This past weekend, the University of the Cumberlands (UC) track and field team competed in the Cedarville Collegiate Indoor Invite in Cedarville, OH. The Patriots were prepared and provided a challenge for the other teams they faced.
On the women's side of the competition in the running events junior Darcy Mascotti (Bellbrook, OH) competed in the women's 1000 meter run and finished in 1stplace with a final time of 3:08. Mascotti also placed 2ndin the mile with a time of 5:16. In the 5,000 meter run, senior Lauren Kachel (Pickerington, OH) placed 4thwith a time of 19:08 followed by freshman Shelby Gibbons (Hamersville, OH) with a time of 19:21. In the relay events, the Women's 4 x 200 meter relay team consisting of Quanisha McFadden (Lima, OH), Nayia Bishop (Louisville, KY), Natasha Sydnor (Elizabethtown, KY), and Janada Acree (Cadiz, KY) placed 4thoverall with a time of 1:53
In the field events for the women, junior Janada Acree finished 3rdin the women's high jump with a final height of 1.53 meters. On the throws side, senior Becci Holcomb (Blanchester, OH) placed 6thin the women's shot put with a distance of 11.14 meters. In the women's weight throw, senior Lawna Rivera (Sevierville, TN) broke the school record for women's weight throw by throwing the weight a distance of 10.74 meters and placing 9thoverall in the event. The women's team placed 5thoverall of 15 teams with 42 team points.
Participating for the men's side of the competition in the running events, junior Aundreas Lopez (Fort Lee, VA) placed 1stin the men's 800 meter run with a time of 1:55.55. This time also qualified Lopez for Indoor Nationals. Following Lopez in 2ndplace was freshman Donnie Whyte (Miamisburg, OH) with a time of 1:57.37 and 3rdplace went to junior Brendan Kelly (Lexington, KY) with a time of 1:57.61.
In the 400 meter dash, senior Kyle Belcher (Louisville, KY) ran a 53.15 earning him a 3rdplace finish. Also in the 200 meter dash, Belcher earned a 5thplace finish with a time of 23.59. Freshman Luke Atkenson (Galena, OH) placed 5thin the 55 meter hurdles with a time of 18.28. In the 5,000 meter run, senior Landon Hamilton (Andover, OH) received 1stplace with a time of 15:26 and freshman Cory Kleinjan (Taylorsville, KY) placed 3rdwith a time of 15:53. Freshman Ben Rawe (Melbourne, KY) placed 2ndin the 1,000 meter run with a time of 2:46.
In the relay events, the men's 4 x 200 meter relay consisting of Kyle Belcher, Ezra Anderson (St. Louis, MO), Keon Jones (Gary, IN), and Malcolm Dias (Kuwait, Salmiyah, IT) placed 1stwith a time of 1:34. The men's 4 x 800 meter relay team of Aaron Harrison (Courtland, OH), Brendan Kelly, Donnie Whyte and Aundreas Lopez also placed 1stwith a time of 8:15.
During the field events, freshman Taylor Austin (Glasgow, KY) placed 3rdin the men's triple jump with a leap of 12.60 meters. He also finished 6thin the long jump with a jump of 6.18 meters. Also on the men's side, freshman Christian Brislenn (Franklin, OH) broke the men's weight throw record with a toss of 11.51 meters. The men's team finished the meet in 4thplace out of 17 teams with 94 team points.
The Patriots will travel to Greencastle, IN to compete in the DePauw Classic on February 11th. For more information on the Patriot track team as well as other Patriot athletics, visit http://www.cumberlandspatriots.com/.