Lee runners set 6 records

By LEE ATHLETIC COMMUNICATIONS
Posted 4/22/19

ATLANTA – In their final regular season meet of the season, the Lee University men’s and women’s track & field teams collected six Lee program records and five NCAA Division II provisional …

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Lee runners set 6 records

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ATLANTA – In their final regular season meet of the season, the Lee University men’s and women’s track & field teams collected six Lee program records and five NCAA Division II provisional qualifying marks at the Georgia Tech Invitational on George C. Griffin Track.

The men’s 4x400-meter relay team of Siphosethu Boya, Josiah Brooks, Justin Brooks and Jeremiah McCain finished second with a time of 3:12.52 to meet the provisional standard of 3:13.91. The time is the 16th-best reported in DII so far this season.

McCain added another school record in the 110-meter hurdles. He became the first runner in Lee history to finish under 15 seconds with a mark of 14.98. The previous record was 15.16 by Derek Flatford at the Charlotte 49er Classic on March 16. His performance is tops in the GSC this season. Flatford joined McCain in the event and finished 15th with a time of 16.14. McCain added a 16th-place finish in the 400-meter hurdles (54.96).

Ben Tabor led three other Flames in the 5,000-meter run. He placed fourth with a Lee record time of 14:38.26 to beat Caleb Eagleson’s record of 14:44.79 from March 16, 2018, at the Yellow Jacket Invitational. Casey Guthery crossed the finish line at 14:48.38 for fifth. Eagleson placed 15th (15:00.74) and Dawson Reed was 25th (15:35.54).

Christian Noble and Thomas Kelton were the top two finishers of the 3,000-meter steeplechase with each meeting the DII provisional standard. Noble completed the race at 8:55.03 to not only beat his own record from two years ago but record the best time in DII this season. Kelton’s time of 9:06.48 is No. 14 in the nation and second in the GSC.

The women’s 4x100-meter relay team of Amber Littlejohn, Kayla Williams, Kristen Blevins and Kiley Brock finished fourth with a time of 46.80. The time met the provisional-qualifying time of 46.86 and knocked 0.03 seconds off the standard they had set at the Emory Classic earlier in the season.

Charlee Boxall also met a provisional mark while setting a Lee record in the 1,500-meter run. Boxall crossed the finish line in first with a time of 4:29.18 to beat Chloe Flora’s record of 4:29.28 from the Raleigh Relays on March 29. Cate Gifford was 23rd (4:51.29). Boxall added a 10th-place finish in the 800-meter run with a time of 2:15.44.

Littlejohn improved upon her program record in the 400-meter dash with her fourth-place time of 56.25. Her previous mark of 57.27 came on March 30 at the Emory Classic. Mikayla Beeler crossed the finish line at 59.71 for 28th.

The Flames had three runners place in the top eight of the 100-meter dash. Justin Brooks was third (10.70), Josiah Brooks was right behind in fourth (10.75) and Boya was eighth (10.92). The trio did about the same in the 200-meter dash. Josiah was fourth (21.63) with Justin sixth (21.68) and Boya seventh (21.93). In the 400-meter dash, Justin was second (47.27) and Boya placed seventh (47.91).

Stacen Cunningham joined Boya and the Brooks brothers to place third in the 4x100-meter relay. They combined for a time of 41.63 seconds.

Jared Herzog and Ben Gilman were Lee’s representatives in the 800-meter run. Herzog crossed the line at 1:57.08 (25th) and Gilman posted a time of 2:02.18 (34th). The duo also competed in the 1500-meter run. Herzog was 21st (3:59.13), while Gilman finished 24th (4:02.97). Moises Ponce made it three Lee finishers in the race with a time of 4:08.40 (31st).

Jonah Mayes cleared 1.90 meters to tie for fifth in the high jump and Gari Garmendia tossed the shot put 15.51 meters for fifth place.

The Lady Flames had three runners complete the 5,000-meter run. Amy Carpenter finished 16th (17:42.54) and Becca Umbarger was 19th (17:44.47). Logan Hernandez recorded a time of 17:58.85 to finish 26th.

Blevins, Brock and Williams all finished under 12.50 in the 100-meter dash. Blevins was 23rd (12.23), Brock finished 27th (12.34) and Williams was 34th (12.47). Littlejohn was 19th (25.33) in the 200-meter dash. Blevins stopped the clock at 25.42 (23rd) and Williams was 39th (26.29).

Brooke Long’s time of 15.71 put her in 25th in the 100-meter hurdles. Jordan Allison was eighth (1:04.23) in the 400-meter hurdles with Long crossing at finishing at 1:06.45 (17th).

Faith Lewis finished 13th in the shot put with a throw of 10.94 meters. She also placed 11th with a discus throw of 36.44 meters. Alexis Stevens finished eighth in the javelin with a mark of 29.48 meters. Lewis stuck the javelin at 28.69 meters to place ninth.

Both squads have this coming weekend off and begin postseason competition on May 2 at the GSC Championship. The three-day meet will be held at Barron Stadium in Rome, Ga.

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