White Becomes First SAC Track & Field Champion With Win in Long Jump


HICKORY, N.C. -- Freshman MeKayla White became Catawba’s first South Atlantic Conference Track & Field Champion, winning the long jump competition on Thursday. The Catawba Indians broke seven school marks on the opening day of the Championships which are being held at Lenoir-Rhyne’s Belk Track.

White took the win with a jump of 5.77 meters, nearly 19 feet. She had the jump on her third of six jumps and was a centimeter more then her second jump. White jumped a foot farther, but that jump was deemed a foul.

Terrell Johnson advanced to the final of the men’s long jump and finished sixth. He posted a school record jump of 6.98 meters. That broke the 1968 record of 6.86 meters by Gary Kochman. Another long standing record was broken as Brien Pittman qualified for the 400 meter final with a time of 48.89. The previous mark of 49.30 was set by Don Swofford in 1969.

Pittman was one of 14 Catawba runners that advanced to Saturday’s finals. The Indians put three runners in a pair of events. In the men’s 1500 meters, Tom Joyce, Ethan Bemis and Logan Bemis advanced, while in the women’s 100 meters, Bryannah Smith-Cunningham, Kierra McNeill and Maddie Bohannon will run the final.

Joyce also made the final in the men’s 800 meters and is one of three runners in a pair of finals. Darius Turner qualified for both the men’s 100 and 200 finals, while Smith-Cunningham will run the women’s 200 meters in addition to the 100. Justen Burnette will join Turner in the 200 final. Also earning final spots was Abbie Adams in the women’s 1500 meters and Rashaun Noble in the men’s 110 meter hurdles.

Noble set a record in the 110 hurdle prelim at 15.34. Turner had a 10.53 to set a legal mark in the 100 meters. He previously ran a 10.48 wind-aided mark. Josiah Lane shaved 1/100th of a second off his previous record in the 400 meter hurdles with a 57.38. Smith-Cunningham ran the fastest women’s 100, but her 12.10 was a wind-aided time.

Samiyah Rasheed set the women’s high jump mark of 1.49 meters during the heptathlon competition. She stands ninth after the first day with 2,048 points. 

Nolan Chilton is in fifth place after the first day of the decathlon, setting a first-day point total of 2,904. He set decathlon records in the 100 meters, long jump, high jump and 400 meters.

Catawba scored points in just the long jump competitions on Thursday. The women are seventh with 10 points and the men eighth with three points.

Thursday Results

Hammer Throw
10. Candace Swepson, 39.42 PB
11. Danielle Ortiz, 36.33m
22. Tatyana Long, 26.59m

Pole Vault
9. Dallas Vann, 3.70m PB

13. Candace Swepson, 24.45m
15. Heidi Mueller, 23.46m PB

23. Darius Avery, 30.09m

Long Jump
1. MeKayla White, 5.77m
10. Shakalya Robertson, 5.09m

6. Terrell Johnson, 6.98m SR
15. Jones Carter, 6.45m


1500m Prelim
10. Abbie Adams, 5:00.28q
14. Lexie Petty, 5:16.62 PB
17. Hannah Efird, 5:27.31 PB

2. Tom Joyce, 4:03.39Q
6. Ethan Bemis, 4:05.10Q
9. Logan Bemis, 4:07.07q PB
14. Javier Alejandro, 4:14.05 PB
17. Drew Lake, 4:23.95

110m Hurdle Prelim
7. Rashaun Noble, 15.34q SR

400m Prelim
2. Brien Pittman, 48.89Q SR
17. Tyquandarius Williamson, 51.40 PB
19. Braxton Ford, 51.59 PB
30. Tyler Osifo, 53.72 PB

100m Prelim
4. Bryannah Smith-Cunningham, 12.10q w PB
5. Kierra McNeill, 12.16q w PB
8. Maddie Bohannon, 12.26q PB

5. Darius Turner, 10.53Q SR
9. Justen Burnette, 10.64 PB
14. Rashaun Noble, 10.73 PB
22. Terrell Johnson, 10.99 PB
26. JahBriel Walker, 11.23 PB

800m Prelim
14. Christina D’Amelio, 2:29.54
22. Abbie Adams, 2:33.87
23. Lexie Petty, 2:34.88 PB

4. Tom Joyce, 1:56.16q
12. Rontrel Felton, 1:59.75
15. Ethan Bemis, 2:00.74
23. Austin Snide, 2:05.52 PB

400m Hurdle Prelim
9. Josiah Lane, 57.38 SR

200m Prelim
7. Bryannah Smith-Cunningham, 25.63q w
9. Maddie Bohannon, 25.68
14. Kierra McNeill, 25.98

4. Justin Burnette, 21.86Q
6. Darius Turner, 21.95q
16. Rashaun Noble, 22.40
18. Tyler Osifo, 22.54
33. Marcus McMurray, 24.07

3000m SC Final
9. Hannah Efird, 13:07.44

10. Javier Alejandro, 10:31.97
15. Michal Swepson, 10:42.77

10000m Final
12. Hannah Mercer, 40:40:03
13. Nikki Elminowski, 40:48.28 PB

10. Kyle Rhodes, 33:01.55
15. Curtis Carmack, 33:53.00

Heptathlon Day 1
9. Samiyah Rasheed, 2,048 pts
10. 100m Hurdles - 18.31 (457 pts) PB
3. High Jump - 1.49m (610 pts) SR
4. Shot Put - 8.52m (433 pts)
10. 200 meters - 29.09 (548 pts)

Decathlon Day 1
5. Nolan Chilton, 2,904 pts SR
5. 100 Meters - 11.78 (695 pts) PB
4. Long Jump - 6.09m (606 pts) PB
6. Shot Put - 9.39m (449 pts)
7. High Jump - 1.62m (480 pts)
3. 400 meters - 53.17 (674 pts) PB

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