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Track & Field - Sun, Feb. 16, 2014

This past weekend, the University of the Cumberlands (UC) Track and Field team competed in the DePauw Classic in Greencastle, IN.

There was one lone Patriot who competed in the men's 5000 meter run.  Clay Bowling (Manchester, KY) finished in 11th place with a time of 18:41.72.  In other distance events, Sam Meredith (Louisville, KY) won the 3,000 meter race in a time of 8:58.42 while teammate Sam Beal (Beavercreek, OH) came in 2nd with a time of 9:04.00.  Josh Moon (Batavia, OH) also competed in the event running 9:27.85 placing 11th.

Junior Donnie Whyte (Miamisburg, OH) finished in first place in the men's 1000 meter run with a time of 2:36.00 and out of 12 athletes, barely missing the qualifying mark by four seconds. Along with Whyte was freshman Cory Heslin (Louisville, KY) finishing 4th in the same event with a time of 2:43.44.  Eric Phillips (New Castle, KY) ran the event in a time of 2:48.40 finishing 8th.

For middle distance, the men's 800 meter run had a standout performance from freshman Devin Gray (Carrolton, KY) who placed 2nd of 27 men running an impressive time of 1:58.47.  Gray looks to qualify for nationals in this event next week.  Aaron Harrison (Courtland, OH) competed in the 600 meter dash where he finished in 3rd place of 12 runners running a time of 1:27.99.

In the sprinting events, there were numerous Patriots that competed in the 60m dash.  There were 51 total athletes who participated in this event at DePauw.  The competing Patriots were Eric Willis (Richmond, IN) who finished in 5th place with a time of 7.16 seconds, Steven Johnson (Atlanta, GA) who finished in 4th place in 7.13 seconds, Donnie Gay (Garfield, GA) who finished in 3rd with a time of 7.09, and Brandon Ford (Winston-Salem, NC) who finished runner-up in the event with a time of 7.02 seconds.  Willis went on to compete in the open 400 meter dash where he won the event in a time of 51.17 seconds as he defeated 25 other runners in the event.  Johnson was a member of the 4x200 meter relay team that placed 2nd in a time of 1:33.78 along with Adam Colebrooke (Freeport, Bahamas), Gay, and Ford.  Ford also ran in the 200 meter dash where he placed 8th overall with a sprint of 23.43 seconds.  Gay also competed in the 200 meter dash placing 14th in a time of 23.77 seconds.

The Patriots had two 4x400 meter relay teams compete this past weekend. Cumberlands "A" team consisting of Willis, Johnson, Gray, and Harrison finished third in the event running a time of 3:29.95. Cumberlands "B" which included Whyte, Heslin, Phillips, and Raymond Bettman-Hodge (Louisville, KY) placed 9th running 3:46.48.

In the men's weight throw, placing 4th was Christian Brislenn (Franklin, OH) throwing 13.81 meters followed by Shane Turnipseed (Denver, IN) who placed 15th throwing 10.93 meters.  Each of these men competed in the shot put also along with freshman Cameron Smoak (Williamsburg, KY).  Brislenn placed 10th throwing 12.58 meters while Turnipseed placed 8th with a 13.11 meter throw.  Smoak placed 5th with a throw of 13.83 meters.

The men's long jump had two Patriots compete.  A.J. Dickson (Milwaukee, OR) jumped 6.71 meters, which placed him 2nd in the event.  Dallas Defoor (Gainesville, GA) jumped 6.40 meters placing 6th.  Dickson also competed in the men's triple jump where he placed 3rd with a leap of 13.55 meters.

The men's team placed 2nd of 15 teams at the DePauw classic with 124 points.

On the women's side of the competition, there was one lone Patriot who competed in the 5000 meter run who finished in the top five.  Junior Shelby Gibbons (Hamersville, OH) finished in 5th with a time of 19:58.62.  In the other distance events, Bonnie Nutt (Phillips, WI) competed in the women's 3,000 meter run where she placed 9th running a time of 12:09.22, as the week before she ran 13 minutes flat improving her time drastically this week.  In the one mile run, Annmarie Lake (Mason, OH) took 3rd place in her heat finishing 12th overall, also a faster time that the previous week running 5 minutes and 45 seconds.  Lake also competed in the 800 meter run along with teammate Sydney Freeman (Corbin, KY).  Lake finished 12th in a time of 2:40, while Freeman took a top 8 finish, finishing 7th with a time of 2:36 as she also ran faster this week in her event.

The women's side had several top performances as junior Aneta Elliot (Acworth, GA) and Ayanna Pringle (Miamisburg, OH) both competed in the 60 meter dash.  Elliot placed 13th overall with a time of 8.60 seconds while Pringle placed 18th with a time of 8.84 seconds.  Elliot then ran later on that day where she competed in the 400 meter dash earning a 6th place finish with a time of 1:05.29, and Pringle competed in the 200 meter dash later on placing 16th in a time of 28.91 seconds.

Another pair of Patriots dominated the middle distance events as Darcy Mascotti (Bellbrook, OH) and Danielle Hoop (Owenton, KY) finish 1st and 2nd in the 1,000 meter run.  Mascotti came across the line first in a time of 2:58.30 while Hoop, not even a full second behind, crossed at 2:58.85, beating their competition by nearly 20 seconds.  For Mascotti and Hoop, both these times were enough to hit the "A" standard qualifying for NAIA Indoor Nationals.  Mascotti and Hoop are now each qualified in the 3,000 meter run, 1,600 meter run, and 1,000 meter run.
The women's 4x400 meter relay team consisting of Elliot, Pringle, Mascotti, and Hoop won the event with a time of 4:13.88 seconds.  This time was seven seconds faster than the previous week at Cedarville.

Samantha Proffitt (London, KY) competed in the high jump and long jump at the Classic where she took 5th place jumping 1.52 meters in the high jump, then finished 6th in the long jump with a leap of 4.80 meters.  Also in the field of competition, Taylor Mayes (Knoxville, TN) competed in the shot put along with Courtney Rhodes (Riceboro, GA).  Mayes threw her way to an 8th place finish with a throw of 10.51 meters, while Rhodes threw 10.03 meters placing 10th.  Rhodes also competed in the women's weight throw where she finished 11th with a distance of 9.57 meters.

In the women's 60 meter hurdles, Shawnee Holbrook (Rockholds, KY) took 7th place in the finals of this event running a time of 10.28.  Last year, she tied the school record in this event with a time of 10.24 seconds.  She looks to continue decreasing her time to break her own record she currently holds.

The women's team placed 7th of 15 teams scoring 47 points.

The Patriots will be back in action as they travel to Greencastle, Indiana again for the DePauw Invitational on February 22nd.

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