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Lenoir-Rhyne University’s Michael Patrick has been named to the 2015 Don Hansen NCAA Division II All-American Football Third Team. In addition, Joe Ray picked up honorable mention All-American accolades for the Bears.

Patrick, a senior fullback from Atlanta, Ga., finished second on the team in rushing yards this year with 812 to go along with six touchdowns. Patrick was part of a unit which led NCAA Division II in rushing offense for the third straight year in 2015. This fall, the Bears averaged 384.7 yards per game on the ground.

For his Lenoir-Rhyne career, Patrick finished with 2,028 yards rushing and 20 scores. His career-high came on November 7, 2015 – 209 yards against Brevard – in a 27-0 victory over the Tornados.

Ray, a senior offensive lineman from Atlanta, Ga., is a three-time NCAA Division II All-American (2013-15) and became the first player to win the Jacobs Blocking Trophy for three consecutive years. The award is given annually to the top offensive lineman in the South Atlantic Conference.

Ray has been a starter on the offensive line since his freshman season and is also a two-time finalist for the Gene Upshaw Division II Lineman Of The Year.

The Don Hansen Division II All-America Team carries out the legacy of long-time small college football advocate Don Hansen, who passed away at age 75 on Aug. 29, 2010. Hansen, from Brookfield, Ill., started and published Don Hansen’s National Weekly Football Gazette for three decades, selecting NCAA Division II All-America teams for the first time in 1988.

The Don Hansen Football Committee selected All-Super Region teams following the season, with the first-team and second-team All-Super Region players advancing to the national ballot.

A total of 187 players earned some form of Don Hansen All-America honors. Players from 100 of the 170 football-playing schools in Division II earned Don Hansen All-America accolades. National Champion Northwest Missouri led the way by placing nine players on the All-America squad, while national runner-up Shepherd and national semifinalist Grand Valley State landed six honorees apiece.

2015 Don Hansen NCAA Division II

Football All-America Team


QB - Jason Vander Laan, 6-4, 245, Sr., Ferris State, Frankfort, Ill.

FB - Kamal Cass, 5-11, 185, So., Eastern New Mexico, Clovis, N.M.

RB - Ja’Quan Gardner, 5-7, 190, So., Humboldt State, Ceres, Calif.

RB - Cameron McDondle, 5-7, 200, Sr., CSU Pueblo, Littleton, Colo.

WR - Billy Brown, 6-4, 235, Jr., Shepherd, Gaithersburg, Md.

WR - Keelan Cole, 6-2, 175, Sr., Kentucky Wesleyan, Louisville, Ky.

WR - Jon Schnaars, 6-3, 210, Sr., East Stroudsburg, Harrisburg, Pa.

TE - Cole Spurgeon, 6-3, 225, Sr., Colorado Mines, Gretna, Neb.

AP - Jesse Zalk, 5-8, 160, Jr., Central Washington, Battle Ground, Wash.

C - Jake Daugherty, 6-2, 295, So., Ferris State, Big Rapids, Mich.

OG - Alfredo Moren, 6-2, 285, Sr., Midwestern State, Phoenix, Ariz.

OG - Orion Awa-Dubose, 6-1, 295, Sr., West Georgia, Oxnard, Calif.

OT - Chris Reaper, 6-3, 280, Sr., Findlay, Toledo, Ohio

OT - Shane Smith, 6-4, 295, Sr., Northwest Missouri State, Shelbina, Mo.

PK - Simon Mathieson, 6-4, 205, Jr., Northwest Missouri State, Vedbaek, Denmark


DE - Morgan Fox, 6-4, 260, Sr., CSU Pueblo, Fountain, Colo.

DE - Josh Gordon, 6-2, 255, Sr., Minnesota State, Milwaukee, Wis.

DE - Matt Judon, 6-4, 255, Sr., Grand Valley State, West Bloomfield, Mich.

DG/DT - Anthony McDaniel, 6-1, 275, Sr., Bowie State, Ft. Washington, Md.

DG/DT - Brandon Yost, 6-2, 290, Sr., Northwest Missouri State, Omaha, Neb.

