Track and Field Records Fall on Saturday
Gamble Leads HPU Women's Track in Raleigh Relays
RALEIGH, N.C. -- Senior Manika Gamble placed fifth in the 100-meter hurdles to lead the High Point University women's track & field team at the Raleigh Relays on Friday and Saturday at NC State. The Panthers' 4x1500-meter relay team also placed fifth.
Gamble placed fifth in the finals of the 100-meter hurdles with a time of 14.00 seconds, just off her career best of 13.96 set in 2010. She qualified for the finals by placing seventh in the trials in 14.15 on Friday. Gamble also ran the 100-meter dash for the first time this season, placing 34th in 12.41 in the preliminaries on Friday.
HPU's 4x1500-meter relay team placed fifth in 19:20.29. The team was comprised of freshman Sarah Dorrell, sophomore Audrey Malloy, senior Kelsey Fraser and sophomore Kayleigh Perry. Michigan State won the race in 18:27.95.
On Friday, Perry and junior Kelsey Hunt both ran career bests in the 5,000-meter. Perry finished seventh in her section in 17:42.30 and Hunt was right behind in 17:42.55. Junior Kelsey Paine ran a career-best 4:54.77 to place 23rd in her section of the 1,500-meter. Senior Kelsey Hinchliffe placed 50th in that section.
Three freshmen made their outdoor debuts in the distance events -- Lauren Blackwell was runner-up in her section of the 5,000-meter in 18:21.95 and Krista Willard placed 17th in the same section. Freshman Leah Anne Wirfil made her debut in the 10,000-meter, placing 32nd in 38:26.78.
High Point had two runners in the 400-meter -- freshman Emily Fischer finished in 1:00.91 and sophomore Shannon Corbett checked in at 1:02.61.
HPU sent most of its field event competitors to the Wilbur Ross Invitational at Winston-Salem State this weekend. High Point will compete in the Duke Invitational next week in Durham, N.C.
HPU Men's Track Competes in Raleigh Relays March 31, 2012
RALEIGH, N.C. -- The High Point University men's track & field team competed in the Raleigh Relays at NC State on Friday and Saturday, getting its top finish from sophomore Patrick Crawford in the 3,000-meter steeplechase. Crawford placed sixth in 9:15.91.
It was Crawford's first steeplechase of the season and his 9:15.91 beat his previous career best of 9:25.82 from last year's Big South Championship. Crawford ran a career-best 14:38.44 in the 5,000-meter at the VertKlasse Meeting last weekend. Junior Dakota Peachee also raced in the steeplechase at the Raleigh Relays, placing 10th in 9:27.75.
High Point's 4x100-meter relay team placed third in its heat and 13th overall on Saturday, finishing in 43.06. The team was comprised of Ryan Venable, Justin Doehr, Alex Fisher and Evan Emery.
Fisher ran a season-best 14.68 to place 18th in the 110-meter hurdle preliminaries on Friday, just missing the finals. The time was one 100th off his career best 14.67 from last season. Venable placed 19th in the preliminaries in 14.83, a new career best for him.
High Point had seven runners in the 1,500-meter led by senior Jevin Monds and freshman Jeff LaCoste. Monds placed 14th in his section of the 1,500-meter, coming in at 3:56.37. LaCoste placed seventh in his section in 3:59.27. Freshman Evan Gingrich placed 29th in 4:04.52 and freshman Michael Colven placed 33rd in 4:04.94.
Senior Neal Darmody placed fourth in his section of the 5,000-meter on Friday, finishing in 15:17.39. Sophomore John Yankello placed 14th in that section. Senior Mike Feroe placed 14th in his section of the 5K.
Freshman Justin Doehr was the only Panther in the individual sprints. He ran the 100-meter dash for the first time, placing 59th in 11.39.
HPU also sent several field event competitors to the Wilbur Ross Invitational on Saturday at Winston-Salem State. Next weekend, junior Jacob Smith will be competing in an elite 5,000-meter at the Colonial Relays at William & Mary and sophomore Evan Emery will compete in loaded 100-meter and 200-meter dashes at the Florida Relays. Most of HPU's other competitors will be at the Duke Invitational.
