Senior Chelsey Hargrave (McLeansville, N.C./Williams) earned All-Sun Belt honors to lead the Appalachian State women's track & field team on Day 1 of the Sun Belt Indoor Track & Field Championships at the Birmingham CrossPlex.
The Mountaineers sit in eighth place after the first day. South Alabama concludes the opening day in first with 40 points, Texas State sits second with 38 points and UT Arlington is third with 23 points.
Hargrave posted a second-place finish in the long jump with a distance of 19-3.25.
The distance medley relay tandem of junior Elisa Sargent (Cary, N.C./Green Hope), freshman Samara Gibson (Clayton, N.C./Corinth-Holders), freshman Ann Mosely Whitsett (Homewood, Ala./Homewood) and sophomore Sarah Venable (Cary, N.C./Cary) placed fifth in 12:10.07.
The 3,000-meter run saw junior Katelyn Butler (Corning, N.Y./Corning Painted Post) finish eighth in 10:11.07.
App State will be well represented on Day 2 of the championships, seeing five athletes qualify for the finals in their respective events.
Senior Phylissa Greeley (Charlotte, N.C./Charlotte Catholic) finished fifth in the 800-meter run preliminaries to qualify for the finals.
Freshman Jessica Dixon (Louisburg, N.C./Broughton) qualified for the finals in the 400-meter run and junior Imani Chapman (Raleigh, N.C./Sanderson) qualified in the finals of the 60-meter hurdles after placing second in the prelims.
Gibson and Dixon each qualified for the finals of the 200-meter dash, after finishing seventh and eighth in the preliminaries.
The Appalachian State men's track & field team sits in sixth place after the first day of competition at the Sun Belt Indoor Track & Field Championships at the Birmingham CrossPlex.
The Mountaineers have 21 points and are just two points shy of fourth place, trailing both Louisiana and UL Monroe, who have 23 points. Arkansas State holds the team lead after the first day of competition with 45 points, UT Arlington is second with 32 points and South Alabama sits third with 30 points.
Sophomore Jordan Johnson (Winston-Salem, N.C./East Forsyth) got the Black and Gold on the board in the long jump, finishing fifth with a mark of 23-7.50.
The distance medley relay team of freshman Gable Dershem (Clayton, N.C./Cleveland, junior Brandon Smith (Fayetteville, N.C./Douglas Byrd), sophomore Sean Doyle (Rutherfordton, N.C./Polk County) and senior Collin Loy (Burlington, N.C./Southern Alamance) finished third in 10:13.45.
In the pole vault, junior Michael Utecht (New Hill, N.C./Apex) finished fourth with a mark of 16-6.00 and junior Tristian Shaver (Thomasville, N.C./Ledford) was right behind in fifth also clearing 16-6.00. Both marks are also new personal bests for both athletes.
Senior Evan Georges (Charlotte, N.C./Charlotte Catholic) crossed the finish line seventh in the 3,000-meter run in 8:24.56.
The Apps also saw a handful of athletes qualify for the finals tomorrow. Senior Ryan Hastings (Matthews, N.C./Porter Ridge) placed second in the 800-meter run prelims, while sophomore Elliott Graves (Reidsville, N.C./Rockingham Early College) and Smith each qualified for the finals of the 60-meter hurdles.
In the 200-meter dash, freshman De'Shawn Ballard (Wilmington, N.C./Laney) and sophomore Jabari Johnson (Yokusuka, Japan/Nile C. Kinnick) both qualified for tomorrow's finals.
The two-day championships will close out on Tuesday, with the heptathlon beginning at 10 a.m. EST. Field events will begin at 1 p.m. EST with running events starting at 1:30 p.m. EST.
Both the Lenoir-Rhyne University Men’s and Women’s Track and Field Teams took third overall at the 2018 South Atlantic Conference Indoor Championships, the inaugural event, Monday at the JDL Fast Track.
The women’s team totaled 98.5 points while Queens prevailed with a league-best 189 points. In the men’s competition, the Bears totaled 102.833 points while the Royals took first as well with 148 points.
