The App State men’s and women’s track and field team competed at the Georgia Tech Invitational in Atlanta, Ga. and sent a trio of Mountaineers to the Virginia Challenge in Charlottesville, Va.
GEORGIA TECH INVITATIONAL | ATLANTA, GA
Senior Zachary Weinstein kicked off the weekend at the Georgia Tech Invitational with a fourth-place finish in the men’s hammer throw, recording a personal best toss of 56.13m (184′ 2″). Junior Eric Haddock Jr. landed fourth in the men’s long jump, where he posted a personal-best leap of 7.12m (23′ 4.5″).
On the track, graduate student Alison Esparza clocked a time of 12:25.15 in the women’s 3000-meter steeplechase to take eighth overall. In the men’s 100 meters, graduate student De’Shawn Ballard finished tenth with a personal best of 10.65. Ballard was followed close behind by freshman Miles Stephens, who also recorded a personal best, stopping the clock at 10.68 to place 11th.
The App State men’s and women’s track and field team closed out competition at the Georgia Tech Invitational on Saturday, tallying 19 top-10 finishes in Atlanta, Ga.
The men’s 4×100-meter relay team of freshman Miles Stephens, graduate student De’Shawn Ballard, freshman Chandler McClendon, and sophomore Jabari Dalton clinched second with a season best time of 40.76. Three Mountaineers landed in the top-10 in the women’s triple jump, with senior Hassani Burris leading the group. Burris took fourth with a personal best leap of 12.70m (41′ 8″). Juniors Jada Branch and Djamila Petersen finished sixth (12.44m (40′ 9.75″)) and seventh (12.41m (40′ 8.75″)), respectively.
Junior Taylor Smith and senior Zachary Weinstein posted sixth-place finishes in their respective events, with Smith posting a personal best of 24.27 in the women’s 200 meters, and Weinstein recording a mark of 46.06m (151′ 1″) in the men’s discus. On Friday, Weinstein had recorded a personal best in the men’s hammer throw with a toss of 56.13m (184′ 2″), to finish fourth overall. Smith also posted a personal best on Friday, stopping the clock at 11.86 in the women’s 100 meters to finish 11th.
Ballard garnered his second personal best of the weekend in the men’s 200 meters, clocking a time of 20.99 to finish seventh. On Friday, Ballard had stopped the clock at 10.65 for a personal best in the men’s 100 meters, taking tenth. The Mountaineers also posted a seventh-place finish In the men’s 4×400-meter relay as senior Dylan Blankenship, Ballard, Dalton, and sophomore Cole Krehnbrink stopped the clock at 3:19.83.
In the men’s 400-meter hurdles, Blankenship posted a season best, stopping the clock at 53.34 to place eighth. Sophomore Taylor Fox tied for eighth in the men’s pole vault, recording a clearance of 4.70m (15′ 5″). Sophomore Braden Underwood and junior Patrick Freeman tied for tenth in the men’s pole vault with a height of 4.70m (15′ 5″).
The women’s 4×100-meter relay team of sophomore Ani Judd, Branch, Petersen, and junior Nevaeh Haddock stopped the clock at 47.14 to place ninth overall. The women’s 4×400-meter quartet of senior Jelonnie Smith, Branch, and juniors Mariah Atwater and Elizabeth Fuller finished tenth with a time of 3:55.66. Atwater also posted a tenth-place finish in the women’s 400 meters (56.15).
Friday’s action at the Georgia Tech Invitational saw junior Eric Haddock Jr. finish fourth in the men’s long jump with a personal best leap of 7.12m (23′ 4.5″). Graduate student Alison Esparza stopped the clock at 12:25.15 in the women’s 3000-meter steeplechase to take eighth.
Three Mountaineers competed in the Virginia Challenge in Charlottesville, Va. as well on Friday, where senior Ryan Brown stopped the clock at 14:23.35 in the men’s 5000 meters to place eighth overall. Brown’s time puts him at fifth in the App State all-time list. Sophomore Calbert Guest clocked a time of 9:25.08 in the men’s 3000-meter steeplechase to place ninth.
VIRGINIA CHALLENGE | CHARLOTTESVILLE, VA
At the Virginia Challenge in Charlottesville, Va., senior Ryan Brown took eighth in the men’s 5000 meters, clocking a time of 14:23.35. In the men’s 3000-meter steeplechase, sophomore Calbert Guest stopped the clock at 9:25.08 to finish ninth overall.
The Mountaineers will hit the track again on May 12-14 for the Sun Belt Outdoor Championships in Lafayette, La.