LB - Tyler Condit, 5-11, 235, Sr., New Haven, Caldwell, N.J.

LB - Jewell Ratliff, 6-1, 240, Sr., Tuskegee, New Orleans, La.

LB - D’Gary Wallace, 6-0, 210, Sr., Urbana, Dayton, Ohio

CB - Michael Jordan, 6-0, 200, Sr., Missouri Western, Hazelwood, Mo.

CB - Solomon St. Pierre, 5-11, 180, Sr., Sioux Falls, Wagner, S.D.

S - Antion McBee, 6-2, 210, Sr., Southwest Baptist, St. Louis, Mo.

S - Carlo Thomas, 6-2, 185, So., Johnson C. Smith, East Orange, N.J.

P - Matt Klingler, 6-1, 235, Sr., Lindenwood, St. Louis, Mo.

RS - Amyr Smith, 5-9, 170, Fr., Morehouse, Atlanta, Ga.


QB - Brent Wilson, 6-0, 195, Sr., Emporia State, Ponca City, Okla.

FB - B.J. McCoy, 5-8, 215, Jr., Shorter Villa, Rica, Ga.

RB - Anthony Bilal, 5-8, 185, Sr., Lake Erie, Painesville, Ohio

RB - Austin Ekeler, 5-9, 200, Jr., Western State, Eaton, Colo.

WR - Reece Horn, 6-3, 215, Sr., Indianapolis, Carmel, Ind.

WR - Jameson Parsons, 6-2, 200, Jr., St. Cloud State, Eagan, Minn.

WR - Keshaun Taylor, 6-1, 180, So., Mars Hill, Homestead, Fla.

TE - Conner Doherty, 6-3, 250, Jr., Northern State, Brookings, S.D.

AP - Marques Rodgers, 5-10, 175, So., Western New Mexico, Gardena, Calif.

C - Joe LoShiavo, 6-3, 305, Jr., Slippery Rock, Lakewood, Ohio

OG - Stephen Evans, 6-4, 300, Jr., North Alabama, Boston, Mass.

OG - Jim Walsh, 6-5, 310, Sr., Grand Valley State, Howell, Mich.

OT - Herschel Prater, 6-6, 325, Sr., Minnesota State, Ferguson, Mo.

OT - Dominique Robertson, 6-5, 305, Jr., West Georgia, Redlands, Calif.

PK - Brent Wahle, 6-2, 175, Sr., Ohio Dominican, Pataskala, Ohio


DE - Collin Bevins, 6-6, 285, Jr., Northwest Missouri State, Creston, Iowa

DE - Marcus Martin, 6-3, 245, So., Slippery Rock, West Mifflin, Pa.

DE - Justin Woods-West, 6-2, 265, Sr., Central State (Ohio), Detroit, Mich.

DG/DT - Alex Tucci, 6-2, 305, Sr., West Texas A&M, Fort Lauderdale, Fla.

DG/DT - Jared Washington, 6-2, 305, Sr., West Alabama, Lanett, Ala.

LB - Jacob Bernhard, 6-0, 225, Sr., Western State, Fort Lupton, Colo.

LB - Connor Harris, 6-0, 245, Jr., Lindenwood, Lee’s Summit, Mo.

LB - Jordan Herdman, 6-1, 235, Jr., Simon Fraser, Winnipeg, Manitoba

LB - Austin Jacques, 6-3, 240, Sr., Johnson C. Smith, Springdale, Md.

CB - Dominique Rouse, 5-10, 180, Sr., Midwestern State, Apopka, Fla.

CB - Torie Wagner, 5-9, 180, Sr., Charleston (W.Va.), Severn, Md.

S - Kevin Berg, 5-11, 185, Jr., Northwest Missouri State, Bolingbrook, Ill.

S - Aaron Terry, 5-11, 195, Jr., California (Pa.), Pasadena, Md.

P - Zach Cimaglia, 6-1, 215, Jr., Adams State, Charlotte, N.C.

RS - Deonte Harris, 5-8, 175, Fr., Assumption, Baltimore, Md.


QB - Brady Bolles, 6-3, 205, Sr., Northwest Missouri State, Lincoln, Neb.