Lenoir-Rhyne junior Paiton Fair (Newton, N.C.) won the women’s 400-meter dash with a time of 58.89 seconds and was part of the Bears’ league-winning 1,600-meter relay squad. The quartet also included freshmen Saidah Hardwick (Rolesville, N.C.) and Savannah Watkins (Glen Allen, Va.) and senior Keyua McElveen (Lexington, N.C.).
Sophomore Autumn Drayton (Charlotte, N.C.) was second in the women’s shot put (41’0”), which established a new school record for the Bears.
Lenoir-Rhyne sophomore P.J. Lotharp (Indian Trail, N.C.) won the men’s 200-meter dash (21.80) while the men’s distance medley relay – consisting of sophomores Marquez Gray (Gastonia, N.C.), Daniel Kachenchai (Morehead City, N.C.) and Jacob Black (Manassas, Va.) and freshman Petar Ivackovic (Pancevo, SERBIA) – placed first overall with a time of 10:34.28 (a new school record).
Lenoir-Rhyne was also helped by a trio of second-place finishes: senior Myles Braswell-Sample (Durham, N.C.) in the men’s shot put (51’1”), junior Cole Henderson (Greer, S.C.) in the men’s weight throw (a school-record 53’4”) and the men’s 1,600-meter relay (a program-best 3.23.33).
Lenoir-Rhyne returns to the JDL Fast Track to compete in a last chance meet on Sunday, February 25.
South Atlantic Conference
Indoor Track and Field Championships
Winston-Salem, N.C. – JDL Fast Track
February 19, 2018
1. Queens 189
2. Wingate 134
3. Lenoir-Rhyne 98.5
4. Coker 46.5
5. Anderson 46
6. Carson-Newman 40
7. Lincoln Memorial 21
8. Mars Hill 18
9. Tusculum 15
10. Catawba 10
11. Newberry 6
1. Queens 148
2. Wingate 119.833
3. Lenoir-Rhyne 102.833
4. Carson-Newman 77
5. Coker 58
6. Tusculum 32.3333
7. Anderson 25
8. Mars Hill 21
9. Lincoln Memorial 16
10. Catawba 14
11. Newberry 9
The Lenoir-Rhyne Men’s Lacrosse Team (4-0), ranked No. 3 in NCAA Division II, pulled off its second victory in three days with an 11-6 triumph over Molloy (0-2) Monday afternoon at Moretz Stadium.
Lenoir-Rhyne sophomore midfielder Eric Dickinson (Charlotte, N.C.) led the way with a game-high four goals while freshman attacker Myles Moffat (Airdie, Alberta, CANADA) added two goals and a pair of assists for the Bears, who led by an 8-1 score midway through the second period.
The Bears also held the edge in shots taken (37-29) and ground balls (21-14) while senior goalkeeper Ryan Crompton (Fredericksburg, Va.) earned the win after playing the first half and making seven saves.
Molloy was led by Nick Del Giorno (Floral Park, N.Y.) and Kevin Pastier (Plainview, N.Y.) with two goals each. The Lions’ Ryan Toomey (Hicksville, N.Y.) made 14 saves despite the loss.
Lenoir-Rhyne’s 4-0 start is the best in the school’s eight-year history.
Three players – Dickinson, Moffat and junior attacker Joe Buduo (Shrewsbury, Mass.) – are tied for the team lead in goals with 11 for the Bears.
Lenoir-Rhyne hosts No. 14 Colorado Mesa on Saturday at Noon at Moretz Stadium
The Lenoir-Rhyne Baseball Team (10-2) took a three-game weekend series from Goldey-Beacom (0-3) with a doubleheader sweep on Sunday afternoon by scores of 5-3 and 4-0 at Bears Field.
In game one, Lenoir-Rhyne senior shortstop Tripp Hamrick (Ellenboro, N.C.) came through with the game-winning, two-run double in the bottom of the fourth inning to break a two-all tie and give the Bears the lead for good.
