Weekend Indoor Track & Field Wrap Up
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Release: 01/21/2013
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Samford’s Kemp and Hendershot Set New Records Saturday

BIRMINGHAM, Ala. ---- Samford Track and Field continued its 2013 season Saturday at the Birmingham Crossplex, competing at the Auburn Indoor Invitational.  Tyler Kemp and Nathan Hendershot both set new school records while numerous others set new personal bests and even beat facility and meet records.

Kemp and Alabama's Justin Fondren cleared identical heights of 6-10.25 (2.09m), though Fondren won the ensuing jump-off to take the event while Kemp placed second.  Nonetheless, his mark is a new school record that bests his previous record of 6-8.5 (2.05m), set at last season's SoCon Championships.

Hendershot also set a new school record in the men's 800 meters, running 1:51.78 to place second, just three-tenths of a second shy of Alabama's Ken Taylor in 1:51.68.  The top three competitors in the event all broke the previous meet record of 1:52.29.  Samford's Jones finished just shy of that group, placing fourth with a personal-best time of 1:52.57.

The women's distance medley relay of Marie Demedicis, Leslie Graf, Anna Laura Irvine and Rachel Roberts won the event with a time of 1:56.01, which beats the previous Auburn Indoor Invitational meet record of 12:14.75, set last season by Alabama.  The men's team of Layton Dorsett, Hendershot, Adam Jones and Brandon Hazouri placed second in the relay in 10:14.16, which is nearly a  minute better than the previous Crossplex facility record of 11:13.10.

Lauren D'Alessio turned in another stellar distance performance Saturday, placing second in the women's mile in 4:51.47.  All four of Samford's competitors in the event set new personal bests, including Rachel Roberts (4:58.60), Irvine (5:03.74) and Rachel Wooten (5:17.81).

Defending outdoor pole vault champion and last year's indoor runner-up Owen Wagoner finished second in Saturday's pole vault, clearing 16-6.75 (5.05m) while Ryan Cook was just behind in fourth (16-0.75, 4.90m).  Samford's other top-ten finishers Saturday included Chenelle Terry in the women's high jump (6th, 5-7.75, 1.72m), Luke Weishaar in the men's 3,000 meters (6th, 8:36.43), Hazouri with a personal-best in the men's mile (9th, 4:15.51) and Layton Dorsett right behind him in 10th (4:16.05).

Samford will have next weekend off before heading north to South Bend, Ind., for the Meyo Invitational, which starts on Friday, Feb. 1 and concludes on Saturday, Feb. 2.

Davidson Women 13th at Wake Forest Invitational

DAVIDSON, N.C. – The Davidson women’s track & field team returned to action following the holiday break by taking 13th place at the Wake Forest Invitational, hosted by the Demon Deacons at the JDL Fast Track in Winston-Salem, N.C.

The squad picked up a total of 13 points on the day. SoCon-foe Elon placed first, followed by Liberty and Wake Forest.


Sarah Paddon took seventh for the Wildcats in the mile run, clocking in at 5:15.64.  Cara Wilck also competed in the event, taking 22nd with a time of 5:42.77 followed by Maggie Rickard in 27th with 5:58.20. In the 3,000-meter run, Natalie Atabek and Erin Osment finished seventh and eighth, respectively. Atabek crossed the line in 10:37.39, followed by Osment in 10:37.90.

Olivia Menden also picked up a top-15 finish in the 800-meter run, taking 12th overall with a time of 2:24.15. Ashlyn Gruber joined her in the event, placing 18th in 2:27.89.

Taking third place in the 5,000-meter run was Lauren Carter, who ran a 19:37.35.

Gracie Gordon competed in the preliminaries of both the 60-meter dash and the 200-meter dash. Gordon took 24th in the 60, running an 8.26 and placed 28th in the 200 with a mark of 27.87.

In the 400-meter run, Kate Kostecky ran a 1:04.53 for 32nd place. Teammate Ashley Paige finished 38th in a time of 1:08.65.

