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Men's and Women's Indoor Track & Field Finish Second at Season Opening Appalachian Invitational

Men's Recap

BOONE, N.C. -- Appalachian State indoor men's track & field opened the 2018-19 season with a second place finish at the Appalachian Open on Friday and Saturday.

The Mountaineers tallied 107 points in the meet. Wofford took home first place with 128 points.

The Black and Gold won a total of five events on the weekend.

Peter Kenn captured the weight throw, covering 49-7.75 (15.13m) with his toss. Michael Albert placed third in the event with a PR toss of 49-4.50 (15.05).

Tristian Shaver took first in the pole vault, clearing 16-0.75 (4.90m), while Elliott Graves won the 55-meter hurdles in a PR time of 6.56 seconds.

Jabari Johnson won the 55-meter dash with a PR time of 6.43 seconds. Johnson also captured the 300-meter dash in 34.51 seconds, setting a new Holmes Center record in the process. Graves placed second in the 300-meter dash in a PR time of 35.15 seconds.

App State took three of the four top spots in the high jump. Jordan Dale placed second with a mark of 6-7.00 (2.01m), Daniel Lauffenburger was third with a PR height of 6-7.00 (2.01m) and Andrew Underdal was fourth with a mark of 6-3.25 (1.91m).

John Fravel earned a second place finish in the 800-meter run in 2:00.49.

Appalachian State will take time off for the holidays and will compete again on Jan. 11 and 12 at the ETSU Track & Field Invitational.

Team Standings
1. Wofford 128; 2. Appalachian State 107; 3. Winthrop 64.5 4. Gardner-Webb 64 5. UNC-Asheville 50; 6. Mount Olive 43; 7. Queens (N.C.) 23; 8. Mars Hill 19; 9. Lees-McRae 10.5

Women's Recap

BOONE, N.C. -- Ashley Muschiatti won the weight throw and shot put to lead the Appalachian State women's track & field team to a second place finish at the season opening Appalachian Invitation on Friday and Saturday.

The Mountaineers tallied 132 points in the 10-team meet. Wofford won the team title with 141 points.

Muschiatti won the weight throw with a toss of 55-7.00 (16.98m), which represents a PR. She also posted a toss of 42-6.50 in the shot put, which was good for first place.

Competing in her first collegiate meet, Hassani Burris captured the triple jump with a mark of 37-8.00 (11.48m). Burris also recorded a second place finish in the long jump, covering 17-10.25 (5.44m).

The Black and Gold took the top two spots in the 1-mile run. Hana Ratcliffe crossed first in 5:12.39, with Kylee Frady placing second in 5:19.71.

In the pole vault, Hannah Emery won the event clearing 12-0.00 (3.66m), Lainey Hunnicutt finished in a tie for second with a mark of 11-5.50 (3.51m) and Sofia San Miguel was fourth with a height of 11-0.25 (3.36m).

Jelonnie Smith recorded the seventh fastest time in program history in the 300-meter dash, winning the event in 40.47 seconds. She also was second in the 55-meter dash with a time of 7.19 seconds.

Kayla Carson was second in the high jump with a mark of 5-3.00 (1.60m) and Jessica Dixon was third in the 300-meter dash in 41.60 seconds.

Appalachian State will compete again at the ETSU Track & Field Invitational on Jan. 11 and Jan. 12.

Team Standings

1. Wofford 141; 2. Appalachian State 132; 3. Gardner-Webb 52.5; 4. Col. of Charleston 50.5; 5. UNC-Asheville 49.5; 6. Mount Olive 37.5; t7. Mars Hill 23; t7. Winthrop 23; 9. Queens (N.C.) 13; 10. Lees-McRae 5


LMC Track and Field Turns in Solid Performance at Appalachian State Open, One School Record Falls

BOONE, N.C. - The Lees-McRae College track and field teams opened their indoor season at the Appalachian State Open over the weekend (Nov. 30-Dec. 1), with one school record falling for the women's team.

Day one held on Friday (Nov. 30) consisted of the weight throw and triple jump events.

Men on Day One - Cooper Abernathy was Lees-McRae's top finisher in the weight throw, taking 14th with a mark of 12.69 meters. In the triple jump, Jalen Martin finished ninth with a distance of 12.70 meters.

