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App State Track and Field Teams Compete at VertKlasse Meet

The App State men’s and women’s track team closed out the first day of competition at the VertKlasse Meeting in High Point, N.C. on Friday with ten top-10 finishes.

Leading the Mountaineers in the women’s 5000 meters, freshman Alexis Svoboda clocked a time of 17:40.26 to place second overall. Senior Izzy Evely took ninth in the event with a time of 18:16.85. In the women’s 3000-meter steeplechase, freshman Karsyn Kane took fourth with a time of 11:19.19.

In the women’s shot put, sophomore Megan Plummer took fifth with a toss of 11.74m (38′ 6.25″) and freshman Daiyanna Cooper finished tenth with a mark of 11.43m (37′ 6″). Senior Silvanna Curtin finished tenth in the group B section of the women’s pole vault, clearing 3.35m (10′ 11.75″).

On the track for the men’s team, sophomore Calbert Guest took third with a personal-best of 9:13.93 in the men’s 3000-meter steeplechase.

Sophomore Nathan Karl took tenth in the elite section of the men’s shot put, recording a mark of 15.78m (51′ 9.25″) and freshman Noah Rooks placed seventh in the men’s shot put with a personal-best toss of 13.40m (43′ 11.75″). In the men’s hammer throw, freshman Timothy Snyder recorded a toss of 44.71m (146′ 8″) to finish sixth.

The App State women’s 4×100-meter relay team broke the meet and facility record to close out competition at the Vertklasse Meeting in High Point, N.C. on Saturday. Overall, the men’s and women’s track team totaled 25 top-10 finishes.

Senior Jelonnie Smith, graduate-student LaBria King, and juniors Mariah Atwater and Taylor Smith posted a time of 45.57 in the women’s 4×100-meter relay, surpassing the previous meet record of 45.86, which was posted in 2016 by N.C. Central, as well as the facility record of 45.68, set in 2015 by Liberty. The quartet came within one second of the current App State school record of 44.73, which was set in 1989.

In the participation heats of the women’s 400 meters, Atwater and Jelonnie Smith took first and third, respectively with times of 56.29 (PR) and 58.20. Taylor Smith and King both garnered fourth-place finishes in the women’s 100 meters (11.78 PR) and in the women’s 200 meters (24.27), respectively. In the field events, senior Kayla Carson earned a fourth-place finish with a clearance of 1.61m (5′ 3.75″) in the group A section of the women’s high jump and junior Nevaeh Haddock took fourth in the women’s long jump with a personal-best leap of 5.68m (18′ 7.75″).

The quartet composed of freshman Miles Stephens, graduate-student De’Shawn Ballard, freshman Chandler McLendon, and sophomore Jabari Dalton stopped the clock at 41.34 in the men’s 4×100-meter relay for a third-place finish. Senior Dylan Blankenship posted a fifth-place finish in the men’s 400-meter hurdles with a time of 53.40. Stephens clocked a time of 10.96 to take sixth in the participation heats of the men’s 100 meters.

Junior Eric Haddock Jr. landed fifth in the men’s long jump with a personal-best leap of 7.10m (23′ 3.5″). In the men’s group A pole vault, junior Patrick Freeman and sophomore Taylor Fox took sixth (4.90m (16′ 0.75″), PR) and seventh (4.75m (15′ 7″)), respectively.

Friday’s action saw freshman Alexis Svoboda take second in the women’s 5000 meters (17:40.26) and fellow freshman Karsyn Kane take fourth in the women’s 3000-meter steeplechase (11:19.19). Sophomore Megan Plummer finished fifth in the women’s shot put with a toss of 11.74m (38′ 6.25″). In the men’s 3000-meter steeplechase, sophomore Calbert Guest took third with a time of 9:13.93 and in the men’s hammer throw, freshman Timothy Snyder recorded a toss of 44.71m (146′ 8″) to finish sixth.

Freshman Noah Rooks placed seventh in the men’s shot put with a toss of 13.40m (43′ 11.75′) and Nate Karl took tenth in the elite section of the men’s shot put, recording a mark of 15.78m (51′ 9.25″).

The Mountaineers are scheduled to travel to Durham, N.C. for the Duke Invitational, April 8-9.