April 13, 2012

Curry qualifies for nationals, paces Bobcats at App State Open

BOONE, N.C. --- Sophomore Kortnie Curry (Lexington, N.C.) established a new school record with a provisional nationally qualifying mark to lead the Lees-McRae College women's track and field team to an impressive performance at the Appalachian State Open on Friday.

Curry won the high jump with a leap of 1.69 meters, breaking her own school record and surpassing the provisionally qualifying mark of 1.68 meters for the NCAA Division II national championships. The Lexington, N.C. native also placed fifth in the long jump with a mark of 4.19 meters, as Iesha Piondexter (Jetterville, Va.) finished second in both the 100- and 200-meter dashes with times of 12.61 and 26.34 seconds, respectively.

Persephanie Mcrae (Brooklyn, N.Y.) finished fifth in the high jump and sixth in the long jump with marks of 1.52 and 3.91 meters, respectively, as Poindexter teamed with Auburn Lowe (Swain County, N.C.), Meagan Thornton (Millville, N.J.), and Jessica McEnaney (Cary, N.C.) to finish fourth in the 4x100-meter relay with a time of 50.46 seconds.

Lowe posted a mark of 4.31 meters in the long jump en route to a fourth-place finish, while placing eighth in the 200-meter dash with a time of 27.88 seconds. McEnaney finished seventh in both the 100- and 200-meter dashes with times of 13.24 and 27.76 seconds, respectively, as Lowe placed eighth in the 100-meter dash with a mark of 13.33 seconds. Thornton placed second in the 100-meter hurdles with a time of 15.73 seconds.

Hannah Henderson (Canvas, W.Va.) placed third in the 800-meter run and fourth in the 1,500-meter run with times of 2:26.92 and 5:07.03, respectively, as Taryn Moorhead (Deer Park, Wash.) finished sixth in the pole vault with a mark of 2.76 meters. Rachelle Cleveland (Moyock, N.C.) placed fifth in the shot put with a mark of 10.72 meters, as Jamara Cook (Claremont, N.C.) and Kayla Frazier (Chesterfield, S.C.) finished sixth and eighth with throws of 10.28 and 9.86 meters, respectively.

Cook and Frazier placed seventh and eighth in the discus with marks of 33.55 and 32.68 meters, respectively, as Genay Miller (Woodstock, Ga.) finished seventh in the hammer throw with a toss of 30.21 meters.

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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