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Jacob Wadsworth
Jacob Wadsworth finished in second in the 400-meters and third in the long jump.
photo courtesy of Lenoir-Rhyne Athletics

Lenoir-Rhyne Track and Field Concludes Competition at VMI Winter Classic

Lenoir-Rhyne men’s and women’s track and field teams continued their indoor season over the weekend as they traveled up north to take part in the VMI Winter Classic.

The men’s 4×400-meter relay took home first place in their event after posting a 3.14.33 which is good enough for the second-best time in program history.

In the men’s individual 400-meter race, the Bears also had some solid success with Jacob Wadsworth placing second with a 48.41 run. Lucas Besong and John Sisson with a 49.11 and 49.48 just missed the podium with fourth and seventh place finishes, respectively.

Wadsworth also placed on the podium with a third-place finish in the men’s long jump with a 7.12-meter clearance; Trent Davis II finished eighth in the same event clearing at 6.84 meters.

Alexis Brown had a great weekend with a second-place 7.46 mark in the women’s 60-meter dash. She also placed fourth in the 200-meter run with a time of 24.63, with Jordan Shealey just missing out as well with a 25.04 run for a sixth-place finish. Shealey also came up short in the women’s 400-meter race with an eighth-place result.

In the men’s 60-meter dash, Dario Matau and Royce Turner Jr. once again had solid runs with Matau finishing second with a 6.78 run and Turner Jr. placing fifth with 6.90 posting.

With another strong showing in the women’s 60-meter hurdles, Melody Jones placed second with a time of 8.68, which is just .03 seconds back of her record time of 8.65 that she achieved last week in Salem.

Kennedy Conner had a busy day out on the field with a sixth-place finish in the women’s high jump with a leap of 1.55 meters and a long jump of 5.47 meters, good enough for a sixth-place result. Orlando Descartes finished fifth in the men’s event after clearing 2.0 meters.

In the men’s pole vault, three Bears finished in a row with Mike Karicher and Oliver Thatcher clearing at 4.20 meters and Noah Rhodes getting to 4.05 meters. Despite the tie between at 4.20 meters, Karicher took third place with Thatcher settling for fourth and Rhodes landing at fifth. Meanwhile in the women’s event, Pearl Ballard finished eighth with a 3.21-meter clearance.

In other events on the track, Olivia Overholt finished seventh in the women’s 800-meter event with a time of 2.24.60. For the 3000-meter events, Jacob Parkinson took sixth place in the men’s race with a time of 8.41.76 while in the women’s competition, Paige Ewald posted a 10.37.77 time and took home ninth place.

Elsewhere on the field, Holly Kone finished with a 11.62-meter leap in the women’s triple jump and Ellis Horton took home eighth in the men’s weight throw after recording a 15.58-meter toss.

The Bears will return to action on Feb. 3-4 as they will take part in the Camel City Invitational in Winston-Salem, N.C. over the two days and at the Liberty Open in Lynchburg, Va. on Saturday.