Saintine, Davis, pace Bobcats at App State Open

BOONE, N.C. --- Nazaire Saintine (Douglassville, Ga.) and Kendell Davis (Douglassville, Ga.) each established a new school record to lead the Lees-McRae College men's track and field team to a strong performance at the Appalachian State Open on Friday.

Saintine bested his previous school record in the high jump, finishing second with a mark of 2.06 meters to improve his standing among provisionally national qualifying athletes in that event. Davis placed second in the long jump, shattering the previous school record in the event with a mark of 6.76 meters, while also finishing sixth in the triple jump with a mark of 12.88 meters.

Assistant Coach Mike Wilson placed third in the pole vault with a mark of 4.61 meters as an unattached participant, while Kevin Dever (Leesburg, N.J.) finished fifth with a vault of 4.46 meters. Eric Cloy (Ball Ground, Ga.) finished eighth in the long jump with a mark of 6.14 meters.

Joshua Soto (Aiken, S.C.), Christopher Dye (Gastonia, N.C.), Richard Lane (Concord, N.C.), and Travis Burton (Newberry, S.C.) placed fourth in the 4x100-meter relay with a time of 43.68 seconds, as Lane finished fourth in the 110-meter hurdles with a mark of 15.60 seconds. Dye placed second and fifth in the 200- and 100-meter dashes with times of 22.26 and 11.20 seconds, respectively, as Burton finished fourth in the 400-meter dash with a mark of 50.79 seconds.

Bradley King (Hildebran, N.C.) won the 400-meter hurdles with a time of 55.06 seconds, while also finishing fifth in the 110-meter hurdles with a mark of 15.63 seconds. Jared Lupton (Nampa, Idaho) and Tyler Dunn (Jasper, Ga.) placed fourth and eighth in the 1,500-meter run with times of 4:17.23 and 4:27.53, respectively.

Lees-McRae returns to action on Friday, April 20 when the Bobcats host day one of the Conference Carolinas Championships at the Arthur, Lauritsen, and Sanders Track and Field Venue. Competition is slated to begin at 3 p.m. with the high jump finals and the javelin prelims and finals.

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