Monday, 13 May 2019 12:25

App State Women Finish 7th, Men 8th at Sun Belt Track and Field Championship

Elliott Graves won the 400-meter hurdles for the third straight season at the Sun Belt Championship Elliott Graves won the 400-meter hurdles for the third straight season at the Sun Belt Championship Appalachian State Athletics

Appalachian State women's track & field finished seventh of 12 teams at the Sun Belt Championships.

The Mountaineers posted 48 points in the meet. Arkansas State won the team title with 155 points.

Katelyn Butler shattered the school record in the 3,000-meter steeplechase, finishing second in a PR time of 10:31.33. It marks her third straight Second Team All-Sun Belt honor.

Emily Fedders also earned All-Sun Belt honors with a second-place finish in the 10,000-meter run. Her time of 36:33.45 also ranked sixth all-time in the event in program history. Fedders also notched an eighth-place finish in the 5,000-meter run with a time of 17:31.88.

App State saw two finish in the top eight of the pole vault. Hannah Emery finished in a tie for fourth with a season-best mark of 12-0.00 (3.66m), while Silvanna Curtain finished eighth with a PR mark of 11-0.25 (3.36m).

Jelonnie Smith turned in a PR in the 400-meter dash, finishing in 55.88 seconds. Her time also moves her into seventh place in the event in program history.

The Mountaineers also saw two finish in the top-eight of the 1,500-meter run. Phylissa Greeley finished fifth in 4:38.63 and Elisa Sargent used a late surge to record an eighth-place finish in 4:39.89. Greeley also earned a fifth-place finish in the 800-meter run in 2:13.67.

Megan Scannell placed fifth in the 10,000-meter run in 36:55.73.

The Black and Gold placed both relays in the top-eight. The 4x400-meter relay team of Erin Morrison, Kylee Frady, Jessica Dixon and Smith were sixth in 3:51.29, while the 4x100-meter relay, Samara Gibson, Dixon, Morrison and Smith placed seventh with a time of 46.91 seconds.

Dixon also was seventh in the 200-meter dash with a time of 24.91 seconds.

Ashley Muschiatti finished in a tie for eighth in the shot put with a mark of 42-2.25 (13.16m).

For the third consecutive season, Elliott Graves won the 400-meter hurdles to lead Appalachian State men's track & field on the final day of the Sun Belt Championships.

The Mountaineers finished in eighth place with 58 points. Texas State captured the team title with 122.5 points.

Graves kept pace on the opening stretch during the 400-meter hurdles and then used a strong finish down the home stretch to cross first in a season-best 50.30 seconds. He becomes the fifth athlete in men's outdoor program history to win three-straight titles.

The 4x100-meter relay tandem of Brenton Ervin, Jalen Virgil, Jabari Johnson and Graves posted a season-best time of 40.44 seconds to finish second and earn All-Sun Belt honors.

Virgil also earned All-Sun Belt honors in the 100-meter dash. He placed second in 10.30 seconds, finishing .006 seconds shy of first place.

Graves also recorded an eighth-place finish in the 110-meter hurdles with a time of 14.60 seconds and Johnson was eighth in the 200-meter dash.

Peter Kenn earned his first outdoor all-conference honor in the hammer, with a toss of 181-7 (55.36m).

The Black and Gold had a strong showing in the 3,000-meter steeplechase, placing three runners in the top-eight. Ryan Brown recorded a fourth-place finish in a PR time of 9:15.53. Sawyer Gwyn-Rowsom finished right behind in fifth-place with a PR mark of 9:23.71 and Zachary Mercer crossed eighth with a PR time of 9:27.97.

Tristian Shaver recorded a fourth-place finish in the pole vault, clearing 16-8.00 (5.08m).

Isaac Benz was sixth in the 10,000-meter run with a time of 31:11.27 and Dakota Mendenhall registered a PR in the 1,500-meter run in 3:57.17 to finish seventh.

In the 5,000-meter run, Gable Dershem crossed seventh with a time of 15:00.96 and Brown was right behind in eighth with a time of 15:01.18.

App State will now wait for an announcement from the NCAA for participants in the NCAA East Regionals from May 23 to May 25 in Jacksonville, Fla.

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