Saturday, January 24, 2015

Clemson, S.C. - In the second track meet of the year the Crusaders traveled to Clemson University to compete in the Bob Pollock Invitational.

The NGU women put together a solid day on the track, as several runner set school records. Freshman Leah Austin achieved a school record in the 200m running a 27.11 while 4x400 relay team of Ambria Shaw, Shiobihan Fraser, Leah Austin, and Georgia Delts posted an NGU record time of 4:14. Not to be out done, Amanda Ward would post a personal record in the 3k, posting a time of 11:14, just seconds off another school record.

In other events for the women, Tracy Oyugi turned in two top 20 finishes with a 17th place finish in the weight throw and an 18th place finish in the shot put. Ellen Canniff found herself in the top 10 of the mile run with a seventh place finish while Zoe Engwall placed 17th in the women's 800 meter.

On the men's side of the event for the Crusaders, Sophomore Terry Davis had a 4th place finish. He is climbing up the DII College Leader board. This finish should place him in the top 15th of the nation with the finish of 14.74m (48'4").

Fellow teammate on the men's side Junior Devin Wannamaker had a strong day of work. He provisionally qualified for both the 60m dash (6.88, 4th) and the 60m hurdles (8.25, 8th) for the DII National Championship. Meanwhile fellow teammates running the Men's 4 X 400 posted a school record of 3:24.02. The men finished 5th in this event, and competing in this event was Jonathan Williams, Ravon Wamer, Tre' Black, and Jordan Sumpter.

Craig Lowe put together a solid appearance in the men's shot put with a 7th place finish while Andrew Hill finished third in the mile run, running it in 4:47.

A quote from Coach Simms today, "It is great to see substantial improvement in our performances at our second competition. Clemson races are highly competitive and our student-athletes represented NGU well in every way."

The Crusader track teams will travel to East Tennessee State University in two weeks to compete in the ETSU Invitational, and will start competing in conference in four weeks.