Lenoir-Rhyne senior Matt Sullivan (Bristol, Va.) improved to 3-0 on the year after earning the win while senior Landon Whitson (Marion, N.C.) pitched a scoreless seventh inning for his third save of the season. Goldey-Beacom’s Mitch Guerrieri (Greentown, Pa.) (0-1) was tagged with the loss.
In game two, Lenoir-Rhyne broke open a scoreless tie by scoring all four of the game’s runs in the bottom of the fifth inning. The frame was highlighted by RBI singles from redshirt freshman third baseman Will Jones (Clayton, N.C.) and redshirt freshman second baseman Brock Johnson (Granite Falls, N.C.) for the Bears.
Lenoir-Rhyne sophomore John Grigg (Lawndale, N.C.) improved to 3-0 on the year after pitching six scoreless innings to go along with 10 strikeouts. Isaiah Holmes (Coatesville, Pa.) (0-1) took the loss for the Lightning.
Lenoir-Rhyne remains at home to face Young Harris on Tuesday beginning at 4pm.
The 17th-ranked Catawba Valley Community College women’s basketball team won its ninth-straight game on Sunday, dispatching host Lenoir Community College, 91-46.
Sophomore guard Tory Agrusa scored a career-high 27 points to lead the Red Hawks (20-4, 15-1 in Region X), while fellow sophomores Shaniya Lester and Tanisha Wall added 18 points each.
Agrusa broke her previous career high for scoring (20 points), which was set on Tuesday in a 91-64 victory against Patrick Henry Community College.
Amber Roberson scored 12 points to pace the Lancers (2-18, 1-18 in Region X) in Sunday’s conference game.
Catawba Valley led 45-16 at halftime against Lenoir before outscoring the Lancers 46-30 in the second half on their way to victory.
The CVCC women’s basketball team will try to stretch its win streak to 10 games when it returns to action on Wednesday with a home conference contest against Guilford Tech.
The Titans gave the Red Hawks their only Region X loss of the season back on Tuesday, Jan. 23 — an 87-84 setback in overtime in Greensboro, N.C.
Tip off for Wednesday’s conference rematch at the Tarlton Complex is slated for 6 p.m.
The Lenoir-Rhyne Softball Team (10-3) ran its winning streak to eight games with victories over Shippensburg, 5-1, and Virginia-Wise, 2-0, Sunday afternoon at Bears Field.
Against Shippensburg, trailing by a 1-0 score, Lenoir-Rhyne sophomore pinch hitter Mackensi Swain (Pinetown, N.C.) came through with the game-winning, two-run double in the bottom of the fourth inning with two outs. The Bears put the contest away with a three-run fifth frame.
Lenoir-Rhyne junior Emily Kenley (Charlotte, N.C.) improved to 5-1 on the year with the complete game victory. Kenley allowed one unearned run while Taryn Wilson (Hegins, Pa.) (3-2) took the loss for the Raiders.
Senior shortstop Madison Carter (Bessemer City, N.C.), the Bears’ leading hitter this year (.362), added an RBI double as Lenoir-Rhyne finished with 10 hits in the contest.
Against Virginia-Wise, Lenoir-Rhyne junior Brandi Parks (Roaring River, N.C.) threw her second shutout this year. Parks improved to 4-2 after scattering four hits in addition to eight strikeouts.
LR broke a scoreless tie in the bottom of sixth inning thanks to run-scoring ground outs by senior second baseman Madison Poe (Siler City, N.C.) and Carter.
Virginia-Wise’s Taylor Brandts (King George, Va.) (0-1) suffered the loss despite going the distance and striking out six batters.
Lenoir-Rhyne travels to Gaffney, S.C., to take on Limestone in a doubleheader Wednesday at 1:30pm.
The 17th-ranked Catawba Valley Community College baseball team earned a Sunday afternoon split with visiting Walters State at Henkel-Alley Field.
The Red Hawks (6-1) defeated the Senators 5-1 in a nine-inning game one before suffering a late collapse in an 8-4 loss in game two in seven innings.
Game one: Catawba Valley 5, Walters State 1 (nine innings)
Behind a three-run home run from third baseman Graham Mitchell and a nine-strikeout performance on the mound from pitcher Julian Smith, the Red Hawks defeated the Senators by four runs in the opening game of the two-game set on Sunday.