Kitur and Dinning Lead Keydets at Richmond
RICHMOND, Va. - Felix Kitur posted the East Region-leading time in the 800-meters, while Emily Dinning recorded a USATF Junior National qualifying time in the 3,000-meters to lead VMI track and field at the final day of the Fred Hardy Invitational, contested Saturday at Richmond's Robins Stadium.
Kitur dominated the 800-meter run, winning by nearly three seconds thanks to his 1:48.14 clocking. The time makes the senior the new East Region leader, as he surpassed Lance Roller of Virginia with his meet record performance. Coming into the weekend, no other East Region runners had gone under the 1:50 mark. Kitur was joined in the 800-meters by Dean Gonsalves, who finished 10th in a lifetime best performance of 1:53.21.
Dinning, meanwhile, clocked in at 10:09.17 in the 3K, finishing sixth and qualifying for the USATF Junior National Championships, scheduled for July 23-29 in Baltimore, Md. The time was also a school record performance, the second of the weekend for the VMI women.
The first occurred Friday night when Jenna Moye broke her own record in the 1,500-meters, and Moye nearly got another such mark Saturday in the 800. Her ninth-place finish in the event came in a 2:18.02 time, just over two-tenths shy of the four-year old VMI best.
Finally, Mary Grace Lemon finished sixth in the discus, thanks to her toss of 40.93 meters (134'3") and Quincy Murphy was eighth in the 110-meter hurdles with a 15.98 clocking.
VMI track and field will return to action next Friday, hitting the road to take part in a meet at Duke in Durham, N.C.
Dunston Breaks Campbell's Hammer Mark Again Saturday at Raleigh Relays
RALEIGH, N.C.-Jessica Dunston broke the school hammer throw record for the third straight time to lead Campbell on the final day of the NC State Raleigh Relays at the Derr Track Complex.
Dunston, a junior from Knightdale, N.C., posted a 55.50 meter mark on Saturday, taking fifth in the women's hammer throw. Dunston has broken the school record in all three of the Camels' outdoor outings this season, also resetting the CU mark at UNC Wilmington and Coastal Carolina.
Mariah Collins, who also set the school 100 meter hurdles record on Friday, placed 16th in Saturday's finals. Collins, a sophomore from Kathleen, Ga., notched a time of 14.96 on the final day of competition after collecting a CU record 14.66 mark in the preliminary round.
In the women's triple jump, Rudi Fate finished second in the section II finals, posting a personal record 11.34 meter mark.
Tyler Long notched a time of 10.88 in Saturday's 100 meter dash finals, finishing seventh, while Stanley Hicks took seventh in the men's 200 meter dash with a time of 21.88, ranking 10th in CU outdoor track history.
In addition to Collins breaking the school 100 meter hurdles record on Friday, several other Camels also posted highlight performances on day one of the Raleigh Relays. Ashley Matthews (women's 5,000 meters), Morgan Timiney (1,500 meters), Christopher Schulist (1,500 meters) and Jayshawn Campbell (400 meters) each gathered sectional wins on Friday.
Freshman Lynette Akai also recorded the third fastest women's 400 meter dash in school history with a time of 56.41, finishing 22nd on the day. DeLohnni Nicol-Samuel, meanwhile, picked up a runner-up finish in the men's 5,000 meters with a personal record 14:57.49. The mark is the seventh fastest men's 5,000 meter time in CU outdoor track history.
Next up for the Camels will be the Florida Relays on April 6-7.
Liberty's Relays Shine at Raleigh
RALEIGH, N.C. - Liberty's men's relay squads excelled Saturday at the Raleigh Relays. The Flames posted solid times and top 10 finishes in the 4 x 100, 4 x 200, 4 x 400 and 4 x 800 relays at Paul Derr Track, highlighting Liberty's performances on the meet's final day.
Men's Meet Recap
On Friday at the Texas Relays, the Liberty men's 4 x 100 relay squad posted a sterling time of 40.71 seconds. Not to be outdone by their teammates in the Longhorn State, Maxwell Asante, Lachaddrick Ellis, ConRoy Smith and Kyle Gill teamed up for a sixth-place 4 x 100 relay finish on Saturday at the Raleigh Relays. Their time of 41.43 seconds was well under the IC4A standard of 42.50.
The same four runners went on to record one of the fastest 4 x 200 relay times in program history, 1:25.80. Ellis anchored the squad home to a third-place finish and the Flames' fastest 4 x 200 effort since the 2001 Penn Relays. Asante, Gill, Smith and Ellis now rank No. 5 on Liberty's all-time 4 x 200 relay performance list.
