Cullowhee, NC-The North Greenville University track and field teams traveled to Western Carolina University to compete in the Beynon Sports Catamount Classic this past weekend. The Crusaders had to compete in cold weather once again, but managed to perform extremely well in the midst of both Division I and Division II schools. The men’s team made a strong impression by finishing third out of 16 teams, outscoring Division I schools such as: UNC Asheville, East Tennessee State, USC Upstate, Wofford, University of Tennessee Chattanooga, and Tennessee Tech. The women also did well, finishing 10th out of the 16 schools competing.
For the men’s team, Mark Watts performed well one again, finishing 13th in the 200 meter dash and had an impressive third place finish in the 400 meter dash posting a time of 48.41 seconds. Freshman, Jonathon Williams also did well in the men’s 400 meter dash, finishing 17th with a time of 51.62 seconds. Jacob Simms continued to do good work in 800 meter run posting a blazing time of 1:55, earning a fourth place finish. Teammate, Ravon Wamer also ran a solid race in the men’s 800 meter with a time of 2:00, good enough for 13th overall. Ahmad Nesbitt finished 9th in the 1500 meter run clocking in at an impressive time of 4:12. Teammate, Brett Morley also ran well in the same event finishing in 18th place with a time of 4:15. However, Nesbitt and Morley also went on to do really well in the men’s 5000 meter run. Nesbitt pulled out an awesome performance finishing fifth with a time of 15:21, while Morley also ran an impressive time of 15:46, enough for a seventh place finish. Kylan Steinert finished seventh in the men’s 400 meter hurdles with a time of 57.75 seconds. The men’s 4x400 meter relay team ran their way to a third place finish with a time of 3:25.
For the men’s field athletes, Jared Watkins continued his success in the men’s high jump finishing second overall clearing a height of 6 feet and 4 inches. Watkins also finished 11th in the long jump competition. Paul Scott finished sixth in the men’s pole vault competition clearing a height of 12 feet and 5 inches. Thomas Weeks earned a fifth place finish in the men’s triple jump with a distance of 43 feet and 5 inches. Kreig Lowe finished third place for the men’s shot put competition with a throw of 45 feet and 4 inches. Teammate, Michael Kline had a 12th place finish with a throw of 36 feet and 10 inches. Toney Stepney finished seventh in the men’s discus throw with a distance of 132 feet and 6 inches.
On the women’s side, Quintella Dollard finished 14th in the women’s 100 meter dash while teammate, Mercedes Cunningham finished 18th in the same event. Ambria Shaw finished 19th in the women’s 200 meter dash and 15th in the 400 meter dash. Allison Beam ran a solid time of 2:31 in the women’s 800 meter run. Corinne Schmidt also ran a solid race in the women’s 1500 meter run clocking in at 5:45. Chelsea Dyson finished eighth place in the women’s 3000 meter steeple chase with a time of 15:32. The women’s 4x100 meter relay team finished seventh with a time of 52.33 seconds.
For the women’s field events, Chelsea Dyson tied for seventh in the women’s pole vault competition clearing a height of 8 feet and 6 inches. Raivyn Chancellor finished seventh in the women’s shot put event with a throw of 36 feet and 7 inches. Chancellor also finished third in the discus event with a throw of 132 feet and 9 inches, and placed 14th in the women’s hammer throw.
Head Coach, Michael Bayne said, “It is great that the school gave these athletes an opportunity to compete against Division I schools.” The Crusaders will have a week off from competition before heading to Columbia, SC for their next meet to compete in the USC Open on Wednesday April 3, 2013.