The Wildcats will return to Wake Forest on February 1 to compete in the JDL Hilton Garden Invitational at the JDL Fast Track.

Carter Picks Up 60m Win as Catamounts Concludes Niswonger Invitational

Freshman Tayla Carter picked up her second win in three meets as the Catamounts wrapped up the Niswonger Invitational at East Tennessee State. The Catamounts earned two wins and 15 top five finishes on the last day of the event.

Carter, a Marietta, Ga., native, won the 60-meter dash in 7.54. In her five individual sprint events, Carter has tallied three wins and an additional two top four finishes, never finishing lower than fourth. Teammate Raven Parrish placed fourth with her time of 7.69. In the men’s final, Brandon Hairston (6.96) and Jerry Wickerson (6.98) finished consecutively in sixth and seventh.

WCU ended the meet with another win, finishing three seconds ahead of second place Kennesaw State in the men’s 4x400-meter relay. Aaron Tribble, Demari Boswell, Aaron Harris and Earl Rahming ran the Catamounts’ fastest time of the season, 3:17.95.

Tyler Bentley matched his indoor personal best in the 60-meter hurdles at 8.44 to earn second place while teammate Justin D’Angelo crossed the line in 8.70 (sixth). Marquis Bailey also ran in the finals, placing eleventh with his 9.01 time.

In the field, Bob McNeil earned second place in the triple jump (14.92m) while also earning third in the long jump (7.03m). Freshman Christian Carswell placed fifth in the high jump clearing 1.93m (6-4). Carswell has finished in the top three in all three indoor meets in his freshman campaign, while picking up the personal best today.

After running the fastest 400-meter prelims time, sophomore Genevieve Emrick fell just short of Georgia State’s Jacqueline Obi finishing second with his time of 57.61. In the men’s 400-meter dash, freshman Earl Rahming was the second fastest collegiate finisher (49.48) while Aaron Tribble tallied a top five finish – placing fifth – in 49.90.

In a close men’s mile race where the top 10 was separated by just seven seconds, Michael Cornwell ran a 4:28.39 (fifth) with Lipscomb’s Tim Muler won the mile finishing in 4:24.81.

The men’s Distance Medley Relay team followed up their win from a week ago tallying another top five finish – placing fourth – with their time of 10:35.65.

Continuing with another distance event, the 3000-meter run, sophomore Travis Alfaro knocked six seconds off his previous best time to finish fifth (8:47.64).

The Western Carolina track & field team got out to a strong start at the 35th Annual Niswonger Invitational in Johnson City, Tenn., Friday with many athletes qualifying for Saturday’s finals and the Catamounts picking up five top five finishes.

Western Carolina fared well in both the men’s and the women’s 400-meter dashes as the Catamounts had a combined six student-athletes in the top 10 with three advancing to tomorrow’s finals.

On the men’s side, Brandon Hairston led the way running a 49.19. Aaron Tribble also qualified for the finals as he ran the fifth fastest time (49.71) with freshman Earl Rahming finishing with the seventh fastest time – one spot away from qualifying – with his 49.94. Demari Boswell ran the ninth fastest time (50.09).

Sophomore Genevieve Emrick ran ahead of the 76 person field of the women’s 400-meter dash, running the fastest preliminary time of 57.92. Teammate Corina Archie-McMillan ran the tenth fastest time in the prelims, but only the top six advanced to Saturday’s finals.

In the women’s pole vault finals, sophomore Devyn Ressler and senior Ashley Wala placed third and fourth, each clearing 3.35m.

Shermell Wilkins and Brittany Diggs finished just outside of the 12 qualifiers for the 60m hurdles, as the pair finished thirteenth (9.42) and fourteenth (9.51), respectively.

In the men’s 60-meter hurdles, Marquis Bailey, Tyler Bentley and Justin D’Angelo all qualified for Saturday’s finals. Bailey and Bentley tied for seventh with matching times of 8.62 while D’Angelo ran a 8.75.

