NEW ORLEANS --- Four 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 Outdoor team, including a trio of school-record holders.
Junior Crystal Bass (Branford, Fla.), along with freshmen Kortnie Curry (Lexington, N.C.), Chelsea Wood (Cumming, Ga.), and Taryn Moorhead (Deer Park, Wash.) each garnered all-region recognition for the first time in their careers after leading the Bobcats to a sixth-place finish at the Southeast Regional Championships.
Bass delivered several impressive performances this spring, including a school-record mark of 38.14 meters in the hammer throw on Mar. 25 at the Asics Classic, finishing sixth. The junior thrower also posted a trio of top-five performances at the Conference Carolinas Championship, including a first-place showing in the hammer throw to help the Bobcats to a third-place finish in the team competition.
Curry burst onto the scene in her rookie season, placing among the top-five high jumpers at each of her first five collegiate outdoor meets, setting the school record of 1.60 meters at the Asics Classic, which she equaled at two of the next three meets. The freshman jumper also holds the indoor school record in the high jump, posting a mark of 1.58 meters at the ASU Indoor Open on Jan. 17.
Wood finished her freshman year on a strong note, winning the javelin competition at the conference championships with a school-record toss before breaking her own mark with a throw of 36.73 meters at the Southeast Regional Championships, finishing first by nearly seven meters. The Cumming, Ga. native played an integral role in the Bobcats' success at the conference championships, finishing third in the shot put in addition to her win in the javelin.
Moorhead enjoyed a tremendous rookie season with the Bobcats, setting the school record in the pole vault during the indoor campaign with a mark of 3.07 meters at the ASU Mountaineer Open on Jan. 22. The Deer Park, Wash. native posted a pair of wins in the pole vault during the outdoor season, including a top-of-the-podium performance at the conference championships, where she also placed fifth in the javelin throw.
Lees-McRae is expected to return 15 letter-winners from this year's squad, including program-record-holders Bass, Curry, Moorhead, Wood, Jamara Cook (Claremont, N.C.), and Hannah Henderson (Canvas, W.Va.).
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