Track and Field posts top 10 finish at NCAA Indoor Championships
Randy Bungard is in his third year overseeing the Nittany Lion sprints, hurdles, and relays contingent, after joining the Penn State staff in September of 2012.
During Coach Bungard's second year at Penn State, the Nittany Lions claimed six Big Ten titles and had seven First Team All-America finishes.
2014 Recap... In 2014, his student-athletes' success on the track during the outdoor season, Bungard was named the 2014 USTFCCCA Mid-Atlantic Women's Outdoor Assistant of the Year. Bungard, in his second year as sprints, hurdles, and relays assistant, had athletes win three Big Ten titles (Mahagony Jones in the 200, Kiah Seymour in the 400 hurdles, and the 4×400 relay). His student-athletes scored 67 points at the league meet, scoring in every sprint event he coaches. He had five athletes qualified for the NCAA prelims in six events.
Bungard also claimed the honor of the 2014 USTFCCCA Mid-Atlantic Women's Indoor Assistant of the Year. Bungard had athletes score 57 points at the Big Ten Championships to lead the team to the league title. He coached three to Big Ten individual titles in the 200 meters, 400 meters, and 4×400 relay. The Nittany Lions had five entries into the NCAA Championships in the sprints, hurdles, and relays. Earlier in the year, a Penn State quartet set the all-time collegiate best in the 4×200 relay under his tutelage. It was the second-straight year that Bungard received the USTFCCCA honor.
Senior Mahagony Jones set the pace for the year as she won both Big Ten 200-meter dash titles along with placing third in the 200-meter dash at the 2014 NCAA Indoor Track & Field Championships and finishing fourth in the 200-meter dash at the 2014 NCAA Outdoor Track & Field Championships. Jones also posted top finishes in the relay events.
As a member of the 4x400-meter relay, Jones added both Big Ten titles to her name and was on 4x400-meter relay squads that tallied fifth-place finishes at both NCAA Championship meets. Jones capped-off her career at Penn State with a fifth-place finish in the 200-meter dash at the USATF Outdoor Championships. Jones posted a winded-aided time of 22.64 in the finals of the 200, but in the semifinals, Jones ran a lifetime-best time of 22.90. Her time of 22.90 ranks second all-time at Penn State.
Sophomore Kiah Seymour made her name known at the Big Ten and national levels. The Washington, D.C., native won the 400-meter dash at the 2014 Big Ten Indoor Track & Field Championships and the 400-meter hurdles at the 2014 Big Ten Outdoor Track & Field Championships. She was also on both Big Ten 4x400-meter relay championship teams.
At the national level, Seymour finished sixth in the 400-meter dash at the 2014 NCAA Indoor Track & Field Championships and sixth in the 400-meter hurdles at the 2014 NCAA Outdoor Track & Field Championships. She was also on both 4x400-meter relay teams that placed fifth at the NCAA meets. Seymour ended the year with a gold medal placing in the 400-meter hurdles (56.35) at the U-23 NACAC Championships.
The hurdle events also continued their success under Coach Bungard throughout the 2014 track season. During Evonne Britton's senior year, she tallied two All-America finishes. At the 2014 NCAA Indoor Track & Field Championships, she finished 12th in the 60-meter hurdles with her time of 8.22 and at the 2014 NCAA Outdoor Track & Field Championships, Britton placed 10th in the 100-meter hurdles (13.31) and 20th in the 400-meter hurdles (59.98). At the Big Ten meets, Britton finished second in the 60-meter hurdles with her lifetime-best time and school record time of 8.10. She also finished second in the 100-meter hurdles (13.23) and fourth in the 400-meter hurdles (58.28).
In the Record Books... Coach Bungard saw several top times and school records set during the 2014 track & field season. On the women's side, Seymour moved into fourth all-time at Penn State in the indoor 200-meter dash (23.48) and tied the second-fastest time in the indoor 400-meter dash (52.53). Along with Britton's school record time of 8.10 in the 60-meter hurdles, Brittney Howell ranks fourth with her time of 8.31. Dynasty McGee, Mahagony Jones, Tichina Rhodes and Seymour set the school record in the 4x400-meter relay with their time of 3:33.13. Another record to fall was the women's indoor 4x200-meter relay. The quartet of Megan Osborne, Seymour, McGee and Jones set the collegiate and school record with their time of 1:35.65.