Women on Day One - Mya Roberts was the top finisher for Lees-McRae's women in the weight throw in 18th at 12.23 meters, while Bayle Wood finished 20th at 11.78 meters.

Saturday (Dec. 1) consisted of the long jump, high jump, pole vault and shot put events in the field and also several running events.

Men on Day Two - Abernathy led the way in the shot put with a ninth-place finish (12.69 meters), while Blake Radder placed 18th with a distance of 10.79 meters. Martin notched the second top-10 finish of the event for Lees-McRae in the long jump, finishing eighth with a distance of 6.56 meters. Logan Welton and Logan Styers finished 16th (5.59 meters) and 17th (4.82 meters) respectively in the event. Luke Rochester tied for third place in the pole vault with a height of 4.00 meters. Dylan Williams was the top finisher in the 55-meter dash in 24th (7.11 seconds), while Styers finished in 26th (7.32 seconds) and Alexander Tricot took 27th (7.60 seconds). Martin led the way in the 300-meter dash with a sixth-place finish (36.66 seconds), while Dalton Tallent finished eighth (37.12 seconds). Williams also crossed the line in 17th in 40.30 seconds. Corimonte Eatmon made his Lees-McRae debut in the 400-meter dash with a ninth-place finish in 53.57 seconds.

Women on Day Two - Sariah Dempaire-Salomon made her Lees-McRae debut in a big way, finishing in eighth place in the shot put but also breaking the Lees-McRae College shot put record with a mark of 11.63 meters. The previous record of 11.36 meters belonged to Rachelle Cleveland who set the mark at this same event back in 2012. Roberts finished 18th in the shot put with a distance of 10.40 meters, while Wood finished in 27th with a distance of 9.30 meters. Jessica Reeves would finish 11th in the high jump with a height of 1.45 meters. Millie McCoy was the top Bobcat finisher in the long jump tied for 14th at 4.91 meters, while Mikali Smith (21st, 4.37 meters) and Reeves (22nd, 3.94 meters) also competed in the long jump. Brittney Augistin earned a ninth-place finish in the 55-meter dash in 7.53 seconds, while Megan Guess finished 24th in 8.33 seconds. Augustin would notch her second top-10 finish of the event in the 300-meter dash, finishing eighth in 42.88 seconds. The quartet of Augustin, McCoy, Reeves and Smith ran the 4x300 relay in 3:19.30.

Up Next - The Bobcats are back in action after the New Year when they travel to Johnson City, Tenn. for the ETSU Invitational on Jan. 11-12.

Bobcats rally but fall short at Emmanuel, 91-88

FRANKLIN SPRINGS, Ga. – Facing a double-digit deficit in the second half, the Lees-McRae College men's basketball team mounted a rally to get within one possession in its conference opener Saturday afternoon at Emmanuel. Even with the stellar effort, the Bobcats dropped a 91-88 decision to the Lions. The loss pushes LMC's record on the season to 3-6.

LMC began Saturday's contest well as it scored 16 of the first 23 points in the tilt. The fast start was sparked by all five Bobcats that started the game as each player made at least one field goal during that stretch. However, Emmanuel relied on the tandem of Brandon Simpson (18 points) and Kendrick Colvin (13 points) to not only tie Lees-McRae but also take the lead. When the two squads went to halftime, EC held a 45-40 lead on LMC.

It looked like Emmanuel could run away from the Bobcats in the second half. The Lions led by as many as 15 points in the second. Lees-McRae clawed back, however, to get back within one possession of the Lions in the closing minutes. LMC shot 56 percent from the field in the second half to spark the comeback. Despite LMC's best efforts, Emmanuel was able to knock down some key free throws to preserve the victory.

Freshman Andrew Gardner led LMC with 20 points and seven rebounds Saturday. It marked Gardner's second straight 20-plus point performance. Quay Kimble added 16 points, while the duo of Jerick Haynes and Anthony Hicks both chipped in 14 points each.

The Bobcats will be back in action Tuesday evening when they host Limestone at Williams Gymnasium. Tip-off for that matchup is set for 7:30 p.m.

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Bobcats Drop Conference Opener at Emmanuel (Ga.) on Saturday

FRANKLIN SPRINGS, Ga. - The Lees-McRae College women's basketball team fell in its Conference Carolinas opener at Emmanuel (Ga.) 68-61 on Saturday (Dec. 1).

