Zahafi, Hall Notch Top-10 NCAA Marks at Clemson
CLEMSON, S.C. – A pair of top-10 NCAA marks from Ayman Zahafi and Hannah-Sophia Hall led the University of Miami track and field team to close out the Tiger Paw Invitational on Saturday.
“Things are coming together, and athletes are stepping up as the season goes on,” said director of track and field and cross country Amy Deem. “It is a slow process and as coaches we need to help them figure it out by the ACC Championships.
“I am really proud of Hannah-Sophia and Decio [Andrade] for their determination and getting in there to get better as the season goes on. There were very consistent performances from Isaiah [Holmes], Russell [Robinson] and Ayman. I’m looking forward for them to keep carrying that momentum into the postseason. It was nice to see Kayla [Johnson] run a very competitive 800 this weekend.”
Zahafi ran across the finish line in 1:47.30 to increase his third best NCAA time from a week ago. The senior posted a time of 1:47.80 last week at the Meyo Invitational for the third best time in the nation and broke a 16-year-old school record in the process. This week he once again topped the school record as he finished third in the race.
Hall tallied the ninth farthest shot put throw in the country this year with a distance of 17.15m. Her throw moved her to third in program history and a third-place finish in the event.
The Hurricanes added an additional two marks to the school record book on Day Two courtesy of Russell Robinson and Emma Langlois. Robinson, who recorded a top-five program long jump on Day One, jumped 15.87 meters in the triple jump to close out his weekend. His mark raises his previous No. 2 tally of 15.78 meters and ranks 18th in the NCAA in 2022.
Langlois raced a 3000-meter time of 9:54.75 for the new fifth-fastest in school history. She held the previous time of 9:56.29, set earlier this season at the Carolina Challenge.
Kayla Johnson clocked in at 2:04.92, 16th fastest in the nation, in the 800-meter, good for third place. Daphnee Lavassas won the 3000-meter with a time of 9:33.77.
Isaiah Holmes registered a mark of 2.18 meters in the high jump to finish third in the event.
Miami will open the indoor postseason at the ACC Championships, Feb. 24-26, in Blacksburg, Va.
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