During the outdoor season, the Nittany Lion women posted seven top-10 school times and two top-five relay times. The outdoor season was highlighted by Britton and Seymour, who moved into second-place all-time in their respective events. Britton ran a time of 13.03 in the 100-meter hurdles and Seymour clocked in at 55.88 in the 400-meter hurdles.
On the men's side, Sancho Barrett posted the 10th-fastest time in the 110-meter hurdles (14.10) in school history and Byron Robinson clocked in at 50.75 for the ninth-fastest time in school history in the 400-meter hurdles. In the men's outdoor 400-meter dash, Robinson (46.12) moved into fourth all-time at Penn State and Alex Shisler moved into ninth (46.95).
2013 Recap... Bungard more than managed to continue the Nittany Lions' outstanding tradition in the sprints and hurdles in his first season in Happy Valley, including individual Big Ten title runs from redshirt-juniors Mahagony Jones and Evonne Britton, as well as a collegiate-record setting effort by the Nittany Lions in the men's 4x200-meter relay during the indoor season. Bungard's achievements were also recognized during the indoor season, as he was named USTFCCCA Women's Mid-Atlantic Assistant Coach of the Year.
Jones shined throughout 2013 on Bungard's watch, qualifying for the NCAA Indoor Championships in the 200 meters, where she would finish 13th overall - good for Second Team All-America status. Jones continued to excel outdoors, advancing to the NCAA Championships in both the 100- and 200-meter dash events. The redshirt junior more than held her own at the national competition, placing 10th overall in the 200, thanks to a sizzling lifetime all-conditions best 23.05. Bungard would also guide Britton, and freshman Seymour to Second Team All-America honors individually, with Britton placing 10th in the 100-meter hurdles with a lifetime-best 13.06. Seymour made the most of her first-career NCAA appearance, taking 11th in the 400-meter hurdles - the highest showing of any freshman in the event.
Jones was just as productive on the Big Ten stage, capturing her first career conference title in the 100 meters at the Big Ten Outdoor Championships. Britton would also make a charge to the top of the conference podium, winning Big Ten gold in the 100-meter hurdles. In fact, Bungard's charges played a prominent role in the Nittany Lions' team title run, scoring 60 points towards Penn State's winning total, including 17 tallies in the 400-meter hurdles alone.
The Nittany Lions were highly successful in the relays during the 2013 campaign, with both the men's (Bernard Bennett-Green, Emunael Mpanduki, Aaron Nadolsky, and Brandon Bennett-Green) and women's (Seymour, Jones, Shelley Black and Dynasty McGee) 4x400-meter squads finishing with USTFCCCA Second Team All-America honors at the NCAA Outdoor Championships. Bungard would also lead the Nittany Lions to school records in the men's and women's 4x200-meter relays during the indoor season, with the Penn State foursome of Mpanduki, Matt Gilmore, Brandon Bennett-Green and Nadolsky combining to run a collegiate-record 1:24.70 at the Penn State National.
Bungard also had a hand in the Nittany Lions' NCAA runner-up distance medley during the indoor season, guiding 400-meter specialist Brandon Bennett-Green, who split 46.55 en route to a First Team All-America finish. Bennett-Green was also a member of the Nittany Lions' 9:26.60 DMR at the Alex Wilson Invitational, running 46.4 on the quarter leg as part of the 2013 NCAA-leading effort, and the second-best performance ever run by a collegiate squad indoors. Bennett-Green was also a key part of the DMR outdoors, covering the quarter on the Nittany Lions' Penn Relays winning squad. The team combined to run a school-record 9:24.68, which ranks the Nittany Lions as the sixth-fastest program in collegiate history.
Prior to Penn State... Bungard arrived in Happy Valley with over 20 years of coaching experience, most recently serving as the Head Men's and Women's Track and Field Coach at Texas A&M University - Corpus Christi. Over his career, Bungard has coached numerous NCAA Champions and nearly 100 All-Americans.
