The Lenoir-Rhyne University Men's and Women's Outdoor Track and Field Teams wrapped up the VertKlasse Meeting Saturday at Dick Vert Stadium with several more school records.
Lenoir-Rhyne sophomore Kevin Baxter (Columbia, S.C.) qualified for the NCAA Division II National Championships for the second consecutive year with his first-place finish in men's 110-meter hurdles with a wind-aided time of 13.81.
Baxter's first-place time of the 14.02 in the preliminaries of the men's 110-meter hurdles was also a school record. The Division II Finals this year take place May 22-24 in Allendale, Mich.
In addition, L-R freshman Brooke Robinson (Newton, N.C.) won the women's 400-meter dash with a school-record time of 56.70 and placed fourth in the women's 200-meter dash (a school-record 25.57).
Meanwhile, the women's 400-meter and 1,600-meter relay teams established new program marks with times of 49.46 and 4:14.30, respectively, for the Bears. Robinson, as well as freshman Farrah Young (Hickory, N.C.) and sophomore Vertrice Wilson (Carrollton, Ga.), were part of both squads.
Lenoir-Rhyne junior Jarrod Spears (Bunnlevel, N.C.) won the men's 200-meter dash with a time of 22.69 and finished fourth in the men's 100-meter dash (10.69).
Several field athletes competed for the Bears in the Terrier Relays, hosted by Wofford, in Spartanburg, S.C., at Spartanburg High School today.
Lenoir-Rhyne freshman Domonique Jones (Greensboro, Ga.) placed fourth in the women's discus throw (116'5") while sophomore Ashley Wells (Arrington, Va.) finished fourth in the women's javelin throw (116'1"). Finally, Lenoir-Rhyne junior Latham York (Huntersville, N.C.) took fourth in the men's hammer throw (140'3").
The Lenoir-Rhyne Men's and Women's Track and Field Teams compete in the Beynon Catamount Classic, hosted by Western Carolina University, next Friday and Saturday.
Appalachian State University women's track and field finished up the last day of the Florida Relays on Saturday, participating in four relays.
The 1,600 sprint medley team of Taryn Stern, Breanna Alston, Krystal Clarke and Shelby Howell started the day off with an eighth-place finish, recording a time of 3:58.62. The time is a new App State record.
Alston, Stern, Clarke and Catherine Crawford followed that performance up by placing 44th in the 4x100 relay with a time of 47.26.
Stern, Howell, Justine Stocks and Torre Moser were ninth in the 4x800 relay, recording a time of 9:13.28. The 4x400 relay team of Alston, Clarke, Stern and Howell finished off the day by placing 43rd with a time of 3:48.15.
While some of the Mountaineers competed in Florida, other Appalachian athletes traveled to the Liberty Invitational where they finished up their last day of competition on Saturday.
Tristin Van Ord and Torre Moser finished first and second in the 1,500m run, recording times of 4:37.66 and 4:43.41, respectively. Samantha Campanaro was third in the 3,000m steeplechase with a time of 11:44.71.
Janet Watson led the high jumpers when she cleared a height of 5-3.00, placing fourth, while Debra Domermuth was the leader for the Mountaineers in the pole vault as she cleared a height of 11-11.75 and placed second.
India McWhorter was sixth in the discus throw at the Liberty Invite, throwing a distance of 139-2 and recording a new personal best.
Appalachian State University men's track and field finished up the Florida Relays on Saturday, posting seven finishes on the day.
The 1,600m relay team of Joshua Hanna, Marshall McRae, William Buckley and Raphael Rojas started Saturday off with a 12th-place finish and a time of 3:25.05. The 4x100 relay team of Clay Allen, Antonio Marcano Jr., Buckley and McRae followed that performance up by placing 25th with a time of 41.02.
Jamal Tiller led the Mountaineers in the triple jump as he placed 16th, jumping a distance of 48-9.50. John Leonard placed in the top-20 in the shot put, throwing a distance of 47-3.75 for an 18th-place finish.
Trey Edgerton, Allen, McRae and Buckley placed 28th in the 4x200 relay, recording a time of 1:28.19, while Hanna, Rojas, Edgerton and David Riddleberger led the Apps in the 4x400m relay. They placed 53rd with a time of 3:19.36.
The distance medley team finished off the events at the Florida Relays for Appalachian as Hanna, Rojas, Josh Cox and Chris Anderson placed ninth with a time of 10:27.47.
While some of the team competed in Florida, other Mountaineers traveled to the Liberty Invitational where they finished up their second day of competition on Satuday.
Michael Ellis competed in the 3,000m steeplechase for Appalachian, garnering a second-place finish and a time of 9:42.15.
