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Alexis Brown won both the 60-meter dash and the 200-meters at the NCAA Indoor Championships.
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Lenoir-Rhyne Women and Men’s Track and Field Both Finish Second at SAC Indoor Championships

The Lenoir-Rhyne Women’s Track and Field Team brought home a second place finish at the 2024 South Atlantic Conference Indoor Championships on Sunday at the JDL Fast Track. On top of the second place finish, LR brought home a handful of individual awards. Victoria Arabsiola was the Women’s Indoor Track and Field Freshman of the Year and Alexis Brown was the Outstanding Track Athlete of the Meet. Additionally, Olivia Jackson brought home Outstanding Field Athlete of the Meet honors.

The Bears finished with 131 total points, trailing only Wingate who had 207. The Bears had a huge lead on the third place finisher as Carson-Newman had 68 points.

Alexis Brown brought home first place in the 60m, finishing with a time of 7.25 seconds. This time stands as a new meet record. Victoria Aransiola finished third with a time of 7.57. Brown would also garner 10 points with a first-place finish in the 200m with a time of 24.03. Aransiola earned a second-place finish, just .36 seconds behind Brown as LR grabbed 20 team points in the event thanks to Holly Kone finishing seventh. Both Brown and Aransiola broke the meet record which was 24.59.

Carolin Fuehren won the conference championship in the 800m, blazing the course in 2:11.36 which topped the meet record by over three whole seconds.

The Bears 4×400 meter relay team earned conference champion accolades with a time of 3:53.82. The quartet consisted of Damyja Alejandro-Ortiz, Kone, Fuehren and Sharonda Priester who set a meet record in the event.

Jackson would bring home second place in the weight throw with a toss of 15.57 meters and finished sixth in the shot put to give LR 11 points in the two events.

Pearl Ballard won a silver in the pole vault with a score of 3.40m and Stacie Jorgensen earned sixth-place with her score of 3.10m.

Kone earned third place in the 400m with a time of 58.39, one spot ahead of Alejandro-Ortiz who got fourth. Kone was crowned conference champion in the triple jump with a score of 11.96m.

Priester earned a bronze medal in the 60m hurdles with her time of 8.98 seconds.

The DMR squad earned a bronze with a time of 12:40.75 to grab six points.

Liz Kessler and Paige Ewald each earned a point in the 1 mile and 5000m respectively with eighth-place finishes in grueling long distance events.

LR had three in the top seven in the pentathlon, led by Mathilde Etienne who finished third with 3098 points.

The Bears will now turn their attention to the NCAA Championships on March 8-9 in Pittsburg, Kansas.

The Lenoir-Rhyne Men’s Track and Field Team brought home a second place finish at the 2024 South Atlantic Conference Indoor Championships on Sunday at the JDL Fast Track.

On top of the second place finish, LR brought home a handful of individual awards. For the second consecutive season, Kevin Paterson was named the Men’s Indoor Track and Field Coach of the Year. For the student-athletes, Philip Stomne shared the honor of the Men’s Outstanding Field Athlete of the Meet while Bamidele Ajayi earned the title of the Men’s Indoor Track and Field Freshman of the Year.

The Bears finished with 132 total points, trailing only Wingate, who had 177. The Bears had a huge lead on the third place finisher, Tusculum, who ended with 55 points.

The Bears’ best event came in the heptathlon, where they recorded 25 of their 132 total points. Stomne took the top spot in the competition, earning 10 points with his 4889 final. Oliver Thatcher, who ended second with 4486 points, earned eight points for the Bears.

LR tallied 23 of its points from the 400-meter event, led by first-place finisher Ajayi. The freshman finished with a time of 48.67, which was only two hundredths of a second faster than teammate Marcus Crumpler, who ended second. Olawole Olanrewaju finished fourth with 50.22 time.

Ajayi’s contributions were not done there as he placed third in the 200-meter dash with his time of 22.13. While Ajayi secured six points for the Bears, Nurain Musa (22.24) and Crumpler (22.24) got five and four points with their fourth and fifth place finishes, respectively.

In the men’s long jump, Ezequiel Bustamante finished first with a leap of 7.28 meters, giving the Bears the full 10 points. Fellow freshman Tylei Woolard tallied a fifth-place finish with his jump of 6.95 meters.

In the 60-meter dash, Musa took first place and scored 10 points for the Bears with his time of 6.77. That posting is only four hundredths of a second behind his personal-best recording.

Ellis Horton posted another first-place finish for the Bears with his 16.73-meter toss in the weight throw event. That mark is a new personal best for the senior who last reached that distance or greater in the 2022 SAC Outdoor Track and Field Championships.

In addition to his win in the heptathlon, Stomne also smashed his personal best in the pole vault event with a clearance of 4.46 meters. With another first-place finish, the senior collected an additional 10 points for the Bears.

For the 60-meter hurdles, Liam Sutton was the best LR finisher with a fourth-place time of 8.23. While Sutton claimed eight points, Clarence McGill (8.46) and Nick Tibolla (8.54) finished seventh and eighth place to earn two and one points, respectively.

In the Distance Medley Relay, the combined group of Lewis Budgen, John Sisson, Harrison Hickman, and Jacob Parkinson gave LR six more points with their third-place finish. The four-man team recorded a time of 10:20.69.

Securing another podium finish for the Bears was Josh Wise, who finished third in the shot put event. The senior went on to record a new personal best toss of 14.83 meters and matched his best finish in the event during the indoor season.

The final event that the Bears scored points in was the triple jump. Nick Henriques, the junior from Acworth, Ga., recorded a new personal best with a leap of 14.68 meters to earn three points and finish sixth.

The Lenoir-Rhyne Men’s Track and Field Team will now turn its attention to the 2024 NCAA Division II Indoor Track and Field Championships. The two-day event, which is hosted by Pittsburg State University, is scheduled to take place on March 8-9 in Pittsburg, Kan.