Bungard spent the previous four years in Corpus Christi, where he coached men's and women's sprints and hurdles, as well as the high, long, and triple jumps. During his tenure with the Islanders, Bungard coached nine Southland Conference Champions, as well as 37 All-Conference performers. Bungard also led Islander athletes to 48 school-record performances.
Throughout his career, Bungard has worked with some of the top track and field programs in the country, having spent 11 years as the Director and Head Coach of Track and Field/Cross Country at the University of Virginia, while also boasting coaching stints at the University of Texas, and Clemson University. He started his coaching career as a volunteer assistant at East Tennessee State University in 1987.
While in Charlottesville, he was responsible for 33 All-America finishes, as well as 34 ACC Champions. The Cavaliers also experienced some outstanding team finishes under Bungard's watch, including victories at the ACC Men's Cross Country Championships in 2005 and 2007. Personally, Bungard was named the ACC Men's Track and Field Coach of the Year in 2001, and was voted the Southeast Region Men's Track and Field Coach of the Year the same season.
Bungard was a part of highly successful stint at the University of Texas from 1995-1997, helping the Longhorn women's program to second-place finishes at the NCAA Indoor and Outdoor Championships in 1997. The year prior, the Longhorns finished third at the NCAA Indoor Championships, and second at NCAA Outdoors. All told, Bungard assisted in coaching 11 NCAA Champions and 50 All-Americans in just two years in Austin. Early on in his coaching career, Bungard spent several successful seasons at Clemson University, overseeing 11 All-Americans and 22 ACC Champions as an assistant for the women's program from 1988-1983. The Tigers won ACC titles during the 1991 outdoor season, and 1992 indoor season with Bungard on staff.
A true student of the sport, Bungard has coached athletes in all event areas in track and field and cross country, including Kim Graham, who was a member of the United States' gold-medal 4x400-meter relay at the 1996 Olympic Games. Graham was also the U.S. 400-meter champion in 1998. While at East Tennessee State, Bungard led Angela Baker to top honors in the shot put at the 1988 NCAA Indoor Championships.
Bungard earned a B.S. in Education from Virginia Tech University in 1987, before completing his M.Ed. at East Tennessee State in 1988.
Coaching Honors ... 2014 USTFCCCA Mid-Atlantic Women's Indoor Assistant of the Year 2014 USTFCCCA Mid-Atlantic Women's Outdoor Assistant of the Year 2013 USTFCCCA Mid-Atlantic Women's Indoor Assistant of the Year 2001 ACC Men's Track and Field Coach of the Year 2001 USTFCCCA Southeast Men's Outdoor Coach of the Year
Bungard in 2014 ... 7 First Team All-America Finishes 1 NCAA Medalist 6 Big Ten Champions 10 Individual Big Ten Medalists 4 Big Ten Athlete of the Week Winners 2 Penn State Records 1 Collegiate Record (Women's 4x200)
Outstanding Nittany Lions Coached ... Brandon Bennett-Green 4x All-America Selection 2x NCAA Runner Up 2x Big Ten Champion 2x Big Ten Runner-Up 2x Penn Relays Champion
Evonne Britton 2014 Big Ten Runner-Up (60-meter hurdles) 2014 Big Ten Runner-Up (100-meter hurdles) School Record Holder (60-meter hurdles) 2013 Big Ten Champion 100-Meter Hurdle 2013 USATF Senior Qualifier (100mH) 3x Second Team All-America Selection Mahagony Jones 2014 Mid-Atlantic Women's Track Athlete of the Year (Indoor) 2013 Mid-Atlantic Women's Track Athlete of the Year (Outdoor) 2014 4x Big Ten Champion (Indoor 200 & 4x400, Outdoor 200 & 4x400) 2013 Big Ten Champion 100-Meter 11x Big Ten Medalist 2014 NCAA Medalist (Indoor 200) 5x First Team All-American 4x Second Team All-American
Kiah Seymour 4x First Team All-American 2x Second Team All-American 4x 2014 Big Ten Champion (Indoor 400 & 4x400, Outdoor 400mH & 4x400) 8x Big Ten Medalist 2014 U-23 NACAC Gold Medalist (400mH) 2013 USATF Junior Qualifier (400mH)