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Paige Ewald
Paige Ewald won the 5000-meter run.
photo courtesy of Lenoir-Rhyne Athletics

LR Track and Field Teams Compete at Darius Dixon Memorial Invitational

The Lenoir-Rhyne Men’s and Women’s Track and Field Teams competed in their final multi-day indoor event of the regular season at the Darius Dixon Memorial Invitational.

Paige Ewald led all performers with a first-place finish in the women’s 5000-meter run. The junior recorded a time of 18:09.13, which was nearly six seconds faster than Towson’s Aubrey Schaffer.

For the men, Nurain Musa completed another excellent weekend on the short track. The freshman recorded a new personal best in the men’s 200-meter dash with a time of 21.50 to finish fifth in the invitational final.

In addition, Musa tied his personal time of 6.73 to finish second in the men’s 60-meter dash. This is the first weekend that Musa has competed in since the Bast-Cregger Multi Invitational in December.

Sticking to the track, the Bears had multiple Top 10 finishers in two men’s 400-meter events. Starting with the open event, Bamidele Ajayi recorded a second-place time of 47.91 while Marcus Crumpler finished eighth with a time of 49 seconds.

In the open event, Olawole Olanrewaju took an eighth-place finish with a recorded time of 49.72, finishing six tenths of a second faster than teammate Clarence McGill, who placed ninth in the race.

All four of these runners teamed up to compete in the men’s 4×400 relay. The combined group of Olanrewaju, McGill, Ajayi, and Crumpler took a second-place result with a time of 3:12.38; the result was the best amongst non-Division I participants.

Another relay event that the Bears participated in was the Women’s Distance Medley. The 4000-meter event was comprised of Sabrina Fleig, Kimberley Owens, Olivia Overholt, and Carolin Fuehren. The group recorded the best non-Division I time with a 12:17.32 posting.

In other women’s track events, Victoria Aransiola finished fourth in the women’s 200-meter invitational dash. The freshman recorded a new personal best time with a 24.24 result, which is nearly one second faster than her debut appearance in the South Carolina Invitational last week.

For the field, Holly Kone picked up another top finish in the women’s triple jump with a fourth-place result of 12.15 meters. The distance is a new season best for the junior from Nottingham, England.

Speaking of new seasonal bests, Sofia Lanina recorded her best performance in the women’s high jump with a 1.58-meter leap. The sophomore finished sixth in the event after competing for only the second time in the indoor season.

In the men’s pole vault event, Mike Karicher recorded a seventh-place finish with a height of 4.35 meters. With this result, it marks the fourth-straight time that the junior has placed in the Top 10 for the event.

The Lenoir-Rhyne Men’s and Women’s Track and Field Teams will return to action for the final indoor regular season competition of the season, the USC Indoor Open. The one-day event is scheduled for Friday, Feb. 16 at 10 a.m. from Columbia, S.C.