Flames 1-2 at Crossplex Showdown

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Posted 1/21/20

BIRMINGHAM, Ala. — The Lee University women’s track & field team placed first and the men finished second at the Emory Crossplex Showdown Sunday, at the Birmingham CrossPlex. The teams combined for seven Lee records, seven individual event wins and an NCAA Division II provisional qualifying mark.

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Flames 1-2 at Crossplex Showdown

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BIRMINGHAM, Ala. — The Lee University women’s track & field team placed first and the men finished second at the Emory Crossplex Showdown Sunday, at the Birmingham CrossPlex. The teams combined for seven Lee records, seven individual event wins and an NCAA Division II provisional qualifying mark.
 
The Lady Flames posted four event wins on their way to scoring 133.5 points. The closest finisher to Lee was West Georgia with 81 points.
 
The Lady Flames combined to set program records in the 400-meter, mile, long jump and weight throw. Amber Littlejohn won the 400-meter dash with a Lee record time of 57.01. 
 
Celine Ritter added another event win and school record in the mile run. Chloe Flora was second in the mile and Charlee Boxall completed Lee’s claim of the top three spots. 
 
Emma Clark won the 3000, Olivia McLain was second at 10:35.84. Toni Moore paced the 5000 field to finish almost four seconds ahead of her nearest competitor.
 
Jordan Allison finished third and added another program record with a 5.11-meter measurement in the long jump. 
 
Deborah Rubin led four Lady Flames in the weight throw. Rubin posted a Lee record of 15.29 meters to finish fourth. 
 
Littlejohn added a third-place finish in the 200-meter dash and Kristen Blevins was ninth.
 
Ritter and Boxall finished in the top five of the 800-meter run. Ritter was second  and Boxall was fifth.
 
Brooke Long was sixth in the 60-meter hurdles preliminaries and was sixth  in the event finals.
 
Hannah Buttolph joined Allison in the high jump. Allison cleared 1.55 meters to finish second and Buttolph tied for sixth at 1.50 meters.
 
Truelove and Duma were third and fourth in the triple jump. Truelove covered 10.65 meters, while Duma posted landed at 10.56 meters.
 
Lewis was the top Lee performer in the shot put with a measurement of 12.37 meters. 
 
The Flames posted three event wins on their way to scoring 114 points, but Alabama Huntsville amassed 146 points to secure the overall team win.
 
The Flames combined to set program records in the high jump, weight throw and shot put. Gari Garmendia claimed Lee records in the throwing events.
 
Jonah Mayes added the final Lee record of the day with a first-place high jump of 1.95 meters. Evan Hanen held the standard of 1.92 meters since the 2018 season. Derek Flatford joined Mayes in the high jump and finished fifth after clearing 1.80 meters.
 
Mayes added another top-five performance with a triple jump of 13.67 meters to finish fourth.
 
Christian Noble and Casey Guthery recorded Lee’s other two event wins. Noble won the mile run with a time of 4:14.69, while Guthery was the winner at 8:35.48 in the 3000-meter run.
 
Stone, Sandifer and Andrew Hendry joined Noble in the mile run. Stone was fourth, and Sandifer finished fifth. 
 
Caleb Campbell led four Flames into the 400-meter dash. He finished second with Jeremiah McCain right behind in third.
 
Flatford, McCain, Cunningham and Nnantah were Lee’s representatives in the 60-meter hurdles. McCain placed fourth in the final and Flatford was fifth. 
 
Elias Sandifer crossed the finish line of the 800-meter run for third in the event. 
 
The Lady Flames and Flames return to action this weekend. The women’s distance medley relay team will travel to a meet in Boston on Saturday, while the rest of the team will return to the Birmingham CrossPlex for the KMS Invitational on Sunday.

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