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App State Track and Field Compete at ETSU Track and Field Invite

Taylor Smith was named the field MVP Taylor Smith was named the field MVP Appalachian State Athletics

Taylor Smith was named field MVP to lead App State women's track & field at the ETSU Track & Field Invitational.

The meet was unscored.

In all, the Mountaineers won six events in the meet, highlighted by two victories by Smith.

Smith won the long jump with a mark of 19-8.75 (6.01m). Her distance is tied for fifth place in program history. Nevaeh Haddock finished fourth in the long jump with a mark of 18-10.00 (5.74m).

Smith also crossed first in the 60-meter dash in 7.71 seconds and Jessica Dixon crossed first in the 200-meter dash in 25.03 seconds.

Dixon also teamed with Peighton Simmons, Samara Gibson and Jelonnie Smith for a first place finish in the 4x400-meter relay with a time of 3:53.40

The Mountaineers placed three in the top-five in the 5,000-meter run. Lila Peters crossed first overall in 18:18.55, Natalie Richardson finished second with a PR time of 18:28.80 and Samantha Kolor placed fifth with a time of 18:59.43.

App State took the top three spots in the 3,000-meter run with Richardson finishing first in a PR time of 10:28.58, Allison Calek crossing second in 10:45.29 and Casey Turro finishing third with a PR time of 10:47.03.

Kayla Carson placed fifth in the high jump with a mark of 5-1.00 (1.55m), while Celia Agee and Silvanna Curtain finished in a tie for fifth place in the pole vault with a mark of 10-8.00 (3.25m).

On the men's side, Eric Haddock Jr. posted the fifth-best long jump in program history to earn field MVP honors and lead App State men's track & field at the ETSU Track & Field Invitational.

The meet featured no team scoring.

Haddock Jr. won the event by over six inches, covering 24-9.75 (7.56m) with his leap. Jordan Johnson placed fourth in the long jump with a mark of 23-2.50 (7.07m) and Tyler Lewis was eighth with a mark of 22-3.00 (6.78m).

Zachary Weinstein captured the weight throw with a PR mark of 56-0.00 (17.07m). Peter Kenn was right behind in second with a mark of 54-11.25 (16.74m) and Michael Albert finished eighth with a toss of 47-11.75 (14.62m). Albert recorded a sixth-place finish in the shot put with a toss of 46-4.75 (14.14m).

App State placed three of the top-four in the 3,000-meter run. Isaac Benz crossed second in 8:35.83, Ben Cignarale was third in 8:56.35 and Ethan Barber placed fourth with a time of 8:57.61.

In the 5,000-meter run, Lawson Benfield finished second with a time of 15:56.82 and Conrad Phillips placed seventh in 16:18.67.

Patrick Freeman cleared 14-9.00 (4.50m) to finish second in the pole vault.

Brenton Ervin recorded a third-place finish in the 200-meter dash in 22.07 seconds and Sean Doyle crossed third in the 800-meter run in 2:01.62.

In the 60-meter dash, De'Shawn Ballard placed fourth in 6.86 seconds and Jabari Johnson was sixth in 6.96 seconds.

The 4x400-meter relay tandem of Mitchell Harris, Ballard, Doyle and Jabari Johnson crossed fifth in 3:26.39.

App State will compete again on Jan. 19 at the JDL January College Kick-Off in Winston-Salem at 9:30 a.m.

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