Walters State quickly took a 1-0 lead in the first inning on an RBI triple from Duncan Pence, but Catawba Valley answered in the bottom half of the frame with an RBI single from Mitchell, which plated Cody Payne.
The Red Hawks gained the lead for good in the third inning on Mitchell’s two-out, three-run homer to right field, which scored Jimmy Marcelli and Tyler Campbell.
Smith kept the Walters State bats in check, allowing just two hits, one earned run and one walk to go with his nine strikeouts en route to his second victory on the mound of the season.
Red Hawk relievers Harry Hatcher and Nic Messina closed out the final four innings of the game, allowing just two hits and two walks while striking out two batters.
Campbell added an RBI single in the seventh inning for insurance to help seal Catawba Valley’s game-one victory.
Game two: Walters State 8, Catawba Valley 4 (seven innings)
Tied 4-4 through six innings, the Senators used a four-run seventh inning to seize a game two victory and split against the Red Hawks on Sunday afternoon.
Dylan Harris and Duncan Pence both hit home runs for Walters State in its win. Pence’s two-run blast in the fourth inning scored Tyler Gentry, while Harris’ three-run homer in the seventh inning helped put the Senators ahead for good in the contest.
Graham Mitchell, Brett Macchia and Cory Watt led Catawba Valley, driving in one RBI each.
Watt also showed off his defensive prowess in Sunday’s nightcap, robbing a potential home run by Luke Berryhill in the sixth inning with an over-the-wall catch in right field.
Red Hawk starting pitcher Trae Starnes allowed three hits, two earned runs and struck out four batters in his four-inning outing.
The CVCC baseball team returns to action on Wednesday night when it travels to Allendale, S.C. for a doubleheader against USC Salkehatchie. First pitch is slated for 1pm.
Multi-run hits from Kendall McGowan, Drew Beck and Riley Smith propelled Appalachian State to its first win of the season, a 6-4 victory at UNCG on Sunday.
Closing out its series against a team that won the Southern Conference tournament and appeared in an NCAA Regional last season, App State jumped ahead 2-0 on a fourth-inning home run from McGowan. Beck's two-run homer gave App State a 4-1 lead in the fifth inning, and it increased the margin to 6-1 on Smith's two-run double in the sixth.
Starting pitcher Travis Holden and another senior, Luke Watts, handled the mound duties for the Mountaineers (1-2). Holden picked up the win, and Watts earned the save by pitching the final four innings against the Spartans, who scored three times in the seventh inning.
In the 27 innings played over three days, App State held the lead after its at-bat 14 times, was tied after seven of its at-bats and trailed after only six of its at-bats. It either led or was tied until the bottom of the seventh inning Friday and led or was tied until the bottom of the fifth inning in Game 2.
"I think our starters did a really good job, and it was great to see (reliever) Will Herman back on the mound (in Game 2) — he did a very good job in his first game back from injury," said second-year App State coach Kermit Smith, who had Andrew Vaccacio and Colin Schmid start the first two games. "We got some timely hits. Summing up the weekend, we have to find a way to be a little bit more consistent offensively."
The Mountaineers followed up an 11-6 loss in Sunday afternoon's completion of a suspended game with effective pitching and clutch hitting — in addition to the three extra-base hits, the team's other hit was a single by Bailey Welch.
Of App State's six runs, the four scoring baserunners all reached on walks to set up productive swings from McGowan, Beck and Smith. That offense provided a lead for Holden, who was pitching at UNCG for the first time since he saved the final game of the 2014 state championship series as a West Forsyth High School senior.
Holden allowed one unearned run on eight hits in five innings, totaling two strikeouts and just one walk. UNCG had runners at the corners in the fifth when Holden induced a foul-out to first baseman Conner Leonard, and a hit batter loaded the bases before center fielder Alex Leshock chased down a liner for the third out.
"Credit to our infielders and outfielders — (UNCG) really scattered me pretty well," Holden said. "They hit it at some guys, and we made some plays, like Riley throwing some people out (from catcher) and a great play in center field."
