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Track and Field - Wed, May 31, 2017

GULF SHORES, AL - Two members of the Montreat College men's track & field team represented the institution at the 2017 NAIA Outdoor Track & Field National Championships over the weekend.

On Thursday, Connor Duncan (FR/Lawrenceburg, KY) competed in the 400m Hurdles. The freshman posted a time of 55.46 which was good for seventh in his heat and 20th overall in the event. Duncan was one of only five first-year student-athletes to qualify in the event.

On Saturday, Rylan Hincher (SO/North Wilkesboro, NC) took on the marathon for the second consecutive year. On a brutally humid morning, the race saw thirty-two of the 77 competitors drop out of the race. Hincher fell victim to numerous bee stings while on a greenway section of the course only four miles into the event. Despite feeling the negative effects of that encounter, he pesevered and finished the 26.2 mile race in 3:32:51.70, which was good for 42nd place.

"If you were to simply look at the results of the weekend, you wuld not think there was much to be excited about," said Director of Cross Country/Track & Field Jason Lewkowicz. "However, I think we gained a lot from the weekend. Connor got some tremendous experience qualifying for an individual event as a freshman. He now knows not only what it takes to get back there next year, but what it will take to thrive and advance in that scenario. What happened to Rylan was very unfortunate as he had goals of finishing in the top-eight. His fitness level was certainly there but events outside of his control did not allow that to happen. I am so proud of him for how he persevered through a very rough race. He had numerous opportunities to pull out of the race and he probably should have. His resolve and desire to cross that finish line - something he has been training for months to do - did not make quitting an option for him. I told him after that nothing is wasted and that this experience, while disappointing, can be turned into something positive if he allows it to. At the end of the day, I am very proud of both of these guys for how they competed and represented Montreat College. We give all glory to God for the opportunity to be here and hope that we honored Christ with our attitude and effort."

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