This past weekend, the University of the Cumberlands (UC) track and field team competed in the DePauw Classic in Greencastle, IN. The women's and men's team each placed 6th at the meet. The women's team had a total of 63 points while the men's team had 54 points.
For most of the team this was the second indoor meet of the season, the third for others and several of the Patriot athletes performed very well. Coach Stroud and Coach Temple informed the team that this was the best weekend of performances that the University of the Cumberlands track team has ever had in Cumberlands history during regular season. With this being said, 20 national qualifying times and/or distances were hit this weekend from these outstanding athletes. Some individuals hit not only one, but multiple qualifying standards for the NAIA Indoor National Championships in the end of February. Cumberlands track team is looking to do some big things in the meets to come.
To start off such a successful weekend, on the men's side of the competition, Cumberlands distance medley relay finished in first with a time of 10:17 which was a meet record and qualifying national's time. The team consisted of Brendan Kelly (Lexington, KY), Aundreas Lopez (Fort Lee, VA), Donnie Whyte, and Eric Willis. The men's 4x400 meter relay finished 7th overall with a time of 3:38.
There were three men who competed in the men's 5000 meter run. Senior Landon Hamilton (Andover, OH) finished first out of 28 athletes with a time of 15:05, Devin Edwards (Corbin, KY) finished in 21st with a time of 17:01 and Eric Phillips finished 24th running 17:23. Hamilton had already qualified for nationals, but hit the standard again, and ran 13 seconds faster than the previous week. Zak Kemp and Slade Klinksiek ran in the 60 meter hurdles where they placed 26th and 27th with times of 10.12 and 10.37. Senior Aundreas Lopez (Fort Lee, VA) finished first place in the men's 1000 meter run with a time of 2:31 and out of 16 athletes. Lopez set a meet record. James Bullock also competed in this event running a time of 3:02 placing 13th.
The men's 800 meter run also had a standout performance from freshman Kevin Ross-Rogers (Lexington, KY) who placed 4th of 26 men running a time of 2:01.39. For the men's 1 mile run Jonathan Gears (Andover, OH), ran a 4:29.65 placing 8th while Sam Meredith (Louisville, KY) led the Patriots in this event running a 4:27.59 placing 7th.
In the sprinting events, there were numerous Patriots that competed in the 200m dash. There were 71 total athletes who participated in this event at DePauw. The competing Patriots were Eric Willis 7th place time of 23.33, Zak Kemp 17th in 23.96 seconds, Kevin Ping 23rd with a time of 24.43, D ‘Angelo Jordan 42nd in 24.89, Woody Thompson with a 25.49 placing 55th, Keontre Walker with a time of 25.69 placing 57th, Erik Van Dyke going 25.95 in 60th, Raymond Bettman-Hodge (Louisville, KY) placing 64th going 26.19, and finally Jeremiah Stidman sprinting 26.41 getting 66th place.
In the regular 60 meter dash seven Patriots competed in this event. Albert Huntley placed 2nd with a time of 7.07 in the prelims which qualified him for finals. In the finals Huntley ran a 6.97 and won the event. Following Huntley were teammates D ‘Angelo Jordan running 7.36, Keontre Walker with a time of 7.48, Woody Thompson with a 7.62, Dallas Defoor with a 7.74, Jeremiah Stidman going 7.82, and Erik Van Dyke closing the Patriots running a 7.86.
In the men's weight throw placing 14th and breaking a school record was Christian Brislenn throwing 12.75 meters followed closely by Shane Turnipseed who placed 15th throwing 12.10m. Carson Newman also threw in this event placing 19th with a throw of 11.40 meters. Each of these men competed in the shot put also. Brislenn placed 14th throwing 12.43 meters, Turnipseed placing 25th with an 11.30 meter throw, and Newman placed 27th with a throw of 11.04 meters. Freshman James Bullock also competed in this event and threw 9.13 meters placing 40th.
The men's long jump had one lone Patriot compete. Dekeldric Felton jumped 19 feet 6 inches, which placed him in 8th place. Aside from the long jump in another field event was Kevin Ping who jumped 5 feet 6 inches and placed 14th. Zak Kemp participated in the men's triple jump where he jumped a distance of 38 feet 7 inches and placed 11th. In the pole vault event, Slade Klinksiek set a new personal record jumping 12 feet and one inch placing 14th.
For the women's side of the competition, there were three women who stood out for the Patriots in the 5000 meter run who all finished in the top ten. Christine Moon (Sardinia, OH) finished in 5th with a time of 19:53, Shelby Gibbons (Hamersville, OH) finished in 7th with a time of 20:31, while Jennifer Marcum (Springboro, OH) finished in 9th with a time of 21:11.
The women's distance medley relay consisting of Danielle Hoop (Owenton, KY), Natasha Sydnor (Elizabethtown, KY), Darcy Mascotti (Bellbrook, OH), and Samantha Proffitt not only won the meet with a time of 12:35, they also hit "A" standard to qualify for nationals and set a new school record. Sydnor competed in the 600 meter dash where she took 3rd place with a time of 1:45.88, nearly over half a second away from placing second. Proffitt competed in the high jump where she took 5th place jumping 4-11.00.
Another relay for the women's team was the 4x4. In this last event of the meet, the relay team placed 5th with a time of 4:34. The team consisted of Danielle Hoop (Owenton, KY), Audrey Springer, Shanice Carbon, and Charnay Ryland. Ryland competed in the women's triple jump, where she hit "B" standard to qualify for nationals and also broke a school record. She placed 2nd in this event jumping 36 feet, 1 and a quarter inch. She also participated in the long jump, where she placed fourth jumping 16 feet 5 inches. Nahtae Thompson also jumped in this event jumping 14 feet 11 and a quarter inches. Thompson placed 10th.
In the women's 60 meter hurdles, Shawnee Holbrook took 11th place in this event running a time of 10.24 which ties the school record. Holbrook also competed in the 400 meter dash where she took 18th place with a time of 1:12.83 seconds. In the regular 60 meter dash, Shanice Carbon placed 12th and ran a time of 8.47.
Danielle Hoop (Owenton, KY) won the women's mile with a time of 5:12.62. This time was good enough for Hoop to hit the "B" standard to qualify for nationals. Audrey Springer ran the 800 meter dash placing 11th running a time of 2:34.19. In the women's 200 meter dash, Quanisha McFadden (Lima, OH) placed 18th running 28.40 while teammate Samantha Proffitt finished just ahead of McFadden in 17th place running a 28.36. Darcy Mascotti (Bellbrook, OH) won the 3000 meter run by over 30 seconds ahead of the competition. Mascotti not only crushed the competition, but also set another new school record.
The Patriots will be back in action as they travel to Greencastle, Indiana for the DePauw Invitational on February 18th, 2012.
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