QB - Matt Soltes, 6-3, 220, Sr., East Stroudsburg, Vernon, N.J.

QB - Jeff Ziemba, 6-3, 210, Jr., Shepherd, Newark, Del.

FB - Michael Patrick, 5-8, 205, Sr., Lenoir-Rhyne, Atlanta, Ga.

RB - Geremy Alridge-Mitchell, 5-8, 205, Sr., West Texas A&M, Dallas, Texas

RB - Shamar Greene, 5-9, 185, Jr., Slippery Rock, Duquesne, Pa.

RB - Chris McClendon, 5-10, 220, Sr., Panhandle State, Rixey, Ark.

RB - Clay McKenzie, 5-11, 200, So., Central Oklahoma, Callisburg, Texas

WR - Matt Lehman, 6-3, 200, Jr., Clarion, Lower Burrell, Pa.

WR - Le’Nard Meyers, 6-0, 185, Sr., Tarleton State, Gatesville, Texas

WR - David Moore, 6-2, 220, Jr., East Central (Okla.), Gainsville, Texas

WR - Donovan Thompson, 6-0, 190, So., Angelo State, Houston, Texas

WR - Matt Williams, 6-2, 195, Jr., Grand Valley State, Geneva, Ill.

TE - Kenny Johnston, 6-4, 195, Jr., Florida Tech, Jacksonville, Fla.

AP - Alquawn Vickers, 5-8, 170, Fr.-RS, Concordia-St. Paul, Ft. Pierce, Fla.

C - Derek Evans, 6-1, 275, Sr., Carson-Newman, Aloca, Tenn.

OG - Landon Chappell, 6-2, 285, Sr., Central Oklahoma, Newcastle, Okla.

OG - Ethan Cooper, 6-4, 320, Jr., Indiana (Pa.), Steelton, Pa.

OT - Elwood Clement, 6-5, 310, Sr., Texas A&M-Commerce, Deptford, N.J.

OT - Lavonte Hights, 6-3, 290, So. Shepherd, North Chesterfield, Va.

PK - Nick Christiansen, 6-3, 240, So., Miles, Clayton, N.C.


DE - Andrew Cohen, 6-3, 255, Sr., West Chester, Holland, Pa.

DE - Shaneil Jenkins, 6-4, 275, Sr., Shepherd, District Heights, Md.

DG/DT - Lee Campbell, 6-2, 300, Sr., Indianapolis, Greenwood, Ind.

DG/DT - Johnny Maxey, 6-5, 305, Sr., Mars Hill, Columbia, S.C.

LB - Deonate Gary, 6-1, 220, Jr., Central State (Ohio), Lakeland, Fla.

LB - Brock Long, 5-11, 210, Sr., Fort Hays State, Assaria, Kan.

LB - Jacob Vollstedt, 6-2, 220, Jr., Northwest Missouri State, Iowa City, Iowa

CB - Jaleel Canty, 5-10, 195, Jr., Ferris State, Lansing, Mich.

CB - Bryce Enyard, 6-1, 190, Sr., Northwest Missouri State, Huntsville, Mo.

S - Marqui Christian, 6-1, 205, Sr., Midwestern State, Spring, Texas

S - Brad McCurdy, 6-1, 205, Sr., Ohio Dominican, Columbus, Ohio

P - Brett Benes, 6-0, 180, Jr., Charleston (W.Va.), Boca Raton, Fla.

P - Felipe Parra, 5-10, 190, Jr., West Texas A&M, Center, Texas

RS - Kieren Duncan, 5-11, 170, Sr., CSU Pueblo, Goodyear, Ariz.

RS - Jason Greenway, 5-9, 205, Sr., Augustana (S.D.), Mitchell, S.D.

