A few of University of the Cumberlands (UC) track and field athletes traveled to Bloomington, Indiana on Friday to compete in the Hoosier Hills Invitational. Those six 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 6th place out of 25 women at a time of 5:00.25. One of the other women to compete was Danielle Hoop (Owenton, KY) in the second heat of the women's one mile run. Hoop finished in 9th overall running a time of 5:03.83 running a new personal best. For Mascotti and Hoop, their times were good enough to hit "A" standard for the NAIA Indoor National meet.
The men's team had one lone man compete in the 400 meter dash. Competing unattached, Brendan Kelly (Lexington, KY) competed and ran well. Kelly finished 5th place in his heat with a time of 52.87. Kelly looks to continue building speed for the 800 meter run.
Two Patriot throwers competed in the invitational on Friday. Sophomore Cameron Smoak (Williamsburg, KY) competed in the shot put. Smoak threw his way to the top finishing 3rd in his heat and 10th overall throwing a distance of 14.27 meters missing finals by one spot. This throw was good enough for Smoak to capture the men's indoor shot put school record. Junior Christian Brislenn (Franklin, OH) competed in the men's weight throw competition. Brislenn threw a distance of 13.06 meters capturing himself a 13th place finish overall.
This was a very good eye opening experience for the Patriots who competed and they have more approaching opportunities to qualify for nationals as they travel to Greencastle, Indiana for the DePauw Classic to compete for their last chance to qualify for nationals.
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