Samuel Allen was second in the high jump, clearing a height of 6-6.25, while Phillip Thomas was third in the pole vault with a height of 14-9.00.
The Mountaineers had two triple jumpers in the top-five as Henry Bustle placed third and Adedeji Adeneye was fourth with jumps of 47-1.50 and 46-6.75, respectively. Bustle's mark was good enough for a new personal best.
Nathan Milch led the team in throws as he was first for the Mountaineers in the discus throw (146-11) and first for the Apps in the shot put (49-7.00).
The Lenoir-Rhyne Women's Lacrosse Team (8-6, 4-1) remained in second place in the South Atlantic Conference standings with a 19-1 win over Brevard (0-10, 0-4) Saturday afternoon at Tornado Field.
Fifteen players scored for the Bears, who held a 17-1 advantage at intermission before coasting to the road victory.
Four players - sophomore midfielder Bailey Leonard (Cornelius, N.C.), junior midfielders Katherine Henderson (Cookeville, Tenn.) and Kirsten Smith (Dunkirk, Md.) and freshman attacker Torrey Schwitkis (San Diego, Calif.) - all scored twice for the Bears in the win.
The Bears, who scored the first 13 goals of the match, also held the advantage in both shots taken (37-2) and ground balls (25-14) in the victory.
Lenoir-Rhyne senior Amanda Cotto (Fort Myers, Fla.) earned the win in goal after playing the first half.
For Brevard, Madison Ellis (Peterborough, Ontario, CANADA) scored the Tornados' lone goal of the match in the first half while Brianna Bangle (St. Paul, Minn.) totaled 13 saves in the losing effort.
Lenoir-Rhyne hosts Mount Olive on Senior Day tomorrow afternoon at 3:00 p.m., at Moretz Stadium.
Appalachian State University women’s tennis won the doubles point and cruised to a 5-2 win over Wofford in Southern Conference action on Saturday at the Reeves Tennis Center.
The Mountaineers (6-15, 2-6 SoCon) took an early 1-0 lead by winning the doubles points and took four of six singles matches to top the Terriers (5-13, 1-7).
Appalachian’s No. 2 doubles team of Clare Cox/McKayla Zupan earned an 8-1 win while it No. 3 tandem of Brianna Armellino/Megan Mullen came away with an 8-5 victory.
In singles play, Jessica Thaggard was the first to finish off her opponent at No. 5 by a final of 6-2, 6-2 while Armellino earned a 6-3, 7-5 win at No. 4. Cox picked up a win at No. 1 (7-6 (7-3), 6-0) and Gabrielle Wreder came away with a victory at the No. 3 spot (6-7 (5-7), 6-1, 6-4).
The Mountaineers return to action on Sunday when they take on Western Carolina at 2:30 p.m. at the Appalachian tennis Courts.
Appalachian State 5, Wofford 2
Apr 05, 2014 at Spartanburg, S.C. (Reeves Tennis Center)
1. Clare Cox (APP) def. Sarah Evans (WOF) 7-6 (7-3), 6-0
2. Audrey Coventry (WOF) def. Mackenzie LaSure (APP) 6-1, 1-6, 6-3
3. Gabrielle Wreder (APP) def. Julia Paulson (WOF) 6-7 (5-7), 6-1, 6-4
4. Brianna Armellino (APP) def. Mareli Sanchez (WOF) 6-3, 7-5
5. Jessica Thaggard (APP) def. Taylor Carlson (WOF) 6-2, 6-2
6. Kalli Karas (WOF) def. Megan Mullen (APP) 6-0, 5-7, 6-1
1. Sarah Evans/Julia Paulson (WOF) def. Mackenzie LaSure/Gabrielle Wreder (APP) 8-5
2. Clare Cox/McKayla Zupan (APP) def. Taylor Carlson/Kalli Karas (WOF) 8-1
3. Brianna Armellino/Megan Mullen (APP) def. Emily Erickson/Mareli Sanchez (WOF) 8-5
Appalachian State 6-15, 2-6 SoCon
Wofford 5-13, 1-7 SoCon
Order of finish: Doubles (2,3,1); Singles (5,2,4,1,3,6)
The Lenoir-Rhyne Men's Lacrosse Team (8-3, 5-1), ranked No. 12 in NCAA Division II, remained in the hunt for the first-ever South Atlantic Conference championship with a 23-2 victory over Brevard (3-9, 1-5) Saturday afternoon at Tornado Field.
L-R junior attacker Jay Goldsmith (Jamestown, N.C.), the team's leading scorer, finished with a match-high six goals including five in the first half as the Bears remained tied for first in the league standings with Queens. Goldsmith has a team-high 26 goals this season.
