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Originally published: 2013-02-24 21:47:34
Last modified: 2013-02-24 21:47:34

ASU men win SoCon indoor title

by Staff Reports

WINSTON-SALEM — Appalachian State men's track and field team clinched its 19th Southern Conference Indoor title on Sunday at the JDL Fast Track.

Appalachian State won the meet with 183.5 points. Samford was second with 179 points followed by Western Carolina with 161.5. The Mountaineers had to overcome an 8.5 points deficit to Samford after the first day of competition.

The Mountaineers earned 18 points in the mile run when the senior duo of Alex Taylor and Chris Moen took the top-two spots. Taylor won the event with a time of 4:12.29, while Moen ran a 4:13.88 to finish in second.  

Moen paced Appalachian in the 5,000-meter run when he finished third with a 14:42.22. Teammates Michael Lilley and Brian Graves finished fifth and sixth respectively.

After breaking the SoCon and Appalachian State record in the preliminary round of the 60-meter hurdles, sophomore Stanley Broaden claimed the league championship by winning the event with a time of 7.90 seconds.

It was the second straight year that a Mountaineer won the event. A.J. Dohanic won it last year.

The Mountaineers also took home the second and third-place finishes in the 200-meter dash when Broaden finished second with a time of 22.34. Justin Thomas placed third overall with a 22.37.

Raphael Rojas finished in third-place in the 800 as he crossed the line at 1:54.35, earning six points for the Mountaineers.

The 1,600-meter relay team of Tyler Combs, Trey Edgerton, Rojas and Broaden placed second overall. They finished just steps behind Western Carolina by crossing the finish line with a time of 3:20.38.

In field events, after claiming the shot put title on day one, senior Jared Stalling claimed the weight throw title, tossing for 18.83 meters and earning his second title of the championships. Zane Lail finished fifth in the event.

Appalachian clinched the triple jump title on day two when junior Jamal Tiller set a facility record jumping 15.41 meters in the finals. Adedji Adeneve was third.

Appalachian will be back in action March 2 when several athletes travel to Blacksburg, Va. for the Virginia Tech Last Chance Meet in hopes of qualifying for the NCAA Indoor Championships.

The meet is scheduled to start at 4 p.m.