SALEM, VA - The Montreat College track & field team traveled to Virginia over the weekend to compete in the Finn Pincus Invitational, hosted by Roanoke College. The Cavaliers made the most of the trip, coming through with 16 top-10 finishes while setting nine new school records.
On the women's side, Lydia Wilson (FR/Smithfield, VA) continued to shine during her breakout freshman campaign, winning the mile in a school-record time of 5:16.16. Wilson came back later to take 7th in the 800m with a time of 2:27.59. That mark also set a new school record. The women's team also got new school record performances from Nyaisha Burrell (FR/Richmond Hill, GA) (60m - 8.40), Katie Colenda (FR/Grimesland, NC) (400m - 1:07.12), and Isabel Salinas (FR/Resaca, GA) (600m - 1:49.60). On Friday night, Chelsea Davis and Colenda made their debuts in the high jump, with both finishing with a school-record mark of 1.38m. MiKayla Poulter (JR/Hickory, NC) placed 7th in the 5,000m (21:20.40) while Samantha Gaskill (SR/Wilmington, NC) was right behind, placing 8th (21:21.84).
The men's team came through with 11 top-10 finishes while breaking three school records. On Friday night, Emanuel Beckett (FR/Hingham, MA) made his collegiate debut in the high jump and he did not disappoint, taking third place with a program best mark of 1.91m. Also on Friday night, Rylan Hincher (SO/North Wilkesboro, NC) placed 4th in the 5,000m with a new personal-best time of 16:01.14. In the second section of the 5k, a quartet of Cavaliers packed together and took the top four sports. Jacob Parker (FR/Elkin, NC) led the way with a time of 16:39.68, while Brandon Welborn (JR/Traphill, NC) (16:40.02), Holden Dixon (SO/Chocowinity, NC) (16:46.91), and Frank Bartholow (FR/Lexington, NC) (16:47.11) were close behind.
On Saturday, Elijah Mitchell (SO/Milledgeville, GA) set the tone for a great day, placing 2nd in the 600m with a school-record time of 1:23.60. Jeb Phillips (FR/Mooresville, NC) took 5th in the same event (1:28.38) while Eli Hall (SO/Columbus, NC) (6th - 1:28.40) and Daniel Lancaster (JR/Jacksonville, NC) (10th - 1:28.81) also had strong performances. Earlier in the day, Lancaster placed 6th in the mile with a season-best time of 4:35.70 while Phillips finished the same event in 4:41.06. Connor Duncan (FR/Lawrenceburg, KY) placed 3rd in the 500m with a time of 1:12.24 while Marcus Medina-Artis (FR/Kenly, NC) was 4th in 1:13.36. Duncan would later go on to race to a personal-best time of 23.62 in the 200m while Medina-Artis came through in 23.71. Brien Lancaster (JR/Jacksonville, NC) took home a 4th place finish in the 3,000m with a time of 9:11.13 and the 4x400m relay team of Medina-Artis, Duncan, Hall, and Mitchell placed third with a school-record time of 3:29.66.
In the field events, Beckett led a trio of jumpers in the long jump. After his first and best jump was marked incorrectly, Beckett rebounded to post a top effort of 6.08m while Tyler Hensley (FR/Black Mountain, NC) jumped to a lifetime best 6.01m. Melvin McCleave (FR/Lincolnton, NC) got his first action of the season and finished with a best jump of 5.56m.
"It was a strong weekend for the team," said Director of Cross Country/Track & Field Jason Lewkowicz. "At this time of year, we are looking to see some breakthroughs and we got a lot of that. With our program being relatively new, it is exciting to see these athletes come out and set new standards. We want to continue to raise the bar for what we expect out of our team and continue to do our best to represent Montreat well. We have a hard working bunch that will continue to improve as the season goes on."
The team will wrap up the regular season this weekend with a pair of meets. The team will compete in the Appalachian Athletic Conference Challenge on Friday at the JDL Fast Track complex in Winston-Salem, NC. A portion of the team will remain in town to compete in the UCS Invitational at JDL the following day.
JACKSONVILLE, FL - The Montreat College baseball team traveled to Florida over the weekend for a three-game series against Trinity Baptist College. The Cavaliers made the most of the trip as they swept the series from the Eagles.
In the first game on Friday, it was the Eagles who struck first, building up a 5-0 lead after five innings. The Cavaliers (5-1, 0-0 AAC) would get their offense going in the 6th when they got an RBI single by Bradley Oakes and then a three-run homer from Tray Hill (SR/Chickamauga, GA) to cut the deficit to 5-4. Then the drama started with two outs in the bottom of the ninth inning, as Stephen Adams blasted a solo homer to tie the game at 5-5 and force extra innings.
After a scoreless ninth and tenth innings, Montreat again went to the long ball, this time courtesy of Ricardo DeArmas (JR/Miami, FL), as his solo shot gave Montreat a 6-5 lead. Cole Yoder (SR/Auburndale, FL), who came in relief of Braeden Daniels (SO/Statesville, NC) in the 5th inning, closed out the Eagles in the bottom of the 12th to seal the win.
Bradley Oakes (SR/Asheville, NC) went 2-3 with an RBI and Stephen Adams added a double to his home run for Montreat, who collected eight hits as a team. Cole Yoder picked up the win after 7 2/3 scoreless innings in relief. Yoder gave up only three hits while striking out seven.
In the second contest, played on Saturday, the Cavaliers scored seven runs in the first four innings and came away with a 9-2 victory. Ricardo DeArmas had a tremendous game for Montreat, going 4-4 with a double, home run, and four RBI. Nick Bray (SR/Alpharetta, GA) went 3-4 with a double and home run while the Cavaliers also picked up RBI from Andres Cancio (SR/Orlando, FL), Tray Hill, Chase Day (SR/Easley,SC), and Danny Fernandez (SO/Miami, FL). Daniel Collins (SO/Guyton, GA) picked up the win after giving up only two hits and one unearned run while striking out five batters in five innings of work.
In the final game of the weekend, a three-run home run from Eli Ledford (SR/Asheville, NC) put the Cavaliers on top early and tremendous pitching from Andres Cancio propelled Montreat to a 6-0 victory. Matt Oster (JR/Knoxville, NY) went 2-3 with a pair of doubles and an RBI while Robert Hernandez (SO/Miami, FL) went 2-3 with an RBI. Cancio gave up only two hits over six innings of work, striking out six batters to move to 2-0. Mitchell Donahue (JR/LaGrange, GA) came on to pitch a scoreless seventh inning to wrap up the sweep for the Cavaliers.
The Cavaliers return to action on Tuesday, February 14th when they travel to face North Greenville at 3:00pm.
WALESKA, GA - The Montreat College women's lacrosse team opened up their 2017 season Saturday with a 23-1 loss to #10 Reinhardt University.
The Cavaliers (0-1, 0-1 AAC) allowed the Eagles to get going early and fell into a large deficit before Amber Hill (SO/Lyman, SC) scored towards the end of the first half. Reinhardt would hold a 17-1 lead at the break and keep the Cavaliers scoreless in the second half on their way to the win.
Montreat will be back in action on Wednesday, February 22nd when they host Converse College at 3pm in their home opener at Pulliam Stadium.