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High finishes for track at Lynchburg Classic
By Nick Phillips
The UNCP men's track and field team took home 11 top-five finishes, while the women's relay team broke a 10-year-old school record time to highlight action at the Lynchburg College Classic on April 9. Included in the men's top-five finishes were the race wins by seniors Maurice Eubanks and Karlos Jordan.
Eubanks finished first in both the 100-meter preliminary and 100-meter finals, with times of 11.02 seconds and 10.75 seconds, respectively. In the 200-meter dash, Jordan took home top honors with his time of 21.90 seconds.
Al Davis Jr. placed in the shot put, discus throw and hammer throw, as the junior finished fifth in the shot put with a 12.79-meter throw, third in the discus throw with his 39.86-meter mark and fourth with a 44.91-meter distance in the hammer throw.
Sophomore Pardon Ndhlovu finished second in the 800-meter dash with his time of 1:54.61, while freshman Chris Schroll set a new personal best time with his 4:10.58 mark and 12th place finish in the same race.
The third Brave in the same race, junior Kevin Clancy, finished 18th while his 4:14.43 time set a new personal best for him as well.
Both the UNCP 4x100- meter and 4x400-meter relay teams took home first place finishes in their races, with the 4-100 team finishing with a time of 41.55 seconds while the 4x400 team paced the field with their 3:21.50 time as both were new season highs.
To highlight the women's competition, the Lady Braves' 4x400-meter relay team of Olivia Mack, Janay Moore, Ashlee Doughty and Livia Mahaffie broke a 10-year old school record time with their finish in 4:09.12.
The UNCP women's 4x100-meter team also won their race with a time of 49.83 seconds.
Senior Jessica McDowell finished her day with three first place finishes, winning the 100-meter dash with a 12.77 second time, the 200-meter dash with a time of 26.34 seconds and the long jump with a 5.55- meter distance.
Senior Katherine Davis' 39.89-meter distance in the discus throw gave her top honors in the event, while she placed second in the shot put and hammer throw with distances of 12.05-meters and 50.03-meters, respectively.
Junior Kye Tennyson won the high jump event with a 1.62-meter mark.
In the 1,500-meter mark, Mahaffie set a new personal best with her time of 5:01.56 to finish ninth, while sophomore Blair Long's time of 5:47.07 was a personal best for her to go with her 20th place finish. Senior Catherine Shoemaker and freshman Elizabeth Metzger both set new season highs in the 5,000- meter run, as Shoemaker's time of 20:44.76 placed her third while Metzger's 21:58.71 mark gave her fifth place.
The UNCP men's and women's track teams next compete April 16 in the Chanticleer Classic at Coastal Carolina University before heading to the NCAA Division II Southeast Region Championships April 22 and 23 at Lenoir- Rhyne.