Honorable Mention

Alderson Broaddus: Michael James, S; American International: Mike Ford, CB; Angelo State: Clayton Callicutt, DE; Kyle Washington, QB; Arkansas Tech: Logan Genz, LB; Ashland: Donzale Ashley, S; Augustana (S.D.): Trey Heid, QB; Charlie Hayes, WR; Brian Long, C; Jamal Samaha, DG/DT; Carson-Newman: Damian Baker, RB; Bentley: Tyler Ford, P; Bowie State: Brian Hall, S; Brevard: Kevin Weber, P; Catawba: Kyle Kitchens, LB; Johnathan Jean, DG/DT; Case Woodard, CB; Central Missouri: Billy Greco, PK; Ian Toalson, TE; Jason Venckus, DE; Charleston (W.Va.): Justin Johnson, OG; Clark Atlanta: Joshua Tate,CB; Colorado Mines: Justin Dvorak, QB; Colorado State-Pueblo: Gary Dixon, OT; Concord: Jeremiah Johnson, CB; Delta State: Cody Mills, P; Emporia State: Kavaski Ervin, WR; Mitchell Foote, WR; Austin Morton, PK; Eastern New Mexico: Cody Jurek, OG; Ferris State: Anthony Darkangelo, LB; Justin Zimmer, DE; Florida Tech: J.J. Sanders, DE; Fort Hays State: Treveon Albert, QB; Shaquille Cooper, RB; Matt Erbert, OT; Daniel Lindsey, S; Gannon: Mike Zanders, S; Glenville State: Rahmann Lee, RB; Grand Valley State: Marquez Gollman, LB; Jamie Potts, WR; Bart Williams; Harding: Trevon Biglow, DE; Henderson State: Josh Davis, LB; Lawrence Willis, OG; Humboldt State: Alex Cappa, OT; Logan Govan, C; Dillon Huffman, DG/DT; Lane: Gabriel Mass, DE; Lenoir-Rhyne: Joe Ray, OG; Chris Shaffer, LB; McKendree: A.J. Wentland, LB; Merrimack: Ben Polci, DG/DT; Michigan Tech: Alex Sherbinow, FB; Miles: Braysean Jones, DE; Minnesota Duluth: Peter Bateman, OT; Minnesota State: Tyler Henderson, LB; Missouri Western: Travis Anderson, OG; Newberry: Kyle Clark, P; New Haven: Zach Voytek, OT; North Alabama: Floyd Jones, LB; Luke Wingo, QB; North Carolina-Pembroke: B.J. Bunn, WR; Northern State: Channing Barber, CB; Northwest Missouri: Jordan Grove, FB; Northwestern Oklahoma: Joby Saint Fleur, DE; Ohio Dominican: Ben Cophr, OT; Da’Twane Harris, CB: Dez Stewart, WR; Ouachita Baptist: Kris Oliver, RB; Ke’Vontae Pope, RS; Panhandle State: Zacari Lavender, RS; Pittsburg State: Dino Teague, CB; Shepherd: C.J. Davis, RS; James Gupton, LB; Shorter: Jordan Shaw, S; Sioux Falls (S.D.): Antonio Green, OG; Slippery Rock: Joe Phillips, DG/DT; Cory Tucker, OT; Treven Williams, LB; Southwestern Oklahoma: Daniel Jones, RS; Texas A&M-Commerce: Lance Evans, WR; Tiffin: Antonio Pipkin, QB; Tusculum: Justin Houston, WR; Cameron Thomas, CB; Upper Iowa: Jevell Rollins, DG/DT; Valdosta State: David May, C; Cedric O’Neal, AP; Virginia-Wise: Zachary Blair, LB; West Georgia: Dallas Dickey, QB; Dylan Donahue, DE; West Liberty: Daree’ Goodwin, TE; West Virginia Wesleyan: Michael Anderson, AP; Western State: Dakota Swinehart, P; William Jewell: Anthony Mullins, AP; Winona State: Josh Mikes, WR.

Lenoir-Rhyne University’s Dominique Bruce has been named the AstroTurf South Atlantic Conference Women’s Tennis Player Of The Week, league officials announced today.

Bruce, a senior from Johannesburg, SOUTH AFRICA, led the Bears with wins at No. 1 singles and No. 1 doubles last Friday in a 5-4 triumph on the road against Southern Wesleyan.

Bruce prevailed at first singles – 6-3, 6-2 – before teaming with freshman Marta Escanero Funes (Guardamar del Sequra, SPAIN) to win at first doubles, 8-1, in the victory over the Warriors.