Moving on to the 4 x 400 relay, Ellis, Gill, Asante and Paul Arslain produced a season-best time of 3:13.76 for fourth place in the event. It was the fastest time in the Big South this season, and the fastest clocking by a Liberty squad since the 2007 IC4A Outdoor Track & Field Championships.
John Sherret, Jacob Onifer, Andrew Rigler and Jarred Cornfield combined for a time of 7:50.78 in the 4 x 800 relay, finishing 10th.
Freshman Steve Feister notched the Flames' top individual finish on Saturday, throwing the javelin 193-4 for seventh place. Taylor Courtney posted a season-best time of 53.55 seconds while coming in 13th in the 400-meter hurdles.
Women's Meet Recap
The Lady Flames had two freshman triple jumpers sail past 36 feet on Saturday. Melissa Rohwer landed at 36-11 for 13th place in Section I. Meanwhile, Bari Minter jumped 36-1.5, claiming sixth place in Section II of the event.
In the throws, Jocelyn Williams produced a 14th-place finish in the women's hammer, thanks to a throw of 158-2. Christina Mitchell's top javelin throw landed at 115-7, which was good for 15th place in the competition.
Shepherd Vaults Season-Best 16-6.75 at Texas
AUSTIN, Texas - On a day when only three Liberty athletes were in action at the Texas Relays, redshirt senior Kolby Shepherd produced Saturday's biggest highlight. He pole vaulted a season-best 16-6.75 at a crowded Mike A. Myers Stadium.
Last season, Shepherd tied the school record in the men's pole vault at the Texas Relays, clearing 17-6.5. This time around, the Georgia native made a first-attempt clearance at 16-6.75 on a breezy day. However, he was unable to go any higher and finished 10th in Section A of the event.
At the same time, teammate and fellow Georgia native Ryan Smith was taking part in Section A of the men's shot put. Smith's top throw stretched the measuring tape to 55-2.75 for 13th place.
Freshman Mychelle Cumings took part in two throwing events on Saturday. She began her day with a fifth-place finish in Section B of the women's discus. Her best mark of 150-10 made it two straight weeks that the discus school record holder has broken the 150-foot barrier.
Cumings later threw the shot put 44-10.25, garnering 14th place in Section A of the event.
Liberty will now prepare for its first home meet of the 2012 outdoor season. The Liberty Collegiate Invitational will take place Friday and Saturday at the Matthes-Hopkins Track Complex. Friday's action will begin at 1 p.m., with the decathlon 100-meter dash and women's hammer. The women's pole vault will get things going Saturday morning, with a 9:30 a.m. start time.
Flanagan Continues Assault on Big South and CCU Record Book
JACKSONVILLE, FLA.- Senior Jason Flanagan rewrote the Big South and Coastal Carolina record book for the second time this season as he won the javelin at the rain shortened North Florida Invitational on Saturday afternoon.
Flanagan, a native of Philadelphia, Pa., threw for his record distance of 72.87m (239-01) on his first attempt of the day. Flanagan nearly outdid himself on his second attempt with a throw of 72.34m (237-04). The senior's winning throw easily bested second-place finisher Andy Fahringer of Virginia by over two meters. Fahringer entered the meet with the third rankedjavelin throw in the NCAA East Region this season after placing 11th in the country in 2011.
Freshman Michael Deitzler and sophomore Tyler Slapikas also turned in top 10-worthy finishes in the javelin. Deitzler placed seventh as he threw for 51.97m (170-06) followed immediately by Slapikas in eighth with a season-best distance of 51.23m (168-01).
Brittany Connor took home a fourth-place finish in the discus with a heave of 45.62m (149-08) on her third attempt of the afternoon. Connor's throw was Coastal's best of the season and one of the top three efforts in the Big South this season. Anjulia Nicholson followed Connor with a final distance of 40.59m (133-02) to place 10th. Naomi Atkins rounded out the Chanticleer contingent with a 17th-place distance of 34.32m (112-07).
Kierra Gabe placed third in the 19-competitor high jump field as she cleared 1.72m (5-07.75). The senior cleared her final height on her first attempt before attempting to break her own school record of 1.75m (5-08.75). However, Gabe was unsuccessful on three attempts at 1.77m (5-09.75).
