January 18, 2013

Webb sets school record, climbs national leaderboard at Mountaineer Open

BOONE, N.C. --- Junior Evan Webb (Salisbury, N.C.) set a school record and move to third in the national standings in the pole vault on Saturday afternoon, becoming the first student-athlete in program history to clear the five-meter mark while leading the Lees-McRae College men's track and field team to a strong performance at Appalachian State University's Mountaineer Open.

Devan Mackey (Hickory, N.C.) kicked off the weekend on Friday with a personal-best in the weight throw, finishing seventh with a mark of 12.58 meters, as Eric Cloy (Ball Ground, Ga.) placed third in the triple jump at 12.71 meters. Cloy followed with a sixth-place performance in the long jump, posting a mark of 6.27 meters as Travis Burton (Newberry, S.C.) finished fifth in the high jump with a leap of 1.88 meters.

Webb turned in the performance of the weekend in the pole vault, tying the top national qualifying mark with a vault of 5.00 meters to win the competition and set a new program record. The junior nearly became the first vaulter in the nation to clear the automatic qualifying mark of 5.11 meters, coming up just short.

Bobcats assistant coach Mike Wilson came in second vaulting unattached, posting a mark of 4.76 meters as junior Kevin Dever (Leesburg, N.J.) placed third with a vault of 4.61 meters. Dwight Gilzene (Charlotte, N.C.) finished seventh in the shot put with a mark of 12.65 meters, as Dever tied the program record in the 55-meter dash with a time of 6.65 seconds en route to a seventh-place finish.

Brandon Williams (Raleigh, N.C.) turned in a personal best with a third-place finish in the 55-meter hurdles, posting a time of 7.94 seconds, as Burton won the 300-meter dash with a personal-best mark of 36.63 seconds. Michael Davis (Independence, Va.) finished third in the mile run with a strong time of 4:38.64, while Ian Harned (Pine Level, N.C.) placed eighth in the 400-meter run with a mark of 52.88 seconds.

Lees-McRae returns to action on Friday, February 1 when the Bobcats travel to Winston-Salem, N.C. to participate in the JDL Invitational.

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