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Appalachian State Track and Field Teams Compete at Raleigh Relays

The App State men’s and women’s track and field team closed out competition at the Raleigh Relays on Saturday, tallying 32 top-25 finishes over the course of the weekend.

“It was very exciting to be back at NC State for a meet,” said director of track & field/cross country Damion McLean. “A lot of great performances came out of this weekend, plus it felt like a home meet with some of our student-athletes being from around the area. Looking forward to returning and performing even better.

On the track, the women’s 4×100-meter relay team of freshmen Nicole Wells and Sierra Smith, senior Taylor Smith, and freshman Jayla Adams stopped the clock at 45.27 for a third-place finish. Individually, Sierra Smith rounded out the top-five in the women’s 200 meters with a time of 23.67. Her time moved her to fourth in the App State all-time list. Adams and Wells also finished among the top-25, placing 14th (24.31) and 22nd (24.62), respectively. Wells and Sierra Smith also ran the first and third legs of the women’s 4×400-meter relay. Wells, sophomores Daye Talley and Addison Ollendick-Smith, and Sierra Smith stopped the clock at 3:45.94 to place 11th overall. The time was a mere three seconds shy of the school record 3:42.17, set in 2023.

On the men’s side, the 4×100-meter relay team of freshman Armonté Ferguson, sophomores Kenneth Crawford II and Harrison Robinson, and senior Cole Krenhbrink clocked a time of 41.14 to place eighth. Krehnbrink also anchored the men’s 4×400-meter relay. The quartet of sophomore Parker Kinney, senior Jabari Dalton, freshman Davis Hunt, and Krenhbrink stopped the clock at 3:15.40 in the men’s 400-meter relay. The time was five seconds from the program record of 3:10.29 that was set in 1985.

In the women’s hammer throw, Daiyanna Cooper took seventh with a season best toss of 55.09m (180′ 9″). The Mountaineers also saw seventh-place finishes in both sections of the women’s pole vault. In the invitational section, sophomore Ava Studney tied for seventh with a clearance of 3.85m (12′ 7.5″). Graduate student Celia Agee took seventh in the women’s pole vault with a clearance of 3.55m (11′ 7.75″), while fellow graduate student Noelle Meeker tied for tenth with a clearance of 3.40m (11′ 1.75″).

Graduate student Alexia Moehling clocked a personal best in the women’s 400-meter hurdles with a time of 1:02.35. She took 14th overall and moved to fifth in the App State all-time list. Senior Jabari Dalton also clocked a personal best in the men’s 400-meter hurdles with a time of 53.08, which resulted in a 16th-place finish.

In the men’s long jump, freshman Jared Hiatt landed 18th with a leap of 6.85m (22′ 5.75″), while senior Niejel Wilkins landed 24th with a leap of 6.74m (22′ 1.5″). Taylor Smith recorded a leap of 5.52m (18′ 1.5″) to finish 19th in the women’s long jump. Fellow senior Chris Wainscott took 22nd in the men’s hammer throw with a toss of 54.88m (180′ 1″).

In the women’s 800 meters, sophomore Ollendick-Smith stopped the clock at 2:11.55 for a personal best, which keeps her at eighth in the App State all-time list. Ollendick-Smith finished 70th out of 172 competitors.

Raleigh Relays Rewind
Friday’s action saw freshman Matthew Gray garner gold in the invitational round of the men’s pole vault with a personal best clearance of 5.20m (17′ 0.75″), which moved him to third in the App State all-time list.

Taylor Smith clocked a personal best of 11.58 to earned bronze in the women’s 100 meters. Her time keeps her at fifth in the App State all-time list. Meanwhile, Adams stopped the clock at 11.66 to take seventh. Adams’ time ties her with Jennifer Claud and Breanna Alston for sixth in the program top-10.

Wilkins landed fourth in the men’s triple jump with a season-best leap of 15.06m (49′ 5″) and graduate student Ashlee Osaji landed sixth in the women’s triple jump with a leap of 12.31m (40′ 4.75″). Senior Chris Wainscott also recorded a season best with a toss of 49.68m (163′ 0″) in the men’s discus and rounded out the top-10 in the event. Wainscott also posted a second-place finish in the men’s shot put with a toss of 17.81m (58′ 5.25″) on Thursday.

Robinson stopped the clock at 14.09 to finish 11th In the men’s 110-meter hurdles, while Moehling clocked a season-best and top-15 finish in the women’s 100-meter hurdles with a time of 13.88. Her time raised her to fourth in the App State all-time list. Ferguson rounded out the top-15 in the men’s 100 meters with a time of 10.55 and Sierra Smith placed 25th in the women’s 400 meters with a time of 57.05.

On Thursday, Nathan Karl rounded out the men’s shot put top-20 with a mark of 16.05m (52′ 8″). Cooper recorded a season best toss of 12.96m (42′ 6.25”) to round out the top-25 in the women’s shot put. On the track, sophomore Ethan Lipham stopped the clock for a personal best of 3:49.93 In the men’s 1,500 meters, finishing third in his section and 85th overall out of 208 competitors.

The Mountaineers will head to Durham, N.C. on April 11-13 for the Duke Invitational.