February 23, 2019
Track & Field Net Three Podiums and Set 10 Records on Day One of SAC Indoor Championships
WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. -- Catawba set 10 school records and produced three podium finishes on the opening day of the 2019 South Atlantic Conference Track & Field Championships on Saturday at the JDL Fast Track. The Catawba Indians also qualified 16 runners into Sunday’s running event finals.
Hannah Mercer, Terrell Johnson and the men’s distance medley relay team earned the top finishes, each taking third place. Mercer ran a school record 18:19.88 in the women’s 5000 meters, Johnson turned in a record jump of 7.02 meters in the men’s long jump, while the DMR team of Javier Alejandro, Brien Pittman, Tom Joyce and Ethan Bemis put in a time of 10:34.53. The DMR team matched its third place from a year when it was the only podium finish for the Indians.
In other event finals, MeKayla White went fourth in the women’s long jump with a school record leap of 5.42m. Candace Swepson had a record throw of 14.02m to place eighth in the women’s weight throw. Jones Carter made the men’s long jump final and was seventh with a personal best of 6.73m.
Catawba had great success in the sprint prelims. The Indians put three men and three women in the 60 meter finals, three men and two women in the 200 meter final and one man in the 60 meter hurdle final.
Rashaun Noble was the top qualifier in the hurdles as he set a championship meet record of 8.41 seconds. Maddie Bohannon (25.73) was the top qualifier in the women’s 200 meters and Joyce topped the men’s 800 meter prelims (1:57.31).
Joining Bohannon in the 200 meter final will be Bryannah Smith-Cunningham. The men’s 200 meters will feature Justen Burnette, Tyler Osifo and Darius Turner. Turner also made the 60 meter final along with Noble and Burnette. Smith-Cunningham joins Kierra McNeill and Akeena Maxwell in the women’s 60 final. Other finalist on Sunday will be Ethan Bemis in the men’s mile, Pittman in the men’s 400 and Patience Hunt in the women’s 800.
The Catawba men earned 14 points on Saturday and stand fifth among the 11 schools. The women picked up 15 points and are sixth. The meet will conclude on Sunday.
Men’s Pole Vault
12. Dallas Vann, 3.50m =SB
18. Darius Avery, 12.37m PB
19. Elyjah Thomas, 12.32m SB
3. Hannah Mercer, 18:19.88 SR
9. Nikki Elminowski, 18:54.99
15. Christina D’Amerlio, 20:05.79 PB
16. Abbie Adams, 5:55.91
21. Siearrah Emmerson, 1:07.02 PB
1. Rashaun Noble, 8.41Q SR MR
|No events scheduled until September 5|