Bobcats claim day one lead at Conference Carolinas Championships

BANNER ELK, N.C. --- Kortnie Curry (Lexington, N.C.) and Persephanie McRae (Brooklyn, N.Y.) took the top two spots in the high jump, and Rachelle Cleveland (Moyock, N.C.) won the javelin throw to lead the Lees-McRae College women's track and field team to a day one lead at the 2013 Conference Carolinas Outdoor Track and Field Championships.

Lees-McRae tallied 28 points on a rain-soaked day one of the championships, entering Saturday's second and final day with an eight-point lead over King College (20). Queens University is third with 13.50 points, followed by Limestone College (9.50), Belmont Abbey College and Mount Olive College (8), and North Greenville University (7).

Curry opened the scoring for the Bobcats, clearing 1.55 meters with her final jump to sweep the high jump in both the indoor and outdoor season. McRae gutted out a second-place performance, battling through injury and the weather to finish second with an identical mark of 1.55 meters.

Cleveland followed in the javelin, taking the conference title with a mark of 32.55 meters. Taryn Moorhead (Deer Park, Wash.), Genay Miller (Woodstock, Ga.), and Kayla Frazier (Chesterfield, S.C.) claimed the seven through nine spots with throws of 23.96, 23.75, and 22.77 meters, respectively.

In the qualifying heats, Iesha Poindexter (Jetterville, Va.) earned a spot in the finals for both the 100- and 200-meter dashes, posting a time of 12.74 seconds in the 100. Jessica McEnaney (Cary, N.C.), Sarah Monday (Lexington, N.C.), and Auburn Lowe (Swain County, N.C.) all ran well in the event, each posting a season-best time.

Poindexter also earned a berth in the 200-meter dash finals with one of her top performances of the spring, beating her previous season-best by nearly a second with a mark of 26.27 seconds. Lowe turned in a strong race in the event as well, topping her previous top time of the season by more than two tenths of a second.

Mallory Overholt (Grand Bend, Ontario, Canada) posted one of the Bobcats' strongest individual performances of the day in the 800-meter run, shattering her previous personal-best in the event by almost five seconds to finish 11th in the preliminary round.

Meagan Thornton (Millville, N.J.) qualified for the finals in both the 100- and 400-meter hurdles for the second straight year, posting a time of 15.93 seconds in the 100 to break her season-best by nearly three tenths of a second. The sophomore crossed the line in 1:09.51 in the 400-meter race en route to a spot in tomorrow's finals.

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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