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2008 NCAA East Regional
Track & Field Championship
Tallahassee, Fla.
Mike Long Track
May 30-31, 2008

Day Two Notes

HOSTS WIN FOURTH-STRAIGHT TITLE
As has been the precursor for two last two seasons, the Florida State men's track and field team began its quest for an NCAA Outdoor National Championship by winning the East Region title. The Seminoles had no problems defending their home turf as they scored 88.50 points to defeat rival Florida by 20.50 points. Florida State has won the last four East Regional championships.

HOKIES MAKE IT BACK-TO-BACK CHAMPIONSHIPS
In the closest finish in the six-year history of the NCAA East Regional Championships. The Virginia Tech women's team finished second in the 4x400m relay to edge Penn State by one point for the 92-to-91 victory. The Hokies won last year's meet by 28 points over South Carolina.

QUEEN FOR THE WEEKEND
They don't hand out a meet MVP, but if they did, the women's winner would clearly be Virginia Tech's Queen Harrison. All the sophomore did this weekend was win a pair of events - the 100m and 400m hurdles - in record fashion. In addition, she ran the third leg of the Hokies' 4x100m relay that took fourth and was lead off leg of the 4x400m relay that finished second to clinch the regional title.

COX PULLS OFF THE TRIPLE CROWN
Penn State's Shana Cox came away with the most title over the two-day competition. She won the 200m and 400m dashes - breaking the track record in the 400m in the process. She came back to anchor the winning 4x400m relay that set the meet record at 3:28.92.

HEEEEE'S BAAAACK
Less than two months removed from injuring his left hamstring, Florida State's Walter Dix reestablished himself as the premier 200m runner in the nation. Dix blew away the field in the finals running a time of 20.10 - the fourth-fastest in the world this year - to win his fourth 200m regional title. Dix took third in the 100m, running a time of 10.21 that matched his prelim time.

BOTH RECORDS FALL IN WOMEN'S AND MEN'S SPRINT HURDLES
Within 10 minutes, both the women's 100m hurdle and the men's 110m hurdle records fell. About 24 hours after breaking the women's mark during the prelims, Virginia Tech's Queen Harrison took down her own mark in the finals. She ran a 12.70 to win the event by .20. South Carolina's Jason Richardson won his second title in three years with a time of 13.21 that bested Josh Walker 13.42 mark. In winning the 2006 race, Richardson ran a wind-aided 13.36.

SEMINOLES MAKE IT THREE IN A ROW IN MEN'S 4X100M RELAY
The Sunshine State stayed undefeated in the men's 4x100m relay. Florida State won its third men's title in a row, inching South Carolina at the tape thanks to the final leg by Charles Clark. The Seminoles nipped the Gamecocks, 39.37-to-39.39.

GATORS REPEAT IN WOMEN'S 4X100M AND MEN'S 4X400M RELAYS
For the second year in a row, the Florida women's team will reign as the fastest team in the region. The Gators beat SEC rival South Carolina at the tape by .02 to win the 4x100m relay with a time of 43.79. An SEC school has won five of the six women's 4x100m with South Carolina taking the other three. Only Miami (2004) has broken the conference stronghold.

The Gator men's team finished off the running events in the same fashion as the women started it. The quartet of Bernard Middleton, Calvin Smith, LaMarr Davis and Eric Alberter won by more than a second over South Carolina with a top time of 3:04.36. Florida beat South Carolina to win last year's championships a well.

ENGLAND BRINGS HOME SEMINOLES' FIRST 1500M TITLE IN FIVE YEARS
The very first women's 1500m title was won by a Florida State runner and now the current champion wears the Garnet and Gold. Natalie Hughes won the first title in 2003 and Hannah England - the 2008 NCAA indoor mile champion - added her name with her winning time of 4:22.53.

BIG DAY FOR ARMY'S JOHN MICKOWSKI
To date, few days will be bigger than Saturday for Army's John Mickowski. First he earned a spot at the NCAA Champions by winning the men's 1500m run with a top time of 3:50.94. This evening he will receive his commission in the United State Army.

PADGETT COLLECTS SECOND 100M TITLE IN THREE YEARS
The last four years, Clemson's Travis Padgett and Florida State's Walter Dix have alternated winning the men's 100m dash. After Dix took the 2007 title, Padgett held serve by winning this year. He posted a top time of 10.09. Dix was third as he matched his prelim time of 10.21 to take third.

ANOTHER TITLE FOR CORNELL'S HALIM
Senior Muhammad Halim kept Cornell's triple jump winning streak alive with the school's third-straight title. He won his second championship in a row with a winning jump of 16.60m/54-05.50. That distance would have set the regional record, but the wind of 2.6 was above the legal wind of 2.0. Halim's former teammates - and current Florida State Seminole - Rayon Taylor won in 2006.

SATURDAY'S ATTENDANCE: 1482 tickets distributed

New Regional Records Set This Weekend:

Women's

EventAthlete, SchoolTimeWind
100m HurdlesQueen Harrison, Virginia Tech12.70+1.1
400m HurdlesQueen Harrison, Virginia Tech54.69 
4x400m RelayPenn State (Blake, Barber, Huner, Cox)3:28.92 
 
Men's
EventAthlete, SchoolTimeWind
110m HurdlesJason Richardson, South Carolina13.21-0.4
Long JumpNgoni Makusha, Florida State7.93m/26-00.25-1.4
800mCarlos Phillips, Florida1:46.70 
 
New Mike Long Track Records Set This Weekend:
Women's
EventAthlete, SchoolTimeWind
100m HurdlesQueen Harrison, Virginia Tech12.701.1
400mShana Cox, Penn State50.84
DiscusJasmine Jennings, Rhode Island62.64m/205-06 
4x100m RelayFlorida (David, Ealey, McLeggan, Knight)43.79 
4x400m RelayPenn State (Blake, Barber, Huner, Cox)3:28.92 
 
Men's
EventAthlete, SchoolTimeWind
200mWalter Dix, Florida State21.101.6
100mTravis Padgett, Clemson10.09-0.9
110m HurdlesJason Richardson, South Carolina13.21-0.4

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