Trio paces Bobcats on day one of Conference Carolinas Championships

BANNER ELK, N.C. --- Michael Davis (Independence, Va.) won the preliminary heat of the 1,500-meter run, and Brandon Williams (Raleigh, N.C.) and Travis Burton (Newberry, S.C.) each qualified for the finals in the 400-meter hurdles to pace the Lees-McRae College men's track and field team on a rain-soaked day one of the Conference Carolinas Outdoor Track and Field Championships.

Limestone College holds the lead in the team standings after day one with 34 points, followed by North Greenville University (18), and Mount Olive College (15). King College is fourth with eight points, followed by Queens University of Charlotte (6), Lees-McRae (5), Belmont Abbey College (5), and Barton College (2).

Burton tallied the first points of the meet for the Bobcats in the high jump, placing fourth with a mark of 1.85 meters. Ryan Trask (Cobleskill, N.Y.) placed sixth in the javelin, posting a mark of 38.81 meters.

Ian Harned (Pine Level, N.C.) turned in a season-best performance in the prelims of the 400-meter dash, recording a time of 50.40 seconds to qualify for Saturday's finals. Davis paced a group of three Bobcats to earn a spot in the finals of the 1,500-meter run, winning the preliminary heat with a time of 4:15.22, as Tyler Dunn (Jasper, Ga.) and Matthew MacPhail (Spartanburg, S.C.) each qualified for the final as well.

Williams and Burton capped the day by both qualifying for the finals of the 400-meter hurdles, posting times of 1:02.79 and 1:04.42, respectively.

Lees-McRae returns to action on Saturday for the final day of the 2013 Conference Carolinas Outdoor Track and Field Championships at the Arthur, Lauritsen and Sanders Track and Field Complex. Competition is slated to begin at 8 a.m. with the men's and women's hammer throw.

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