BANNER ELK, N.C. --- Lees-McRae College freshman Kortnie Curry (Lexington, N.C.) equaled the meet record in the high jump as the Bobcats placed five athletes on the podium to lead the pack on the first day of the Conference Carolinas Women's Track and Field Championships, hosted by Lees-McRae at the Arthur, Laurentsen and Sanders Track and Field Complex.
Lees-McRae leads the way with 52 points after the first day of competition, followed by Mount Olive College (25) and Limestone College (23). Belmont Abbey College is fourth with 19 points, followed by Queens University of Charlotte (15) and Barton College (7).
Chelsea Wood (Cumming, Ga.) opened the day for the Bobcats with a school-record toss of 34.90 meters in the javelin throw to top the podium, while Taryn Moorhead (Deer Park, Wash.) placed fifth for Lees-McRae with a toss of 22.70 meters.
Curry followed minutes later with a mark of 1.57 meters in the high jump, equaling the meet record to top the podium. Lees-McRae notched its third victory of the day in the hammer throw, as Crystal Bass (Branford, Fla.) posted a mark of 37.74 meters to pace the field. Jamara Cook (Claremont, N.C.) placed third with a throw of 34.15 meters, while Genay Miller (Woodstock, Ga.) finished fifth with a mark of 32.30 meters.
Moorhead shined in her signature event for the Bobcats, topping the competition in the pole vault with a mark of 2.89 meters to beat out Limestone's Sam McGowan, who posted a vault of 2.59 meters. Crystal Fischer (Greer, S.C.) closed out the day for the Bobcats with a fifth-place finish in the 10,000-meter run, posting a time of 42:29.35.
Lees-McRae returns to action on the second day of the Conference Carolinas Championships on Saturday at the Arthur, Laurentsen and Sanders Track and Field Complex on the LMC campus. Competition is slated to resume at 10 a.m.
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