Photos courtesy of Brett Page
BANNER ELK, N.C. - The Lees-McRae College men's and women's track and field teams are back in action this Saturday (Apr. 6) at the Lenoir-Rhyne Track and Field Classic hosted by Lenoir-Rhyne University in Hickory, N.C.
Event Preview - The event begins at 10 a.m. with the women's javelin throw and the men's hammer throw. The running events begin at 1 p.m. with the women's 3,000-meter steeplechase.
Last Time Out - The teams last competed over this past weekend (Mar. 29-30) at the Division I-heavy Wofford Terrier Relays in Spartanburg, S.C.
Men - Cooper Abernathy led the way in the hammer throw with a 17th-place finish (39.01 meters), while Blake Radder finished 34th with a distance of 33.42 meters. Abernathy also finished 24th in the shot put with a distance of 12.69 meters, while Radder finished 38th (10.61 meters) and Alex Heck finished 41st (10.11 meters). Joshua Hall placed 14th in the 800-meter dash in 1:59.19, while Anton Ledell finished 18th in 2:00.33. Andrew Garrett Ybarra also finished 25th in 2:02.37. Tristin Bertie finished 21st in the 1,500-meter run in 4:15.14, while Aiden Hall finished 38th in 4:25.40. Brett Page also ran the event in 4:56.55. Keith Holmes Jr. finished 30th in the 400-meter dash in 54.06. Dylan Williams ran the 100-meter dash in 11.69 seconds, while Logan Styers also ran the event in 12.63 seconds. Kerry Richardson finished 35th in the 200-meter dash in 23.78 seconds, while Jason Saintizaire also ran the event in 24.10 seconds. Nolan Capps was the lone Bobcat to run in the 3,000-meter steeplechase, finishing 10th in 10:27.00. The quartet of Joshua Hall, Ybarra, Williams and Saintizaire finished 10thin the 4x400-meter relay in 3:32.29. Abernathy finished fourth in the javelin throw with a mark of 44.96 meters, while Radder finished 13th with a distance of 40.06 meters. Heck also finished 21st in the event with a mark of 34.44 meters. Holmes led the effort in the long jump with a 26th-place finish and a jump of 5.87 meters, while Styers finished 34th with a mark of 5.28 meters. Saintizaire led the way in the high jump with a height of 1.85 meters and a fifth-place finish, while Richardson and Holmes each posted a mark of 1.75 meters in the event. Abernathy posted a 21st-place finish in the discus event with a throw of 38.36 meters, while Heck also posted a mark of 27.91 meters in the event.
Women - Bayle Wood led the way with a 24th-place finish in the hammer throw with a mark of 33.59 meters. Sariah Dempaire-Salomon finished ninth in the shot put with a throw of 11.75 meters, while Wood also marked a throw of 9.40 meters (36th) and Bridget Hambrook also registered a throw of 9.21 meters (39th). Katherine Sandoval ran the 800-meter dash in 2:51.12, while Kaela Kelly also ran the event in 3:00.47. Sarah Bowman ran the 1,500-meter run in 5:36.28, while Maegan Prettyman also ran the event in 6:00.71. Brittney Augustin posted a 14th-place finish in the 110-meter hurdles in 17.27 seconds as the lone Bobcat in the event. Millie McCoy was the lone runner from Lees-McRae in the 400-meter dash, where she finished 27th in 1:03.92. Brea Forbes ran the 100-meter dash in 14.75 seconds as the lone Bobcat in the event. Augustin's best event of the day was the 400-meter hurdles, where she finished second in 1:04.05, less than one second off of the Lees-McRae outdoor record for the event. McCoy ran the 200-meter dash in 27.69 seconds, good for a 39th-place finish. Jordyn Halvorsen finished eighth in the 3,000-meter steeplechase in 14:13.90 as the lone Bobcat in the event. McCoy would lead the way in the long jump with a 35th-place finish and a mark of 4.59 meters, while Mikali Smith (4.52 meters), Jessica Reeves (4.24 meters) and Forbes (4.11 meters) also competed in the event. Wood placed 10th in the discus throw event with a mark of 36.17 meters, while Halie Thompson finished 25th with a throw of 31.44 meters and Hambrook finished 36th with a mark of 26.62 meters. Wood also logged a second-place finish in the javelin throw with a mark of 36.97 meters.