Ohio Wesleyan Pentathlon and the Clemson Tiger Invitational.

Emory sent two of its multi-event athletes to the Ohio Wesleyan Penathlon, senior Katie Sheehan and sophomore Brad Pruente.  Sheehan qualified for the NCAA Division III Championships with her score of 3,021 points, besting her previous career-high score by close to 500 points and finishing first overall in the event.  In the process, Sheehan recorded season-bests in all five events (the 55-meter hurdles, the high jump, the shot put, the long jump, and the 800-meter run.  Meanwhile, Pruente scored 3,226 points during the meet, while recording season-best marks in the 55-meter hurdles, the long jump, and the shot put.

At the Clemson Tiger Invitational, the Eagles' day was highlighted by freshman Alix Dyer, who set a new personal-best mark in the 400-meter dash with a time of 59.07 seconds, the second-fastest time in school history.  Dyer later joined Alisha Reynolds, Rebecca Willett, and Monique Osigbeme in the 4x400-meter relay, which recorded a season-best mark of 4:09.16.

For the men at the Tiger Invite, junior Steve Dry set a season-best time in the 60-meter hurdles with a mark of 8.39 seconds, while junior Charles Meade set a personal-best in the 3,000-meter run with a time of 8:44.54, the fourth-fastest in school history. 

Emory will take part in its final regular season meet of its indoor campaign next week, heading to the University of the South for the Sewanee Indoor Invitational on Saturday.  The Eagles will then begin their championship season, starting with the University Athletic Association Championships on March 6th.


EMORY TRACK AND FIELD HEADS BACK TO CLEMSON FOR TIGER INVITATIONAL

(Feb. 18) The Emory University track and field team will make an appearance at Clemson University for the second-consecutive week, as the Eagles will participate at the Clemson Tiger Invitational on Saturday, February 21st.

After the Eagles split their squad between the Tiger Paw Invitational at Clemson, and the Valentine Invitational at Boston University last weekend, the Eagles will send the majority of the squad back to Clemson this weekend.  The meet will be held on Clemson's flat 200-meter indoor track, constructed in 2003, and home to the Atlantic Coast Conference (ACC) Championships in 2004, 2007 and 2009.

Meanwhile, both the Emory men and women improved in the USTFCCCA NCAA Division III rankings this week.  The Emory men jumped to 16th in the nation from 19th the week before, while the women made it back into the top-25, rising to 24th in the nation.

Following this weekend's meet, the Eagles will have one more contest before championship season begins, starting with the University Athletic Association (UAA) Championships on March 6th.


EMORY TRACK AND FIELD PERFORMS WELL AT TWO WEEKEND MEETS

(Feb. 16) The Emory University track and field team recorded a number of solid times, while competing at both the Valentine Invitational at Boston University in Boston, MA, and the Tiger Paw Invitational at Clemson University in Clemson, SC.

The Eagles small contingent of runners at the Valentine Invitational recorded many strong performances at the meet.  On the women's side, freshman Alix Dyer paced the Eagles for the meet, recording the second-fastest 400-meter dash time in school history, finishing 27th in a time of 59.19 seconds.  Dyer also finished 38th with a time of 26.13 seconds in the 200-meter dash, the fifth-fastest time in school history.

Also competing for the Emory women at the Valentine Invitational were sophomore Alicia Reynolds, who finished 99th in the 400-meter dash with a time of 1:03.61, and senior Rebecca Willett, who finished 57th in the 800-meter run with a time of 2:20.15.

For the men at the meet, junior Alex Greenhouse recorded the third-fastest 200-meter dash time in school history, finishing 22nd overall with a mark of 22.26 seconds.  Greenhouse also finished 23rd in the 400-meter dash with a time of 49.34 seconds.  Junior Tyler Faits finished close behind Greenhouse in both events, recording times of 22.37 seconds in the 200 and 49.65 in the 400.

In the distance events, junior Charles Meade recorded the second-fastest mile time in school history, finishing 32nd with a time of 4:15.37, .37 second shy of a provisional qualifying time.  Junior Paul Winterhalter claimed 14th in the 5,000-meter run with a time of 14:53.74, while junior Tommy Fyffe finished right behind him with a time of 14:53.81.

At the Tiger Paw Invitational, Emory saw a number of its athletes record season-best times.  On the women's side, freshman Jasmine McCullough recorded the team's  best time of the season in the 60-meter hurdles (10.00 seconds), while freshman Sara Gelb set the top mark of the season in the mile run (5:29.70) and senior Natalie Waryck set the team's top time of the year in the 3,000-meter run (10:32.18). 

