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Originally published: 2014-03-01 23:31:17
Last modified: 2014-03-01 23:51:59

App State men climbs to first in indoor meet

by Staff Reports

WINSTON-SALEM -- Appalachian State men's track and field team finished the first day of the Southern Conference Indoor Championships in first place with 60 points.

The Mountaineers dominated the pole vault event by grabbing three of the top four positions. Phillip Thomas won the event with an effort of 15-feet, 5-inches.

Alex Lomas finished in third place and Matt Layne took fourth in the pole vault. Henry Bustle was fourth and Jamal Tiller was fifth in the long jump.

The Mountaineers nearly added a victory in the high jump, but Samuel Allen finished second with a height of 6-8 1/4. Darrow Goff was fifth with a leap of 6-2 1/4.

Nathan Milich finished fourth in the shot put with a toss of 48-3 1/2. John Leonard was sixth.

In the sprints, Rafael Rojas qualified for the 400-meter run, while Kenley Joseph qualified for the 60-meter hurdles by placing fifth in the preliminary round. Marshall McRae was third in the 60-meter dash with a time of 6.87 in a qualifying round.

Kyle McFoy was third in the 3,000 run with a time of 8:27.46. App State's distance relay team of Michael Ellis, Joshua Hannah, Rojas and Chris Anderson was fourth with a time of 10:20.95.

Women's results

WINSTON-SALEM -- Appalachian State's women's track and field team is third after one day of the Southern Conference Indoor Championships Saturday.

The Mountaineers, which has 40.5 points, trail Western Carolina (49.5 points) and Samford, which has 43.

App State shot putter won her event with a toss of 48-7 1/2 feet, which gave the Mountaineers 10 points Her teammate, Jasmine Suydam was fifth in the event.

Appalachian State's next highest finisher was its distance relay team. The team of Allison Cook, Breanna Alston, Taryn Stern and Justine Stocks finished second with a time of 11:59.48.

Shelby Howell also qualified for the 800-meter run finals by winning her preliminary heat. Stern was fourth in her heat and also qualified.

Alston was also third in the long jump, qualified first in the 200-meter dash and third in the 60 dash. Kaitlin Cagle finished fourth in the 3,000 run, and Tristin Van Ord was sixth.

Day two of the event is Sunday.