BANNER ELK, N.C. --- Hannah Henderson (Canvas, W.Va.) finished second in the 3,000-meter steeplechase on Saturday to pace the Lees-McRae College women's track and field team to a third-place showing at the 2011 Conference Carolinas Championship meet at the Arthur, Laurentsen and Sanders Track and Field Complex.
Mount Olive captured the team title with a total of 200 points, followed by Limestone College (151), Lees-McRae College (104), Queens University of Charlotte (68), Belmont Abbey College (54), and Barton College (22). Trojan head coach Matt van Lierop was named Coach of the Year, while Alaytra Carswell garnered both Women's Track Athlete of the Year and Freshman of the Year honors. Joangelie Lind of Belmont Abbey College and Stephanie Wilson of Limestone College shared Field Athlete of the Year honors.
The Bobcats carried a 27-point advantage into the second day of competition following an impressive showing on Friday, winning four of the five events on day one of the meet. Freshman Kortnie Curry (Lexington, N.C.) opened the meet in the high jump, winning the event by equaling the meet record of 1.57 meters.
Chelsea Wood (Cumming, Ga.) followed with a school-record throw of 34.90 meters to win the javelin competition, as Taryn Moorhead (Deer Park, Wash.) placed fifth with a throw of 22.70 meters. Crystal Bass (Branford, Fla.) placed first in the hammer throw with a toss of 37.74 meters, while Jamara Cook (Claremont, N.C.) finished third with a mark of 34.15 meters. Moorhead then won the pole vault with a mark of 2.89 meters, as Crystal Fischer (Greer, S.C.) placed fifth in the 10,000-meter run with a time of 42:29.35.
Bass, Wood, and Cook opened day two finishing second through fourth in the shot put, posting marks of 10.68, 10.64, and 10.19 meters, respectively. Cook then placed second in the discus throw, posting a school-record of 34.61 meters, as Bass finished fifth with a throw of 29.53 meters.
Henderson finished second in the 3,000-meter steeplechase with a time of 13:01.86, while the quartet of Moorhead, Auburn Lowe (Swain County, N.C.), Shantra McCoy (Stafford, Va.), and Iesha Poindexter (Jetterville, Va.) placed third in the 4x100-meter relay with a time of 51.55 seconds. Poindexter added a third-place finish in the 100-meter dash with a mark of 12.93 seconds.
Lees-McRae returns to action at the NCAA Division II Southeast Region Championships on April 22 and 23 in Hickory, N.C. as the Bobcats seek to defend their 2010 region title.
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