BOONE, N.C. – The Lees-McRae College track and field programs saw a pair of school records fall over the weekend at the Appalachian State Invitational to highlight their first meet of the indoor season. Overall, the women's team placed fifth out of seven schools, while the men's team placed sixth out of seven squads.
The first record that fell Saturday was courtesy of Mya Roberts, who broke the school record in shot put with a throw of 11.66m. That mark also placed her second in the field among 23 throwers that were largely from Division I institutions. Roberts' throw broke the previous record held by Sariah Dempaire-Salomon who set the school record with a toss of 11.63m last year at the Appalachian State Open.
The second record-breaking performance in Boone came courtesy of sophomore Britney Augustin. Augustin, who became the first Bobcat to represent Lees-McRae the NCAA Outdoor Championships last spring, picked up where she left off as she broke the record in the 55m dash not once but twice. First, Augustin broke the previous record that stood since 2003 with a time of 7.31 beating the previous record-holder Shunessa Anty's time of 7.33 in the preliminary round. Augustin followed that up by breaking her own record with a time of 7.28 in the finals. Her time of 7.28 placed her fourth in the field in the event. In addition to her time in the 55m dash, Augustin also placed fourth in the 300m dash with a time of 41.29.
The men's team, meanwhile, was led over the weekend in the running events. In the mile run, three Bobcats placed in the upper half of the 16-runner field, including Joshua Hall who led all LMC runners with a sixth-place finish and a time of 4:41.00. Furthermore, Tristin Bertie also placed in the upper half of the runners who competed in the 3000m run with a time of 9:51.78 earning a seventh-place nod.
For the complete list of results from the two-day meet in Boone follow the link HERE.
The Bobcats will now break for finals and the holidays. Lees-McRae will return to action on January 19 when it competes in the JDL Fast Track Kickoff Classic in Winston-Salem, N.C.