LYNCHBURG, VA - The Montreat College track & field team continued their indoor season over the weekend, competing in the Darius Dixon Memorial Invitational, hosted by Liberty University. The Cavaliers had a number of strong efforts over the course of the two days, highlighted by three new school records.
On Friday night, the 4x800m relay team of Erik Rodriguez, Daniel Lancaster, Joshua Kilgo (SR/Waxhaw, NC), and Elijah Mitchell (FR/Milledgeville, GA) set a new school record in the 4x800m relay event, crossing the line in 8:18.01 to take 3rd place.
Also on Friday evening, Rylan Hincher (FR/North Wilkesboro, NC) placed 5th in the men's 5,000m race with a personal best time of 16:26.43. Teammate Steven Anhold (SO/Churchville, VA) was right behind, coming in 6th place with a time of 16:26.56. The two harriers would return on Saturday to compete in the 3,000m race with Hincher posting another personal best time of 9:31.83 while Anhold crossed the tape in 9:33.53.
On Saturday, Daniel Lancaster (SO/Wilmington, NC) won the non-D1 section of the men's 1,000m race and his time of 2:37.22 was a new indoor school record. Teammate Erik Rodriguez (SR/Euless, Texas), who hold the outdoor 1k school record and is a 2015 NAIA National Indoor T&F Championship Qualifier in the event, placed 3rd in a time of 2:37.78. Daniel Angarita (FR/Miller's Creek, NC) would place 6th in the event with a time of 2:46.75 with Brandon Welborn (SO/Traphill, NC) taking 8th place in 2:49.49.
At the end of the day on Saturday, the 4x400m relay team of Rodriguez, Kilgo, Mitchell, and Eli Hall (FR/Columbus, NC) placed 2nd in the 4x400m relay with a time of 3:33.07.
Dawuud Shabazz-Williams (SO/ Bristow, VA) set a new school record in the shot put, heaving a throw of 11.61m (38'1.25") to place 9th in his collegiate debut. In the high jump, Caleb Mallory (SO/Miami, FL) cleared the bar at 1.79m (5'10.5") to earn a 7th place finish.
"I was really pleased with how the weekend went," said head coach Jason Lewkowicz. "We are in a pretty heavy phase of our training right now and these early season meets are great to test our fitness and learn how to compete. I thought the guys came out and really worked hard and we got some solid results out of the weekend. We will use this as motivation as we get back to work next week and prepare for ETSU."
The track & field team will be back in action this weekend as they travel to Johnson City, TN to compete at the Buccaneer Invitational, hosted by East Tennessee State University, February 5th-6th.
JOHNSON CITY, TN - The Montreat College track & field team kicked off the 2016 season by sending several members of the men's squad to compete in the ETSU Invitational on Saturday, January 16. Returning to competition three days after the start of the new semester, the meet served as an opportunity to get re-acclimated with racing.
The group primarily focused on relays and the distance medley relay team consisting of Brandon Welborn (SO/Traphill, NC), Elijah Mitchell (FR/Milledgeville, GA), Erik Rodriguez (SR/Euless, Texas), and Daniel Lancaster (SO/Wilmington, NC) placed 8th in the event with a time of 11:09.59. Later in the day, the 4x400m relay team consisting of Welborn, Mitchell, Rodriguez and Joshua Kilgo (SR/Waxhaw, NC) finished 16th out of 27 teams with a time of 3:32.44. The time was a new indoor school record for the Cavaliers.
The Cavaliers return to action January 29-30 when they travel to Lynchburg, VA to compete in the Darius Dixon Memorial Invitational at Liberty University.
Winston-Salem, NC - The Montreat College track & field team opened up the indoor season this past week, sending a group of men to Liberty University on Thursday at the JDL Fast track complex in Winston-Salem on Saturday.
On Thursday, five Cavaliers traveled to Liberty to compete in a 5,000 meter race. Rylan Hincher (FR/North Wilkesboro, NC) had a strong showing in his collegiate track debut, finishing the race in 16:32.55, a new personal best at that distance. Steven Anhold (SO/Churchville, VA) was close behind, finishing in 16:34.62, also a personal best time. Holden Dixon (FR/Chocowinity, NC) completed the race in 17:22.69 while Daniel Angarita (FR/Miller's Creek, NC) finished in 17:59.50. Assistant Coach Breanna Newton competed in the women's 5k event and took home a first-place finish in a time of 18:32.33.
On Saturday, the Cavaliers sent a handful of men to the JDL College Kickoff Classic. Erik Rodriguez (SR/Euless, Texas) came through with the top effort of the day, placing 4th in the 1,000m race in a time of 2:40.81. Daniel Lancaster (SO/Wilmington, NC) set a new school record in the mile, placing 11th with a time of 4:39.10. Lancaster also competed in the 3,000m, placing 12th in his debut in the event at 9:34.27. Joshua Kilgo (SR/Waxhaw, NC) placed 20th in the 400m (53.47) while Cedric Cash (SR/Creedmore, NC) placed 22nd in the long jump (5.83m).
"It's great to have the opportunity to get a track meet in before the Christmas break," said head coach Jason Lewkowicz. "I like to call December meets "rust-busters" because they basically give us the chance to get re-aclimated to the track after fall training for the cross country season. I think the guys we sent to compete gained some valuable experience and it will give them some positive momentum and motivation going into the break."
The Cavaliers will be off until January 15th when they travel to East Tennessee State University for the ETSU Invitational.