Appalachian State University track and field put forth another impressive early-season showing, this time at the Wake Forest Invitational over the weekend. On the men's side, Jared Stalling grabbed first-place in the hammer throw with a toss of 58.47 meters (191'10") and Alex Taylor finished first in the
800-meter run (1:53.02). Stalling also finished fourth in the shot put with a throw of 15.97 meters (52'4.75").
Will Raby captured first in the 5,000-meter run (14:46.84) and the Mountaineer 4x100-meter relay team of Dennis Moore, AJ Dohanic, Justin Thomas and Landon Powell finished first with a time of 40.48 seconds. Other top finishers for the Apps included Darius Purcell, who captured second-place in the high jump with a leap of 2.22 meters (7'3.25") and Dohanic, who finished second in the 110-meter hurdles (14.31 seconds).
Powell brought home a second-place time in the 100-meter dash (10.64 second) while Moore finished fifth (10.68).
Appalachian State also had strong showings from Caleb Poplin and Zane Lail in the discus throw as the pair finished fifth and seventh, respectively. The Mountaineers finished with a total of 17 top-10 finishes on the men's side.
On the women's side, Shaquiela Robinson and Sarah Williamson each brought home first-place honors. Robinson, who won the high jump in the season-opening Coastal Carolina Invitational last weekend, also picked up the high jump title at the Wake Forest Invitational with a leap of 1.73 meters (5'8").
Williamson brought home the title in the 5,000-meter run with a time of 17:24.25 while teammates Amanda Hamilton, Hannah Orders and Kayla Schneider finished third, fifth and seventh, respectively.
The Mountaineers also had a strong showing from Cassie Crawford, who finished fifth in the pole vault with a mark of 3.5 meters (11'5.75").
Asia Dunlap finished in the top five in two events, finishing second in the 800-meter run (2:12.03) while taking third in the 400-meter dash (55.37 second). Allison Cook finished third in the 3,000-meter steeplechase (11:17.85) and Kaitlyn Cagle took second in the 10,000-meter run (37:14.34).
Mary Theresa Montgomery and Janet Watson finished fourth and sixth, respectively, in Flight B of the high jump and the Apps' 4x100-meter relay team of Breanna Alston, Kristen Campbell, D'Shawrna McLucas and Shenita Martin grabbed second place (46.00).
Alston also finished third in the 200-meter dash and Gayshawna Watkins led ASU's throwers with a sixth-place showing in the shot put with a throw of 13.93 meters (45'8.50")
The Mountaineers return to action at the South Carolina Invitational next Saturday.
Photo Courtesy: Jared Stalling, ASU Athletics