HICKORY, N.C. --- Taryn Moorhead (Deer Park, Wash.) won the pole vault, and Jamara Cook (Claremont, N.C.) set a school record to finish third in the discus throw on Saturday to lead the Lees-McRae College women's track and field team to a sixth-place showing at the NCAA Division II Southeast Regional Championship, hosted by Lenoir-Rhyne University.
King College (Tenn.) claimed the team title with 138 points, as UNC Pembroke (124) and Anderson University (117.50) finished second and third, respectively. Mount Olive College was fourth with 82 points, while Wingate University rounded out the top five with 81 markers. Lees-McRae was sixth with 58 points, followed by Clayton State University (48), Lenoir-Rhyne University (41.50), Mars Hill College (30), and Queens University of Charlotte (20).
Cook opened the day for the Bobcats, eclipsing her own program record in the discus throw with a mark of 35.20 meters to finish third. Crystal Bass (Branford, Fla.) placed ninth with a mark of 29.51 meters, as Auburn Lowe (Swain County, N.C.) finished 10th in the long jump with a mark of 4.47 meters.
Bass and Cook finished ninth and 10th, respectively, in the shot put, as Moorhead equaled her season-best of 3.05 meters to win the pole vault. Shantra McCoy (Stafford, Va.) finished fifth in the 100-meter hurdles with a time of 17.33 seconds, before teaming with Moorhead, Lowe, and Iesha Poindexter (Jetterville, Va.) for a fourth-place showing in the 4x100-meter relay with a mark of 52.74 seconds.
Hannah Henderson (Canvas, W.Va.) posted a season-best time of 5:04.24 to finish eighth in the 1,500-meter run, while Heather Peterman (Buford, Ga.) also recorded a campaign-low mark of 6:03.72. Poindexter finished 12th in the 200-meter dash with a time of 27.79 seconds, as Crystal Fischer (Greer, S.C.) placed 14th in the 5,000-meter run with a mark of 20:27.91.
On Friday, Bass opened the weekend for the Bobcats with a fourth-place showing in the hammer throw with a mark of 36.79 meters, while Cook finished seventh with a throw of 34.76 meters. Karina Ortiz (Hickory, N.C.) finished ninth with a mark of 34.61 meters, while Genay Miller (Woodstock, Ga.) placed 10th with a throw of 30.61 meters.
Wood placed first in the javelin throw with a school-record mark of 36.73 meters, as fellow rookie Moorhead finished fifth with a throw of 24.75 meters. Freshman Kortnie Curry (Lexington, N.C.) equaled her own school record in the high jump for the third straight meet, posting a mark of 1.60 meters to finish second and cap the day for the Bobcats.
Lees-McRae is expected to return 15 letter-winners from this year's squad, including program-record-holders Curry, Henderson, Bass, Cook, and Wood.
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