“I am pleased with the way our runners performed today,” said Lee head coach Caleb Morgan. “This was our first race of the outdoor season and we only look to run faster as the season progresses.”
Brad Davis placed second in the 200-meter dash with new school record of 21.36 and placed third in the 100-meter dash with a time of 10.60. Both times were fast enough to qualify him for the NAIA Outdoor Track National Championships. His 200m time is the fastest time in the NAIA this year and the 100m time is the fourth fastest thus far.
Mike Walker was second in the 5,000-meter run, setting a new school record by 17 seconds, with a time of 15:05, which is just outside the qualifying window.
Cayce Bryan won the women’s 800-meter run with a time of 2:15, the third-fastest time in the NAIA and within the national qualifying parameters.
Jessica Childers ran her best race since coming to Lee, placing second in the women’s 1,500-meter race with a time of 4:58.
“Davis had two great races, getting qualifying times out of the way early,” added Morgan. “The weather didn’t cooperate in the 5K. It was close to 80 degrees, making it tough on the athletes. Walker still ran a great race, but was just short of the qualifying mark. Bryan continued to impress today, running one of the fastest times in the NAIA in the 800m, finishing way ahead of the field.”
Joining Bryan in the 800-meter run were Childers, Storyie Miller, Emily Arnesen and Rachel Waltz. Miller was fourth (2:24.68), Childers was sixth (2:27.47), Arnesen finished 10th (2:32.48) and Waltz was 12th (2:37.81).
The Lady Flames had three runners in the 5,000-meter run with Ashley Matthews leading the trio with a fourth-place finish (19:22.37). Alexis Hewitt (20:46.69) and Carissa Zabor (20:56.11) crossed the finish line in seventh and eighth.
Lamar Thompson joined Davis in the 100-meter dash and posted a time of 11.13 for eighth.
Five Flames were a part of the 800-meter run. Emmanuel Kipchumba was the top finisher at the fourth spot (1:56.40). Terris Elliott (1:57.13) and Adam Gullette (1:59.44) were seventh and eighth. John Trollinger was 11th (2:02.50) and Adam Christensen was 12th (2:04.36).
Victor Rotich led five Flames in the 1,500-meter run. Rotich’s time of 4:04.35 was fourth-best. Kipchumba was fifth (4.06.73), Trollinger was seventh (4:13.09), Gullette was ninth (4:19.90) and Christensen was 10th (4:21.86).
Joining Walker in the 5,000-meter run were Rotich, Adam Tauzer and Joseph Crook. Rotich placed seventh (16:23.15), Tauzer was ninth (16:56.43) and Crook was 11th (17:04.92).
Thompson added an entry in the men’s long jump and came away with a fourth-place finish with a jump of 6.46 meters.