Hot Flames run to strong SSAC finish
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ROME, Ga. — The Lee University track teams participated in the inaugural Southern States Athletic Conference Track & Field Championships Fiday and Saturday with the Flames placing second and the Lady Flames earning a fourth-place finish.

The Flames amassed 153 team points, but fell 75 shy of first place Emmanuel College. Spring Hill College was third (138), William Carey University was fourth (136), Brewton-Parker College was fifth (54) and Loyola University New Orleans scored 39 points.

The Lady Flames posted 94 points, three points short of third. Brenau University claimed the women’s championship with 352.50 points. Wiliam Carey was second at 113. Loyola was fifth at 88.50 points and Spring Hill finished sixth (16).

The two squads combined to win eight event championships. Ashley Matthews led the way with wins in the 10,000 meter run and the 5,000 meter run. Cayce Bryan won the 800-meter run, Jessica Childers was first in the 1,500-meter run and the Lady Flames’ 4x800 relay team of Emily Arnesen, Brianna Prugh, Childers and Storyie Miller gave the women five titles.

Brad Davis edged Brad Reid of William Carey University to win the 200-meter dash. Davis posted a time of 22.20, while Reid had a time of 22.21.

Mike Walker was the winner of the 3,000 meter steeplechase at 9:50.4 and John Trollinger was fifth (10:15.7).

Lamar Thompson led a contingent of three Flames to the top three of the hammer throw. Thompson had a throw of 15.05 meters. Adam Christensen and Justin Knuth placed second and third, respectively.

Thompson finished third (11.37) and Davis was seventh (13.68) in the 100-meter dash. Davis was fifth in the 400-meter run and Thompson was third in the 110-meter hurdles.

Emmanuel Kipchumba earned a fourth-place finish in the 800-meter run with a time of 1:55.99. Adam Christensen was fifth (1:59.85), Adam Gullette was eighth (2:03.11) and Trollinger was 14th (2:08.81).

In the 1,500-meter run, Walker’s time of 3:59.35 was second-fastest. Terris Elliott placed third (4:03.56) and Victor Rotich was fourth (4:05.30). Kipchumba crossed the finish line in eighth position at 4:12.19.

Walker and Joseph Crook ran in the 5,000 meter. Walker was third (15:34.25) and Crook (16:31.15) was ninth.

Elliott was third and Knuth was sixth in the 400-meter hurdles, while Thompson was fourth in the triple jump. Elliott was runner-up In the pole vault.

Rotich and Camden Perez represented Lee in the 10,000-meter run and finished seventh and eighth, respectively.

Thompson, Christensen and Knuth also took part in the javelin throw. Thompson was seventh, Christensen was eighth and Knuth finished 12th.

The Flames’ 4x800 meter relay team was second, while the 4x400 meter relay team placed fourth and its 4x100 relay team finished sixth.

Bryan led a trio of Lady Flames into the top three of the 800-meter run. The sophomore crossed the finish line at 2:19.01. Storyie Miller (2:25.58) was second and Childers (2:27.15) was third. Emily Arnesen was seventh with a time of 2:33.26.

Childers’ time in the 1,500-meter run was 5:08.06 and was just 0.01 faster than Bryan in second place. Bryan also took seventh in the 200-meter dash.

Storyie Miller was sixth (1:01.59) and Brianna Prugh was 11th (1:04.41) in the 400-meter run. Miller finished eighth in the triple jump, 10th in the shot put and 12th in the long jump.

Alexis Hewitt and Rachel Waltz joined Matthews in the 5,000-meter run. Hewitt was fifth (20:14.11) and Waltz was 10th (22:03.51). Matthews’ winning time was 19:05.13.

Matthews also placed first in the 10,000-meter run on Friday with a time of 39:29.79. Emily Carden finished in eighth.

Arnesen was the only Lady Flame in the hurdling events. She placed fifth with a time of 1:14.03 in the 400-meter hurdles.

The Lady Flames earned another title in the 4x800 meter relay. The 4x400 meter relay team was a fourth-place finisher at 4:12.07.

Up next for Lee will be a tri-match against Bryan College and Tennessee Wesleyan College May 3. The event will be held at Rhea County High School.