In the men’s weight throw finals, senior Jamie Van Pelt placed fifth with a throw of 16.36m while teammate Joe Korac picked up an eighth place finish (15.26m). Andy Benesh rounded out the top 10 as the Catamounts’ thrower tossed a throw of 14.12m.

Tayla Carter and Raven Parrish qualified for the finals of the 60m dash with Carter running a 7.64 (third) and Parrish a 7.75 (eighth). In the men’s race, Ron Duncan ran the fourth fastest time (6.88) with Jerry Wickerson (6.95) and Brandon Hairston (6.95) each qualifying as well.

Carter qualified for her second finals as the freshman ran a 24.96 to put her with the fourth fastest time in the 200-meter dash going into Saturday.

In one of the final events of the evening, senior Josey Weaver followed up his thrilling win in the 3000m run a week ago with a second place finish in the 5000m. Weaver ran a 14:53.21, finishing behind USC Upstate’s Gilbert Kemboi who ran a 14:39.31. Teammate Nolan Clark also earned a top five finish, taking the fifth spot with his time of 15:08.11.

Saturday’s schedule begins early in the morning with the women’s 5000-meter run kicking off the day at 8 a.m. The afternoon session begins at noon with the men’s long jump and pole vault in the field with the women’s distance medley relay starting the collegiate track events in the afternoon at 4 p.m.

Burton Wins 3,000M to Lead Furman Indoor T&F at Wake Forest Invitational

WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. -- Junior Catherine Burton won the 3,000m with time of 10:21.20 to lead the Furman indoor track and field teams Saturday at the Wake Forest Invitational in Winston-Salem, N.C.  All told, the Paladin distance runners raked in seven top-five finishes, while Furman recorded 11 top-10 individual finishes on the day. 

The Paladins placed four runners among the top six finishers in the men’s mile, as senior Wilkerson Given placed second with a time of 4:18.13.  Senior James Perez, sophomore William Ivey, and junior Jack Klecker finished back-to-back-to-back.  Perez recorded a fourth-place finish with a time of 4:22.10, Ivey followed in fifth place (4:23.04), and Klecker in sixth (4:23.35). 

In other men’s events, sophomore Jack Morgan recorded a time of 8:44.11 for third place in the 3,000m, while rookie Bradley Gossett rounded out the top-10 with a time of 9:02.00.  Freshman Cole Warren notched a seventh-place finish with a time of 51.27 in the 400m dash, and senior Scott DesMarais recorded a mark of 13.65 for seventh place in the shot put.

Furman claimed three out of the top five spots in the women’s 3,000m, as senior Emily Wirzba placed fourth with a time of 10:24.49, and sophomore Sinead Haughey recorded a fifth-place finish at 10:29.81.

The Paladins will compete at the Emory Crossplex Invitational in Birmingham, Ala. on January 28.

Davidson Men Compete at Virginia Tech, Wake Forest Invitationals

BLACKSBURG, Va./WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. – Senior Demetrios Pagonis came within less than two seconds of the school record in the 5000-meter run at the Virginia Tech Invitational, while the rest of the Davidson men’s track and field team competed at the Wake Forest Invitational Saturday.

Pagonis placed second in 14:23.74, just shy of the school record of 14:22.35 set by Ryan Hopkins last season. The meet was held on the banked track at VT’s Rector Field House.

The Wildcats also saw success in the 5000m at the Wake Forest Invitational, held on the flat track within the JDL Fast Track. Senior Vincent Weir won the event in 14:57.70, while freshman Daniel Samet and sophomore Chris Repecki both finished in the top five.

Sophomore Whitner Chase led Davidson in the 3000m with a seventh-place finish in 8:54.92, while freshman Patrick Rollo paced the ‘Cats in the mile with an eighth-place finish in 4:27.78. Sophomore Wesley Laytham rounded out the top-10 in the event in 4:30.33.

