March 3, 2011

Five Bobcats earn region honors

NEW ORLEANS --- Five student-athletes from the Lees-McRae College women's track and field team have been named to the United States Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association all-Southeast Region Indoor Team, including a pair of dual-event recipients, announced USTFCCCA officials Thursday.

Lees-McRae has been a mainstay among the top teams in the region poll throughout the indoor season, posting 12 top-10 finishes and establishing four new school records. The Bobcats recorded their best performance of the season at Appalachian State University's Early Bird Meet on Dec. 5, 2010, establishing four school records.

"It is a great honor for our program, and a reward for the hard work our athletes have put in during the indoor season through a very tough winter," said head coach Ley Fletcher. "I am very proud of each of them, and I believe they will take the momentum gained during the Indoor season and let it carry them through the outdoor season."

Crystal Bass (Branford, Fla.) and Jamara Cook (Claremont, N.C.) headline the all-region performers for the Bobcats, each earning dual honors in the weight throw and shot put, and setting program marks in the shot put and weight throw, respectively. Freshman Kortnie Curry (Lexington, N.C.) enjoyed a tremendous season in the high jump, including a school-record jump of 1.58 meters at Appalachian State's Indoor Open on Jan. 17.

Fellow rookie Persephanie Mcrae (Brooklyn, N.Y.) also earned all-region honors in the high jump, as freshman Taryn Moorhead (Deer Park, Wash.) garnered all-region recognition in the pole vault after a solid season that included a school-record vault of 3.06 meters at ASU's Early Bird Meet.

Lees-McRae opens the outdoor season on Saturday when the Bobcats travel to Hickory, N.C. to participate in the Power Sox Invitational, hosted by Lenoir-Rhyne University.

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