Tanis Leads Conference in 400m Hurdles by Two Seconds; Personal Bests Set at Duke Invite

BANNER ELK, N.C. - The Lees-McRae men's track team competed at Duke and North Carolina A&T over the weekend.


At North Carolina A&T, Brad Tanis ran the 400m hurdles in 56.08, which was a season best, personal best and fractions of a second away from school record. His time puts him with a two second lead in the event in the Conference Carolinas standings.

In other track events Chris Glenn ran the 110m hurdles in a time of 15.69, which tied school record and was good enough to give him a 12th place finish. Joseph Brown also ran the 110m hurdles with a time of 16.30 for a season best.

In the field events at the Nortth Carolina A&T meet, junior Joe Daher had a hammer throw distance of 41.69 meters which gave him 7th overall. Pole vaulter Ryan Oakes finished first with a height of 15'05", and Jonathan Arthur finished second with the same height.

At Duke, Craig Simpkins ran a personal best 15:31.05, and Nate Trimble ran a personal best 15:54.64 in the 5000m. In the 800m, Michael Davis ran a 2:00.15, and Luke Anton ran a 2:02.49. In the 1500m, Davis ran 4:08.4 and Anton ran a 4:09.21.

The men's distance squad traveled to Duke University this past weekend to compete at the Asics Duke Invitational Track and Field Meet. Their performances were the fastest of their careers as the team continues to improve.

Leading the way was freshman Craig Simpkins as he raced to a personal best time of 15:31 in the 5k (3.1 miles), with junior Nathan Trimble adding a new mark in the same event with a time of 15:54. Chris Holstein was the third Bobcat under 16 minutes with a time of 15:56; while Jordan Gillespie finished with in 16:12.

"The guys are understanding how to race better and the conditions were a little rough, but we managed to focus on the task and come away with some really good performances," Coach Craig McPhail said.

Another freshman having a great weekend and outdoor track season is Michael Davis as he posted his two fastest times in the 1500m and the 800m. On Friday, Davis established a new mark with a time of 4:08.40 in the men's 1500m and came back on Saturday with a time in the half mile of 2:00.15.

Luke Anton, another freshman, posted his fastest 1500m time of the season with a mark of 4:09.21 and came back with a 2:02 in the 800m.

Matt Barrett, the lone senior, lowered his 1500m time to a mark of 4:21.

"Our training has been good. The experiences we get from these races will help us in the coming weeks as we will try to lower our times even further," said McPhail.

Asics Duke Invite Results

Pictured: Brad Tanis