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Sears Secures Second PR at Clemson

CLEMSON, S.C. – Freshman Jacious Sears continues to shine for the Miami track and field team, registering yet another personal best time on the final day of the Tiger Paw Invitational. 
For the second day in a row, Sears broke into Miami’s all-time top five list this time in the 200m dash. Sears’ time of 23.42 seconds was good for an 11th place finish and was the top freshmen time. The time also is the fifth fastest time in program history. Yesterday, the freshman cracked the list in the 60m dash with her time of 7.28 seconds. 

“Jacious is extremely competitive and she went out there with a lot of confidence,” Director of Track and Field/Cross Country Amy Deem said. “She went out there and attacked the race from the beginning, which is extremely important in the indoor 200m. It’s great to see her hard work paying off.” 
Senior Brittny Ellis also competed in today’s 200m dash, finishing with a time 24.29 seconds. On the men’s side, Jeffrey Uzzell set a new personal best time in the event at 21.99 seconds. 
Emma Langlois set a huge personal best time in Miami’s women’s final track event of the day, shedding nearly 28 seconds off her previous best time in the 3000m.  Her time of 10:09.98 minutes ranks as the fifth best time in Miami history.  On the men’s side, Dylan Sykes also knocked off 16 seconds from his previous PR in the 3000m. Sykes finished with a time of 8:45.34.

“They both rah really strong races and it’s great to see us getting better in that area, which has been a goal for our program,” Deem said. “It’s exciting to see their hard work shown on the track in races.” 

Freshman Dillon Fields finished close behind with his time of 8:53.15, while Justin Rittenhouse closed out the day with his time of 8:53.71. The pair’s times were both good for personal bests. 
In the field events, five Canes competed in the women’s shot put. Sophomore Hannah-Sophia Hall led the pack with her mark of 14.79m, followed by fellow sophomore Selina Dantzler with her mark of 14.57m. Sherry Lubin rounded out the top 10 with her mark of 14.51m, while Debbie Ajagbe was right behind her with a throw of 14.38m. Kristina Rakocevic debuted for the Canes and finished with her mark of 12.88m. 
Darlene Charles kept the momentum going with her personal best mark of 12.93m in the women’s triple jump. The mark just missed Miami’s top-five mark at 12.97m. For the men, freshman Kevin Snyder was the top Cane to finish in the triple jump with a mark of 15.27m. Fellow freshman Russell Robinson finished at 14.85m, while Trey Austin registered a mark of 13.76m. 

“It’s nice to see that things are coming together for the team at the right time of the season,” Deem said. “Everyone’s starting to peek at the right time and show what we’ve been working toward all season right before Championship season.” 

Miami will travel to Notre Dame for the ACC Indoor Championships on Feb. 27-29.