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Published
April 9, 2005
By
Gary Pine
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AZUSA, Calif. – Olympic silver medalists Bryan Clay and Coby Miller won the 110-meter high hurdles and 100 meters, respectively, to highlight the Meet of Champions at Azusa Pacific.

Clay, a silver medalist in the decathlon at Athens, recorded a personal-record 13.78 to win the high hurdles in his first competition of the outdoor season. He bested his former PR by .02. Miller, who ran a leg on the United States’ 4x100 relay that finished second at Athens, clocked a 10.27 to edge former NAIA champion Mike Mitchell, who ran a 10.35

Khadevis Robinson won the men’s 800 meters with a stadium record 1:45.24, beating by more than 2 seconds the previous standard set by Oklahoma Baptist’s Dudley Dawkins at the 1994 NAIA Outdoor Track & Field Championships. The 1:45 is easily the top American 800 this season and is second in the world to date.

Individually for Azusa Pacific, junior Danny Reid recorded a personal-best in the 800 with a 1:51.04. Sophomore Peter Sherman won the men’s steeplechase with a 9:31.9, the sixth fastest time in program history while, fellow sophomore Whitney Jacobsmeyer won the women’s steeplechase with the second-best time on the Cougar all-time chart with an NAIA qualifying effort of 11.17.6.

In the throws, freshman Ruth Wilhelm enjoyed her finest collegiate meet to date. She qualified for the NAIA championships with a 153’ 4” in hammer and then recorded a personal-best in the javelin at a 124’ 4.”

NAIA champion Brianna Carstensen added another school record to her already long list, blazing a 17:01.34 in the 5000, shattering the former school-record by 23 seconds. It was her first race of the season and personal-best by more than a minute.

The Cougar men's 4x400 of Matt SparksTony Ramirez, Matt Parish and Caleb Lynch qualified for the NAIA championship meet with a 3:17.79.

Azusa Pacific hosts the Mt. SAC Relays heptathlon/decathlon next week (April 13-14) and the rest of the team competes in the Pomona-Pitzer Invitational next Saturday (April 16) in Claremont.