Photos courtesy of Ley Fletcher
BOONE, N.C. - The Lees-McRae College track and field teams opened their indoor season at the Appalachian State Open over the weekend (Nov. 30-Dec. 1), with one school record falling for the women's team.
Day one held on Friday (Nov. 30) consisted of the weight throw and triple jump events.
Men on Day One - Cooper Abernathy was Lees-McRae's top finisher in the weight throw, taking 14th with a mark of 12.69 meters. In the triple jump, Jalen Martin finished ninth with a distance of 12.70 meters.
Saturday (Dec. 1) consisted of the long jump, high jump, pole vault and shot put events in the field and also several running events.
Men on Day Two - Abernathy led the way in the shot put with a ninth-place finish (12.69 meters), while Blake Radder placed 18th with a distance of 10.79 meters. Martin notched the second top-10 finish of the event for Lees-McRae in the long jump, finishing eighth with a distance of 6.56 meters. Logan Welton and Logan Styers finished 16th (5.59 meters) and 17th (4.82 meters) respectively in the event. Luke Rochester tied for third place in the pole vault with a height of 4.00 meters. Dylan Williams was the top finisher in the 55-meter dash in 24th (7.11 seconds), while Styers finished in 26th (7.32 seconds) and Alexander Tricot took 27th (7.60 seconds). Martin led the way in the 300-meter dash with a sixth-place finish (36.66 seconds), while Dalton Tallent finished eighth (37.12 seconds). Williams also crossed the line in 17th in 40.30 seconds. Corimonte Eatmon made his Lees-McRae debut in the 400-meter dash with a ninth-place finish in 53.57 seconds.
Women on Day Two - Sariah Dempaire-Salomon made her Lees-McRae debut in a big way, finishing in eighth place in the shot put but also breaking the Lees-McRae College shot put record with a mark of 11.63 meters. The previous record of 11.36 meters belonged to Rachelle Cleveland who set the mark at this same event back in 2012. Roberts finished 18th in the shot put with a distance of 10.40 meters, while Wood finished in 27th with a distance of 9.30 meters. Jessica Reeves would finish 11th in the high jump with a height of 1.45 meters. Millie McCoy was the top Bobcat finisher in the long jump tied for 14th at 4.91 meters, while Mikali Smith (21st, 4.37 meters) and Reeves (22nd, 3.94 meters) also competed in the long jump. Brittney Augistin earned a ninth-place finish in the 55-meter dash in 7.53 seconds, while Megan Guess finished 24th in 8.33 seconds. Augustin would notch her second top-10 finish of the event in the 300-meter dash, finishing eighth in 42.88 seconds. The quartet of Augustin, McCoy, Reeves and Smith ran the 4x300 relay in 3:19.30.
Up Next - The Bobcats are back in action after the New Year when they travel to Johnson City, Tenn. for the ETSU Invitational on Jan. 11-12.