Freshman Meagan Thornton (Millville, N.J.) won the 400-meter hurdles and placed third in the 100-meter hurdles to lead the Lees-McRae College women's track and field team to a fourth-place performance at the 2012 Conference Carolinas Championships on Saturday at the Arthur, Laurentsen and Sanders Track and
Field Complex. Mount Olive College took home the team title with 166 points, as Trojan head coach Matt Van Lierop was named Coach of the Year, and Alaytra Carswell garnered Track Athlete of the Year honors. Amber Cunningham of Limestone College was named the Field Athlete of the Year, as Meagan Henry of King College garnered Freshman of the Year honors.
Limestone came in second with 129 points, followed by King (108), Lees-McRae (69), and Barton College (63). Queens University of Charlotte was sixth with 37 points, followed by Belmont Abbey College (25), and North Greenville University.
On Friday, Taylor Pritchett (Apex, N.C.) took home the women's pole vault title with a personal-best mark of 2.59 meters, as Persephanie Mcrae (Brooklyn, N.C.) placed second in the high jump with a career-best jump of 1.62 meters. Kortnie Curry (Lexington, N.C.) placed third in the high jump for the Bobcats with a mark of 1.62 meters.
In the 4x100-meter relay, the quartet of Meagan Thornton (Millville, N.J.), Jessica McEnaney (Cary, N.C.), Auburn Lowe (Swain County, N.C.), and Iesha Poindexter (Jetterville, Va.) placed fourth in a photo-finish with a time of 50.07 seconds. Hannah Henderson (Canvas, W.Va.) placed fifth in the 1,500-meter run with a time of 5:12.59, as Thornton finished third in the 100-meter hurdles with a personal-best mark of 15.26 seconds.
Poindexter put together a strong performance in the 100-meter dash, finishing second with a time of 12.55 seconds, while Henderson placed sixth in the 800-meter run with a mark of 2:34.25. Thornton then delivered the performance of the day, winning the 400-meter hurdles by more than one second with a time of 1:05.01. McEnaney, Thornton, Lowe and Poindexter also placed fifth in the 4x400-meter relay with a time of 4:25.00.
Rachelle Cleveland (Moyock, N.C.) finished second in the javelin throw with a mark of 32.09 meters, as Kayla Frazier (Chesterfield, S.C.) placed sixth with a throw of 26.51 meters. Genay Miller (Woodstock, Ga.) and Jamara Cook (Claremont, N.C.) placed seventh and eighth in the hammer throw with marks of 33.29 and 32.93 meters, respectively.
Cook placed fifth in the discus on Saturday with a toss of 34.22 meters, as Cleveland and Frazier finished eighth and ninth with marks of 29.67 and 29.56 meters, respectively. Cleveland finished sixth in the shot put with a mark of 10.46 meters, as Frazier and Cook placed eighth and 10th with throws of 9.89 and 9.60 meters, respectively.
Lees-McRae is expected to return 21 athletes from this year's squad, including rising seniors Cook, Frazier, Lowe, Miller, Poindexter, and Karina Ortiz (Hickory, N.C.).
Saintine's Record Day Fuels Bobcats
Lees-McRae College sophomore Nazaire Saintine (Douglassville, Ga.) established a pair of program records on Saturday to lead the men's track and field team to a fourth-place performance at the 2012 Conference Carolinas Championships at the Arthur, Laurentsen and Sanders Track and Field Complex. Mount Olive College took the team title with 173 points, beating out second-place King College's total of 150 markers. Limestone College finished third with 74 points, followed by Lees-McRae (71) and North Greenville University (67). Queens University of Charlotte was sixth with 40 points, followed by Belmont Abbey College (21) and Barton College (18).
Mount Olive head coach Matt Van Lierop was named Coach of the Year, as TJ Wilson was named the Freshman of the Year while sharing Track Athlete of the Year honors with Anthony Mallory of Queens University of Charlotte and Freddie Martino of North Greenville University. Rickey Bell of King College was named the Field Athlete of the Year.
Kevin Dever (Leesburg, N.J.) kicked off the weekend for the Bobcats on Friday, winning the pole vault with a mark of 4.40 meters, as Evan Webb (Salisbury, N.C.) came in second with an identical mark of 4.40 meters. Saintine finished second in the high jump with a mark of 1.93 meters, while Jordan Wilbur (Chesterfield, S.C.) turned in a season-best mark of 35.84 meters in the hammer throw en route to a sixth-place performance.
Saintine set the first of two school records on Saturday in the long jump, finishing third with a mark of 6.97 meters, as Kendall Davis (Douglassville, Ga.) followed closely in fourth with a mark of 6.95 meters. Saintine placed second in the triple jump with a school-record leap of 13.92 meters, besting his own program mark. Eric Cloy (Ball Ground, Ga.) and Davis finished eighth and ninth with marks of 12.84 and 12.80 meters, respectively.
Wilbur and Ryan Trask (Cobleskill, N.Y.) placed ninth and 10th in the discus with season-best throws of 33.89 and 33.21 meters, respectively, while Devan Mackey (Hickory, N.C.) finished fifth in the shot put with a mark of 12.34 meters.
The quartet of Davis, Travis Burton (Newberry, S.C.), Christopher Dye (Gastonia, N.C.), and Josh Oliver (North Wilkesboro, N.C.) placed fourth in the 4x100-meter relay with a time of 43.03 seconds, while Tyler Dunn (Jasper, Ga.) finished third in the 1,500-meter run with a mark of 4:11.24 after making a tremendous charge over the final three laps.
Richard Lane (Concord, N.C.) finished fifth in the 110-meter hurdles with a time of 15.75 seconds, as Bradley King (Hildebran, N.C.) and Brandon Williams (Raleigh, N.C.) placed sixth and seventh, respectively. Burton placed seventh in the 400-meter dash with a time of 51.04 seconds, as Lane finished sixth in the 100-meter dash with a mark of 11.34 seconds.
King placed third in the 400-meter hurdles with a time of 55.46 seconds, before teaming with Dever, Burton, and Saintine to finish fourth in the 4x400-meter relay with a mark of 3.22.13.
Lees-McRae is expected to return 24 athletes from this year's squad, including rising seniors Dever, King, Oliver, Wilbur, and Williams.
Photo Courtesy; Megan Thornton, LMC Athletics