Junior Michael Lorentsen (13-5 14, 4.10m) and freshman Jack McDowell placed eighth and ninth, respectively, in the pole vault with McDowell’s mark earning him a place on Davidson’s top-10 all-time performers list.

Freshman Xzavier Killings led the ‘Cats in the short sprints, finishing the 60-meter dash in 7.29 seconds and the 200m in 23.88 seconds. Classmate Charles Rappe paced the ‘Cats in the 400-meter dash in 53.88.

Davidson will return to the JDL Fast Track for the JDL Hilton Garden Invitational Feb. 1-2.

Cougars Successful at Wake Forest Invitational

WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. – The College of Charleston women’s track and field team competed in their second meet of the season Saturday at the Wake Forest Invitational, held at the JDL Fast Track Complex, the site of the 2013 Southern Conference Indoor Championships.

Sophomore Hayley McMahon pushed to the front of the pack and won the 800-meter run in 2:14.89, nearly five seconds ahead of the second-place finisher.

Sophomore Tiffany Sisk, the 2012 SoCon Outdoor shot put champion had a good day as she finished fifth with a throw of 13.50 meters.

Freshman Rachel Leder finished 11th in the 60-meter hurdles, just 13 hundredths of a second from making the finals of the event, with a time of 9.20 seconds. Freshman Ciera Holston and junior Kaitlin McWhorter also finished under 10 seconds in 21st and 23rd place respectively.

Up next the Cougars will compete in the Gene Anderson Invitational on the campus of North Carolina in Chapel Hill, N.C., on Feb. 2.

Elon’s Charlise Morgan Sets New Records at Wake Forest Invitational

WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. – Charlise Morgan headlined a number of great performances for the Elon track and field team today at the Wake Forest Invitational. Morgan set new school records both the shot put and the weight throw as the Phoenix competed in its first indoor meet of the 2013 calendar year at the JDL Fast Track Complex.

Morgan finished third in the weight toss with a throw of 15.84-meters, breaking the old program mark she set last year of 15.58-meters. She also established a new program toss in the shot put with a throw of 14.43-meters and finished second overall. Kimberlyn Holt also finished in the top-five of the weight throw with a toss of 15.20-meters.

Freshman Megan Kirschling won the high jump title, tying her own school mark with a height of 1.73-meters. Haley Laird was the runner-up with a cleared height of 1.68-meters as Elon swept the top two spots in the event.

Fellow freshman Sydney Griffin set a new personal-record in the 60-meter hurdles and finished fourth overall. Griffin clocked in at 8.76, establishing a new time for second-best on the all-time performance list. Griffin also ran a time of 25.53 in the 200-meter dash, now fourth best on the all-time performance list. Bria Bell was sixth overall in the 200-meters with a time of 26.00.

Bell was the top finisher for the Phoenix in the 400-meter run with a time of 58.90 and in seventh place. Freshman Jennifer Esposito also competed for Elon and clocked in at 59.55 in the ninth position.

The Elon 4x400-meter relay team of Bell, Esposito, Jennifer Pash and Veronica Luedke finished third overall with a time of 4:06.40.

In the one-mile run, Tereza Novotna ran the second-fastest time in school history crossing the line with a time of 5:01.00 and finishing third overall.  Allyson Oram (6th, 5:13.80), Christine Pacewicz (9th, 5:17.35) and Jenny Gallagher (10th, 5:19.07) also joined her in the top-10.

Two runners placed in the top-five of the 800-meter race with Julie Hart crossing the line in fourth with a time 2:21.17. Seconds later, Ellie Taff followed her with a time of 2:21.21 and in fifth place. Emily Tryon and Haylee Dawe were in the two and three positions in the 3,000-meter run with times of 10:21.27 and 10:22.72 respectively.

Elon will return to competition next weekend at the Penn State National in State College, Pa., on Jan. 25.

Appalachian State Women’s Track Dominates Mountaineer Open

BOONE, N.C. - Appalachian State University women’s track had a dominating Day 2 of the Mountaineer Open as they claimed 11-of-12 first place finishes, including junior Breanna Alston breaking the 300m indoor record.