Lenoir-Rhyne senior midfielder Sam Ashton (New Market, Md.) and redshirt freshman attacker Cole Abourjilie (Greensboro, N.C.) added three goals each as the Bears held the Tornados scoreless after the first period and scored the final 16 goals of the match.
Brevard, a first-year program, received goals from Alsharif Blackmon (Easton, Pa.) and Matthew Droplijic (Brampton, Ontario, CANADA). Andrew Reilly (Delmar, N.Y.) was credited with 16 saves in goal despite the loss.
Lenoir-Rhyne held the advantage in both shots taken (58-12) and ground balls (33-14) and 10 different players scored for the Bears. L-R junior goalkeeper Alex Squires (Lawrenceville, Ga.) earned the win after stopping seven shots on the day.
Lenoir-Rhyne rounds out the regular season with a South Atlantic Conference match against Catawba on the road next Saturday in Salisbury, N.C., beginning at 7:00 p.m.
The Anderson Baseball Team (16-24, 11-12) won both games of a South Atlantic Conference doubleheader over Lenoir-Rhyne (11-28, 7-18), 4-3 and 8-7, Saturday afternoon at Memorial Stadium.
Game One - Anderson 4, Lenoir-Rhyne 3
The Trojans' Thomas Goodman (Sarasota, Fla.) earned the complete game victory after limiting the Bears to just two earned runs to go along with five strikeouts as Anderson won the first game on the day.
Anderson took the lead for good in the bottom of the sixth inning when Brett Cash (Anderson, S.C.) scored on a wild pitch which broke a 2-2 tie. Nathan Galliford (Miami, Fla.) added a solo home run for the Trojans.
For Lenoir-Rhyne, senior outfielder Mike Gasque (Mebane, N.C.) had a run-scoring triple but junior Ivan Vieitez (Miami, Fla.) (3-5) suffered the loss on the mound despite striking out nine batters and pitching into the seventh inning.
Game Two - Anderson 8, Lenoir-Rhyne 7 (seven innings)
Anderson's L.J. Newman (Piedmont, S.C.) broke a 6-6 tie with the game-winning, RBI double in the bottom of the fifth inning while Landon Beck (Hartwell, Ga.) (4-4) went the distance for the complete game victory as the Trojans completed the sweep.
Gasque drove in three runs while senior outfielder Brandon Walker (Otisville, N.Y.) added three runs scored and two hits as the Bears rallied from a 4-1 deficit to tie the contest despite the loss.
Newman finished with three hits and Paul Como (Missouri City, Texas) hit a solo home run for Anderson in the win. Lenoir-Rhyne senior Eric Ryan (Baltimore, Md.) fell to 1-4 after being tagged with the loss.
Lenoir-Rhyne returns home to face King in a non-conference game Tuesday evening beginning at 5:00 p.m.
No. 18 Lenoir-Rhyne (32-9, 10-4) and Lincoln Memorial (23-12, 9-5) split a South Atlantic Conference softball doubleheader Saturday afternoon at Bears Field. The Bears won the first game, 2-0, but fell in the second contest by a 3-1 score.
Game One - Lenoir-Rhyne 2, Lincoln Memorial 0
L-R sophomore Maryann Hoskins (Havelock, N.C.) threw her third consecutive shutout as the Bears triumphed in the first contest. Hoskins (16-5) limited the Lady Railsplitters to just three hits in addition to striking out seven batters.
Lenoir-Rhyne scored both its runs in the second inning including an RBI infield single by freshman outfielder Dakota Keller (Mooresboro, N.C.).
Lincoln Memorial's Samantha Smith (Knoxville, Tenn.) (13-6) suffered the loss despite allowing just one earned run in going the distance with five strikeouts.
Game Two - Lincoln Memorial 3, Lenoir-Rhyne 1
Lincoln Memorial designated player Amanda Snow (Knoxville, Tenn.) broke a 1-1 tie with a two-run home run in the top of the sixth inning as the Lady Railsplitters salvaged the split.
L-R senior shortstop Jody Mizelle (Colerain, N.C.) hit her team-leading 10th home run of the year in the third inning before Lincoln Memorial tied the contest with an unearned run in the fourth.
Smith (14-6) pitched a complete game once again en route to the victory while Lenoir-Rhyne sophomore Brandi Hole (Sandy Ridge, N.C.) (16-4) suffered the loss and the Bears saw their seven-game winning streak come to an end.
Lenoir-Rhyne hits the road Tuesday to face Catawba in a South Atlantic Conference doubleheader beginning at 2:00 p.m., in Salisbury, N.C.
Catawba Valley Community College baseball defeated New River Community College in both games of a doubleheader on Saturday, 10-2 and 13-1.
