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Lewis Budgen
Lewis Budgen won the men's 1500-meter race.
photo courtesy of Lenoir-Rhyne Athletics

Lenoir-Rhyne Track and Field Hosts LR Bears Invitational

The Lenoir-Rhyne Men’s and Women’s Track and Field Teams had another great showing at Irwin Track in the LR Bears Invitational.

In their final home event of the outdoor season, the combined squads had 11 individual winners which included a clean sweep at the podium for the men’s javelin throw.

Orlando Descartes (52.02 meters) had the best hurl of the competition while Josh Wise (51.62 meters) took the runner-up spot. Philip Stomne rounded out the top three with his toss of 46.16 meters

Other events that the LR men took top spots in the field events were Jacob Wadsworth (7.27 meters) in the long jump and Mike Karicher (4.35 meters) in pole vault.

Although not coming out on top in either one of his events, it is worth noting the day that Ellis Horton had. The senior finished in second place (50.02 meters) in the men’s hammer throw and in third place (43.14 meters) for the men’s discus throw.

Shifting over to the women’s field events, Holly Kone (12.10 meters) took first place in the women’s triple jump. In the pole vault, although the Bears could not come away with the top spot, LR obtained six of the Top 10 spots with Pearl Ballard (3.45 meters) finishing as the top finisher from the program.

Olivia Jackson also recorded a couple of second-place finishes in the women’s shot put and hammer throw events. The senior had a 12.38-meter toss and a 45.91-meter hurl in each event, respectively.

On the short track, the men once again displayed a superb outing by winning four short-distance events.

Dario Matau continues to accomplish amazing feats with his first-place finish in the men’s 100-meter dash; the sophomore had a time of 10.25 seconds.

Trent Davis II took the top spot in the men’s 200-meter dash as the junior crossed the line in 20.71 seconds. Lucas Besong recorded a third-place finish with a 21.32-second result.

Speaking of the senior from Camden Wyoming, Del., Besong notched a first-place finish in the men’s 400-meter dash with a time of 47.49 seconds. Wadsworth also placed third in the event with 48.16-second finish.

Sticking with the 400-meter races, Marcus Crumpler finished in first at the hurdle event, securing a time of 53.81 seconds. Clarence McGill rounded out the podium with a 54.09-second performance for a third-place outcome.

Even the men’s 4×400-meter relay team recorded a third-place finish in the event by garnering a time of 3:19.60 seconds.

Moving on up in distance, Lewis Budgen won the men’s 1500-meter race with a time of 4:02.08 seconds. Meanwhile, for the women’s 800-meter race, Olivia Overholt came out on top with a 2.18.72-second finish with Claudia Teran Romagosa finishing third in a time of 2:24.84 seconds.

The freshman, Teran Romagosa, also had a second-place finish behind Elizabeth Kessler in the women’s 3000-meter steeplechase. Kessler outperformed her peer with a time of 11:46.04 seconds while Teran Romagosa had a 12:25.05- second result.

Lastly for the women, Melody Jones registered a second-place finish in the women’s 100-meter hurdles with a time of 13.68 seconds. This performance comes after the sophomore did not compete in last week’s Southside Power & Fitness Invitational.

The Lenoir-Rhyne Men’s and Women’s Track and Field Teams will return to action on Saturday, April 29 for the Appalachian State Invitational. This one-day event is slated to begin at 10:00 a.m. from Boone, N.C.