Alston had a record setting afternoon as she broke, not only the App State indoor record, but also the App State Holmes Center record and the Holmes Center record in the 300m dash, running a 38.50. Alston broke her own indoor record of 39.05 that she set in 2011 at the Appalachian Pre-Conference Meet. App State’s D’Shawrna McLucas picked up a second place finish in the 300m dash with a 41.45 and Shenita Martin placed third with a 43.10.

Appalachian claimed the first place finish in the 55m dash as Alston ran a 7.03, while McLucas ran a personal-best 7.33 in the finals to clinch the second place finish.

The Apps saw a first place finish from junior Breahna Morrison in the 400m dash as she crossed the line at a 59.70, while Shelby Howell paced App State in the 800m run with a first place finish, running a 2:18.76. Appalachian took the third and fourth place spots in the 800m run as Taryn Stern ran a 2:19.53 for third and Destine’ Kirkman ran a 2:22.63 for fourth.

Senior Amanda Hamilton earned her second first place finish of the weekend as she paced the pack in the mile at the Mountaineer Open. Hamilton ran a 5:10.79 in the 1,500m event, while Katie Cagle ran a personal-best 5:18.87 in her first career mile, placing third overall.

For the distance runners, Kayla Schneider took home the first place finish in the 3,000m running a 10:39.66, while the Apps claimed the second and third place positions as well. Junior Jenna Williamson ran a personal-best 10:51.15 and Meaghan McCauley clocked a personal-best 10:51.42, while Dana Cox, Brittany Williams, Shelby Williams and Caitlyn Colo all placed in the top-ten.

Appalachian A 4x300m relay team won their second straight meet as Bryant, Alexandria Wells, Alston and Morrison crossed the line at 2:53.44 and the Appalachian B relay team came in a close second at 2:54.33.

Head coach John Weaver stated, “It was our first after returning from the Christmas holiday. We had several performances that were better than the December meet, many more were equal to the December meet and a few that show we need to regain pre-holiday levels.”

In field events, the Black and Gold took home the top two finishes in the long jump as sophomore Tatyana Bryant picked up a first place finish with a 5.51m jump and Jamie Glenn jumped 5.18m.

Appalachian dominated both the high jump and the pole vault as they claimed the top-three spots in both events. In the high jump, Mary Theresa Montgomery jumped a personal-best 1.65m for the first place spot, while Sydney Cook and Janet Watson both jumped 1.60m. Senior Cassie Crawford notched a first place finish in the pole vault for the second meet in a row as she jumped 3.76m, while Debra Domermuth jumped a personal-best 3.61m and Cook earned a third place finish with a personal-best 3.46m jump.

App State took the top-two places in the shot put as Jasmine Suydam tossed a 13.59m and freshman Brianna Tate threw for a 13.25m. Appalachian rounded out the top five in the shot put as Ana DeLeon and Jocelyn Parnell finished fourth and fifth, respectively.

The Apps will be back in action when they hit the road for the first time of the season on Friday, Jan. 25 for the Kentucky Invitational. The meet is slated to start at 7 a.m.

Chattanooga Gets Three Top Five Finishes in DMR at Niswonger Invitational

JOHNSON CITY, Tenn. --- The University of Tennessee at Chattanooga men’s and women’s track teams had strong showings Saturday afternoon in the Distance Medley Relay at the Niswonger Invitational hosted by East Tennessee State University at the ETSU/MSHA Athletic Center.

Head Coach Bill Gautier placed four teams in the race. The men placed second and fifth while the women finished fourth and 11th.

The Chattanooga men’s A team placed second overall, just more than two seconds behind Middle Tennessee’s top place team with a time of 10:20.78. Freshman Paul Stuart (Brentwood, Tenn.) started the event with the 1200 meter and handed off to classmate Geoff Nelson (Brentwood, Tenn.) for the 400 meter. Freshman Trevor Janssen (Jordan Station, Ontario) ran the 800m leg of the race and handed off to senior Nathan Wanuch (Mississauga, Ontario) who ran a 4:14 1600m leg.

