Bobcats place six on Southeast Region team

NEW ORLEANS --- Six student-athletes from the Lees-McRae College men's track and field team have been named to the United States Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches' Association all-Southeast Region Outdoor team, including a trio of school-record holders.

Senior Shawn Rowand (Charmco, W.Va.), junior Craig Simpkins (Boiling Springs, S.C.), sophomores Kevin Dever (Leesburg, N.J.), Bradley King (Hildebran, N.C.), and Brandon Williams (Raleigh, N.C.) joined freshman Evan Webb (Salisbury, N.C.) as Lees-McRae's representatives after the Bobcats placed third at the Conference Carolinas Championship and fifth at the Southeast Region Championships.

Rowand garners region recognition for the first time in his career after placing fourth at the conference championships with a mark of 41.45 meters in the javelin throw. The senior posted a trio of top-10 finishes this season, including a fourth-place showing at the Power Sox Invitational with a mark of 44.10 meters.

Simpkins put together another solid season for the Bobcats, posting a trio of podium finishes in the 3,000-meter steeplechase, including a win at the Power Sox Invitational. The junior distance runner also finished third in the 10,000-meter run at the conference championships to help the Bobcats to a third-place showing in the team competition.

Dever built upon a solid freshman campaign with an even better sophomore season, turning in a trio of top-three performances in the pole vault, including a third-place finish at the Southeast Region Championships with a mark of 3.95 meters. The Leesburg, N.J. native also notched a fifth-place finish as part of the Bobcats' 4x400-meter relay team at the region championships.

King continued his stellar career at Lees-McRae with an impressive spring season, posting nine top-five finishes in four different events, including a win in the 400-meter hurdles at the Southeast Region Championships. A native of Hildebran, N.C., King also notched another trio of top-five finishes at the region championships, including a third-place showing in the 110-meter hurdles to help the Bobcats to a fifth-place performance in the team competition.

Williams posted another impressive season for the Bobcats, notching eight top-10 finishes in four different events, including a fourth-place performance in the 100-meter dash at the conference championships with a personal-best time of 11.05 seconds. The sophomore also notched a win in the 110-meter hurdles at the Power Sox Invitational, and a second-place showing in the same event at the Southeast Region Championships.

Webb burst onto the scene in his freshman season with the Bobcats, posting six top-five finishes in the pole vault. The freshman turned in his best performance of the season this past weekend, posting a personal-best of 4.45 meters en route to a second-place finish at the Aggie Classic.

Lees-McRae is expected to return 23 letter-winners from this year's squad, including school-record-holders Simpkins, King, and Williams.

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