Boone, NC-The North Greenville University track and field teams traveled to Boone, N.C. to open up the 2013 indoor track season by competing in the Mountaineer Indoor Open held at Appalachian State University.
For the men’s team, Jared Watkins tied for second in the men’s high jump setting a new (indoor) school record clearing a height of 1.98 meters (6 feet 6 inches). Watkins also placed fourth in the men’s long jump competition with teammate Freddie Martino finishing one place behind him. Martino also finished fourth in the men’s 55 meter dash.
Michael Klein did well in men’s shot put finishing in the top 10 out of 23 athletes. Mark Watts made a big debut for the Crusaders by taking second place in the men’s 400 meter dash posting a time of 49.12 seconds, setting a school record for that event. Terrico Holland also made his debut for the Crusaders finishing in the top 10 of the men’s 400 meter dash.
Jacob Simms won the men’s 800 meter run finishing with a time of 1:58.96. Trailing Simms closely was teammate Ravon Wamer who finished third in the men’s 800 meter run with a time of 2:03.06. Kylan Steinert finished third in the men’s 300 meter dash. Freddie Martino and Mark Watts also did well in the men’s 200 meter dash, both finishing in the top five for that event. Distance runners Brett Morley and Ahmad Nesbitt both finished in the top six in the men’s 3000 meter run.
Shiobhan Fraser took third place in the women’s long jump with a jump of 4.56 meters (14 feet 11 inches). Raivyn Chancellor finished third in the women’s shot put competition with a throw of 11.95 meters (39 feet 2 inches), setting a new school record for the women’s team.
Quintella Dollard placed third in the women’s 55 meter dash with a time of 7.38 seconds. Kayla Steinert finished fifth in the women’s 300 meter dash. The women took second, third, and fourth place in the women’s 200 meter dash thanks to Ambria Shaw, Quintella Dollard, and Mercedes Cunningham. The women also finished third in the 4x300 meter relay and second in the 4x400 meter relay.
“We set a lot of personal and school records today. I’m excited about the 2013 indoor season and I’m looking forward to great things for these two teams,” said head coach Michael Bayne. The Crusaders showed a lot of potential and will look to build off their accomplishments next Wednesday when they travel to Columbia, South Carolina to compete in the USC Indoor Open.