The App State men’s and women’s track team closed out competition at the War Eagle Invitational, hosted by Auburn in Auburn, Ala. on Saturday. In total, the Mountaineers recorded 18 top-10 finishes on the weekend.
In the men’s triple jump, junior Eric Haddock Jr. landed fourth with a leap of 14.75m (48′ 4.75″). Fellow junior Patrick Freeman tied for fourth in the men’s pole vault, recording a personal best clearance of 4.96m (16′ 3.25″). Freeman moves to fourth in the App State all-time records after Saturday’s performance. Sophomore Taylor Fox took ninth in the men’s pole vault with a mark of 4.81m (15′ 9.25″). Sophomore Nathan Karl led the Mountaineers in the men’s discus and men’s shot put, finishing ninth (48.66m (159′ 7″)) and tenth (15.51m (50′ 10.75″)), respectively.
On the track, the Mountaineers posted a fourth-place finish in the men’s 4×100-meter relay as freshman Miles Stephens, graduate student De’Shawn Ballard, freshman Chandler McClendon, and sophomore Cole Krehnbrink stopped the clock at 40.97. The women’s 4×100-meter relay quartet of sophomore Ani Judd and juniors Jada Branch, Djamila Petersen and Nevaeh Haddock took sixth with a time of 47.16. Senior Jelonnie Smith, graduate student LaBria King, and juniors Taylor Smith and Mariah Atwater also competed in the women’s 4×100-meter relay, stopping the clock at 47.41 to take eighth.
Individually, Ballard clocked a time of 21.33 in the men’s 200 meters to finish sixth overall and King took seventh in the women’s 100 meters, stopping the clock at 11.77 for a personal best.
On Friday, sophomore Ben Datte stopped the clock at 9:37.31 for a personal best and sixth-place finish in the men’s 3000-meter steeplechase. Taylor Smith landed sixth in the women’s long jump, recording a leap of 5.75m (18′ 10.50″). Sophomore Jasmine Donohue finished seventh in the invitational section of the women’s 1500 meters with a personal best of 4:30.77. Donohue’s time moves her to sixth in the App State all-time list in the event. Freshman Karsyn Kane also posted a seventh-place finish, clocking a personal best of 11:11.56 in the women’s 3000-meter steeplechase.
The Mountaineers will travel to Atlanta, Ga. for the Georgia Tech Invitational, slated for April 22-23.