In game one, Ivan Acuna and Bryson Bowman both went two for three, two runs, and an RBI. Kurt Stabasefski went two for three, with a run, and an RBI. Jacob Hoover went two for two, with a run and an RBI. Phillip Black took the win on the mound.
In game two, Ryan Smith went two for two, with three runs, and an RBI. Trip Dunn went two for two, with a home run, two runs and four RBI. Seven others had a hit. Dustin Greene picked up the win and combined with Patrick Laganke for a no hitter.
CVCC is 26-6 on the season.
The Tusculum Men's Tennis Team (13-3, 6-1) stayed in the hunt for the South Atlantic Conference Regular Season Championship with a 9-0 victory over Lenoir-Rhyne (6-14, 3-6) Saturday afternoon at Hickory High School.
Lenoir-Rhyne will host league-foe Queens in a make-up match on Monday at 2:00 p.m.
NCAA Division II Men's Tennis
Tusculum 9, Lenoir-Rhyne 0
April 5, 2014
Hickory High School
1. Lukas Winkelmann (TC) def. Robin Hochguertel (L-R), 6-3, 6-2
2. Nicolas Planchard (TC) def. Hunter Pack (L-R), 6-2, 6-4
3. Jonas Winkelmann (TC) def. Kilian Symalla (L-R), 6-0, 6-3
4. David Siegle (TC) def. Jordan Lawson (L-R), 6-0, 6-0
5. Leon Seiz (TC) def. John Christian Reid (L-R), 6-4, 6-1
6. Joseph Elphingstone (TC) def. Matthew Ledford (L-R), 2-6, 7-6, 10-2
1. Lukas Winkelmann/Jonas Winkelmann (TC) def. Robin Hochguertel/Hunter Pack (L-R), 8-3
2. David Siegle/Joseph Elphingstone (TC) def. Filip Dobrosavljevic/Kilian Symalla (L-R), 8-2
3. Nicolas Planchard/Leon Seiz (TC) def. Matthew Ledford/John Christian Reid (L-R), 8-2
Records: Tusculum (13-3, 6-1 SAC), Lenoir-Rhyne (6-14, 3-6 SAC)
In its fifth conference series of the season, Appalachian State University softball hosted Georgia Southern University for a doubleheader on Saturday.
Game One: Georgia Southern 4, App State 0
Georgia Southern (26-11, 10-1 SoCon) started the contest off with a Shelby Morrill home run to center field to give the Eagles an early 1-0 lead.
The Mountaineers (13-21, 3-7 SoCon) defense held off the Eagles until the final inning when three more runs were tallied for Georgia Southern. Dominique Grossman scored on a throwing error. Taylor Rogers stole second base and was later brought home by a Kourtny Thomas double to deep center. The Apps committed an error on the play and Emily Snider would come home as a result.
Alissa Schoelkopf (Sewell, N.J./Washington Township) started the contest for the Mountaineers and pitched 6.2 innings, allowing seven hits and three runs while striking out six batters. Shivaun Landeros (Sparks, Nev./Edward C. Reed) relieved Schoelkopf to pitch the final out in the seventh inning. She hit the first batter and forced a ground out from the second.
The Mountaineers stranded six batters in the game.
Game Two: Georgia Southern 9, App State 4
The Eagles struck first in game two off a pop fly to right field, driving home Rogers, but App State was able to return the favor with Dani Heichen (Pembroke Pines, Fla./Pembroke Pines Charter) scoring on a wild pitch from third base to tie the game at 1-1.
The Mountaineers continued the momentum and went quickly into the bottom of the second, where Pepper Butler (Delray Beach, Fla./Boca Raton Community) grounded out to the shortstop but drove home Kristen Terry (Kernersville, N.C./Glenn), who was on to pinch run, giving them their first lead of the series at 2-1.
After retying the game at two apiece, the Eagles pounded out three hits, including a grand slam off the bat of Shelby Morrill to give the Eagles a commanding 6-2 lead.
App State only managed one hit between the second and fifth innings while the bats got hot for Georgia Southern. The Eagles would tally two more home runs from Lexi Allen and Snider.
The Mountaineers attempted a comeback in the sixth inning as Ashley Seering (St. Charles, Ill./St. Charles North) was batted in off a Lindsay Loudermilk (Bluff City, Tenn./Sullivan East) RBI groundout before Cara Parker (Lake Park, Ga./Lowndes) homered to left center. The home run for Parker was her team-leading fifth of the season.
Landeros pitched 4.2 innings, allowing six hits and seven runs before Sydney Laws (Brownwood, Texas/Brownwood) would come in and finish the game. Laws allowed four hits and two runs and added four strikeouts.
App State returns to action Sunday for the series finale against Georgia Southern at Sywassink/Lloyd Family Stadium. The game is slated for a first pitch of 1 p.m.