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Chris Wainscott
Chris Wainscott won the shot put event at the Bill Carson Invitational.
photo courtesy of Appalachian State Athletics

Appalachian State Track and Field Competes at Two Different Events

The App State track and field team wrapped competition at the Bill Carson Invitational in Greenville, N.C. as well as Colonial Relays in Williamsburg, Va. on Saturday. The Mountaineers totaled eight event wins and 32 top-five finishes on the weekend. At the close of the Bill Carson Invitational, App State finished second in the men’s and women’s team standings, with the men scoring 168 points and the women scoring 130.5.

Bill Carson Invitational | Greenville, N.C.
The Mountaineers closed out competition at the Bill Carson Invitational despite high winds and spats of rain. Senior Mariah Atwater set pace for the Mountaineers in the women’s 400 meters, stopping the clock at 55.03 for a personal best. Her time moved her from fourth in the all-time list to second in the women’s 400 meters category. Atwater also clocked a personal best of 23.68 in the women’s 200 meters, moving to fourth in the all-time list. In the women’s 800 meters, Jasmine Donohue stopped the clock at 2:19.44 for a personal best and first-place finish.

Freshman Christian Gore clocked a personal best of 54.48 to finish first in the men’s 400-meter hurdles, with junior Jabari Dalton following close behind, taking second with a time of 54.60. Junior Cole Krehnbrink placed first in the men’s 400 meters with a time of 48.06 and third in the men’s 200 meters with a personal best of 21.60. In the men’s 110-meter hurdles, freshman Harrison Robinson clocked a personal best of 14.18, to take second overall and 10th in the App State all-time list. Senior Claire Mason posted a second-place finish in the women’s 3,000-meter steeplechase with a time of 12:02.15.

In the men’s shot put, junior Chris Wainscott clinched gold with a personal best toss of 17.69m (58′ 0.5″), which keeps him at third in the App State all-time list. Fellow junior Nate Karl took second with a toss of 16.60m (54′ 5.5″). In the men’s pole vault, juniors Taylor Fox and Braden Underwood tied for first with clearances of 4.41m (14′ 5.5″) and fellow junior Matthew Bigelow landed third, also with a clearance of 4.41m (14′ 5.5″). Junior Siby Yao secured silver in the women’s long jump (5.74m (18′ 10″)) and bronze in the women’s 100 meters (11.91, PR).

The Mountaineers also tallied third-place finishes in the women’s shot put (sophomore Daiyanna Cooper, 12.62m (41′ 5″), PR), men’s and women’s 1,500 meters (freshman Ethan Lipham, 3:58.02, PR, and junior Bianca Copeman, 4:59.63, PR, respectively), and men’s 100 meters (freshman Jayvion Johnson, 10.71, PR).

The men’s 4×100-meter relay team of Robinson, Johnson, Gore, and Krehnbrink took second with a time of 41.85, while the women’s 4×400-meter relay team of sophomore Regan Hodge, Copeman, senior Angelina DiBlasi, and sophomore Morgan Kornke took third with a time of 4:21.59 to place third.

Colonial Relays | Williamsburg, Va.
Junior Ben Datte placed third in the men’s unseeded 10,000 meters with a time of 32:27.54 at the Colonial Relays on Saturday. In the women’s unseeded 10,000 meters, sophomore Catherine Breault finished fourth with a time of 39:05.35, while fellow sophomore Abby Granberg finished 11th with a time of 40:25.76.

Friday Rewind
Seniors Jada Branch and Taylor Smith represented App State at the Texas Relays for the first time in program history on Friday. Branch recorded a leap of 12.89m (42′ 3.5″) to place seventh in section B of the women’s triple jump. Smith recorded a mark of 5.65m (18′ 6.5″) in section B of the women’s long jump, placing 15th overall, and clocked a personal best of 11.77 in the women’s timed 100 meters, taking second in her heat and finishing 32nd out of 127 competitors.

The Mountaineers also opened competition at the Bill Carson Invitational, where Wainscott placed first in the men’s hammer throw with a toss of 53.96m (177′ 0″) and took third in the men’s discus with a toss of 48.81m (160′ 1″). Cooper took second in the women’s hammer throw with a personal best toss of 54.29m (178′ 11″).

In the men’s 10,000-meter invitational at the Colonal Relays in Williamsburg, Va., senior Oliver Wilson-Cook clinched first with a personal best time of 29:53.08 and junior Ryan Teuscher stopped the clock at 30:58.62 (PR) to place 14th overall. The men’s squad finished 24th in the team standings thanks to Wilson-Cook’s first-place finish, which scored 10 points for the Mountaineers. In the women’s 10,000-meter invitational, senior Madison Christy finished 10th with a personal best of 36:49.51 and sophomore Linnea Maynard took 13th with a personal best of 37:15.38.

The Mountaineers will travel to Durham, N.C. for the Duke Invitational on April 7-8.

Team Standings | Bill Carson Invitational
Men’s Teams
1.East Carolina – 180 points
2. App State – 168 points
3. Mount Olive – 126 points
4. UNCW – 114 points
5. The Citadel – 76 points

Women’s Teams
1.East Carolina – 280 points
2. App State – 130.5 points
3. Mount Olive – 103.5 points
4. UNCW – 95.5 points
5. The Citadel – 40.5 points