February 17, 2011

Lees-McRae picked to win Conference Carolinas Championship

HIGH POINT, N.C. --- The Lees-McRae College women's track & field team is the preseason favorite to win the 2011 Conference Carolinas championship, announced league officials Thursday with the release of the preseason coaches' poll.

Lees-McRae tops the poll with 22 points and three first-place votes, followed by Limestone College with 20 points and two first-place votes. Queens University of Charlotte is third with 17 points, followed by Mount Olive College with 15 points and one first-place vote. Belmont Abbey College is picked fifth with 11 points, as Barton College rounds out the poll with five markers.

The Bobcats finished second in at the 2010 Conference Carolinas Championships behind impressive performances by Hannah Henderson (Canvas, W.Va.), Crystal Bass (Branford, Fla.), and Jamara Cook (Claremont, N.C.). Also poised for tremendous seasons are returners Hannah Trimble (Spring, Texas) in the pole vault, Genay Miller (Woodstock, Ga.) and Kayla Frazier (Mt. Cogan, S.C.) in throws, as well as Auburn Lowe (Swain County, N.C.) and Shantra McCoy (Stafford, Va.) in sprints.

The Bobcats are expecting significant contributions from a strong freshman class, led by thrower Chelsea Wood (Cumming, Ga.), pole vault specialist and sprinter Taryn Moorhead (Deer Park, Wash.), high jumpers Kortnie Curry (Lexington, N.C.) and Persephanie McRae (Brooklyn, N.Y.), and sprinter Iesha Poindexter Jetterville, Va.). Moorhead has already made her mark in program history, setting an indoor school record in the pole vault this season.

"It is a great honor for our women's team to receive our first-ever preseason No. 1 ranking in a vote by my coaching peers," said head coach Ley Fletcher. "This honor is a reflection of the hard work our women have put in during the indoor season, and the great tradition our track and field and cross country programs have established over the past few years."

Lees-McRae returns to action in its indoor season finale on Friday at the ASU Invitational, hosted by Appalachian State University, in Boone, N.C. The Bobcats open their outdoor campaign on Mar. 5 at the Power Sox Invitational, hosted by Lenoir-Rhyne University in Hickory, N.C.

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Conference Carolinas Women's Track & Field Preseason Poll

Rk. School (1st Place Votes) Points
1 Lees-McRae (3) 22
2 Limestone (2) 20
3 Queens (N.C.) 17
4 Mount Olive (1) 15
5 Belmont Abbey 11
6 Barton 5