For the men, sophomore Alfredo Rosa II recorded Emory's top time of the year in the 60-meter dash (7.46 seconds), while senior Nick Price finished 17th in the 800-meter run, with an impressive personal-best mark of 1:59.12. Other strong performances from the Emory men during the meet included junior Steve Dry (8.59 seconds) and sophomore Everett Bryant (8.70 seconds) in the 60-meter hurdles, and freshman Ian Francis' jump of 13.80 meters in the triple jump.

The Eagles will return to the track next weekend, as the team will travel to the Clemson Tiger Invitational on Saturday, February 21st.


EMORY TRACK AND FIELD TO PARTICIPATE IN TWO WEEKEND MEETS

(Feb. 12) The Emory University track and field team will take part in two separate meets this weekend, as the Eagles will send part of the squad to the Tiger Paw Invitational in Clemson, SC, and the other part of the team to the Valentine Invitational in Boston, MA.  Both meets will take place this coming Friday and Saturday.

Most of the Emory team will be headed to the Tiger Paw Invitational, hosted by Clemson University.  The meet will be held on Clemson's 200-meter indoor track, constructed in 2003 and home to the Atlantic Coast Conference (ACC) Championships in 2004, 2007 and 2009.

A smaller contingent of Emory runners will make the trip to Boston University to attend the Valentine Invitational.  Scheduled to attend the meet for the Eagles are Tommy Fyffe, Charlie Meade, Paul Winterhalter, Rebecca Willett, Melissa Jones, Alix Dyer, Alisha Reynolds, Alex Greenhouse and Tyler Faits.  The meet will be held on Boston University's 200-meter banked track.

Following this weekend's meets, the Eagles will have three weeks remaining before the University Athletic Association (UAA) Championships in New York, NY, and a month before the NCAA Division III Championships in Terre Haute, IN.


EMORY MEN FINISH THIRD, WOMEN FIFTH, AT THE TIGER TRACK & FIELD INVITATIONAL

(Feb. 7) Competing in its first meet with team scoring this season, the 21st-ranked Emory University men's track and field team finished third, while the 22nd-ranked women finished fifth, at the Tiger Indoor Invitational in Sewanee, TN.  Both Eagle squads were the top-finishing Division III squads at the meet.

The Emory men scored 56 points at the meet, finishing behind Division I institutions Samford (137 points) and South Alabama (68.50 points), and just ahead of Division III Mississippi College (55.50 points).  The women scored 39.50 points, placing behind Division I schools Troy (135 points), Samford (94 points), South Alabama (76 points) and Tennessee Tech (67 points).

The Emory women's squad saw two school records broken and two provisional qualifying times during the meet. Senior Jordan Beall broke the school record in the long jump, reaching a provisional qualifying distance of 5.58 meters, .18 meters better than Kahlilah Jennings' 12-year old pervious school record jump.  Beall finished second in the event.

Freshman Lauren Attiah bested her own school record in the triple jump, finishing third with a provisional qualifying distance of 11.43 meters.  She also finished fourth in the long jump with a mark of 5.38 meters.

Freshman Monique Osigbeme finished third in the finals of the 55-meter dash with a mark of 7.32 seconds, just two-hundredths of a second shy of a provisional qualifying time in the event.

Emory freshman Ian Francis recorded the lone first-place finish of the meet for the men, recording a distance of 14.01 meters in the triple jump.  He became just the second athlete in Emory history to break the 14-meter mark in the triple jump, and his distance was just .04 meters shy of a provisional qualifying distance.

Other impressive performances from the Emory men came from Steve Dry, who recorded a time of 7.90 seconds during the preliminaries of the 55-meter hurdles, Alex Greenhouse, who finished third in the 55-meter dash with a time of 6.59 seconds, and Ben Euwer's throw of 12.60 meters in the shot put, good for a third-place finish.

Emory will return to action next weekend, as the Eagles will travel to Clemson University to take part in the Tiger Paw Invitational on Saturday, February 14th.


EMORY'S FIELD ATHLETES TO BE ON DISPLAY AT THE TIGER INDOOR INVITATIONAL

(Feb. 5) The Emory University track and field team will send a large contingent of its field-event competitors and some of its runners to the Tiger Indoor Invitational in Sewanee, TN on Saturday, February 7th.  This will be the Eagles' first meet with team scoring this season.

In the first USTFCCCA poll of the season, released earlier in the week, the Emory men ranked 21st in Division III, while the women are ranked 22nd.  At last season's Tiger Indoor Invitational, the Eagles received a first-place finish from their men, and a second-place finish from the women.

