Sunday, 15 April 2018 23:12

Lenoir-Rhyne Track and Field Competes at Catamount Classic

Saidah Hardwick won the 400-meter dash setting a new school-record in the process Saidah Hardwick won the 400-meter dash setting a new school-record in the process Lenoir-Rhyne Athletics

The Lenoir-Rhyne University Men’s and Women’s Track and Field Teams broke several school records this past weekend at the 2018 Catamount Classic on the campus of Western Carolina University.


In team competition, the Bears finished sixth in the women’s standings with 38.50 points while the men totaled 29 points (good for eighth place overall). Marshall (186 points) took home women’s honors while Western Carolina was the top men’s squad with 286 points.


Lenoir-Rhyne sophomore P.J. Lotharp (Indian Trail, N.C.) finished second overall in the men’s 100-meter dash with a new program mark of 10.48 seconds. The time provisionally qualifies Lotharp for the NCAA Division II Championships.


Freshman Petar Ivackovic (Pancevo, SERBIA) also set a new school record in the men’s 1,500-meter run, finishing eighth overall with a 4:03.86 for the Bears.


Lenoir-Rhyne sophomore Jaquay Mitchell (Middlesex, N.C.) took third overall in the men’s triple jump (46’3”) as well.


On the women’s side, Lenoir-Rhyne freshman Saidah Hardwick (Rolesville, N.C.) won the 400-meter dash in school-record time (56.15).


Lenoir-Rhyne junior Paiton Fair (Newton, N.C.) was fourth in the women’s 800-meter dash (2:15.41) while sophomore Autumn Drayton (Charlotte, N.C.) and senior Haylea Salamon (Saskatoon, Saskatchewan, CANADA) were fourth in fifth in the women’s discus (137’6” and 136.8”, respectively).


In addition, the Lenoir-Rhyne women’s 400-meter relay team – consisting of Hardwick, sophomore Kayonna Lewis (Fleming Island, Fla.), junior Dakota Alston (Irmo, S.C.) and freshman Mya Jones (Newton, N.C.) – took second overall with a time of 48.68.


Lenoir-Rhyne will next compete in the 2018 South Atlantic Conference Outdoor Track and Field Championships on Thursday, April 19, and Friday, April 20, on the campus of Johnson C. Smith University in Charlotte, N.C.


2018 Catamount Classic

April 13-14 – TEAM RESULTS

Cullowhee, N.C.

Western Carolina University, host



1. Marshall 166

2. Western Carolina 140

3. East Tennessee State 97

4. Jacksonville State 82

5. Furman 66

6. College of Charleston 46

7. Lenoir-Rhyne 38.50

8. North Greenville 31.50

9. Tennessee-Chattanooga 20

10. Piedmont 19

11. King 17

12. Converse 13

13. Milligan 12

14. Carson-Newman 10.50

15. New Balance 10

16t. Lees-McRae 9

16t. Southern Wesleyan 9

18. Mars Hill 8

19. Montreat 5

20. Emmanuel (Ga.) 2



1. Western Carolina 286

2. East Tennessee State 93

3. North Greenville 64

4. Furman 56

5. Carson-Newman 40

6. Montreat 38

7. Lees-McRae 31.50

8. Lenoir-Rhyne 29

9. Milligan 27.50

10. King 20

11t. Piedmont 19

11t. Southern Wesleyan 19

13. Marshall 16

14. College of Charleston 13

15t. Wofford 12

15t. Mars Hill 12

17. Boston United 10

18. Emmanuel (Ga.) 8

19. Bob Jones 7

20. Brevard 1

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