On the men's side, freshman Reggie Nelson tied for second in the high jump with a final height of 2.02m (6-07.50). Classmate Aaron Noble finished right behind Nelson as he successfully cleared 1.97m (6-05.50). The event marked the season debuts for both Nelson and Nobel. The duo will be looked upon to fill the void left by conference and CCU record holder Jacques Watson, who graduated last spring.
Anna Carnegie placed seventh in her flight and 17th overall in the triple jump. The South Carolina State transfer leapt for a season-best 10.71m (35-01.75) on her first attempt.
The men's triple jump was not completed due to inclement weather.
Sophomore Ashley Davis led a trio of Chants in the 100m hurdles finals with a third place finish. A. Davis, who advanced to the finals with a 14.18 during Friday's preliminaries, nearly matched her qualifying time with a 14.19. Christina Davis broke the tape in 14.61 to place ninth. Camille Hurley stopped the clock in 14.78 to take home 11th.
The Chants four student-athletes competing in the men's 110m hurdles finished within .14 second of one another. Newcomer Carrington Fernandors shaved two tenths off his preliminary time as he ran a 14.97 to record Coastal's quickest time of the year and a ninth-place finish. Senior Shane Norris finished on the heels of Fernandors in 10th with a 14.98 split. Russel Kanner ran a 15.02 to place 11th followed by Tre'von Gee (15.11) in 13th.
The women's 400m was the only sprinting event completed on the day. Santresa Jamison took home ninth in the event with a clock stopping time of 56.54. Sharmaine Barnes placed 17th in the 33-athlete field as she crossed the line in 57.86.
The 4x100m men's relay quartet of Tyler Askew, Corey Jameson, Joseph Wilson and Ronnie Jackson placed fourth with a 41.62. The foursome posted Coastal's top time of the season despite this being the first time the four competed together.
Coastal's "A" 4x100m women's relay team of Lee, Erica Peake, A. Davis and Qwontajah Thompson also posted a season-best time with a 45.10 to place sixth. The Chants "C" team of C. Davis, Mary Lawrence, Hurley and Carnegie turned in a time of 51 flat, finishing ninth.
Senior Christian Johnson was just a tick off her season-best time in the 800m as she crossed the finish line in 2:12.36 to finish ninth in the 46-competitor field. Sophie Perry, making her 800m collegiate debut, finished 18th with a time of 2:16.32. Shelby Nicosia ran a 2:19.73, placing 24th overall.
Tim Bryson and Stevie Brunson competed in their first collegiate 800m. Bryson, a freshman, ran a 1:58.52 to place 26th followed by Brunson in 36th with a 2:00.68.
Coastal will split its squads again next week as competitors head to both the Duke Invitational and Florida Relays on April 6-7.
Pina, Griffin Lead HPU Women's Track in Winston-Salem State Invite
WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. -- Junior Lynee Pina was runner-up in both the discus and javelin and freshman Catelyn Griffin placed second in the pole vault to lead the High Point University women's track & field team at the Winston-Salem State Collegiate Invitational in Winston-Salem, N.C. on Saturday.
Pina threw the discus 37.33 meters (122-5) to place second to Johnson C. Smith thrower Marcia Higgins. It was a season best and just off Pina's career best of 37.77 meters (123-11). Pina had an off-day in the javelin but was still able to get second place with her throw of 30.64 meters (100-6).
Griffin cleared a career-best 3.32 meters (10-10.5) in the pole vault to place second. Her previous season best was 3.12 meters (10-2.75) last week at the VertKlasse Meeting. During the indoor season, she cleared 3.20 meters (10-6), which was her previous career best. HPU freshman Ashton Kirby cleared 3.02 meters (9-10.75) to place third.
On the track, sophomore Colleen Hollowood placed seventh in the 400-meter hurdles to lead the Panthers. New to the event this season, Hollowood finished in 1:09.81. Megan Lowery placed 19th in the 100-meter dash and 14th in the long jump and sophomore Kaitlin Whittington placed 22nd in the 200-meter.
It was the first time in over 30 years that Winston-Salem State hosted a track meet.
Most of High Point's runners competed in the Raleigh Relays at NC State on Friday and Saturday. Next weekend, the Panthers will compete in the Duke Invitational in Durham, N.C.