The Emory men feature a number of high-seeded athletes in the meet, including Steve Dry (second in the 55-meter hurdles), Alex Greenhouse (fourth in the long jump, fifth in the 55-meter dash), Everett Bryant (fourth in the 55-meter hurdles), Brad Pruente (fifth in the long jump and fourth in the high jump), Xavier Fowler (fourth in the triple jump), Ian Francis (fifth in the triple jump), Ben Euwer (third in the shot put), Erik Goranson (fourth in the shot put), Herbert Robson (fifth in the shot put), and William Campbell (third in the high jump).

For the Emory women, high-seeded participants include Mary Crystal Spence (fourth in the 55-meter dash), Lauren Attiah (third in the triple jump, fifth in the high jump, and fifth in the long jump), and Leah Lomotey-Nakon (fifth in the shot put).

Saturday's invitational will be held on an undersized, 160-meter track on the campus of the University of the South.  Other schools competing at the meet include NCAA Division I institutions Troy, South Alabama, Samford and Tennessee Tech, Division III schools Mississippi College, Bethel, and Sewanee, and NAIA schools Bryan and Lee.  A number of unattached runners will also be taking part in the meet.


EMORY TRACK AND FIELD RECORDS TOP TIMES AT THE NISWONGER INVITATIONAL

(Jan. 31) The Emory track and field team recorded some of its best times of the season, while competing at the Niswonger Invitational at East Tennessee State University this weekend.

Particularly strong for the weekend was the Emory women's sprint team.  Junior Mary Crystal Spence recorded the third-fastest time in school history in the 200-meter dash, running the event in 26.07 seconds and finishing 25th overall.  Right behind Spence were freshmen Monique Osigbeme and Alix Dyer, who ran times of 26.16 and 26.19 seconds respectively, the sixth- and eighth-fastest marks in school history.  Osigbeme also took 18th in the 60-meter dash with a time of 7.98 seconds.

Later in the meet, Dyer became just the fifth Emory woman to break one minute in the 400-meter dash, running a time of 59.83 seconds in the event, good for a 22nd-place finish.  Sophomore Alicia Reynolds finished close behind with a time of 60.33 seconds.

Senior Rebecca Willett paced the Eagles in the mid-distance events, finishing first in the unseeded 800-meter dash with a time of 2:21.43.  Senior Melissa Jones took sixth in the 5,000-meter dash with a time of 18:03.33.

In the field events, senior Jordan Beall finished third in the unseeded long jump, reaching a distance of 5.22 meters.  Freshman Lauren Attiah recorded a distance of 11.31 meters in the triple jump, her third provisional qualifying mark of the season, while junior Leah Lamotey-Nakon took 23rd in the shot put with a throw of 10.12 meters.

On the men's side, competing in their first indoor meet of the season, the Eagles' distance runners impressed.  Junior Tommy Fyffe finished eighth in the unseeded 5,000-meter run in a time of 14:50.98, the second fastest in school history and just shy of a provisional qualifying time.  Junior Charles Meade finished second in the unseeded mile with a time of 4:21.64, the fifth-fastest in school history.

Junior Steve Dry qualified for the finals of the 60-meter hurdles (although he did not compete in the final round) with a 10th-place finish in the preliminaries and a time of 8.50 seconds, the sixth-fastest in school history.

Junior Alex Greenhouse was Emory's top finisher in both the 200-meter dash and the 400-meter dash, recording a time of 22.64 seconds in the former, and 50.22 seconds in the later.  Sophomore Jason Campbell took 13th in the 800-meter run with a time of 2:00.58.

The Eagles will return to action next weekend, as the squad will travel to Sewanee, TN, to take part in the Tiger Indoor Invitational.


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

(Jan. 28) For the first time this season, the Emory University Track and Field Team will be out in full force, as the Eagles will send a full squad to the Niswonger Invitational at East Tennessee State University.  The meet will be held Friday, January 30th - Saturday, January 31st in Johnson City, TN.

The Eagles will be competing in their third meet of the 2008-09 indoor track and field season.  It will mark the first time this season that Emory's distance squad will be competing, following a successful cross country season in the fall.

Competition at the meet will include a number of NCAA schools from all three Divisions and other unaffiliated athletes.  East Tennessee State University is a Division I school in the Atlantic Sun Conference.

This weekend's meet will be held on the David E. Walker Track at the Memorial Center on the ETSU campus.  The facility features a six-lane, 280-meter track.


