Johnson, Martin Run To Titles

Sprinters Andre Johnson and Gus Martin raced to individual titles Sunday afternoon, Feb. 17, to lead the Hurricanes to a seventh-place team finish at the Big East Indoor Track Championships in Syracuse, New York. Seven UM athletes at the meet scored points for the Hurricanes in one of the strongest outings in school history at the event.

Johnson's 60-meter victory, earned in a time of 6.83, anchored a solid showing by the Hurricanes in the sprints. Johnson, Willis McGahee and Roscoe Parrish placed first, fourth and sixth in the 60, respectively,. McGahee finished in 6.90, while Parrish came in at 6.94. Johnson is the second UM athlete to earn a 60-meter indoor Big East title joining Santana Moss, who won the 1999 title.

"We did as well as we could do as an indoor team." Said UM head coach Mike Ward. "The guys we took performed well. W e had an excellent meet- Andre winning the 60 really adds to his resume and Gus picked up a huge victory."

Martin's victory in the 60-meter high hurdles came in a time of 7.96 seconds, edging Villanova's Antione Johnson (7.98). The Hurricanes' Aaron Moser placed eighth in 8.29. The win by Martin gave UM its first Big East high hurdles champion ever. Martin finished fourth in the 200-meter dash at 21.75.

The Hurricanes had 14 points in the pole vault as Jabari Ennis placed second with a best of 17-4 1/2 (5.30 meters) and Moser was third with a clearance of 16 feet 2 3/4 inches (4.95 m).

Moser, a decathlete by trade, was performing off major elbow surgery to post one of his best pole vault performances ever. Final Team Scoring: Connecticut 136.5; Villanova 125; Notre Dame 101.75; Georgetown 90; Seton Hall 66; Rutgers 76; Miami 48; Pittsburgh 35; St. John's 33; Syracuse 26; West Virginia 20.75; Virginia Tech 19; Providence 15; Boston College 11; Individual Results: 60-meter dash-Andre Johnson (6.83), Willis McGahee (6.90), Roscoe Parrish (6.94); 200-meter dash-Gus Martin 21.75; 60-meter hurdles- Gus Martin (7.96), Aaron Moser 8.29; Pole Vault- Jabari Ennis 17 e/4 (5.20 m); Aaron Moser 16-2 3/4 (4.95 m).


Freshman Lauryn Williams won the 60 and 200-meter dash titles to earn Most Outstanding Performer honors as the Miami Hurricanes women's track and field team produced 106 points for a third-place finish in the Big East Women's Track and Field Championships at the Carrier Dome in Syracuse, New York., Sunday, Feb. 17.

Miami's 16 athletes produced the school-record performance as the Hurricanes pressed eventual champion Notre Dame (114 points) and runner-up Georgetown (112) to end in a tight team finish. But Williams' performance led the way as to four championships in individual events for Miami. In addition to Willis' sprints titles, the Hurricanes garnered victories from Kareen Clarke in the triple jump and Sarraque Whittaker in the 500 meters.

Wiliiams led a strong quartet in the 60 as the Hurricanes racked up 21 team points in the race. Williams won in a time of 7.38, improving her NCAA provisional qualifying mark. Wylleshia Myrick was fourth for Miami. Williams' 23.91 clocking in the 200 victory was the nation's eighth-fastest in the event and qualifies her for the NCAA Indoor Championships.

Whittaker's victory in the 500 was the first Big East title in the event by a Miami athlete. She broke the tape in 1:11.52 to edge Notre Dame's Liz Grow (1:11.65) by :13. Perhaps the top individual performance by a Hurricane was produced by Clarke in the triple jump. The senior produced a winning leap of 43 feet, 3 inches (13.18 meters) to earn her third consecutive Big East title. Gina Harris also placed second in Saturday's long jump and was the runner-up in the triple jump (40 3/4). Jamillah Wade and Jenise Winston placed sixth and seventh in the 400 meters, respectively.


The No. 28-ranked Hurricanes women's tennis team remained undefeated with a 6-1 victory over the University of South Florida at the USF Varsity Tennis Courts in Tampa, Sunday afternoon, Feb. 17.

The Hurricanes (6-0) swept all three double matches entering singles play with a 1-0 lead in the match. UM dominated singles play winning five-of-six singles matches. With the loss, the Bulls fell to 2-3 on the season.

Miami takes the court next Saturday (Feb. 23) as they travel to face No. 46 Virginia Commonwealth.

Match Results: Singles- #1 Natalie Schwartz (USF) d. Mari Toro (UM) 6-3, 0-6, 7-6 (7-3); #2 Staci Stevens (UM) d. Genevieve Houle (USF) 6-3, 6-3; #3 Sihem Bennacer d. Ashlee Callahan (USF) 6-3, 6-2; Ewelina Skaza (UM) d. Patricia Kilendo (USF) 6-2, 1-6, 6-4; #5 Sara Robbins (UM) d. Claudia Nieto (USF) 6-2, 6-3; #6 Jessica Pelto (UM) d. Jackie Spicijaric (USF) 6-2, 6-3; Doubles- Marcy Hora-Mari Toro (UM) Patricia Kilendo-Natalie Schwartz 8-4; Ewelina Skaza-Staci Stevens d. Genevieve Houle-Claudia Nieto (USF) 8-5; Sihem Bennacer-Sara Robbins d. Ashlee Callahan-Jackie Spicjaric (USF) 9-7.

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