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Men's track and field team takes first place at NCAA Division II Southeast Regional
By Nick Phillips
The UNCP men’s track and field squad brought a first-place trophy back to Pembroke, while the UNCP women’s track and field team gathered a second place finish at the NCAA Division II Southeast Regional on April 22 and 23 at Lenoir-Rhyne University.
The Braves got a win by their 4x400-meter relay team in the final event of the weekend to erase a 1-1/2 point deficit and win the meet with 129 points, finishing just ahead of Mars Hill, Anderson, Carson-Newman and Lees-McRae in the top-five.
Overall, UNCP grabbed nine first-place finishes and had 10 finishes in the top-eight over the two days.
In addition to clinching team first place honors with their victory, the 4x400-meter relay team of Karlos Jordan, Pardon Ndhlovu, Maurice Eubanks and Jon Williams ran their best time of the season with a 3:17.51 time.
The 4x100-meter relay team of Sesh Parker, Jordan, Jameel Joyner and Eubanks also grabbed a first place finish and registered an NCAA Provisional Qualifying Mark with their time of 41.19 seconds.
Individually, Jordan finished with multiple top-eight finishes, the highlight being a new personal best time and first place finish in the 100-meter dash. Jordan finished second in the 200-meter dash and finished fifth in the long jump.
Ndhlovu finished first in the 1500-meter run with his 3:57.98 time to set a new track record and personal best before he finished first in the 800-meter run with a 1:52.95 time for another personal best and track record.
UNCP freshman Chris Schroll also set personal best and track records with his 3000-meter steeplechase time of 9:31.30 as he finished first.
Eubanks grabbed a first place finish in the 200-meter dash to improve his NCAA Provision Qualifying Mark time and also grabbed a second place finish in the 400-meter dash.
In the opening day’s field events, Al Davis Jr. captured first place in the hammer throw with a 46.36-meter distance before adding the top spot in the discus throw with a 40.466-meter distance on the second day of events.
Lady Brave Jessica McDowell tied a school record distance with her long jump distance of 5.69-meters while the mark gave her first place in the event. McDowell’s distance also was good enough to register a NCAA Provisional Qualifying Mark.
Minutes after grabbing top honors in the long jump event, McDowell grabbed another first place finish in the 100-meter hurdles with her time of 15.89 seconds. Again having only minutes of rest, McDowell finished third in the 100-meter dash with her time of 12.50 seconds. She capped off her weekend with a third place finish in the 200-meter dash.
Teammate Kye Tennyson also fared well, winning the high jump event when she cleared a mark of 1.60-meters before adding a first place finish in the 400-meter dash and taking third place in the long jump event behind McDowell.
McDowell and Tennyson, along with Chantalle Williams and Olivia Mack, paired up for the 4x100-meter relay race and grabbed second place in the event with a time of 48.74 seconds for a new best time of the season.
UNCP’s Katherine Davis brought home her own first place finish in the discus throw, while also adding a third place finish in the shot put and sixth place finish in the javelin throw.
Livia Mahaffie finished third in the 3000-meter steeplechase with her time of 11:47.05 for a new personal best time, while also placing sixth in the 5000-meter race and ninth in the 1500-meter run.
Lady Brave Janay Moore set a new personal best time of 2:21.68 to give her a second place finish in the 800-meter dash.
The Southeast Regional marked the end of the 2011 team season for both UNCP teams, who had select athletes competing in both the Penn Relays and Highlander Invitational.
Ndhlovu finishes third at prestigious Penn Relays
UNCP track and field athletes Pardon Ndhlovu and Katherine Davis each traveled to compete in the historic Penn Relays in Philadelphia, Pa., on May 28.
In his second consecutive trip to the event, Ndhlovu made the most of his opportunity, finishing third in the 5,000-meter race in a race that featured 29 college athletes.
Ndhlovu’s time of 14:26.61 gave him the third place finish behind two NCAA Division I runners, with only 0.66 seconds separating Ndhlovu’s time and the top time in the race.
In her first trip to the prestigious event, Davis posted a 49.52-meter mark in the hammer throw in the college women’s hammer throw competition.
Davis’ distance placed her 12th overall out of 31 competitors. Ahead of Davis were 10 NCAA Division I athletes and one NCAA Division II competitor.
The Penn Relays is the first and oldest relay meet with average attendance nearing 50,000 in the last seven years, making the meet the best-attended track event in the United States each year and one of the best attended in the world.
Through 116 editions of the meet, more athletes have run at the Penn Relays than at any other single meet in the world. More spectators have watched the meet than any in the world except the Olympics and World Championships.
Braves compete at Highlander Invite
Several members of the UNCP men’s and women’s track and field teams traveled to Radford University on April 30 to take part in the Highlander Invitational.
The men’s 4x100-meter relay team of Sesh Parker, Karlos Jordan, Jameel Joyner and Maurice Eubanks finished first overall with their time of 41.11 seconds to register their best time of the season.
Individually, Eubanks finished first in the 100-meter dash with a time of 10.69 seconds, while adding a second place finish in the 200-meter dash with a new personal best time of 41.11 seconds.
Kevin Clancy posted a time of 10:07.29 in the 3,000-meter steeplechase event to finish fourth, less than two seconds off his personal best time of 10:05.43 that he set earlier this season.
Jessica McDowell led the Lady Braves in the women’s competition, setting a new personal record in the 200-meter dash as she finished third overall with her time of 25.45 seconds. McDowell added another third place finish in the 100-meter dash with a time of 12.62 seconds.
Janay Moore placed 10th in the 800-meter run with her time of 2:21.72, while Livia Mahaffie’s time of 5:02.60 placed her 15th in the 1500-meter run as the only other Lady Braves competing in the event.