Bobcats post strong showing at Johnson City Invitational

JOHNSON CITY, Tenn. --- Nazaire Saintine (Douglassville, Ga.) posted five top-five performances on Saturday to lead the Lees-McRae College men's track and field team to a third-place showing at the Johnson City Invitational.

Carson-Newman College took the team title with 174 points, followed by Milligan College (154) and Lees-McRae (112). Bryan College was fourth with 91 markers, as Brevard College (18) and King College (15) finished fifth and sixth, respectively.

Saintine took first in the high jump (1.98 meters) and third in the long jump (6.70 meters), while also placing fourth in the 200-meter dash with a time of 23.03 seconds. He then teamed with Richard Lane (Concord, N.C.), Travis Burton (Newberry, S.C.) and Josh Oliver (North Wilkesboro, N.C.) to finish second in the 4x100-meter relay with a time of 43.72 seconds.

Burton and Saintine teamed with Bradley King (Hildebran, N.C.) and Kevin Dever (Leesburg, N.J.) to place second in the 4x400-meter relay with a time of 3:23.81, as Burton placed second in the 400-meter run (50.71 seconds) and seventh in the 100-meter dash (11.87 seconds). King and Lane finished first and second, respectively, in the 110-meter hurdles with times of 15.71 and 15.93 seconds, as Oliver and Burton placed sixth and seventh in the 200-meter dash.

Dever won the pole vault with a mark of 4.27 meters, while Eric Cloy (Ball Ground, Ga.) placed fourth in the long jump with a leap of 6.24 meters. Cloy also finished sixth in the triple jump (12.19 meters), as Blake Rogers (Chesterfield, S.C.) placed eighth in the discus with a mark of 31.69 meters. Devan Mackey (Hickory, N.C.) placed sixth in the shot put with a mark of 12.06 meters, as Jordan Wilbur (Chesterfield, S.C.) finished eighth (11.11 meters).

Avery Mouton (Sneads Ferry, N.C.) finished third in the 3,000-meter steeplechase with a time of 11:27.63, as Joshua Soto (Aiken, S.C.) placed sixth in the 100meter dash (11.79 seconds) and eighth in the 200-meter dash (24.35 seconds). Tyler Dunn (Jasper, Ga.) placed fourth in the 1,500-meter run with a time of 4:10.06, as King finished fourth in the 400-meter run (51.89 seconds).

Lees-McRae returns to action on Friday, April 13 when the Bobcats travel to Boone, N.C. to participate in the Appalachian State University Invitational.

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