Five Bobcats earn all-region honors

NEW ORLEANS --- The Lees-McRae College women's track and field team placed four athletes on the United States Track and Field and Cross Country Coaches Association all-Southeast Region Indoor team, announced USTFCCCA officials earlier this week.

Juniors Kortnie Curry (Lexington, N.C.), Persephanie Mcrae (Brooklyn, N.Y.), and Taryn Moorhead (Deer Park, Wash.), and sophomores Sarah Monday (Lexington, N.C.) and Meagan Thornton (Millville, N.J.) each earned a spot on the all-region team, as Curry, Mcrae and Moorhead all garnered region honors for the third straight year.

Curry enjoyed one of the best seasons in program history this winter, surpassing the national provisionally qualifying mark in the opening meet of the campaign with a jump of 1.67 meters in the high jump. The junior capped the season with a win at the inaugural Conference Carolinas Championships with a mark of 1.65 meters.

Mcrae put together a strong campaign in the high jump, finishing third at the conference championships with a personal best of 1.60 meters.

Moorhead finished the season strong, winning the conference championship in the pole vault with a mark of 2.45 meters, after jumping 2.56 meters at Appalachian State University's Mountaineer Open on January 18. The Deer Park, Wash. native also ran the 55-meter dash for the Bobcats, finishing 13th at the Mountaineer Open with a time of 8.21 seconds.

Monday capped her campaign in style, placing second in the pole vault at the conference championships with a mark of 2.30 meters. The sophomore posted her best performance of the season at the Hilton Garden Invitational, vaulting 2.60 meters.

Thornton enjoyed a strong sophomore season with the Bobcats, finishing second in both the 60-meter hurdles and the 400-meter dash at the conference championships. The dual-sport star posted her best performance of the campaign at the Mountaineer Open, placing first in the 55-meter hurdles with a time of 8.94 seconds while finishing second in the 400-meter dash.

Lees-McRae is set to open the outdoor season on Friday, March 15 when the Bobcats travel to Winston-Salem, N.C. to take part in the Wake Forest Invitational.

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