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JOHNSON CITY, TN - The Montreat College track & field team wrapped up the indoor season in style as Lydia Wilson (FR/Smithfield, VA) represented the team at the 2017 NAIA Indoor Track & Field National Championships, which were contested March 2-4 in Johnson City, TN.

On Thursday, the freshman phenom kicked off the weekend by competing in the 5,000m race. In a tactical race dominated by upperclassmen, Wilson finished 9th in her heat with a time of 18:20.47. After a day off on Friday, Wilson returned to compete in the finals of the mile. The second race proved to be the charm as Wilson raced to an 8th place finish with a new school-record time of 5:06.75. By virtue of her top-eight finish, Wilson earned All-American status, becoming the first Montreat track & field student-athlete to reach the podium.

"After a difficult week for our team and community, I thought it was very brave of Lydia to come out and compet this weekend," said Director of Cross Country/Track & Field Jason Lewkowicz. "She got a good education in tactical racing in the 5k prelims on Friday and used that knowledge to help her reach the podium in the mile on Saturday. Lydia made us all proud not only by her performance, but by the humble and God-honoring way that she represented herself over the weekend." 

Wilson and her Cavalier teammates will have a weekend off before kicking off the outdoor season March 17th & 18th at UNC-Charlotte.

You can see the full list of NAIA Indoor Track & Field All-Americans HERE

WINSTON-SALEM, NC - The Montreat College track & field teams continued to show steady progress as they competed in two meets at the JDL Fast Track complex over the weekend, setting eight new school records along the way. 

On Friday, the Cavaliers took part in the Appalachian Athletic Conference Challenge. With an official conference indoor track & field championships slated to begin in 2018, eight conferece school joined together for a preview of what is to come. While resting some athletes for the following day, Montreat still got several strong performances. In the sprints, Patrick Kizer (FR/Raleigh, NC) set a new school record in the 60m dash, placing 9th in a time of 7.32. Connor Duncan (FR/Lawrenceburg, KY) (23.35) and Marcus-Medina-Artis (23.43) both had a season-best effort in the 200m while Eli Hall (SO/Columbus, NC) set a new personal best in the 600m, placing 6th with a time of 1:27.59. The Cavaliers saw three harriers earn personal best and top-10 efforts in the 3,000m. Brandon Welborn (JR/Traphill, NC) (6th - 9:28.02), Holden Dixon (SO/Chocowinity, NC) (7th - 9:28.06), and Jacob Parker (FR/Elkin, NC) (8th - 9:30.18) ran together as a pack and wrapped up their indoor season in fine form. In the women's 3,000m, Samantha Gaskill (SR/Wilmington, NC) placed 8th overall (12:12.03) while MiKayla Poulter (JR/Hickory, NC) (12:26.08) and Aalona Kosenko (12:28.62) both had personal best finishes. 

The team set two school records in relays on Friday. The women's 4x80m relay of Isabel Salinas (FR/Resaca, GA), Madeline Sides (FR/Denver, NC), Abigail Chevalier (JR/Swanton, VT), and MiKayla Poulter placed second in the event with a time of 11:02.40. In the men's 4x800m relay, the team of Daniel Lancaster (JR/Jacksonville, NC), Jeb Phillips (FR/Mooresville, NC), Brien Lancaster (JR/Jacksonville, NC), and Elijah Mitchell (SO/Milledgeville, GA) recovered from a baton drop to run to a second-place time of 8:09.82. 

In the field events, Melvin McCleave (FR/Lincolnton, NC) placed 9th in the triple jump with a new school record leap of 12.41m. Emanuel Beckett (FR/Hingham, MA) placed 5th in the high jump with a best effort of 1.80m while Dillon Hensley (SO/Black Mountain, NC) placed 10th in the shot put with a season best mark of 10.41m. 

On Saturday, a handful of Cavaliers competed in the UCS Invitational. Marcus Medina-Artis (FR/Kenly, NC) highlighted the effort in the 400m, placing 6th overall in a time of 50.93 while Elijah Mitchell finished 13th in 51.55. Brien Lancaster took part in a competitive mile field and finsihed 16th in 4:28.27. Lydia Wilson (FR/Smithfield, VA) also competed in the mile, placing 14th with a time of 5:10.36. That mark broke the school record she set a week ago and qualifies her in the event for the 2017 NAIA Indoor Track & Field National Championships. 

Emanuel Becket returned to compete in the high jump and placed 4th overall with a leap of 1.81m. The men's 4x400m relay quartet of Medina-Artis, Connor Duncan, Daniel Lancaster, and Mitchell placed 6th in the event with a school record mark of 3:26.95.

Lydia Wilson will now go on to represent the Cavaliers at the 2017 NAIA Indoor Track & Field National Championships, to be held March 2nd-th in Johnson City, TN. 

NEW ORLEANS, LA - The United States Track & Field/Cross Country Coaches Association (USTFCCCA) released their updated regional rankings and, after a solid performance at Roanoke College over the weekend, the Montreat College track & field teams jumped up in the polls.

The men's team moved up two spots into the #3 position with 349.80 points, behind Milligan and Webber International. The Cavaliers have 11 individuals and two relays ranked in the top-10 in the South Region. Brien Lancaster (JR/Jacksonville, NC) is ranked in three events highlighted by his second place ranking in the Mile. Lancaster is also ranked 4th in both the 3000m and 5000m. Elijah Mitchell (SO/Milledgeville, GA) is ranked 3rd in the 600m while Jeb Phillips (FR/Mooresville, NC) is ranked 3rd in the 1000m. The Distance Medley Relay is ranked 1st in the region while the 4x400m relay is ranked 4th.

The women's team moved up six spots to the #4 position in the South Region with 196.51 points. The Lady Cavaliers are ranked in six events with Lydia Wilson (FR/Smithfield, VA) ranked in three of them. The freshman holds the 2nd spot in the 5,000m and the 3rd position in the Mile, to go along with the 8th place position in the 3,000m. Isabel Salinas (FR/Resaca, GA) is the top ranked performer in the 600m while Chelsea Davis (FR/High Point, NC) and Katie Colenda (FR/Grimesland, NC) are tied for 7th in the high jump. 

You can see the full USTFCCCA Region Rankings HERE

 
 
 
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