Mackey paces Bobcats to third-place finish at Conference Carolinas Championships

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BANNER ELK, N.C. --- Freshman Devan Mackey (Hickory, N.C.) won the shot put and posted a trio of personal-bests to lead the Lees-McRae College men's track and field team to a third-place performance on Saturday at the 2011 Conference Carolinas Championship meet at the Arthur, Laurentsen and Sanders Track and Field Complex.

Mount Olive College captured the team title with a total of 212 points, followed by Limestone College (137), Lees-McRae (131), Belmont Abbey College (69), Queens University of Charlotte (42), and Barton College (20). Trojan head coach Matt van Lierop was named Coach of the Year, while Dalton Souza garnered both Men's Track Athlete of the Year and Freshman of the Year honors. Joe Murphy was also named the Men's Field Athlete of the Year.

Lees-McRae opened the meet on Friday with several impressive performances, including a fourth-place finish by Shawn Rowand (Charmco, W.Va.) in the javelin throw with a mark of 41.45 meters, as Mackey and Jordan Wilbur (Chesterfield, S.C.) placed third and fourth in the hammer throw with marks of 36.80 and 34.50 meters, respectively.

Evan Webb (Salisbury, N.C.) added to the day with a win in the pole vault, posting a mark of 4.34 meters as Kevin Dever (Leesburg, N.J.) came in second with a vault of 3.80 meters. Richard Lane (Concord, N.C.) placed fifth in the high jump with a mark of 1.83 meters, as Craig Simpkins (Boiling Springs, S.C.) closed out the day for the Bobcats with a third-place time of 33:26.69 in the 10,000-meter run.

Wilbur and Mackey kicked off the day on Saturday, finishing third and fifth in the discus throw with marks of 34.55 and 32.46 meters, respectively. Corey Alexander (Atlanta, Ga.) and Eric Cloy (Ball Ground, Ga.) equaled Wilbur and Mackey's feat in the long jump, placing third and fifth with marks of 6.52 and 6.25 meters, respectively.

Mackey turned in the performance of the day for the Bobcats in the shot put, topping the competition with a mark of 12.68 meters as Dimitrius Frazier (Charlotte, N.C.) placed sixth with a throw of 11.32 meters. Alexander then followed with a second-place performance in the triple jump, posting a mark of 13.20 meters as Cloy came in fifth at 12.53 meters.

Simpkins posted his second top-three performance of the weekend in the 3,000-meter steeplechase, posting a time of 10:02.48. Austin High (Chesnee, S.C.) and Jared Lupton (Nampa, Idaho) finished fourth and fifth in the 1,500-meter run, posting times of 4:14.53 and 4:15.93, respectively. Brandon Williams (Raleigh, N.C.), Lane, and Bradley King (Hildebran, N.C.) finished third through fifth in the 110-meter hurdles, posting times of 15.59, 16.27, and 16.73 seconds, respectively.

Randall Wright (Westminster, S.C.) followed with a second-place finish in the 100-meter dash, posting a time of 11.03 seconds as Williams placed fourth with a mark of 11.05 seconds. Lupton and Luke Anton (Hendersonville, N.C.) placed fourth and fifth in the 800-meter run with times of 2:04.88 and 2:06.19, respectively, as King finished fourth in the 400-meter hurdles with a mark of 59.19 seconds. Wright added a fourth-place finish in the 200-meter dash with a time of 22.33 seconds to close out the day for the Bobcats.

Lees-McRae returns to action at the NCAA Division II Southeast Region Championships on April 22 and 23 in Hickory, N.C. as the Bobcats seek to defend their 2010 region title.

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