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Olivia Jackson
Olivia Jackson finished top five in two events at the Finn Pincus Invitational.
photo courtesy of Lenoir-Rhyne Athletics

LR Track and Field Teams Compete at Finn Pincus Invitational

The Lenoir-Rhyne Men’s and Women’s Track and Field Teams resumed their seasons over the weekend with 24 Top 10 finishes in the Finn Picnus Invitational.

Olivia Jackson had a couple of stand-out performances over the weekend with a second-place finish in the women’s shot put and a fifth-place result in the women’s weight throw.

Jackson, a native of Cherokee, N.C., recorded a season-best throw of 11.97 meters in the shot put, which just edged out her teammate, Patricija Nemanyte, who finished third with a 11.91-meter toss.

In addition, Jackson notched a new personal best in the weight throw event with a hurl of 15.23 meters. It becomes the second-straight time that Jackson has produced a personal record on the weight throw; the senior tallied a 14.90-meter throw at Visit Winston-Salem College Kick-Off on Dec. 2, 2023.

In the men’s shot put event, Josh Wise manufactured a fourth-place finish with a 14.00-meter toss. The senior was coming off a personal-best performance of 14.78 meters at the same venue in the Bast-Cregger Multi Invitational, back in December 2023.

For the men’s weight throw, Ellis Horton picked up his second top five finish of the season with a fifth-place toss of 15.71 meters.

Moving over to the jumping events, Oliver Thatcher picked up a second-place result in the men’s high jump with a leap of 1.95 meters; the height was only behind Mount Olive’s Kamden Johnson, who recorded a 2.06-meter posting.

In the women’s long jump, Sofia Ulanday tallied a third-place performance of 5.13 meters. It was the first time this season that the sophomore has competed in the event as a standalone competition.

Sticking with the field events, LR had three male athletes finish in the top seven of the men’s pole vault event.

Noah Rhodes and Mike Karicher both recorded heights of 4.20 meters, but since Rhodes recorded the mark first, the sophomore earned the third-place finish while Karicher earned fifth. Philip Stomne also finished high on the leaderboard with a seventh-place result of 3.75 meters.

In the women’s pole vault, Pearl Ballard was the lone LR participant to compete in the event with a 3.05-meter hurdle. The junior recorded 3.20-meter leaps in both of her previous competitions.

Transitioning over to the track, LR had three top seven finishers in the women’s 60-meter dash. Angela Morisette finished with the best LR time with a personal best posting of 8.03. While the freshman finished fourth, Molly McGrath (8.08) and Christine Clerger (8.18) recorded sixth and seventh-place finishes, respectively.

In the men’s 60-meter dash, Isaiah Reyes dialed up a seventh-place time of 7.23. It was the first time the sophomore competed in the event during his collegiate career.

In the 60-meter hurdle events, LR had the luxury of posting two top five finishes in their respective divisions. For the men’s race, Stomne recorded a third-place time of 8.64, which was good enough for a new season best. In the women’s race, Nemanyte secured a fifth-place finish with her time of 9.54; it was the freshman’s first time competing in a 60-meter hurdle final at the collegiate level.

Moving up to the women’s 200-meter dash, LR had four participants placed in the Top 10. While none of them cracked the top five, Kimberley Owens and Jordan Shealey each shared sixth place with simultaneous times of 26.61. Jani Day (26.65) and Morisette (26.67) finished just behind the pair with eighth and ninth place finishes, respectively.

In the women’s 400-meter race, Mathilde Etienne tallied a third-place finish in her first event at LR. The graduate student recorded a time of 1:00.73, which was seven tenths of a second faster than her teammate and fourth-place finisher Day. Owens also slipped in Top 10 with a 1:03.10 posting.

Lastly in the women’s one-mile race, Elizabeth Kessler posted a fifth-place time of 5:28.08. This marks the first time that the senior has competed in this specific race since her ninth-place finish in the 2023 SAC Indoor Championships.

The Lenoir-Rhyne Men’s and Women’s Track and Field Teams will return next weekend with another multi-competition slate. LR athletes will either compete at VMI Invitational in Lexington, Va. or the Camel City Invitational in Winston-Salem, N.C. Both competitions will be two-day events beginning on Friday, Jan. 26.