A select group of University of the Cumberlands (UC) track and field athletes traveled to Bloomington, Indiana on Friday to compete in the Indiana Classic. Those thirteen athletes who competed at Indiana University competed very well overall in their respective events
For the women's side of the competition, Darcy Mascotti (Bellbrook, OH) ran the women's one mile and finished in 1st place out of 17 women at a time of 5:00 flat, breaking her own school record. One of the other women to compete was Danielle Hoop (Owenton, KY) in the women's 800m run. Hoop finished in 6th overall out of 26 competitors running a time of 2:19. Charnay Ryland (Germantown, MD) competed in the women's triple jump placing 4th of 11 girls, jumping 35-08.75. For Mascotti, her time in the mile was good enough to hit "A" standard for nationals, and Hoop's time in the 800 qualifies for "B" standard for nationals.
For the men's side of the competition, DeKeldric Felton (Oglethorpe, GA) and Kevin Ping (Somerset, KY) competed in the men's long jump. Felton and Ping finished 18th and 19th respectively jumping distances of 19-07 and 19-06.75. Ping also competed in the men's shot put throwing 37-06.75 placing 19th. The men's team had two men compete in the 800 meter run. Brendan Kelly (Lexington, KY) and Aundreas Lopez (Fort Lee, VA) competed and ran extremely well. Kelly finished in 3rd place overall with a time of 1:55.24 followed closely by Lopez who finished in 4th place overall with a time of 1:56.53. There were a total of 21 men who competed in this event. Kelly hit the "A" standard while Lopez hit the "B" standard to qualify for nationals.
Competing in the men's 60m dash were Albert Huntley (Atlanta, GA) and Erik Willis (Richmond, VA). Huntley placed 5th overall in the preliminaries barely missing finals. He ran a 6.91 which is "A" standard for nationals. Willis placed 24th running a 7.31. These two men also competed in the men's 200m dash. Huntley ran a 22.76 while Willis ran a 23.56. James Bullock (Hudson, FL) competed in the 60m hurdles where he placed 26th with a time of 9.37.
In the men's 1 mile run, Donnie Whyte (Miamisburg, OH) qualified for nationals hitting the "A" standard by running a very impressive time of 4:16.88 placing 6th of 27 total runners. Competing in one of the closing events of the night, Jonathan Gears (Andover, OH) and Sam Meredith (Louisville, KY) ran the 3,000 meter run. Gears placed 11th with a time of 8:39.35, and Meredith ran a time of 8:46.31, placing 11th and 14th respectively. Gears qualified for nationals hitting the "A" standard, while Meredith missed qualifying by only two seconds. Meredith looks to qualify next week as the team returns to DePauw.
This was a very good eye opening experience for the Patriots who competed and they have more approaching opportunities to qualify for nationals as some travel to Virginia Tech next weekend while the remaining participants travel to Greencastle, Indiana for the DePauw Classic to compete for their last chance to qualify for nationals.
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