Bruce is 3-1 on the year in both singles and doubles competition. Bruce was an honorable mention all-league selection last spring.

Lenoir-Rhyne (2-2), winners of two straight matches, plays twice on Saturday: Belmont Abbey on the road at 9:00 a.m., before hosting Johnson C. Smith at 3:00 p.m., at Hickory High School.

Appalachian State University wrestling has been selected as one of 16 teams to compete at the NWCA National Duals Championship Series.

The Mountaineers (11-4, 6-1 SoCon) will travel to Bloomington, Ind. to wrestle Indiana on Sunday. Match time is scheduled for 1:00 p.m.

“I am honored that our program has been selected for the 16-team field for the National Duals!,” said head coach JohnMark Bentley. “I am looking forward to the challenge for our team!”

App State secured a share of the Southern Conference title, along with Gardner-Webb and Chattanooga, with its win over VMI on Thursday night. Appalachian picked up the National Championship bid from the Southern Conference by having the most votes in the NWCA/USA Today Poll.

The National Duals will be the final preparation for the Mountaineers before they compete in the Southern Conference Championship in Asheville, N.C. on Mar. 5.

The Catawba Valley Community College women's basketball team edged out Louisburg College Sunday 66-65.

Kianna Bowe led the Red Hawks with 19 points. Monifa Angle came off the bench to scored 12 points. MaKenzie Eller, a Newton-Conover grad, had 14 rebounds, 10 of which came off the offensive glass.

Red Hawks outscored Lousiburg 24-17 in the final quarter to grab the win. The Red Hawks took their first lead of the game with an Angle free throw with 19 seconds left 66-65.  Louisburg had a shot but went wide and Bowe grabbed the rebound.

CVCC improves to 9-11 overall and 3-6 in conference play. The Red Hawks host Lenoir Community College on Tuesday.

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Catawba Valley Community College men's basketball team travled to Bryant & Stratton College Sunday and got a64-62 win.

Corneilus Johnson led CVCC with 24 points and Nolan Whitener added 13 points.

The Red Hawks improve to 19-7 on the year and 12-3 in conference. CVCC returns home Tuesday for its final home game of the year against Vance-Granville Community College.

The Lenoir-Rhyne Baseball Team (7-1) ran its winning streak to six games with a 6-5 triumph over Emmanuel (0-9) Sunday afternoon at Tommy Carey Field.

The Bears scored three runs in the top of the seventh inning to rally from a 5-3 deficit and complete the weekend series sweep of the Lions. Emmanuel was hurt by a pair of errors in the frame.

Lenoir-Rhyne was led by offensively by freshman catcher Zack Shoemaker (Colfax, N.C.) with three hits to go along with a run-scoring single in the fourth inning. Junior third baseman David Newcomer (Archdale, N.C.) also drove in a run in the first inning for the Bears.

Lenoir-Rhyne sophomore Connor Dailey (Rutherfordton, N.C.) (1-0) earned the victory on the mound while senior Wes McGuire (Richmond, Va.) pitched a scoreless ninth inning and was credited with the save.

For Emmanuel, Parker Runnels (Auburn, Ga.) finished with two hits and two runs batted in while Aaron Westbury (Barnesville, Ga.) suffered the loss and fell to 0-2 on the year.

Lenoir-Rhyne returns home to face Limestone on Thursday at 4:00 p.m., at Bears Field.

Appalachian State University men’s tennis (3-3) improved to .500 with a convincing 7-0 victory over North Carolina A&T Sunday morning at the Aggie Tennis Complex.

“The team really came out and played great from the start,“said head coach Bob Lake. “We started rolling in doubles play and never let up the rest of the match. It was good to get back to .500 and I’m looking forward to the match (at USC Upstate) on Wednesday.”

The Mountaineers dominated from start to finish with Oliver Casey (Melbourne, Australia/Carey Baptist) and Jack Maddocks (Newcastle, Australia/Lambton) coasting to a 6-0 victory as the No. 1 pairing over John Wilson IV and Arun Chapero while Zach Bost (Jefferson, Ga./Jefferson) and Trey Morris (Gerton, N.C./Abraham Baldwin Agricultural) took home a 6-3 win over Brett Cabon and Nicholas Ardur between a pair of No. 3 tandems.

