Banner Elk, NC--In a meet recognized as a conference championship for those schools in the Carolinas-Virginia Athletic Conference, Lees-McRae College's men's and women's track and field teams claimed the inaugural title with outstanding performances.
The meet held Friday and Saturday at the Arthur-Lauritsen-Sanders Track and Field Complex on the campus of Lees-McRae was a Tri-Conference Meet as teams from the Appalachian Athletic Conference, South Atlantic Conference and the CVAC participated in the 12-team event.
With over 250 student-athletes competing and over 1,000 fans over the 2-day event the meet was a huge success for track and field at the Division II level in the southeast. Outside of the CIAA, there is no other DII conference for outdoor track and field.
"We were blessed with great weather, great performances and true track and field atmosphere with competitive races and marks in every event," said Coach Craig McPhail.
For the Bobcats they dominated the scoring with a well-rounded attack on both the men's and women's sides. In the men's scoring they had 256 points while St. Andrews had 140, Anderson 59 and Queens 52. On the women's side, Lees-McRae scored 177 points, outdistancing Anderson's 121, Queens 79, St. Andrews 46 and Mount Olive's 10.
Outstanding performances by the Bobcats men's team were had by Chris Holstein's 5th place finish in the men's 10,000; Chris Glenn 3rd in the 110 hurdles, Nathan Smith 4th in the 110 hurdles/4th in the 400 hurdles, Brad Tanis 3rd in the 400 hurdles, Lewis Martin 4th in the 5,000 meters, Danny Hogbin 2nd in the high jump, Jonathan Arthur in the pole vault, Cory Middleton 2nd in the discus/ 4th in the shot, Joe Daher 5th in the shot put and 6th in the discus throw.
The women were led by "Iron Woman" Erin Tyler as she competed in the javelin (2nd), 100 hurdles (5th), 100m (8th), 200m (7th), high jump (6th), pole vault (2nd). Ashley May finished 11th in the 1500m and 4th in the 800m. Sharonda Bailey finished 3rd in the shot and 2nd in the discus, while Keri Gibson was 6th in the shot and 4th in the discus.
Some nationally recognized performances were also achieved this weekend as Tyrell Cuffy of King College ran the 100m in 10.42 and the 200 in 21.07. Lamont Savage of Lenior-Rhyne College jumped the 7th best long jump in the country for the Division II level with a mark of 24 feet. In the men's 4x400 King College ran a 3:14.30.
"We had a mix of everything this weekend, with athletes achieving personal bests, teams chasing titles and the culmination of a lot of hard work and dedication for all track and field athletes," McPhail said.
Results can be found by clicking here.