CLEMSON, S.C. - Nearly everyone who competed on Friday posted a season-best mark for the CSU Women's Track and Field team at the 2011 Big South Indoor Conference Championships, presented by Musco and UCS, and held at the Clemson Indoor Track. Day one of competition for CSU included runner-up finishes by Patria Norman and Daisy Whitaker.
With only events for the pentathlon in the morning, Patria Norman started things off right with a pair of season-bests, including an 8.92-second finish in the 60m hurdle event. It was the second best time of the day, putting her in second place after one event with 927 points.
Norman cleared 1.53m (5-0.25) in the high jump, also a season best, tying her for third place in the event and moving her to third place with 1,582 points, 23 points off the lead.
One of her best events, Norman blew away the field in the shot put with a heave of 12.18m (39-11.5), earning 673 points in the event and bringing her total to 2,255 points, within three points of the leader from Radford. The mark was just .04m off her season-best in the event.
She took the lead in one of her other strong events, getting out 5.39m (17-8.25) from the board in the long jump to claim first in the discipline, adding 668 points to her total, bringing it to 2,923 after four of the five events. Christina Mitchell of Liberty stood in second at 2,889.
Needing to hold off the charge from Mitchell in the 800m run, Norman fell just short, but scored 469 points in the event with a 12th-place time of 2:49.48. Norman finished runner-up in the overall standings with a final tally of 3,392 points, 15 points shy of the CSU school record for the pentathlon.
With no rest for the weary, Norman immediately took to the track again in the 60m hurdle preliminaries, improving her time a little more with a time of 8.84 seconds. She was second in her heat and third overall in the preliminaries of the event.
Breeann Guerra posted an incredible personal best of 11.97m (39-3.25) in the shot put, finishing fifth overall, but winning her flight after coming into the event ranked 14th. She was the third of three Lady Bucs to earn team points, finishing just behind Norman (12.32m, 40-5.00) who claimed fourth overall. Daisy Whitaker led the charge and earned all-conference honors with a second-place, 12.72m (41-8.75) finish, marking the first time under Throws Coach Josh Aydlette that a freshman has earned a medal. All three were season-best performances. Tia Habersham just missed team points with a toss of 11.04m (36-2.75) mark in the event, putting her in 10th place.
Brittney Greer made the finals of the 60m dash with the seventh-best time in the preliminaries, running 7.76, her best time of the year, while Tamisha Foster just missed the finals, running 8.11 for 15th place overall. In her other race of the day, Greer ran 26.37 in the 200m dash, finishing 11th overall.
In the long jump, Foster led the charge with a 5.43m (17-9.75) jump to claim fifth, while Deona Jones finished sixth with a leap of 5.42m (17-9.5). It was the best jump of the season for both athletes. Sequoya Casey's mark of 4.96m (16-3.25) put her in 16th overall.
Another season's-best, Eloisa Paredes ran 2:22.69 in the 800m run, finishing fourth in her heat and 10th overall in the event.
In the final track event of the day, the 4,000m DMR, the Lady Bucs were moving into fourth place and poised to make a run when a failed exchange left them disqualified from the race.
Action will continue tomorrow from the Clemson Indoor Track. The meet will be broadcast for a small subscription fee on the Big South Network and live results will be provided by CFPI Timing. For additional information, follow @CSUsports on twitter for live updates, and Liberty SID Paul Carmany will be keeping a live interactive blog throughout the championships.CSU Meet Notes
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(By Liberty SID)