Lees-McRae junior Ryan Trask claimed two top-10 finishes in two field events while junior Rachelle Cleveland accomplished the same feat on the women’s side while LMC track & Field was at the Aggie

Invitational in Greensboro, N.C. over the weekend.



Trask impressed in the javelin with a heave of 46.90 meters to claim fifth place and followed up with a 10th place finish in the discus with a distance of 34.54 meters. Freshman teammate Joshua Godwin earned an 11th place finish in the javelin at 38.80 meters and finished 16th in the discus with a toss of 31.80 meters.


Junior Rachelle Cleveland continued her impressive season when she launched the javelin 33.50 meters on her first attempt. She claimed seventh in the shot put with a throw of 11 meters. Freshman Jessica Hattabaugh finished ninth in the javelin with a distance of 26.95 meters.


Senior Kortnie Curry, freshman Makayla Boswell and senior Persephanie McRae all finished in the top 10 in the women’s high jump. Boswell and Curry cleared 1.58 meters while McRae got over the 1.53 meter bar.


Curry finished 24th in the long jump with a distance of 4.47 meters.


Freshman Kayla Powell enjoyed a solid weekend after finishing 11th in the discus (31.52 meters) and 17th in the shot put (9.69 meters).


Freshman Cody McNeely highlighted the men’s track team with a top-30 finish in the 400-meter run with a time of 2:03.28.


Senior Evan Webb travelled to Tallahassee, Fla. and won the pole vault when he cleared 4.75 meters at the FSU Invitational.


LMC will take next week off before hosting the Conference Carolinas Outdoor Track & Field Championships in Banner Elk, N.C. on April 25 & 26.



Lutz, Chapman Claim Wins at North Greenville



Lees-McRae sophomore Hillary Lutz earned her sixth win on the season, but LMC's women's tennis squad dropped a 7-2 decision at North Greenville Saturday afternoon in Tigerville, S.C.


The Crusaders (3-16, 3-5 CC) boasted their postseason opportunities with the win while they are sitting sixth. The Bobcats (2-14, 1-8) grabbed wins at No. 2 and 5 singles.


Lutz (Shelby, N.C.) claimed consecutive wins after a tough bout with Maggie Elliott at No. 2 singles, 6-3, 6-4.


Freshman Amanda Chapman (Sunderland, Md.) earned a win via default at No. 5 singles.


NGU didn't allow LMC to win more than two games in any of the doubles matches.


The Bobcats won two matches this season, marking the most since the 2010-11 campaign.


Men's Tennis Falls to North Greenville, 9-0



he Lees-McRae men's tennis team concluded its season with a 9-0 loss at North Greenville in Conference Carolinas competition Saturday afternoon in Tigerville, S.C.


The Crusaders (9-8, 5-2 CC) improved their postseason resume while staying a half-game ahead of Pfeiffer for the No. 3 seed. The Bobcats (3-12, 0-8) were unable to win a point despite Garrett Lakey's three-setter.


Lakey (North Wilkesboro, N.C.) snagged the first set from Santiago Robles, 6-4, in No. 5 singles action, but fell 6-3 in the second before coming up short, 10-7, in the third.


The duo of Taduez Poplawski (Asheville, N.C.) and Adam Chivers (Wilbraham, Mass.) hung tough at No. 3 doubles, but fell short, 8-6.


The Bobcats finished the season with three wins after going winless last year.



Bobcats Falter in Season Finale at Mount Olive



Lees-McRae senior Katelin Rooney and junior Ximena Dupont tallied two goals each, but LMC fell in its season finale, 15-6, in a Conference Carolinas tilt Saturday evening in Mount Olive, N.C.


The Trojans (10-4, 4-2 CC) had a trio of players register hat tricks, led by Katie McGovern, who had four goals. The Bobcats (5-8, 0-6) held the groundball advantage (11-8) and had 10 successful clears on 11 attempts.


Rooney (Naples, Fla.) made her final game as a Bobcat a solid one when she netted a goal only 1:51 into the contest to give LMC an early 1-0 lead.


McGovern sparked a 5-0 run over the next 11 minutes with a pair of goals before Dupont (Fort Meyers, Fla.) notched her first goal with 11:53 remaining in the first half.


Dupont led the Bobcats with four groundballs and three shots on goal.


LMC would be held scoreless the rest of the half while the Trojans ripped off a 6-0 run.


Sophomore Taylor Drake (Jupiter, Fla.) got in the mix with a goal at the 23:40 mark before chipping in with an assist on Rooney's second goal with 21:44 left in the game.


Mount Olive's Michelle Scannell and Michelle Fortier tallied a goal apiece to stretch the lead to 10, 14-4.


Bobcat sophomore Jenah Tracy (Naples, Fla.) whipped a shot past the Trojans Sarah Snell with 9:54 on the clock while Dupont followed up with her second goal of the evening at 6:38.


Mount Olive notched a goal with four seconds remaining in the contest and claimed with win with a 33-shot performance.


LMC goalie Mia Emmerson (Orlando, Fla.) stopped 12 shots while five Bobcats fired off at least two shots.


Both offenses played smoothly while each team committed only 12 turnovers.



Photo Courtesy: Rachelle Cleveland, LMC Athletics