The University of the Cumberlands (UC) Men and Women's Track and Field teams traveled to Atlanta, GA on Friday March 29th and Saturday the 30th to compete in the Emory Track & Field Classic.
The men's team dominated with numerous top performances. Albert Huntley (Atlanta, GA) captured two wins for the weekend. Huntley won not only the 100m dash but also the 200m dash, hitting the automatic qualifying time for nationals in each event running 10.59 seconds in the 100, and 21.49 seconds in the 200. He defeated nearly 40 competitors in each race. Huntley was the anchor leg for the Men's 4x100m relay team where he crossed the finish line leading his team which consisted of D'Angelo Jordan (Jacksonville, FL), James Bullock (Hudson, FL), and Erik Willis (Richmond, VA) to a 3rd place finish. It is safe to say that Huntley strongly contends for the MSC Runner of the Week.
Another relay that finished strong this meet was the Men's 4x4m Relay team. Brendan Kelly (Lexington, KY) crossed the finish line for the team winning their heat by a large margin, but overall placing them 5th with a time of 3:23.80. The relay team consisted of Willis, Kevin Ping (Somerset, KY), and Kevin Ross-Rogers (Lexington, KY).
Taking a look across the field events, Bullock took 2nd place in high jump, leaping a height of 6 feet 3.50 inches out of 14 competitors. Michael Ross and Seth Stoffle (Seymour, TN) participated in the Men's Pole Vault competition. Ross took 2nd place vaulting 13 feet 5.25 inches while Stoffle took 7th place with a height of 12 feet 5.50 inches. Within the ring of competition, Corey Chaffin (Patalaska, OH) captured a top three finish placing third in the Shot Put tossing a personal record of 45 feet 3.75 inches. Christian Brislenn (Franklin, OH) also competed in the event placing 7th overall with a throw of 42 feet 5.50 inches. Brislenn also took 5th place in Men's Hammer throw with 129 feet and 8 inches. Stoffle and Ping competed in the Men's Javelin throw. Stoffle threw the Javelin 154 feet and 9 inches, while Ping threw 140 feet and 7 inches. Stoffle and Ping placed 3rd and 6th respectively.
Furthering the distance, in the men's 3000 meter steeple chase, Donnie White (Miamisburg, OH) took first place running and jumping a time of 9:31, only missing qualifying for nationals by less than two seconds. Whyte looks forwards to being able to achieve this goal in the next meet. Whyte also ran in the men's 5000 meter run the following day where he took 6th place running a time of 15:36. Teammate Landon Hamilton (Andover, OH) finished six seconds ahead of Whyte running 15:30 placing 3rd. Shortening the distance, Jonathan Gears (Andover, OH) took 8th place out of nearly 50 competitors in the Men's 1500m run. Gears ran a time of four minutes and four seconds.
For the women's side of competition, there were a few top performances accomplished. Taylor Mayes (Knoxville, TN) who specializes in throws captured a total of three top ten performances at this meet. Mayes was 6th in shot put throwing 34 feet 8.25 inches, 7th in discus with a throw of 93 feet and 2 inches, and 10th in Hammer with a toss of 81 feet 7 inches. Another Patriot lady who performed well within the field events was Shanice Carbon (Owensboro, KY) who placed 9th in triple jump, leaping a distance of 31 feet and 6.50 inches.
Danielle Hoop (Owenton, KY) participated in the women's seeded 500m run where she placed 5th overall, running a time of 4 minutes and 46 seconds. Hoop had 33 competitors within her race. She also placed 12th of 42 competitors in the seeded 800m run with a time of 2:26 seconds.
There was a pair of distance runners who competed in the Women's seeded 5K event. Shelby Gibbons (Hammersville, OH) and Christine Moon (Sardinia, OH) both took top 15 finishes in the event. Gibbons placed 12th running a time of 20:01 while Moon placed 15th with a time of 20:32.
The Patriots will be back in action this upcoming weekend April 6th as they will run at the Centre Invitational in Danville, Kentucky.
For more information on the Patriots Track and Field programs along with other Patriot athletics, please visit www.cumberlandspatriots.com.
Article by Danielle Hoop, UC Multimedia & Athletic Services Student Assistant