The ‘B’ team led off by junior John Gilpin (Nashville, Tenn.) finished with a time of 10:40.24. He was joined on the track by Blake Olson (Pleasantview, Tenn.) in the 400, freshman Marquis Carter (Memphis, Tenn.) in the 800m and Patrick O’Brien (Chattanooga, Tenn.) in the 1600m.

The women’s fourth place team of freshman Teghan Henderson (Pickering, Ontario), junior Gabby Cader (Cleveland, Tenn.), sophomore Rebecca Greenwall (Bogart, Ga.) and sophomore Amanda Sumner (Bristol, Conn.) ran the DMR in a time of 12:13.96.

The women’s ‘B’ team finished 11th with a time of 12:56.98 led off by sophomore Rachel Greenwall (Bogart, Ga.). Freshman Kianna Howard (Nashville, Tenn.) ran the 400m followed by sophomore Jessica Philpott (Manchester, Tenn.) in the 800m and freshman Helenka Kis (Columbia, Tenn.) in the 1600m anchor.

The men’s and women’s teams will be back in action next week at the University of Kentucky Rod McCravy Memorial in Lexington, Ky.

Wofford Men’s and Women’s Track and Field Place Eight in the Top-20 at Niswonger Invitational

JOHNSON CITY, TENN. –  The Wofford men’s and women’s track and field teams placed eight athletes and had three personal best at the Niswonger Invitational Friday and Saturday in the second indoor meet of the season.

Katie Kessler led the women’s team with a first place finish in the 800m with at time of 2:21.71. Alyssa Burkert finished in the top ten in two events, the 800m and the mile.  She took seventh in the 800m with a time of 2:17.13 topping her time from the opening meet by seven seconds.  She finished in ninth in the mile with a time of 5:21.66. Sam Hughes set a new personal best in the 3,000m with a time of 10:35.56 and a finished in ninth place.   Alissa Williams finished in tenth place in the 3,000m with a time of 10:40.08, while Carly Egan finished 12th in the 5,000m with a time of 20:22.96.  Niki Klasnic also finished in 12th with a time of 5:24.68 in the mile.

On the men’s side, Patrick Cummings finished in fifth place with a time of 2:00.91, just over a second off the Wofford school record in the 800m.  Tevin Johnson finished just outside the top 20 in 21st place with a distance of 5.94m in the long jump. Tyrell Jemison set a new personal best in the 60m with a time of 7.51.  Hunter McGahee also set a new personal best with a time of 4:46.92 in the mile.

Wofford returns to the track at the two-day JDL Fast Track Meet in Winston-Salem, N.C. on February 1 and February 2.

The Citadel’s Brantley Breaks Track Record in 200 Hurdles as Bulldogs Complete Action at Captain’s Invitational


Newport News, Va. – Jamaal Brantley established a school and track record in the 200 hurdles on Sunday when the junior posted a time of 25.78 at the Captain's Invitational on the campus of Christopher Newport University.

Brantley, who broke Nat Jones' track record of 25.87 set last January, also ran a personal best in the 60 finals when he clocked in at 6.92 to earn fourth place in the event. The Summerville native's time moved him into second all-time in program history.

Danielle Williams, who was competing in her first collegiate race, clocked in at 59.87 in the 400 to take fifth place. The time is good for second place in Citadel history and is only the second sub-minute time ever posted in the event by a Bulldog woman.

In the women's 200, Tanisha Bethel improved her place in the school's record book, moving up four spots to third place with a time of 26.08, while teammate Christine Hinds finished with a time of 27.29 in the same event.

Andriana Love, who established the school record in the 200 hurdles last season, improved on her time as the junior posted a mark of 30.25. Taylor Viana took fifth in the event, clocking in at 30.52 to move into second all-time.

