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Holly Kone
Holly Kone finished second in the triple jump.
photo courtesy of Lenoir-Rhyne Athletics

LR Track and Field Teams Compete at Multiple Events

The Lenoir-Rhyne Men’s and Women’s Track and Field Teams returned to the Commonwealth of Virginia for the second-straight weekend to participate in the VMI Invitational.

The Bears lone victory from the weekend came in the men’s 4×400-meter relay. The group of Olawoe Olanrewaju, Clarence McGill, Marcus Crumpler, and Bamidele Ajayi took the top spot with a recorded time of 3:16.62.

The most decorated meet of the weekend for the Bears was the 60-meter hurdles where LR placed three participants in the top five. Nick Tibolla posted the fastest time of the group with a second-place time of 8.37. Liam Sutton and McGill finished with a simultaneous time of 8.43, however Sutton got the edge for fourth place while McGill claimed fifth.

Sticking with the short track hurdles, Sharonda Priester recorded an eighth-place time of 9.42 in the women’s 60-meter hurdle event.

In the men’s 200-meter race, the Bears had two participants finish in the top five with Crumpler and Ajayi finishing in fourth and fifth, respectively. Crumpler, a junior out of Huntersville, N.C., nearly matched his personal best with a 21.86 posting. Meanwhile for Ajayi, the freshman recorded a time of 21.97 in his first collegiate 200-meter event.

For the women’s 60-meter dash, Zanetta Udo-Obong recorded a seventh-place finish with a time of 7.85. In the preliminary events, the freshman notched a new personal best with a time of 7.78.

Shifting over to the field, the Bears had two participants finish in the top seven for the men’s pole vault event. Mike Karicher, a junior from Annandale, Va., recorded a fourth-place result of 4.37 meters while Philip Stomne, a senior from Valbo, Sweden, finished in seventh with a 4.22-meter leap. Both results were season best for the two student-athletes.

On the women’s side, Miranda Marr and Pearl Ballard each recorded ninth place finishes in their respective events. Marr, a junior from Powder Springs, Ga., tallied a leap of 1.52 meters in the high jump competition. For Ballard, the junior from Hendersonville, N.C. finished with a height of 2.96 meters in the pole vault competition.

The Lenoir-Rhyne Men’s and Women’s Track and Field Teams marked their return to the JDL Fast Track for the first time in 2024 for the Camel City Invitational.

Holly Kone had a decorated outing on the field and the track with top 10 finishes in the women’s triple jump and 200-meter race. The junior out of Nottingham, England notched the best result for LR over the weekend with a second-place finish of 11.77 meters in the triple jump.

Meanwhile, in the 200-meter dash, Kone tallied a 26.6 time to finish 10th in the event, the same finish the junior had in the season-opening race at the Commonwealth College Opener.

The Bears continued to succeed in the triple jump events as Nick Henriques recorded a 14.24-meter leap to finish fourth in the men’s competition. The junior from Acworth, Ga. was coming off his season-best performance of 14.34 meters at the Vanderbilt Invitational last weekend.

Another LR participant to earn a top five finish in the field was Ellis Horton, who notched a toss of 16.16 meters in the men’s weight throw event. That distance is good enough for a new season-best for the senior out of Mount Pleasant, N.C.

In the men’s shot put, Josh Wise produced his fourth Top 10 finish of the season with a seventh-place result of 14.17 meters. The mark is an improvement from his past week’s performance, where he recorded a 14-meter throw at the Finn Pincus Invitational.

For the women’s field, Mathilde Etienne tallied a new collegiate best in the long jump event with a seventh-place leap of 5.30 meters. The graduate student began her indoor season last weekend, but the long jump competition was the first field event that she has participated in.

Carolin Fuehren registered a new personal best in the mile event with a fourth-place time of 5:05.18. The tally was nearly eight seconds faster than her previous mile high, which was also at the JDL Fast Track. In three of her four indoor events, the freshman has recorded at least a top four finish.

The Lenoir-Rhyne Men’s and Women’s Track and Field Teams will return to action next weekend with another multi-competition slate. LR athletes will either compete at the VMI Winter Relays at Lexington, Va. or the South Carolina Invitational in Columbia, S.C. Both competitions will be two-day events beginning on Friday, Feb. 2.