Hickory, NC- The NGU track and field teams traveled to Hickory, NC to compete in the PowerSox Invitational on the campus of Lenoir Rhyne University this past Saturday. Both teams competed well in the midst some frigid weather.
For the women, Quintella Dollard finished third in the 100 meter dash clocking in at a time of 13.02 seconds. Ambria Shaw ran a time of 26.53 seconds in the women’s 200 meter dash, good enough for a fourth place finish overall. Shaw also finished fourth in the women’s 400 meter dash with a time of one minute flat. Corinne Schmidt ran a personal best time of 6:07 in the one mile run, finishing in the top 20 for that event. Chelsea Dyson finished fourth in the women’s 3000 meter steeple chase with a time of 14:49. Dyson also finished second in the women’s pole vault competition. The 4x100 meter relay team (Georgia Delts, Mercedes Cunningham, Ambria Shaw, and Quintella Dollard) took first place with a time of 51.38 seconds. In addition, the 4x400 meter relay team consisting of the same four athletes finished fourth overall posting a time of 4:24. Raivyn Chancellor came up big for the Crusaders finishing sixth in the shot put competition, first in the discuss throw, and first in the hammer throw.
On the men’s side, Freddie Martino finished fourth in the 100 meter dash with a time of 11.06 seconds. Mark Watts continued his success finishing fifth in the 200 meter dash and taking first place in the 400 meter dash with a time of 48.87 seconds. Jonathon Williams also did well in the 400 meter dash finishing eighth with a time of 51.93 seconds. Jacob Simms finished third in the 800 meter run posting a personal season best time of 1:55. Teammate Terrico Holland, also did well in the 800 meter run finishing seventh with a time of 2:00. Ahmad Nesbitt set a personal record in the one mile run with a time of 4:29, good enough for a fourth place finish. Nesbitt also did well in the men’s 5000 meter run finishing in fifth place posting a time of 15:35. Kylan Steinert made a huge impression for the Crusaders, winning the 400 meter hurdles with a time of 57.69 seconds.
The men’s 4x100 meter relay team (Mark Watts, Freddie Martino, Cejay Thomas, and Zamardre Wingfield) finished fourth being clocked at 44.22 seconds. The men’s 4x400 meter relay team consisting of Jonathon Williams, Jacob Simms, Mark Watts, and Freddie Martino continued their success taking home first place and posting a time of 3:23. For the field events, Jared Watkins finished in first place in the men’s high jump clearing a height of 6 feet and 6 inches. Paul Scott finished third in the men’s pole vault competition while teammate Jacob Carr finished in fifth place. Freddie Martino also finished third in the men’s long jump competition with a jump of 21 feet and ¾ inches. Kreig Lowe took home second place in the shot put competition, sixth in the discuss throw, and tenth in the hammer throw. In his first meet of the season, Tony Stepney took fourth place in the men’s discuss throw.
Head Coach Michael Bayne said, “I was very impressed with some of our individual performances and our overall team performance. These kids proved that they were tough today and I am very proud of them.” The men’s and women’s track teams will now have two weeks off from competition. The next meet will be the Weems-Baskin Invitational in Columbia, SC on March 22-23.