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Lenoir-Rhyne Women’s Track And Field Win SAC Championship
Holly Kone won gold in the triple jump.
photo courtesy of Lenoir-Rhyne Athletics

Lenoir-Rhyne Women’s Track and Field Win SAC Championship

For the second time in program history, the Lenoir-Rhyne Women’s Outdoor Track and Field Team captured a South Atlantic Conference Championship. The Bears, who also took home the 2019 title, beat Queens by 11 points and dominated the rest of the field while dodging incoming bad weather to earn the 2022 SAC Championship.

In 20 scored events, LR finished with 174.5 points and edged out Queens who had 163.5. The Bears and Royals put plenty of distance between themselves and the rest of the field as third-place Wingate had 97 points and fourth-place Anderson had 60. Catawba (54), Limestone (50), Newberry (48) and Coker (47) rounded out the top eight in the conference.

The Bears got two top-5 finishes in the hammer throw, with Bekki Roche grabbing a silver medal (46.82 meters), and Olivia Jackson finishing 5th (42.70 meters). Maigan Bowman finished 5th in the high jump, clearing 1.62 meters.

Lacey Triplett grabbed a silver medal in the javelin throw with a toss of 38.65 meters. The Bears had two of the top four finishers in the long jump, with Melody Jones (5.63 meters) winning the silver, and Kennedy Conner (5.48 meters) taking 4th.

Holly Kone grabbed a gold medal finish in the triple jump with a result of 11.96m and Conner added two more points for LR with a seventh-place finish. LR took 2nd, 3rd and 4th in the pole vault. Pearl Ballard took the silver, clearing 3.25 meters. Lacey Triplett took the bronze at 3.10 meters, and Kennedy Conner finished 4th, clearing 2.95 meters.

Melody Jones (11.91s) and Emmanuella Kone (12.03s) took home second and third place finishes in th 100m dash, giving the Bears 14 points and Jordan Shealey finished fifth to add four more points in that event. Jones (14.31s) added a third-place finish in the 100m hurdles, one spot ahead of Conner (15.06s) to give LR 11 points in that event.

LR added 13 points in the 10000m run thanks to a silver medal finish from Janet Kwambai, a fifth-place finish from Caroline Hilliard and eighth-place finish by Kathrin Polke.

Jones broke her own program mark in the 100m dash with her time of 11.91, which beat out her time of 11.98 from earlier this season.
Kone’s time of 12.03 gave her the third-best time in the 100m dash in program history. Dahlberg’s time of 11:20.87 in the 3000m steeplechase was the second-best in program history. Kwambai ran 17:30.54 in the 5000m which is a personal best for her and the second-highest mark in team history, trailing only four-time All-American Kate Griewisch’s mark of 16:20.53 which has stood since 2012.
Kwambai also set a personal record in the 10000m with her time of 35:32.72, also only behind Griewisch’s 2012 mark of 33:44.87.
The 4x100m relay team set a program record, running a time of 46.76 which topped the previous mark of 47.69.

Team Results
1 Lenoir-Rhyne 174.5
2 Queens 163.5
3 Wingate 97
4 Anderson 60
5 Catawba 54
6 Limestone 50
7 Newberry 48
8 Coker 47
9 Carson-Newman 45
10 Lincoln Memorial 22
11 Tusculum 17