Faure, Scally Compete for HPU Men's Track at Winston-Salem State
WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. -- Sophomores Tristan Faure and Steven Scally both competed in the throwing events at the Winston-Salem State Collegiate Invitational on Saturday in Winston-Salem, N.C. Faure's fifth-place finish in the javelin was HPU's top mark.
Faure threw the javelin 42.78 meters (140-4), just off his career best of 42.87 meters (140-7) to place fifth in the javelin. His throw of 11.06 meters (36-3.25) in the shot put was good for 13th place and beat his previous best of 10.92 meters (35-9.75). Faure placed 17th in the discus with a throw of 27.90 meters (91-6).
Faure will compete in the decathlon at the Big South Championship.
Scally threw the discus 38.77 meters (127-2), good for ninth place. It was just off his season best of 40.54 meters (133-0) from last week's VertKlasse Meeting.
Most of HPU's runners competed in the Raleigh Relays at NC State on Friday and Saturday. Next weekend, junior Jacob Smith will be competing in an elite 5,000-meter at the Colonial Relays at William & Mary and sophomore Evan Emery will compete in loaded 100-meter and 200-meter dashes at the Florida Relays. Most of HPU's other competitors will be at the Duke Invitational.
Bucs Compete on Rain-Shortened UNF Invite
JACKSONVILLE, Fla. - Few Buccaneers were in action today as the CSU men's track and field team competed in the rain-shortened day two of the Best Western/University of North Florida Invitational, hosted by the Osprey in Jacksonville on Saturday.
Matt Smith started things off with a 10th place finish for the Bucs in the javelin, recording a throw of 48.71-meters. Meanwhile, the "A" 4x100-meter relay team claimed a first place finish, beating out South Carolina with a time of 40.26.
Tyree Hines and Baxley Crosby competed in the 800-meter run, taking 25th and 27th, respectively. Hines crossed the line in 1:57.91 while Crosby ran a 1:59.21.
The remainder of the events, including the 400-meter dash, 400-meter hurdles, 200-meter dash and 4x400 meter relay were canceled due to weather. The Bucs will return to Florida on April 6-7 to compete in the Florida Relays, hosted by the Gators in Gainesville.
Whitaker, Jean Shine in Rain at UNF Invite
JACKSONVILLE, Fla. - Poor weather conditions may have shortened the Best Western/University of North Florida Invitational, but it didn't stop Daisy Whitaker and Mulern Jean from some top performances on day two of action in Jacksonville on Saturday.
Whitaker took third place in the discus throw with a throw of 46.18 meters, while Jean won the 100-meter hurdles with a time of 13.75. The CSU "A" relay team also took home a third place finish in the 4 x 100 with a time of 46.53, while Jasmine King took 13th in the 100-meter hurdle finals by crossing the line in 14.94.
The Bucs had several other strong performances in the discus throw, with Tenasia White coming in 11th with a throw of 38.52 meters. Heaven-Lee Tanuvasa (36.24 meters), Talei Tagivakatini (36.13 meters) and Joshlyn Noga (35.46 meters) took 13th, 14th and 15th place, respectively. Freshman Katelyn Brummet was 19th with a throw of 31.76 as well before taking fifth in the javelin with a throw of 24.12 meters.
In the long jump, Tamisha Foster and Sequoya Casey both took home top-10 finishes. Foster was sixth with a jump of 11.91 meters, while Casey was ninth with a distance of 11.74 meters.
Susanna McKee and Adrienne Cuff were neck-and-neck in the 800-meter run, with McKee edging out a 21st place finish with a time of 2:19.08. Cuff was close behind in 22nd place with a time of 2:19.11. Mary Elliot placed 23rd in the 400-meter dash, finishing in 59.76.
The remainder of the events, including the 100-meter dash finals, 400-meter hurdles, 200-meter dash and 4x400 meter relay were canceled due to weather issues. The Bucs will return to Florida next weekend to take part in the Florida Relays, hosted by the Gators in Gainesville April 6-7.
Five Runnin' Bulldogs Earn Win Individual Events for Gardner-Webb Track & Field at the Winthrop Invitational
Rock Hill, S.C. - Juniors Ivana Hughes, Ashlei Alexander, and Bethany Wright, as well as seniors Caroline Arledge and Elisabeth Sawyer, took top honors in individual events to lead Gardner-Webb track & field at the Winthrop Invitational.
