ROCK HILL, S.C. – Tristian Shaver won the pole vault and the 4×100-meter relay team finished first to lead Appalachian State men’s track & field at the ADIDAS/Winthrop Invitational on Friday and Saturday.
Shaver cleared 16-6.75 (5.05m) to capture the pole vault. His mark was nearly a foot higher than the next closest finisher.
The 4×100-meter relay tandem of Brenton Ervin, De’Shawn Ballard, Elliott Graves and Jabari Johnson crossed first in the relay in 41.00 seconds.
Graves qualified sixth overall for the finals of the 110-meter hurdles with a time of 14.56 seconds. He finished sixth in the finals, shaving .03 seconds off his time to finish in 14.53 seconds. Graves also placed ninth in the 400-meter hurdles in 55.03 seconds, with Dylan Blankenship finishing right behind in 10th with a time of 55.13 seconds.
App State saw three finish in the top-five in the 3,000-meter steeplechase. Lawson Benfield crossed second in 9:38.97, with Zachary Mercer finishing fourth in 9:45.76 and Sawyer Gwyn-Rowsom placing fifth with a time of 9:49.27.
Sean Doyle was fourth in the 800-meter run with a time of 1:56.33.
In the discus, Michael Albert finished sixth with a toss of 153-2 (46.42m) and Peter Kenn placed seventh with a mark of 151-6 (46.19m). Albert also recorded an eighth-place finish in the shot put with a mark of 48-2.00 (14.68m), while Kenn was ninth in the hammer throw with a toss of 173-2 (52.79m).
App State will complete as a split squad next weekend, sending athletes to the Raleigh Relays and the Pepsi Florida Relays on Mar. 29 and Mar. 30.
ROCK HILL, S.C. – Appalachian State women’s track & field competed at the ADIDAS/Winthrop Invitational on Friday and Saturday.
There was no scoring in the meet.
In the 5,000-meter run, the Black and Gold claimed two of the top eight spots. Samantha Kolor crossed third in the field of over 40 runners in 18:29.39, with Erin Jameson placing seventh with a time of 18:34.16.
Jenna Lineberry was fifth in the developmental 800-meter run in 2:25.99, while Sarah Venable posted an eighth-place finish in the invite 800-meter run in 2:17.56.
After qualifying eighth in the 400-meter dash with a time of 57.70 seconds, Jelonnie Smith shaved off nearly half a second to finish sixth in the finals of the event with a time of 57.27 seconds.
Hannah Emery finished in a tie for fifth place in the pole vault, clearing 11-3.75 (3.45m), while Kayla Carson was tied for seventh place in the high jump with a mark of 5-3.00 (1.60m).
Casey Turro placed ninth in the 3,000-meter steeplechase in a PR time of 12:09.48 and Hassani Burris was 10th in the triple jump, covering 37-2.25 (11.33m).
App State will compete at two meets next weekend, with members of the team competing at the Raleigh Relays and others competing at the Pepsi Florida Relays. Both meets will take place on Mar. 29 and Mar. 30.