The App State men’s and women’s track team capped competition at the Duke Invitational in Durham, N.C. on Saturday with an event win in the women’s triple jump from junior Jada Branch and a total of 14 top-10 finishes over the weekend.
Branch recorded a personal best leap of 12.86m (42′ 2.25″) to clinch first in the women’s triple jump. Senior Hassani Burris also landed in the top-three in the women’s triple jump, taking third overall with her own personal best leap of 12.44m (40′ 9.75″).
The men’s 4×400-meter relay team of sophomore Cole Krehnbrink, graduate student De’Shawn Ballard, sophomore Jabari Dalton, and senior Dylan Blankenship finished second with a time of 3:14.84. The women’s 4×100-meter relay quartet of senior Jelonnie Smith, LaBria King, and juniors Taylor Smith and Mariah Atwater placed fourth overall with a time of 45.70.
In the men’s 400-meter hurdles, Blakenship stopped the clock at 53.62 to place fifth overall. The Mountaineers also posted seventh-place finishes in the men’s 4×100-meter relay (freshman Miles Stephens, Ballard, freshman Chandler McClendon, and Dalton, 41.43), women’s 100 meters (King, 11.84), and women’s high jump (senior Kayla Carson, 1.60m (5′ 3″)).
On Friday, senior Ryan Brown broke the App State men’s 3000-meter steeplechase record with a time of 8:51.28 and took fourth overall in the race. The previous record was 8:51.40, set in 1996 by Chris Huffstickler. In the group B section of the women’s pole vault, junior Celia Agee recorded a season-best clearance of 3.55m (11′ 7.75″) to finish sixth.
The Mountaineers will head to Auburn, Ala. for the War Eagle Invitational, hosted by Auburn on April 15-16.