Written by Ryan Bower
Saturday, 31 March 2012 23:47
Jamal Tiller was one of three athletes to grab a first-place finish for Appalachian State University men’s track and field at Saturday’s Mountain vs. Beach Invitational at Harold Greene Track. The Mountaineers were paired with Western Carolina in a battle against East Carolina and UNC Wilmington, who represented the Beaches in the
annual event. Despite a 345.5-310.5 victory for the Beach schools, Appalachian had several standout performers including Tiller, whose leap of 49’4.5” in the triple jump placed him two inches ahead of the next competitor.
Darius Purcell brought home the high jump title yet again with a leap of 7’0.25” while Daryl Saunders finished second with a mark of 6’9”. Landon Powell rounded out the Apps’ top finishers with a victory in the 200-meter dash (21.66 seconds) and Dennis Moore finished second with a time of 21.94. In the distance events, Charles Wofford grabbed third in the 3,000-meter run (8:57.82) while James Howard-Smith was third in the 3,000-meter steeplechase (9:49.65).
Jacob Stow was third in the pole vault (15’3”) while Jared Stalling (55’9.25”) and Nick Sansotta (47’1”) finished second and third, respectively, in the shot put. Appalachian’s 4x100-meter relay team of Moore, Powell, AJ Dohanic and Justin Thomas finished first with a time of 40.82 seconds.
Despite a 353-321 victory for the Beaches on the women’s side, Appalachian churned out several impressive performances including a top finish from Shaquiela Robinson in the high jump (5’4.25”). Hannah Orders captured first-place in the 3,000-meter steeplechase with a time of 10:56.18 while Gayshawna Watkins took the shot put title with a toss of 44’0”.
Other top finishes for Appalachian State included Molly Vaughn, who took fourth in the 100-meter hurdles (14.80) and Asia Dunlap, who finishes fourth in the 400-meter run (56.18). Breanna Alston was the runner-up in the 100-meter dash with a time of 11.88 seconds and also finished second in the 200-meter dash (24.45) while Shenita Martin grabbed fourth in the 400-meter hurdles (1:03.93).
Cassie Crawford was the pole vault runner-up with a vault of 12’3.50” and Erika Ivey finished third in the triple jump (37’11.25”). Jasmine Suydam finished second in the shot put (43’6”) to round out the Mountaineers’ top finishers in the field events.
Appalachian State returns to action at the Auburn Invitational next Saturday before hosting the Appalachian Open Meet on April 13.
Photo Courtesy: Darius Purcell, ASU Athletics