In an event that has never previously been run by The Citadel, the 200 hurdles, freshmen Jayce Almes (second place, 26.18) and Darius Johnson (fourth place, 27.27) finished close behind Brantley to establish themselves in the school's record book.

The women's distance relay clocked in at 12:59.06 to take third in the event and placed seventh in school history.

In the field events, pole vaulter David Melton took second place, clearing the bar at 14'9", while Valian Brown took third in the triple jump with a leap of 43'7.25".

Love highlighted the women's field events with a seventh place shot put mark of 38'8.25", while Nicole Levermann cleared the high jump bar at 5'3".

The Bulldogs will head to Annapolis, Md., next weekend for the Wesley A. Brown Invitational hosted by Navy.

UNCG Indoor Track And Field Participates At Wake Forest Invitational

WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. – The UNCG indoor track and field program opened the 2013 indoor track and field season Saturday at the Wake Forest Invitational at the JDL Fast Track in Winston-Salem. The men's track and field program finished 10th overall with a score of 23, while the women's program placed 12th with 14 points.

Leading the way for the men's program is sophomore Paul Katam (Eldoret, Kenya/Sacho), who posted the Spartans lone win on the day. Katam took first place overall in the men's one mile run with a time of 4:11.90, winning by over six seconds over his nearest competitor. His 4:11.90 time is a personal-best, improving his previous time of 4:18.83 set last season at the Dick Taylor Invite.

Junior Abraham Kemboi (Eldoret, Kenya/Kipkabus) finished second in the 3,000-meter run with a time of 8:38.69, finishing less than one second out of the top spot won by Dakota Peachee of High Point (8:37.75). Freshman Joshua Crawford (Fayetteville, N.C./South View) posted a sixth place finish in the race in his first indoor meet of his career with a time of 8:51.93.

Rounding out the men's top finishers was sophomore Dylan Belles (Denver, N.C./East Lincoln) finished seventh in the 5,000-meter run, recoding a time of 15:58.68.

Leading the way for the women's program is junior Shannon Hall (Waldorf, Md./North Point) who posted the top women's finish with a second place effort in the 800-meter race. Hall posted a time of 2:19.20 to finish behind Hayley McMahon of the College of Charleston (2:14.89).

Chelsea Sumney (Washington, Pa./Trinity) turned in a fourth place finish in the one-mile run with a time of 5:02.68 to finish behind her sister Shaina Sumney who was running unattached and won the event in a time of 4:56.27. Freshman Katherine Link (Avon Lake, Ohio/Avon Lake) finished eighth in the one-mile distance in her first indoor track meet of her collegiate score with a time of 6:!5.58.

The UNCG track and field programs return to action next weekend with the team splitting between two events at the Hokie Invitational and the UW Invitational.

Georgia Southern Wraps Up Niswonger Invitational

JOHNSON CITY, Tenn. – The Georgia Southern Track and Field team competed in six more events on Saturday, Jan. 19 at the East Tennessee State Niswonger Invitational on Saturday. On the final day of the two-day event, the Eagles finished in the top 10 of every single event but one amongst a field of 60 teams.

Sophomore Jasmine Walker continued her strong college career, finishing sixth in the Long Jump (5.58m). Freshman Alyssa Felton also garnered a top 10 finish in the Long Jump, leaping 5.52m for a seventh place finish. The rookie improved her previous best, set at the Clemson Orange and Purple Winter Classic back in December, by more than 20 centimeters.

Three Eagles came back in action after qualifying for the finals in their respective events yesterday. Senior Ebony Carter finished fifth in the 60m Dash (7.72), sophomore Kimberly Thomas finished fifth in the 400m Dash (59.14) and Jasmine Billings crossed the line second in the consolidation finals for an overall eighth place finish in the 60m Hurdles (9.04).

A week from now, the Eagles travel to Gainesville, Fla. to continue their indoor season at the Jimmy Carnes Invitational on Saturday, Jan. 26.


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