Clemson, S.C.--The Lees-McRae College men's track & field team competed at the Clemson Solid Orange Invitational in Clemson, SC on Saturday April 12. Despite a lightning delay and soggy conditions, the men's team came away with two event championships and many more personal and season best performances. Senior Josh Blanc (Hope Mills, N.C.) started off the banner day with a personal best performance in the men's 3,000m steeplechase with a time of 9:54.14. Blanc broke the 10-minute barrier for the first time in his career while finishing third in the event.
Next up for the Bobcats was the men's 4x100m relay team of Chris Glenn (Jonesville, S.C.), Jordan Davis (Hamptonville, N.C.), Adam Phillips (Spruce Pine, N.C.), and Alan Bachman (Nanjemoy, Md.). Running with the alternate lead-off leg, the quartet won the event going away with a time of 43.11 seconds, a season best. Sophomore sprint standout, Alan Bachman, won the men's 400m dash with a time of 48.51 seconds.
Freshman thrower Joe Armstrong (West Henderson, N.C.) set a personal best in the men's discus and qualified for the finals in that event, finishing eighth overall. Armstrong also set a personal best in the men's javelin throw.
The men's hurdle events saw a couple of personal bests. Sophomore Chris Glenn set a collegiate personal best in the men's 110m hurdles. Glenn finished in fifth place with a time of 15.69 seconds. Fellow sophomore Brad Tanis (Midland Park, N.J.) set a personal best in the men's 400m hurdles with a time of 58.43 seconds.
Also setting a personal best was Matt Barrett (Douglasville, Ga.) in the men's 1,500m run.
Next up for the Bobcats is the annual Tri-Conference Championship/Bobcat Open on April 18-19th. The men's team will look to continue their dominance over the rest of the Conference Carolinas schools while competing against teams from two other conferences.
Pictured: Josh Blanc