Jan-Willem Kleynhans (Stellenbosch, South Africa/Paul Roos Gymnasium) and Scott Webster (Swanbourne, Australia/Scotch College) went up 2-0 before the match went unfinished, but was well on there way to a victory.

After picking up the doubles point, the Mountaineers continued to dominate in singles play winning all six singles matches in straight sets. Webster blew past Brett Cabon, 6-0,6-0, as the No. 1 in the lineup before Casey (No. 2) and Maddocks (No. 3) both won 6-1,6-0 over Kyle Scott and Keiston France, respectively.

Kleynhans dealt Nicholas Whitea 6-3,6-0 in the four slot and both Morris defeated Wilson IV 6-1, 6-4, in the No. 5 position. Bost completed the clean sweep over Chapero as the No. 6, 6-3, 6-0.

Appalachian State University men’s basketball struggled to shoot the ball on Saturday night - finishing just 30.2 percent on 19-for-63 shooting from the floor, while UT Arlington scorched the nets to the tune of 55.2 percent (37-for-67) to move past App State 91-60.

The Mountaineers (6-19, 4-10 Sun Belt) also struggled from long range and only connected on six of their 33 attempts on the night. Appalachian managed to get the foul line quite often against the Mavericks (17-7, 8-5 Sun Belt) but shot just 16-for-30 from the charity stripe.

Shining for the Black and Gold was sophomore forward Griffin Kinney (Delaware, Ohio/Fork Union Military Academy) who finished with a career-high 15 points on 5-for-9 shooting from the floor. Kinney also chipped in five free throws and five rebounds in the effort. Kinney was one of two Mountaineers to finish in double-figures as freshman guard Emarius Logan (Columbia, S.C./White Knoll) tallied 12.

Jalen Jones led UTA with 18 points, while Erick Neal finished with 11 and Kaelon Wilson notched 10.

With the score knotted at 5-5, the Mavericks ripped off an 18-4 run to jump out in front of the Mountaineers 23-9 right before the under 12 minute media timeout. With the Apps down 25-13, the Mavs increased their lead with the help of a 10-0 run and would end up leading at the half 49-21.

The Mavs would continue its efficient offensive effort in the second half - increasing their lead to a game-high 34 points before pushing past Appalachian State by a final score of 91-60.

The Mountaineers’ Matt O’Boyle (Peoria, Ariz./Sunrise Mountain/Pima Community College) would finish the game leading the team in rebounds with six, while also contributing eight points off the bench. Ronshad Shabazz (Raleigh, N.C./Huntington Prep (W.V.)) also finished with eight points on the night.

Appalachian State will return to action on Thursday, Feb. 18 when they host South Alabama from the Holmes Center at 7:30 p.m.

Appalachian State University women’s tennis returned to action in style Saturday night, taking down Radford 4-1 in an impressive show.

After winter weather canceled two matches in South Carolina this weekend, the Mountaineers (2-3) were itching to get out onto the court and showed it, hitting the Highlanders (0-5) with high energy from the get-go.

“This was a really good win for us tonight against a really talented Radford team,” said head coach Colin Crothers. “After everything that happened with the weather this weekend, it felt good to come back home and get our second-straight win.”

In doubles play, Mackenzie LaSure (Asheville, N.C./Asheville) and Taylor Bygrave (Monto, Australia/Miami Gold Coast) set the tone early by taking the No. 3 spot with a 6-1 win. Clare Cox (Greensboro, N.C./Grimsley) and Heidi Swope (Weddington, N.C./Weddington) fell behind early in the No. 1, but held strong and came all the way back to win 6-4, sealing the doubles point for App State.

The final doubles position was played out at the No. 2, where Megan Mullen (Mooresville, N.C./Lake Norman) and Melissa Machado (Miami, Fla./Felix Varela) fell in a tough, back-and-forth affair, 8-6.

