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Taylor Frenia Qualifies for IC4A With Historic Put
Updated: Saturday 01/18/2014 (ET)
by Jacob Skipper
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A monster effort from the William and Mary field-eventers and seven collegiate-best efforts led the way Saturday as the Tribe wrapped up competition at the Virginia Tech Invitational.  W&M picked up another IC4A qualification on the day, and came up just shy of two more bids to the Eastern Championships.

Complete Results

On January 22, 1977, William and Mary Hall-of-Fame thrower Drexell George '77 broke both the 56 and 57-foot barriers in the shot put with a 57-7 heave at Navy, becoming the first and only man in school history to do so.  Now, 13,510 days later (36 years, 11 months, and 27 days), he has company thanks to a mammoth personal-best from Tribe sophomore Taylor Frenia (Virginia Beach, Va.).  Frenia took third in the shot put with his second try of the day, a put that sailed 17.38 meters (57-0.25) to smash the IC4A qualifying standard and stands as the second-best shot put ever at W&M.  Each of his five legal throws were better than his previous lifetime-best, and overall, he improved his best-ever mark by more than 40 inches (four feet, seven inches better than his best indoor effort from CNU in December).  Frenia currently ranks top-40 in the nation.

Coming up just shy in their bids for IC4A qualifiers were two more sophomores.  In the pole vault, Derek O'Connell (Virginia Beach, Va.) cleared the bar at 4.78m (15-8.25), just three-quarters of inch behind the qualifying standard.  It was the 14th-best vault ever indoors at W&M, and makes O'Connell the seventh-ranked athlete.  In the 200m dash, Bob Smutsky (Dillsburg, Pa.) ran 22.83 in his first sprint of the year, just .6 off the required time.  It was the 17th-fastest indoor 200m ever run for the Tribe.

Also of note, all three of the Tribe's men in the long jump set collegiate-best marks.  Smutsky led the way with his leap of 6.32m (20-9), while Dominic Burkett (Chesapeake, Va.) jumped 6.04m (19-9.75), and freshman Alex Hedrick (Falls Church, Va.) went 5.99m (19-8).  In the 800m run, freshman Michael Wilkens (Woodbury, N.Y.) improved more than two seconds off of his time from December with a 2:00.57 showing, and in the 400m, classmate Troy Sevachko (Centreville, Va.) timed 52.19 in his Green and Gold debut.  Rounding out the notables were a pair of fifth-place performances.  In the shot put, redshirt-sophomore Brian Waterfield (Chesapeake, Va.) had a put of 15.19m (49-10), and the distance medley relay of Ricky Cappetta (Stafford, Va.), Jomar Aryee (Hillside, N.J.), Matt Pittard (Lynchburg, Va.), and David Gunnerson (Yorktown, Va.) also took fifth with a time of 10:49.26.

William and Mary is back in action next weekend at the CNU Captains Invitational, Jan. 24-25 in Newport News.

Virginia Tech Invitational
Division I Team Standings
1. Duke 150.5
2. South Carolina 114.5
3. Tennessee 106.5
4. East Carolina 106
5. Charlotte 75
6. Virginia Tech 48
7. Radford 42
8. High Point 35.5
9. Campbell 26
10. William and Mary 22
11. N.C. Central 9

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