EMORY TRACK AND FIELD PROVIDES A SOLID OUTING AT THE APPALACHIAN OPEN

(Jan. 18) The Emory University Track and Field team turned in another solid performance on Saturday, while competing at the Appalachian State University Open in Boone, NC.

In their second meet of season, and the first of 2009, the Emory Men's squad recorded eight top-10 finishes, while the Women's team had six top-10 finishes and one provisional qualifying mark.

Competing in just her second collegiate meet, freshman Lauren Attiah broke her own school record in the triple jump, recording a provisional qualifying mark of 11.37 meters in the event.  The distance was good for a third-place finish in the event, and bested her previous school-record mark of 11.18 meters.  Attiah also finished seventh in the long jump, reaching a distance of 5.33 meters.

Other top finishers for the Emory Women included Alisha Reynolds, who finished ninth in the 400-meter dash with a time of 1:00.56, Jordan Beall, who took 10th-place in the long jump with a distance of 5.30 meters, and Eleanor Fitall, who finished seventh in the triple jump with a distance of 10.03 meters.  In addition, the Eagles' 4x400-meter relay team finished fourth with a time of 4:11.88.

For Emory's Men's team, junior Alex Greenhouse recorded the squad's best finish of the day, taking third in the 400-meter dash with a career-best time of 49.97.  Greenhouse also recorded a career-best distance of 6.51 meters in the long jump, finishing eighth overall.

The Eagles also performed well in the 800-meter dash, as Nick Price took sixth-place with a mark of 1:59.41, and Nicolai Lundy claimed seventh with a time of 2:00.21.  In the triple jump, freshmen Ian Francis and Xavier Fowler took seventh and eighth respectively, as the former notched hit a distance of 13.11 meters, while the latter reached 13.07.  Other top finishers for the Eagles included William Campbell in the high jump (fifth-place, 1.88 meters) and the Eagles' 4x400-meter relay (second-place, 3:24.72).

Despite being the only Division III team competing at the meet, Emory's athletes, particularly the middle-distance runners, were able to take care of a fast, oversized track at Appalachian State University to put up their strong times.

The Eagles will be back in action next weekend, as Emory will send a limited squad to New York, NY on Friday, to take part in the Great Dane Classic at the famous Armory Track.


EMORY TRACK AND FIELD TO RESUME ITS 2009 SEASON AT THE APPALACHIAN OPEN

(Jan. 15) Back from the Winter Break, the Emory University Track and Field Team will travel to Boone, NC to take part in the Appalachian Open, hosted by Appalachian State University.

The Eagles will be sending a squad of approximately 40 athletes to the meet.  Emory will once again be holding back its distance runners, allowing mostly sprinters, mid-distance runners and field athletes to compete during the meet.  The Eagles will be the only Division III team attending the meet at Appalachian State, a Division I school.

The meet will be held at Appalachian State's George M. Holmes Convocation Center, which houses an oversized 300-meter track.


EMORY TRACK AND FIELD BEGINS THE SEASON STRONG AT THE HOLIDAY OPEN

(Dec. 7) The Emory University Men's and Women's  Track and Field teams took to the track for the first time during the 2008-09 indoor season, and performed well at Christopher Newport University's Holiday Open.

With only a selected group of Emory's sprinters, throwers and jumpers competing at the meet, freshman Lauren Attiah stole the show, with a school-record and provisional qualifying jump of 11.18 meters in the triple jump, good for a sixth-place finish in the event.  The freshman, facing her first collegiate competition, also led all Emory athletes with a 12th-place finish in the high jump, and was second on the squad with a 14th-place finish in the long jump.

The freshmen on the Emory women's team led the squad through most of the day.  Monique Osigbeme was Emory's top finisher in both the 55-meter dash (22nd-place overall, 7.51 seconds) and the 200-meter dash (18th-place overall 26.76 seconds).  Her fellow freshman Alix Dyer finished 17th in the 400-meter dash with a time of 1:00.79.

Other top Emory finishers included senior Jordan Beall in the long jump (12th-place overall, 5.15 meters), junior Kara Cutrona in the shot put (27th-place overall, 9.92 meters) and the weight throw (24th-place overall, 9.87 meters), and senior Katie Sheehan in the 55-meter hurdles (26th-place overall, 9.35 seconds).