Singles play saw much of the same for the Mountaineers, as Cox carried the hot racket to the No. 1 position, taking down Tarrannum Handa quickly in a 7-2, 7-0 match. Machado came back from behind at the No. 3, winning the first set 7-5 before Meili Martin defaulted due to illness in the second set while leading 2-1.

App State led 3-0 as Swope took on Taylor Fay at the No. 4. After being close through the first few points, Swope found her stride and finished the first set strong, winning 7-3. After set one, she continued to bring the heat, taking the second set handily 7-1 and securing match point for Appalachian.

The battle at the No. 2 was played out as match point was secured during its third set. LaSure was able to fight all the way back and take the first set 8-6 in a tiebreaker, but lost in the second set 7-2. Both players fought for every point in the third, but Natalie Sayer would end up with the win, taking it 7-2.

The Mountaineers remain home next Saturday, Feb. 27, as they take on Emory University at Yonahlossee Racquet Club. First serve is set for 3 p.m.

Appalachian State University women’s track and field turned in a first-place performance on Friday and Saturday as it won the Chipotle Marshall Invitational and did so with 110 points.

The Mountaineers won three events and turned in a top-three finisher nine times in a meet that scored 16 events total. Wake Forest came in second with with 99.5 points while homestanding Marshall rounded out the top three with a score of 92.

Darlene Girardeau (Hope Mills, N.C./North Carolina Central/South View) won an event for the fourth time this season and did it for the first time in the 60-meter dash with a time of 7.54. Girardeau also won the long jump for the first time as a Mountaineer with a mark of 18-5.25 and Kaytlyn Gill (Charlotte, N.C./Charlotte Christian) was a first-time winner in the triple jump with a distance of 40-7.5.

The other top three finishers included Tristin Van Ord (Chapel Hill, N.C./Chapel Hill) in the 3,000 (second/9:41.76), Brittany Williams (Simpsonville, S.C./Maudlin) in the 5,000 (second/18:01.82), Taylor Drummonds (Boone, N.C./East Carolina/Watauga) in the pole vault (second/12-3.5), Hunter Welborn (Booneville, N.C./Starmount) in the high jump (tied for third/5-5), Chelsey Hargrave (McLeansville, N.C./Williams) in the triple jump (third/40-1.25), and Brianna Tate (Summerfield, N.C./Grimsley) in the shot put (third/48-7.25).

Next up, the Black and Gold will host the App State Pre-Conference Open on Friday, Feb. 19.

Appalachian State University men’s track and field put on quite the showing on Friday and Saturday as it won the Chipotle Marshall Invitational and did so with 170 points.

The Mountaineers won four events and turned in a top-three finisher 13 times in a meet that scored 16 events total. Wake Forest came in second with with 120 points while Duquesne rounded out the top three with a score of 101.

Russell Price (Charlotte, N.C./Rocky River) won an event for the first time in his collegiate career with the 60-meter dash (7.01), Ryan Hastings (Matthews, N.C./Porter Ridge) took first in the 800 with a facility/personal best time of 1:51.77, Phillip Thomas (Cary, N.C./Cary) won the pole vault (16-0.75), and Isaiah Relliford (Jacksonville, N.C./White Oak) took first in the triple jump (46-9/first-career win).

Second-place finishers included Trey Edgerton (Kings Mountain, N.C./Kings Mountain), Peter Ovendorf (Weddington, N.C./Weddington), Stanley Broaden (Wilmington, N.C./Eugene Ashley), and Hastings in the 4x400 (3:20.19), Nathan Milch (Longwood, Fla./Lake Brantley) in the shot put (54-8.75) and John Leonard (Fayetteville, N.C./Terry Sanford) in the weight throw (60-2.5).

As far as those that placed third, they included Marshall McRae (Red Springs, N.C./Red Springs) in the 200 (22.38), newcomer Andrew Harris in the 800 (1:53.18), Michael Ellis (Winston-Salem, N.C./Mt. Tabor) in the 3,000 (8:26.47), Broaden in the 60-meter hurdles (8.07), Michael Utecht (Apex, N.C./Apex) in the pole vault (15-7), and Milch in the weight throw (56-6.75).

Next up, the Black and Gold will host the App State Pre-Conference Open Friday, Feb. 19.