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Lenoir-Rhyne Track and Field to Send 11 Student-Athletes to NCAA Championship

The Lenoir-Rhyne Men’s and Women’s Track and Field Teams will be sending a program-best 11 student-athletes to the 2024 NCAA Outdoor Track and Field Championships.

Alexis Brown, who won the 60-meter and 200-meter dashes at the NCAA Indoor Championships, qualified for three events in the outdoor edition of the track and field championships.

The sophomore from Mableton, Ga., will represent LR in the women’s 100-meter dash, the 200-meter dash and the 4×100-meter relay. Brown won the SAC Outdoor Championship in both the 100-meter and 4×100-meter races.

Meanwhile, the winner of the women’s 200-meter dash, Victoria Aransiola, will also represent the Bears in the event at the NCAA Outdoor Championships. The freshman will also compete alongside Brown in the 100-meter dash and 4×100-meter relay.

The other three LR participants of the 4×100-meter relay will be Holly Kone, Melody Jones and Damyja Ortiz. Kone, the junior from Nottingham, England, also qualified for the triple jump event while Jones, the junior from Chicago, will be a part of the 100-meter hurdles.

Over on the men’s side, Jacob Wadsworth also qualified for three unique events in the men’s decathlon, long jump and 4×400-meter relay. The senior from Dansville, N.Y., won the long jump and 4×400-meter relay at the SAC Outdoor Championships.

Joining Wadsworth on the 4×400-meter relay team are Clarence McGill, Bamidele Ajayi, Olawole Olanrewaju, and Marcus Crumpler. The group had a first-place time of 3:08.32 in the SAC Outdoor Championships.

In addition to their selection into the relay team, McGill qualified for the men’s 400-meter hurdles while Ajayi and Olanrewaju will represent LR in the men’ 400-meter race. In the NCAA Indoor Championships, Ajayi finished 12th with a time of 48.33 in the 400-meter event.

Lastly, in the men’s triple jump, Nick Henriques qualified for the Bears. In the outdoor season, the junior from Acworth, Ga., had a personal-best leap of 15.44 meters.

The 2024 NCAA Outdoor Track and Field Championships will begin on Thursday, May 23, in Emporia, Kan. The three-day event is being hosted by Emporia State University.

LR Schedule of Events
Men’s Decathlon – Jacob Wadsworth
Thursday, May 23 – 10:30 a.m.
Friday, May 24 – 9:30 a.m.

Men’s Long Jump – Jacob Wadsworth
FINAL: Thursday, May 23 – 2:30 p.m.

Women’s 4×100-Meter Relay – Melody Jones, Victoria Aransiola, Holly Kone, and Alexis Brown
PRELIM: Thursday, May 23 – 5 p.m.
FINAL: Saturday, May 25 – 2:10 p.m.

Men’s 400-Meter Race – Bamidele Ajayi and Olawole Olanrewaju
PRELIM: Thursday, May 23 – 5:40 p.m.
FINAL: Saturday, May 25 – 3:05 p.m.

Women’s 100-Meter Dash – Alexis Brown and Victoria Aransiola
PRELIM: Thursday, May 23 – 6:25 p.m.
FINAL: Saturday, May 25 – 3:35 p.m.

Men’s 400-Meter Hurdles – Clarence McGill
PRELIM: Thursday, May 23 – 7:40 p.m.
FINAL: Saturday, May 25 – 4:10 p.m.

Women’s Triple Jump – Holly Kone
FINAL: Friday, May 24 – 4:45 p.m.

Women’s 200-Meter Dash – Alexis Brown and Victoria Aransiola
PRELIM: Friday, May 24 – 4:45 p.m.
FINAL: Saturday, May 25 – 4:50 p.m.

Women’s 100-Meter Hurdles – Melody Jones
PRELIM: Friday, May 24 – 6:50 p.m.
FINAL: Saturday, May 25 – 2:55 p.m.

Men’s 4×400-Meter Relay – Clarence McGill, Marcus Crumpler, Olawole Olanrewaju, and Bamidele Ajayi
PRELIM: Friday, May 24 – 7:50 p.m.
FINAL: Saturday, May 25 – 5:50 p.m.

Men’s Triple Jump – Nick Henriques
FINAL: Saturday, May 25 – 12:45 p.m.

{Information courtesy of Lenoir-Rhyne Athletics}