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Elizabeth Kessler
Elizabeth Kessler finished second in the mile run.
photo courtesy of Lenoir-Rhyne Athletics

Lenoir-Rhyne Track and Field Teams End Indoor Season

The Lenoir-Rhyne Men’s and Women’s Track and Field Teams wrapped up their indoor regular seasons at the JDL Last Chance Invitational over the weekend.

The best event of the day for the Bears was the women’s one mile, which had three Top 10 finishers led by Elizabeth Kessler, who finished second with a time of 5:14.91. Sabrina Fleig and Eliska Rihova, who finished fourth and eighth, posted times of 5:19.32 and 5:35.62, respectively.

For the women’s high jump, LR got another second-place result as Sofia Lanina recorded a personal-best leap of 1.60 meters. The placement is the best result for the sophomore in the indoor season and has increased her heights in all three appearances.

Kyra Allyssa Jackson had a full day on the short track as the junior finished fourth in both the women’s 200-meter and 400-meter dashes. In the 200-meter event, the Virginia Beach, Va. native registered a time of 27.30 while in the 400-meter event, Jackson posted a time of 1:03.30.

Also competing on the short track was Royce Turner Jr., who finished fourth in the men’s 60-meter dash with a time of 6.99. That tally was the fastest the senior recorded in an event throughout the indoor regular season.

In the men’s pole vault, Mike Karicher finished fourth with a 4.35-meter posting. The junior matched his mark from a week ago at the Darius Dixon Memorial Invitational and has cleared that height or greater in four appearances throughout the indoor season.

In the women’s competition, Stacie Jorgensen finished fifth in the pole vault with a 3.00-meter result. The junior matched her personal best leap as it was also the first time that Jorgensen competed in the event since the JDL Early Bird Invitational on Dec. 3, 2023.

Shifting back to the track, Claudia Teran Romagosa finished sixth in the women’s 800-meter event with a time of 2:28.44. That performance is good enough for a new season-high and is the sophomore’s first Top 10 finish of the campaign.

In the women’s 60-meter dash, Molly McGrath registered her first sub eight-second result of the indoor season with a time of 7.97. The sophomore also secured her second Top 10 finish of the season with a seventh-place outcome.

Adding to an already successful day on the field for the Bears was Sharonda Priester, who finished sixth in the women’s triple jump. It was the freshman’s first triple jump event in her collegiate career, and she posted a 10.84-meter leap.

Olivia Jackson continues to build on her impressive senior indoor season with a seventh-place finish in the women’s weight throw and 10th place result in the women’s shot put.

In the weight throw event, the Cherokee, N.C. native edged out her teammate, Savannah Nippa, with a 14.31-meter throw. Nippa, who finished eighth, had a final toss of 13.82 meters. For the shot put competition, Jackson produced a toss of 11.64 meters to get her third-straight Top 10 finish in the event.

In the men’s weight throw competition, Austin Mozeley crushed his previous personal best with a throw of 12.42 meters to finish eighth in the event. The freshman’s previous best was 10.58 meters, which he recorded at the Bast-Cregger Multi Invitational on Dec. 8-9, 2023.

As the indoor regular season ends, the Lenoir-Rhyne Men’s and Women’s Track and Field Teams will return to the JDL Fast Track next weekend for 2024 SAC Indoor Track and Field Championships. The two-day event will begin on Saturday, Feb. 24 at 12:00 p.m. in Winston-Salem, N.C.