ATLANTA — The Lee University track and field teams concluded a successful week with two top four finishes at the Emory Invitational. The Lady Flames finished second, while the Flames were fourth. …
ATLANTA — The Lee University track and field teams concluded a successful week with two top four finishes at the Emory Invitational. The Lady Flames finished second, while the Flames were fourth. The squads combined for five provisional qualifier marks and six school records.
“This was one of the best all-around meets we have ever had,” said Lee head coach Caleb Morgan. “Big wins for the women’s team over Shorter — last year’s Peach Belt Conference champions — and West Georgia — last year’s Gulf South Conference champions.”
NCAA Division I Jacksonville State won the women’s meet with 111.5 points. Lee posted 69.5 points to edge Montevallo (65) and Emory (60). Rowan scored 132 points to win the men’s meet. Shorter was second (97) and Columbus State was third (75). The Flames tallied 73 team points.
Earlier in the week, the U.S. Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association released their 2016-17 in-progress report for the NCAA Division II Program of the Year Standings and the Flames were ranked 10th.
Josiah Brooks led the charge by provisionally qualifying in the triple jump and the 100-meter dash. He placed second in the triple jump with a distance of 14.92 meters, to surpass the standard of 14.56 meters. In the 100-meter, Brooks was third (10.69) in the trials and third (10.57) in the final. The time to meet was 10.61.
The final three provisional qualifying performances were from Justin Brooks (400-meter dash), Adrian Martin (100-meter dash) and Christian Noble (3,000-meter steeplechase).
“Justin Brooks and Christian Noble both ran two times that will keep them ranked in the top 10 nationally for much of the season. Christian’s debut in the steeple was everything we hoped it would be,” added Morgan.
Brooks covered the 400-meter distance in 47.39 to eclipse the provisional mark of 47.94 and set a new Lee record.
Noble posted a time of 9:07.63 in the steeplechase to win the race by nearly nine seconds and finish ahead of the provisional mark of 9:16.7. His time also set a new Lee record in the event. Thomas Kelton finished eighth at 9:55.97.
Josiah and Justin Brooks put two Flames in the top six of the 200-meter run. Josiah was fifth (22.27) with Justin right behind in sixth (22.29).
The duo were also in the long jump competition. Josiah placed second with a leap of 7.14 meters, while Justin was 30th (5.95 meters). The provisional mark is set at 7.22 meters.
Martin was second (12.27) in the morning trials. She stopped the clock at 11.83 in the final to finish first and beat the provisional time by 0.16 seconds. The senior also placed second in the 200-meter with a time of 25.01.
“It was exciting to see Adrian back in form,” said Morgan. “The time she ran in the 100 should get her into nationals.”
Kiley Brock joined Martin in the 100 and 200-meter races. She finished 25th at 12.80 in the 100-meter dash and was 25th (27.09) in the 200.
“Camilla Sims had three great performances in the throws. She is performing at a very high level and is just a freshman,” praised Morgan.
Sims set Lee records in the discus, hammer throw and the shot put. She finished fifth in both the shot put (12.46 meters) and the discus (37.39 meters). Sims was sixth in the hammer throw after a throw of 38.93 meters.
Alexis Stevens finished 35th in the discus with a toss of 28.81 meters. Hannah Buttolph recorded a height of 1.55 meters to finish tied for fifth in the high jump.
Jordan Allison finished fifth and set a new Lee record with a time of 1:05.53 in the 400-meter hurdles.
Four Lady Flames finished in the top 22 of the 800-meter run, including the top two. Jessica Childers was first (2:16.87) and Cayce Bryan was second (2:17.02). Lacey Duvall placed 14th (2:22.84) and Charlee Boxall crossed the line at 2:25.08 (22nd).
Harold Smith won the men’s 800-meter run by over two seconds. He paced the field with a time of 1:52.70 to just miss the provisional time of 1:52.33. Jared Herzog finished 35th (2:03.56) and Alex Carter was 38th (2:04.53).
Audrey Smith, Boxall, Madison Hodges and Blakely Moore competed in the 1,500-meter run. Smith finished third at 4:47.07. Boxall was 11th (4:57.10), Hodges placed 20th (5:06.71) and Moore crossed the line in 41st (5:18.26).
Smith and Moore also ran the 3,000-meter steeplechase. Smith finished third at 11:07.61 and Moore was 12th (12:39.27).
Brandon Raleigh, Moises Ponce, Herzog and Tucker Hindle ran the 1,500-meter. Raleigh posted a time of 4:01.40 for sixth. Ponce was 26th (4:11.91) and Herzog was 30th (4:14.87). Hindle crossed the finish line at 4:19.90 (42nd).
Amy Carpenter (18:56.55) and Logan Hernandez (18:57.56) finished seventh and eighth, respectively, in the 5,000-meter run. Lily Fell was 23rd (19:43.84) and Becca Umbarger was 25th (19:47.62).
Seth Eagleson won the 5,000-meter run with a time of 15:11.72. His closest competitor was over 14 seconds behind. James Guthrie recorded a time of 17:11.10 to finish 47th.
Three Flames were in the shot put field. Chase Warren finished 33rd with a throw of 10.26 meters. Matthew Wilson was 35th (8.90 meters) and Stephen Wilson was 36th (8.82 meters).
“I am proud of both squads,” said Morgan. “We were very productive through spring break and it showed today.”
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