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Ava Studney
Ava Studney set a new App State record in the pole vault.
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Appalachian State Sets Record, Gets Wins at LR Bears Opener

The App State men’s and women’s track and field team opened the outdoor season with a women’s pole vault program record, 20 first-place finishes, and 54 top-five finishes on Saturday at Lenoir-Rhyne Bears Opener

“The men’s and women’s team put on a show on Saturday down the mountain,” said director of track & field/cross country Damion McLean. “Lots of personal bests and a school record to start the season is a good sign that the team is heading in the right direction.”

Sophomore Ava Studney broke the App State program record in the women’s pole vault, clearing a height of 4.04m (13′ 3″), surpassing the previous record of 4.02m (13′ 2.25″), which was set by Taylor Drummonds in 2017. Graduate students Noelle Meeker and Celia Agee tied for second, each recording personal bests of 3.68m (12′ 1″), while sophomore Caroline Fowlkes tied for fourth with a clearance of 3.38m (11′ 1″).

Junior Daiyanna Cooper clinched first in the women’s shot put (12.67m (41′ 6.75″)) as well as the women’s hammer throw (53.25m (174′ 8″)), while fellow junior Jaeda Harris took fourth in the women’s hammer throw with a personal best of 43.22m (141′ 10″). Senior Megan Plummer recorded a second-place finish in the women’s discus (36.84m (120′ 10″)) and rounded out the top-five in the women’s shot put (11.62m (38′ 1.5″)). Freshman Dianna Boykin rounded out the top-five in the women’s discus with a personal best mark of 33.64m (110′ 4″). In the women’s triple jump, junior Jazmine Posey landed fourth with a leap of 11.44m (37′ 6.5″).

On the track, the 4×100-meter relay team of freshmen Nicole Wells and Sierra Smith, senior Taylor Smith, and freshman Jayla Adams clocked a time of 44.75 to clinch first overall. The quartet’s time was a mere 0.02 from the program record of 44.73, which was set in 1989. The quartet of freshman Kendall Johnson, graduate student Alexia Moehling, sophomore Daye Talley, and junior Mariah McCord took second with a time of 46.24. App State secured the top-four spots in the women’s 100 meters with Taylor Smith clinching first with a personal best of 11.60. Following Taylor Smith was Wells (11.75, PR), Johnson (11.85, PR), and McCord (12.01). Taylor Smith’s time moved her from seventh to fifth in the App State all-time list, while Wells rose to ninth on the list. Taylor Smith also went on to clinch first in the women’s long jump with a leap of 5.97m (19′ 7″), while Wells went on to place first in the women’s 200 meters with a personal best time of 24.09, which moved her to eighth in the all-time list. Talley finished second (24.27, PR) and McCord placed fourth (24.64) in the women’s 200 meters.

Adams stopped the clock at 54.68 to finish first in the women’s 400 meters, while Sierra Smith followed close behind with a time of 55.32 to secure second. Adams’ time moved her to third, while Sierra Smith moved to sixth in the program all-time list. Moehling clocked a time of 14.52 in the women’s 100-meter hurdles, which ties her with Tammy Pearsall for 10th in the App State all-time list. Moehling also finished second in the women’s 400-meter hurdles with a personal best time of 1:04.72, which moved her to ninth in the program all-time list.

Sophomore Lucia Garcia posted a first-place finish in the women’s 800 meters, stopping the clock with a personal best time of 2:20.94. Freshman Rhys Ammon clocked a personal best of 4:39.08 to finish first in the women’s 1,500 meters, while graduate student Elizabeth Fuller took third with a personal best of 4:48.25. In the women’s 3,000-meter steeplechase, graduate student Claire Mason clinched first with a time of 11:50.10, and was followed by junior Morgan Kornke, who clocked a personal best of 12:18.66 to place second. The women’s 5,000 meters saw senior Jasmine Donohue stop the clock at 17:50.38 to place first, while junior Lana Farris clocked a personal best of 18:40.65 to place third.

On the men’s side, the Mountaineers went 1-2-3-4 in the men’s 3,000-steeplechase. Sophomore Ethan Lipham clinched first with a personal best of 9:17.90, followed by graduate student Jonah Bird (9:34.28), junior Steven Smith (9:46.70, PR), and senior Ben Datte (9:54.99). In the men’s 1,500 meters, senior Dwayne Lillie and junior Rylan Haskett took first (3:55.19) and second (3:59.57), respectively.

Sophomore Harrison Robinson clocked a time of 14.48 to place first in the men’s 110-meter hurdles, while freshman Davis Hunt took second in the men’s 400-meter hurdles with a personal best time of 55.20. In the men’s 400 meters, senior Cole Krehnbrink and sophomore Parker Kinney clinched the top-two spots with times of 48.36 and 48.72, respectively. Sophomore Kenneth Crawford II stopped the clock at 10.73 for a personal best and third-place finish in the men’s 100 meters. In the men’s 800 meters, freshman Miller Brannen took second with a personal best of 1:58.62, and Haskett took fourth with a time of 1:58.75.

Senior Chris Wainscott clinched first in the men’s hammer throw (55.69m (182′ 9″)) and men’s shot put (17.88m (58′ 8″)), in addition to finishing second in the men’s discus (49.01m (160′ 10″)). Fellow senior Nate Karl placed second in the men’s shot put with a toss of 16.36m (53′ 3″) and rounded out the top-five in the men’s discus with a toss of 47.26m (155′ 1″).

In the men’s pole vault, junior Matthew Bigelow made a personal best clearance of 5.00m (16′ 4.75″) to place first. His mark moved him to fifth in the App State all-time list. Senior Braden Underwood landed second with a clearance of 4.76m (15′ 7.5″). In his outdoor debut, freshman Jared Hiatt tied for second in the men’s high jump with a personal best clearance of 1.98m (6′ 6″).

The Mountaineers will head to Columbia, S.C. for South Carolina’s Weems Baskin Relays on March 22-23.