Hughes (Evans, Ga.) took top honors in the Women's 400 m Dash, racing to a time of 55.64 in the event. The performance marked a personal best for Hughes.
Alexander (Queens, NY) earned the top spot in the Women's Shot Put, posting a distance of 13.34 m to lead Gardner-Webb in the event.
Arledge (Fort Lauderdale, Fla.) was 1st in the Women's Javelin Throw, giving the Runnin' Bulldogs the top spot in the event with a distance of 37.62 m.
Wright (Clayton, Ga.) won the Women's Pole Vault with a height of 3.50 m. The junior earned her first win of the season with the performance.
Sawyer (Charlotte, N.C.) was victorious in the Women's 3000 m Steeplechase. The senior raced to a time 11:48.25 in the event.
Gardner-Webb got a first place finish in the Women's 4x400 m Relay, as Katy Milton, Nicole Saxton, T'Keyah Bell, and Hughes teamed up to record a time of 3:53.80, outracing Ohio's time of 3:55.83 to earn top event honors.
The women's squad got a pair of Top 8 finishes in the 200 m Dash. Milton (Monroe, N.C.) paced the Runnin' Bulldog effort in the event, posting the 2nd fastest time with a personal best of 25.78. Sophomore Nancy Cates (Waynesboro, Ga.) grabbed the 6th fastest time for GWU, finishing in a personal best time of 26.88.
Cates also finished 6th in the 100 m Dash for the women's squad, finishing in 13.06. The sophomore achieved a season best time of 13.00 in prelims of the event.
Fellow junior Bell (Cherryville, N.C.) added a 2nd place finish in the Women's 400 m Dash, timing in at a personal best 56.96. Junior Leah Steinke (Green Cove Springs, Fla.) finished 12th in the event at 1:01.69, and sophomore Ashley Slate (High Point, N.C.) was 14th with a time of 1:03.05.
Steinke added a 5th place effort in the 400 m Hurdles, achieving a time of 1:08.21.
Junior Taylor Cook (Boone, N.C.) tied for 2nd in the Pole Vault, giving Gardner-Webb a 1-2 finish in the event. Cook achieved a height of 3.35 m in the event.
Senior Sarah Herd (Cherryville, N.C.) finished 3rd in the High Jump, reaching a height of 1.65 m to lead the Runnin' Bulldogs in the event.
Gardner-Webb filled up half the Top 10 in the Women's Hammer Throw, placing five throwers in the event's first ten spots. Alexander led the way with a 2nd place showing, achieving a top distance of 51.49 m. Fellow junior Yazzming Lee (Paterson, NJ) followed in 3rd place, tossing 45.86 m.
Sophomore Jasmine Miles (Amelia, Va.) was 4th in the event, throwing a distance of 45.53 m. Sophomore Kyntoya Hansford (Miami, Fla.) threw 39.71 m, good enough for 7th place, and junior Stephanie Hamilton (Blair, Neb.) finished 10th after achieving a distance of 32.13 m in the event.
GWU's throwers also impressed as a unit in the Women's Shot Put, as the team saw four student-athletes earn Top 10 finishes. In addition to Alexander's 1st place finish, Gardner-Webb got a 3rd place finish from Miles, who tossed 12.81 m in the event.
Hamilton earned her second Top 10 finish of the weekend with a 5th place showing in the Shot Put, achieving a distance of 12.10 m. Hansford likewise earned another Top 10 finish, tossing a 10th best 10.61 m in the event.
In the Women's Discus Throw, Alexander achieved a 2nd place showing at 36.69 m, giving her three Top 2 finishes for the weekend. Hansford was 5th with a distance of 34.74 m, and Hamilton finished 7th at 34.55 m.
In the Women's 800 m Run, junior Ariel Zimmerman (Williamsburg, Va.) paced the Runnin' Bulldogs with a 7th place finish with a time of 2:20.91. Senior Cherish Richardson (Augusta, Ga.) added a 10th place finish, timing in at 2:23.33. GWU also got a 12th place showing in the event, as sophomore Katie Spiro (Sylva, N.C.) finished in a time of 2:27.53.
Spiro added a 4th place finish in the Javelin Throw, achieving a personal best distance of 28.84 m in the event. Junior Tomora Parker (Maiden, N.C.) was 10th best in the event with a distance of 22.07 m.