On the men's side, the Eagles saw five of their athletes record top-10 finishes.  Sophomore Jason Campbell set a personal-best mark in the 800-meter run, finishing third overall in a time of 1:57.50, while senior Nick Price finished eighth in a time of 2:00.44.  In the high jump, sophomore Brad Pruente finished eighth with a distance of 1.88 meters.  Juniors Steve Dry and Alex Greenhouse also recorded top-10 finished with the former finished 10th in the 55-meter hurdles (8.09 seconds in the preliminaries), and the latter taking ninth-place in the 400-meter dash (51.26 seconds).

Competing in his first collegiate meet, freshman Ian Francis finished 11th in the triple jump with a distance of 13.03 meters, matching the fifth-longest in school history.

The meet will conclude the 2008 portion of the Eagles' indoor schedule.  Emory will return to action following the start of the new year.


EMORY MEN'S TRACK AND FIELD LOOKS TO BUILD ON ITS 2008 SUCCESS IN 2009

After recording a seventh-place finish at the 2008 NCAA Division III Outdoor Track and Field Championships, the best in the history of the program, the Emory University Men's Track and Field team is looking forward to the start of the 2008-09 Indoor season, set to begin on Saturday, December 6th with the Holiday Open at Christopher Newport University.

In order to find similar success to last season, Emory will be forced to replace the production from three all-Americans, including one of the most decorated athletes in school history in Frederick Linton, who graduated following his 2008 campaign.  However, with a good group of young but experienced runners returning for 2009 season, the Eagles could be poised for another step forward.

The Eagles will be returning a talented core of young runners, headlined by 2008 All-Americans Jason Campbell, Alex Greenhouse, and Tyler Faits.  Greenhouse, a junior, and Campbell, a sophomore, both earned Indoor All-America honors after finishing seventh in the Nation as part of the 4x400-meter relay team, the first Emory relay to earn a National honor.  During the spring, all three were part of the Eagles all-American 4x400-meter relay team, while Greenhouse earned an additional honor with a sixth-place finish and school record in the 400-meter hurdles.

Junior Steve Dry will be a factor during the Eagles' indoor season as well, after winning the UAA Championship in the 55-meter hurdles a year ago.  Sophomore Brad Pruente will to make additional contributions following his all-UAA performances in the 55-meter hurdles and the high jump last indoor season.    

Mid-distance runners and seniors Nicolai Lundy and Nick Price will look to build on their all-UAA performances as part of the Eagles' 4x800-meter relay team during last year's outdoor season.  Other returning all-UAA athletes from Emory's 2008 outdoor season include distance runners Tommy Fyffe, Alex Robin, and Charles Meade, who will rejoin the team later in the year after recovering from a successful cross country season in the fall.

Emory currently has 10 meets scheduled for the 2008-09 indoor season.  Saturday's season-opening meet will be Emory's lone competition of the 2008 calendar year, and the Eagles will only be sending a select contingent of athletes to the event.  The indoor season will pick up again on January 17th, 2009, as a portion of the Emory squad will head to Boone, NC for the Appalachian Open.  The Eagles' first full-squad meet of the year will on Friday, January 30th at the Niswonger Invitational in Johnson City, TN.

Emory's championship season will begin on March 6th, 2009, with the University Athletic Association Championships in New York City, NY, as the Eagles will be looking for their third-consecutive top-two finish.  Emory will conclude its season by sending qualifying runners to the NCAA Division III National Championships at the Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology in Terre Haute, IN.


EMORY TRACK AND FIELD TAPS JIM VAHRENKAMP AS ASSISTANT COACH

(Aug. 11) Emory University Track and Field has named former University of South Dakota standout Jim Vahrenkamp to the squad's coaching staff for the 2008-09 season.  Vahrenkamp will coach the Eagles' throwers and multi-event athletes during the indoor and outdoor track seasons.

Vahrenkamp will come to Emory following a two-year stint as an assistant coach at his alma mater, where he worked with the Coyotes' decathletes, heptathletes, high jumpers, long jumpers and javelin throwers.  Previously, he spent four seasons working with jumpers, throwers and hurdles at Rapid City Christian High School as an assistant track coach, leading his athletes to eight school records. 

As a member of the track and field team at the University of South Dakota, a NCAA Division II institution, Vahrenkamp was qualifier for the decathlon at the 2006 NCAA Outdoor Championships (helping his team to a fourth-place finish), and a qualifier in both the pentathlon and the high jump at the 2002 NAIA Indoor Championships.

Vahrenkamp received his Bachelor of Science in Education from the University of South Dakota during the fall semester of 2006, and recently earned his Master of Arts in History from USD.  He will begin his duties on August 15th, filling the spot on the coaching staff vacated by former Emory athlete and coach, Ashley DeMarco.