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Daiyanna Cooper
Daiyanna Cooper won gold in the shot put.
photo courtesy of Appalachian State Athletics

App State Track and Field Competes at Adidas Winthrop Invitational, Raleigh Relays

The App State track and field team kicked off action at the Adidas Winthrop Invitational on Friday with seven event wins and 23 top-five finishes. Junior Jasmine Donohue also closed out competition at the Raleigh Relays as she competed in the women’s 5,000 meters.

Adidas Winthrop Invitational | Rock Hill, S.C.
Kicking off action at Winthrop, sophomore Daiyanna Cooper recorded a toss of 52.16m (171′ 1″) to garner gold in the women’s weight throw, which moved her to fifth in the program all-time list. Senior Celia Agee garnered gold in the women’s pole vault with a clearance of 3.45m (11′ 3.75″). In the men’s 200 meters, sophomore Miles Stephens placed first with a time of 21.57, which matched his personal best, set last season at the Georgia Tech Invitational.

The Mountaineers took the top three spots in the men’s pole vault, men’s 5,000 meters, and women’s long jump. In the men’s pole vault, junior Taylor Fox landed first (4.65m (15′ 3″)), followed by sophomore Matthew Bigelow (4.65m (15′ 3″), PR), and junior Braden Underwood (4.50m (14′ 9″)).

In the men’s 5,000 meters, junior Ryan Teuscher, senior Jonah Morris, and sophomore Rylan Haskett took the top three spots with personal best times of 15:17.00, 15:25.80, and 15:26.77, respectively. Freshman Ethan Lipham rounded out the top five with a personal best of 15:31.49 in the men’s 5,000 meters.

Junior Siby Yao led the Mountaineers in the women’s long jump, recording a leap of 5.95m (19′ 6.25″), which placed her first in the event and ninth in the all-time list. Yao was followed by seniors Taylor Smith (5.84m (19′ 2″)) and Jada Branch (5.57m (18′ 3.25″)), who took second and third, respectively. Fellow senior Djamila Peterson placed fifth with a leap of 5.46m (17′ 11″).

In the women’s 5,000 meters, sophomore Linnea Maynard set pace for the Black and Gold, stopping the clock at 18:28.51 to finish first. Senior Madison Christy clocked a time of 18:32.07 to place second, while sophomores Catherine Breault and Abby Granberg took fourth (19:16.48) and fifth (19:56.33), respectively.

In the men’s 400-meter hurdles, junior Jabari Dalton secured second with a time of 54.58, while freshman Christian Gore recorded a personal best of 55.13 to place fourth.

In the women’s 200 meters, Smith posted her second silver finish of the day, stopping the clock at 24.36. Freshman Daye Talley recorded a personal best of 25.41 to finish fifth overall in the women’s 200 meters.

Junior Yates Hall came within 0.08m of his personal best in the men’s high jump, recording a clearance of 1.90m (6′ 2.75″) to place fourth overall.

Raleigh Relays | Raleigh, N.C.
At the Raleigh Relays, Donohue clocked a personal best of 17:01.34 in the women’s 5,000 meters, finishing third in her heat and 86th overall out of 170 competitors. The Charlotte, N.C. native’s time places her sixth in the App State all-time list for the event.

On Thursday, senior Oliver Wilson-Cook placed sixth in his heat and 117th overall with a personal best of 14:34.45 in the men’s 5,000 meters at the Raleigh Relays. Guest stopped the clock at 14:47.36 and placed 13th in his heat while Lillie clocked a time of 14:58.19.

Action at the Adidas Winthrop Invitational continues on Saturday. Field events will start at 10 a.m. and events on the track are slated to start at 10:30 a.m.