Banner Elk, NC-The North Greenville University track and field teams traveled to Lees-McRae College this past weekend to compete in the 2013 Outdoor Conference Carolinas Championships. The women’s team finished seventh overall and the men’s team placed third, just three points outside of second place.
On the track, Quintella Dollard took fourth place in the 100 meter dash with a time of 12.63 seconds. The women’s 4x100 meter relay team consisting of Quintella Dollard, Timisty Nelson, Ciara Anderson, and Mercedes Cunningham finished fifth with a time of 50.26 seconds. The 4x400 meter relay team (Timisty Nelson, Mercedes Cunningham, Quintella Dollard, and Georgia Delts) finished in sixth place posting a time of 4:14.
In the field, Shiobhan Fraser placed third in the women’s high jump, clearing a height of 4 feet and 9 inches. Fraser also took third place in the women’s triple jump with a distance of 36 feet and 1 inch. Chelsea Dyson won the women’s pole vault competition clearing a height of 9 feet. Raivyn Chancellor won the women’s discus with a throw of 135 feet and 3 inches. Chancellor also finished third in the women’s hammer with a throw of 116 feet and 8 inches.
On the track for the men, Freddie Martino finished second place in the men’s 100 meter dash with a time of 11.06 seconds. Martino also did well in the men’s 200 meter dash finishing in fifth with a time of 22.35 seconds. Freshman, Mark Watts won the 400 meter dash with a blazing time of 48.71 seconds. In what was likely the last race of his collegiate career, Jacob Simms ran a hard fought race in the men’s 800 meter run, finishing in second place with a time of 1:56. Teammate and good friend Ravon Wamer, also ran a great race taking third place with an impressive time of 1:57. Distance runners, Ahmad Nesbitt and Brett Morley both ran hard and earned some much needed points this past weekend. Nesbitt ran a time of 4:10 in the men’s 1500 meter run, giving him a fourth place finish. Nesbitt also competed in the men’s 5000 meter run taking second place posting a stout time of 15:19. Brett Morley also ran well in the men’s 5000 meter run finishing in fifth place with a time of 15:39. Less than 24 hours earlier, Morley competed in the men’s 10000 meter run finishing in fourth place with a time of 34:02. Kylan Steinert finished in third place for the men’s 400 meter hurdles with a time of 57.15 seconds. The men’s 4x100 meter relay team (CJ Thomas, Jared Watkins, Terrico Holland, Troy Jones) finished in fifth place with a time of 44.43 seconds. In the last race of the meet and of the outdoor season, the men’s 4x400 meter relay team consisting of Jonathon Williams, Ravon Wamer, Jacob Simms, and Mark Watts finished third in an extremely close race.
In the field for the men’s team, Jared Watkins took third place in the high jump clearing a height of 6 feet and 4 inches. Paul Scott and Jacob Carr earned some huge points for the team in the men’s pole vault competition. Scott set a personal record and school record, clearing a height of 12 feet and 11 inches, taking first place. Teammate and freshman, Jacob Carr finished second clearing a height of 11 feet and five inches. Freddie Martino won the men’s long jump with a distance of 22 feet and 8 inches. Martino also finished second in the triple jump, and Thomas Weeks took sixth place. Kreig Lowe won the men’s shot put with a throw of 48 feet and 5 inches. Lowe also took fifth in the men’s discus with a throw of 120 feet. Justin Bishop placed second in the men’s javelin competition with a throw of 140 feet and 3 inches.
Head coach Michael Bayne said, “This has been an unbelievable season. For the men’s team to finish just three points outside of second place in the program’s second year is incredible. I couldn’t be prouder of both teams, and I’m excited to see that this program is headed in the right direction.” The NGU track and field teams concluded their season this past weekend at the Conference Carolinas Championships. The Crusaders will now look to improve throughout the off-season and build on their success from this year.