Watts retired the final two batters of the eighth with a runner on base and pitched a perfect ninth.
Holden and Watts are two of the six seniors on App State's roster. McGowan, Beck and Smith are among the team's 18 newcomers, and McGowan and Beck delivered the Mountaineers' first two homers of the season in back-to-back innings.
A freshman left fielder, the right-handed McGowan followed a walk to Leonard and a balk with a two-run shot that snuck inside the left-field foul pole. The balk was called as McGowan saw a first-pitch fastball.
"I thought, 'Here comes another one,' and I swung for it," McGowan said. "I found it, and it felt really good coming off the bat."
Smith's leadoff walk in the sixth set up a no-doubt homer to left from the right-handed Beck, the starting third baseman as a transfer from Howard College in Texas.
"I was being a little timid, so that at-bat I just tried to let loose and cut loose with my swing," Beck said. "It was a good feeling."
Smith, who went 4-for-4 with a walk in Game 2, came to the plate with two runners on base in the sixth thanks to walks drawn by CJ Brown and Leshock. The junior catcher and transfer from Catawba Valley Community College lined a double past UNCG's diving third baseman for a 6-1 lead that help up against the Spartans' powerful offense.
"This was a great win for us," McGowan said. "Hopefully it'll make everything we've been working for a reality for us."
App State returns to action Friday for the start of a weekend series at UNCW.
GAME 2 RECAP
Two strong starts weren't enough as Appalachian State's baseball team lost 11-6 at UNCG on Sunday afternoon in the second game of their three-game series.
Suspended after four innings Saturday with the score tied 3-3, Game 2 resumed at noon Sunday with App State taking a 6-3 lead thanks to a three-run top of the fifth. Just like he had in the top of the first inning Saturday, designated hitter Jason Avers produced a two-run single in the first inning of completed play Sunday.
After Drew Beck was hit by a pitch with the bases loaded to give the Mountaineers a 4-3 edge, Avers' single to right field brought home Bailey Welch and Riley Smith.
UNCG used a four-run bottom of the fifth to take a 7-6 lead, and it scored two runs apiece in the next two innings.
Avers ended the game 2-for-3 with four RBIs and one walk. Smith finished 4-for-4 with two runs and one walk, while Welch scored three times.
Brandon Boone and Kaleb Bowman made their App State debuts on the mound by working a combined three innings before Will Herman pitched the bottom of the eighth.
Colin Schmid, Saturday's starter on the mound, allowed two earned runs in four innings of work.
Appalachian State University men's tennis (6-3) suffered a 7-0 setback to Elon (3-4) on Sunday afternoon.
The Phoenix claimed the doubles point and all six singles matches.
Alex Pavkovich (Queensland, Australia/Mansfield State) and Ben Webster (Perth, Australia/Scotch College) suffered a 6-2 setback to Felipe Sarrasague and Salvador Mirajes as the No. 2 duo in the lineup. Elon clinched when Campbell Stone (Raleigh, N.C./Needham B. Broughton) and Alex Brea (Charlotte, N.C./Providence Day) fought valiantly in a 6-4 decision to Taylor Foote and Camilo Ponce. Scott Webster (Perth, Australia/Scotch College) and Milo Bargeron (Chislehurst, England/Bullerswood) were tied in a 6-6 showdown against Neal Port/Mario Paccini, but the match would go unfinished.
Appalachian looked to get back into the match in singles play trailing 1-0, but couldn't get the momentum going. Stone fell to Felipe Osses-Konig 6-1, 6-2 before Ben was downed 6-3, 6-0, as the No. 2 in the lineup. Blake Carter, who was seeking a 5-0 start, fought back from a one-set deficit against Louis Rico to force a third and final frame. However, Carter fell in the final stanza and the match 1-6, 6-2, 2-6.
After falling in the first stanza, 6-0, Bargeron gave Kyle Frankel all he could handle in the second set despite dropping the frame in a 7-6 (7-2) tiebreak. Pavkovich fell in the first set, 6-2, before going into a tiebreak decision 7-6 (7-3) to Ponce.