GWU was led in the 5000 m Run by senior Elizabeth Glunk (Carrollton, Va.) whose time of 19:29.25 netted her an 8th place finish.
In the Women's Long Jump, Milton garnered a 4th place finish, achieving a distance of 5.30 m.
Sophomores Kristen Hurley (Columbia, Conn.) and Olivia Moody (Plano, Ill.) finished 2nd and 3rd in the Heptathlon, accumulating 4400 and 4033 points respectively for the Runnin' Bulldogs.
Highlighting the men's effort were four top performances in the Hammer Throw, as Carson Sears, Travis Rogers, C.J. Wise, and Josh Padgett each earned Top 8 marks. Sears (Suwanee, Ga.) put up the 2nd best showing, tossing a distance of 60.69 m to lead GWU in the event. Rogers, a senior from Conyers, Ga., followed in 4th place with a performance of 55.43 m.
Earning a 6th place finish was Wise (Butler, Pa.), who threw a distance of 49.50 m in the event. Padgett (Forest City, N.C.) finished 8th, tossing 45.78 m for the Runnin' Bulldogs.
Gardner-Webb's throwers continued to put up strong performances in the Men's Shot Put. Sears earned a 3rd place showing with a distance of 15.12 m. In 5th was Rogers at 14.75 m, and earning an 11th place finish was junior Andy Scates (Boiling Springs, N.C.), who achieved a distance of 12.73 m.
Scates tacked on a 4th best performance in the Men's Discus Throw, tossing a personal best 42.93 m in the event. Freshman Nathan Padfield (LaVergne, Tenn.) put up the 11th best distance in the event at 35.03 m.
GWU was paced in the Men's 400 m Hurdles by sophomore Johnathan Parks' 3rd place performance. The sophomore from Douglasville, Ga. timed in at 54.62 in the event.
Sophomore Mike McClay (Lawrenceville, Ga.) finished 7th in the 10000 m Run, timing in at 35:04.52.
Padgett's personal best performance led the GWU men in the Javelin Throw with a 3rd place finish, as the senior reached a distance of 44.14 m in the event. Wise, another GWU senior, followed in 4th at 42.15 m. Sophomore Jarrett Willis (Shelby, N.C.) grabbed 8th at 37.90 m, and Padfield rounded out GWU's Javelin performers with a 9th place showing with a distance of 36.33 m.
Sophomore Drew Ford (Wasilla, Ak.) picked up a 6th place finish in the Men's 3000 m Steeplechase, finishing with a personal best time of 10:39.28. The performance marked the second consecutive in which Ford has improved upon his personal best.
In the Decathlon, freshman Ben Bell (Greensboro, N.C.) picked up a 3rd place finish, posting 5211 points in the event. Bell put up the 2nd best in the Shot Put and 1500 m Run portions of the event at 10.46 m and 5:00.03 respectively.
Sophomore Tavarus Ferguson (Evans, Ga.) recorded a distance of 6.20 m in the Men's Long Jump, placing 11th in the event.
A pair of runners earned Top 20 finishes in the Men's 5000 m Run. Sophomore Justin Loy (Burrington, NH) finished 10th with a time of 16:19.38, and senior Brandon Tipton (Kannapolis, N.C.) was 20th at 20:12.97.
In the 1500 m Run, sophomore Trey Crook (Lexington, N.C.) earned an 11th place finish with a personal best time of 4:11.60. The performance shattered Crook's previous best, outdoing his previous PR in the event by over 15 seconds.
GWU sophomore Galen Keene (Brevard, N.C.) posted the 12th fastest time in the 400 m Dash, attaining a time of 51.75 in the event. Keene added a personal best time of 2:03.25 in the 800 m Dash, good enough for 20th place in the event.
Sophomore Marquise Joyce (Greensboro, N.C.) earned an 11th place showing in the Men's 200 m Dash, finishing with a time of 23.02. Joyce added a 15th place finish in the 100 m Dash, achieving a time of 11.60 in the event.
Gardner-Webb's A 4x400 m Relay, comprised of Codi Merritt, Parks, Josiah Stanton-Brooks, and Keene, took 3rd place with a time of 3:17.74.
GWU track & field will return to action with a trip to Gainesville, Fla. for the Florida Relays April 6-7.