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Calbert Guest
Calbert Guest finished first overall in the 3000-meter steeplechase at the Sun Belt Championship.
photo courtesy of Appalachian State Athletics

App State Track and Field Continues Competition at Sun Belt Championship

App State junior Calbert Guest’s first-place finish in the men’s 3,000-meter steeplechase highlighted the second day of action at the Sun Belt Outdoor Championships in Myrtle Beach, S.C. on Friday. Through two days of competition, the Mountaineers have tallied six top-five finishes. With eight of 21 events scored, the men stand fourth in the team standings with 40 points and the women are tied for 11th.

In the men’s 3,000-meter steeplechase, Guest led the pack, stopping the clock at 8:54.06 for a new personal best and the SBC title. He remains fourth in the App State all-time list for the event and closes out the night ranked 35th in the NCAA East Prelim qualifying list. Senior Jonah Morris finished sixth (9:21.18) and graduate student Jonah Bird finished eighth (9:32.95). Senior Claire Mason rounded out the top-10 in the women’s 3,000-meter steeplechase with a time of 11:39.71.

Junior Braden Underwood recorded a personal best clearance of 4.91m (16′ 1.25″) to place fourth in the men’s pole vault. Underwood’s clearance ties him with fellow junior Matthew Bigelow at eighth in the App State all-time list. Bigelow finished seventh overall with a clearance of 4.76m (15′ 7.25″).

In the men’s shot put, juniors Chris Wainscott and Nathan Karl placed fifth (17.48m (57′ 4.25″)) and seventh (17.01m (55′ 9.75″)), respectively. Junior Siby Yao and senior Taylor Smith finished seventh (5.77m (18′ 11.25″)) and ninth (5.73m (18′ 9.75″)), respectively, in the women’s long jump.

Senior Mariah Atwater advanced to Saturday’s women’s 400-meter final after finishing second in the prelim with a time of 55.15. Freshman Harrison Robinson advanced to the Saturday final of the men’s 110-meter hurdles after clocking a time of 14.45 to finish seventh in the prelim.

Day 1 Review
In the men’s 10,000 meters, senior Oliver Wilson-Cook and sophomore Chase Burrell finished fourth (30:33.92) and fifth (31:19.92), respectively. Wainscott registered a fifth-place finish in the men’s hammer throw with a toss of 57.65m (189′ 1″).

Seven Mountaineers advanced to Saturday’s finals in the men’s and women’s 1,500 meters, men’s 400-meter hurdles, and women’s 200 meters. Junior Jasmine Donohue stopped the clock at 4:33.41 to finish third in the women’s 1,500-meter prelim, while Atwater and Smith took fifth (24.12, PR) and eighth (24.25, PR), respectively, in the women’s 200-meter prelims.

Freshman Christian Gore placed eighth in the men’s 400-meter hurdle prelim, stopping the clock at 53.65. Morris and juniors Rylan Haskett and Dwayne Lillie took eighth (4:01.12), ninth (4:01.22), and 11th (4:02.18), respectively, in the men’s 1,500-meter prelim.