Ending the day for the Black and Gold was Scott. The senior netted the first frame, 7-5, before Sarrasague claimed the second stanza, 6-4, to force a 10-point tiebreak. Scott fell in the final set, 1-0 (10-3).
Appalachian will look to rebound next Saturday at home against UNC Asheville with the first serve set for 12 p.m. The Mountaineers have yet to drop a home contest with a 3-0 mark and are 22-5 in their last 27 home matches dating back to the 2015 campaign.
Returning to Charleston's McAlister Field House next month for the Southern Conference tournament, Appalachian State's wrestling team secured an outright championship at the same site Sunday afternoon.
The Mountaineers wrapped up their third straight SoCon title and a second straight unbeaten run through the league with a 45-6 victory at The Citadel.
Wins by Randall Diabe, Angel Najar, Cary Miller, Gavin Londoff, Laken Cook, Alan Clothier, Codi Russell, De'Andre Swinson-Barr and Joe Accousti were part of a coastal coronation for coach JohnMark Bentley's team, which ended the regular season at 7-0 in the conference and 9-4 overall.
Eight of App State's nine wins against the Bulldogs (1-12, 0-7) involved bonus points, as Swinson-Barr (125 pounds) and Cook (165) recorded pins. Russell (133) won by forfeit, and Najar's match at 157 ended with a medical forfeit, while Accousti (174) and Clothier (184) had back-to-back technical falls. Londoff (149) and Miller (heavyweight) won with major decisions. Diabe (197) pulled out a 3-2 decision against Sawyer Root.
With three freshmen and three sophomores in its customary lineup, App State posted its 10th regular-season SoCon championship (dating back to 1994) and three-peated for the second time. The Mountaineers also won three consecutive titles in 1997, 1998 and 1999.
Diabe (7-0 at 197 pounds), senior Forrest Przybysz (5-0 at 174) and Najar (5-0 at 157) went unbeaten in SoCon dual meets. Clothier (184), Miller (heavyweight), Londoff (149) and Russell (133) finished with 6-1 records.
Diabe and Irvin Enriquez (141 pounds) were the only returning starters who wrestled at the same weight during the 7-0 run to a SoCon title last year. Przybysz and Londoff were also back in the lineup, but at different weights, and the Mountaineers' 3-3 start to a new-look season included losses to three teams that have been ranked: fifth-ranked ACC champion NC State, North Carolina and Oklahoma.
App State capped the regular season with six wins in its last seven dual meets, including the close road victories in lively atmospheres at Campbell and Chattanooga. The Mountaineers were ahead 15-12 in Buies Creek before Londoff claimed a 5-4 decision in the final match, and they trailed 16-12 in Chattanooga before Diabe upset highly ranked Scottie Boykin by a 3-2 score and Miller clinched the victory with a 7-5 decision. That comeback set the stage for a championship-crowning win at The Citadel.
The Mountaineers return to action at the SoCon tournament on March 3 at McAlister Field House.
App State 45, The Citadel 6
125: De'Andre Swinson-Barr (APP) def. Will Jacobs (CIT), fall, 2:13 (6-0)
133: Codi Russell (APP) won by forfeit (12-0)
141: Doug Gudenburr (CIT) def. Irvin Enriquez (APP), fall, 3:31 (12-6)
149: Gavin Londoff (APP) def. Ethan Phillips (CIT), 15-4 maj. dec. (16-6)
157: Angel Najar (APP) won by medical forfeit (22-6)
165: Laken Cook (APP) def. Houston Curtis (CIT), fall, 3:00 (28-6)
174: Joe Accousti (APP) def. Michael Mewhorter (CIT), 20-5 tech. fall (33-6)
184: Alan Clothier (APP) def. Michael Lopouchanski (CIT), 17-1 tech fall (38-6)
197: Randall Diabe (APP) def. Sawyer Root (CIT), 3-2 dec. (41-6)
HWT: Cary Miller (APP) vs. Michael McAleavey (CIT), 10-2 maj. dec. (45-6)