Game Summary - Emmanuel (Ga.) led 11-10 after a slow-moving first quarter, which saw Emmanuel with only four points with two minutes to play in the period. After Meg Crawford's two free throws 54 seconds in, the Bobcats used a 6-2 run over five minutes and change to jump out to a 10-4 lead. Emmanuel countered with a 7-0 run to end the quarter to take the lead.

Emmanuel would lead for most of the second quarter, before the Bobcats would erase a five-point deficit with just 1:04 left in the half to knot the game at 27-all headed to the break. Emmanuel extended their run from the end of the first quarter into the second, scoring the first five points of the frame. The Lions were able to extend their lead to five several times, and has high as six with two minutes to play in the half. Destiny Johnson drilled the first three-pointer of the game for either team with 46 seconds left in the quarter to get the Bobcats back within one possession, before Meg Crawford scored a second-chance layup through contact and was sent to the line for one shot. The sophomore knocked it down to tie the game, and then came up with a huge block at the other end to send the game to the half tied.

Emmanuel out-scored Lees-McRae 23-17 in the third to take a 50-44 lead to the final 10 minutes. After the teams traded buckets and remained tied, a three-pointer from Stacey and a bucket from Johnson put the Bobcats up 37-31 with just over five minutes to play in the quarter. Emmanuel would respond by inching closer and closer before tying the game yet again at 39-all with 3:30 to play in the quarter. Back-to-back Lion three-pointers got the home team up by six quickly, before Breana Hardnett responded with Lees-McRae's next five points to get the Bobcats back within one with 1:35 to play in the frame. Another two-possession scoring sequence for Emmanuel in the final 50 seconds of the quarter would get them up by six headed to the fourth.

The first two minutes of the fourth quarter were scoreless, before Emmanuel would extend its lead to nine with one free throw from Emily Drelinski later followed by a Taylor Delasbour layup. Stacey knocked down another three-pointer to get the Bobcats back within two possessions, before Johnson would counter an Emmanuel bucket with a triple to get Lees-McRae back within five with just under six minutes to play. Emmanuel would stretch its lead to as many as 10 with less than four minutes to play, before Lees-McRae would trim its deficit back down to just four beginning with an Alexis Ammons layup followed by a Johnson jumper. After a Drelinski bucket got the Lions back up by eight with two minutes to play, back-to-back buckets from Crawford and Johnson got the Bobcats back within 62-58. Breanna Locke and Johnson would trade long balls to leave the Lions up 64-61 with under a minute to play, before Emmanuel would ice the game from the free throw line.

Stats Rundown - The Bobcats shot 36.4 percent (24-66) from the floor, 26.9 percent (7-26) from downtown and 85.7 percent (6-7) from the foul line in the loss. Johnson led all scorers with a career-high 18 points, while Crawford was the only other Bobcat to score in double figures with 10 points. Five other Bobcats contributed points in the contest. Lees-McRae pulled down 39 total rebounds in the game, including 13 on the offensive end and 26 on the defensive end. Crawford led the effort on the glass finishing one rebound shy of her third double-double of the season with nine.

Up Next - The Bobcats return home to Williams Gymnasium on Tuesday (Dec. 4) to take on Limestone in Conference Carolinas action. Tip-off for that contest is set for 5:30 p.m.

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Outstanding Season Comes to Close as Bears Fall to Valdosta St.

VALDOSTA, Ga. - The Lenoir-Rhyne Football team saw its outstanding 2018 campaign come to an end at the hands of high-powered Valdosta St. on Saturday afternoon. The Bears ran into the most potent offense in the nation and couldn't keep up, falling in the NCAA Regional Final.

Final: Valdosta St. 62, Lenoir-Rhyne 21
Records: Lenoir-Rhyne (12-2), Valdosta St. (12-0)
Location: Valdosta, Ga. | Bazemore-Hyder Stadium
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• Valdosta St. sprinted ahead early and never looked back. The Blazers scored the first 27 points of the game and led 34-7 going into the half.
• In his final game with the Bears, WR T.J. Smith was outstanding once again. The speedy wideout took two of his three catches to the end zone and finished with 81 yards and an average of 27 yards per catch.
• Grayson Willingham threw a pair of touchdown passes and finishes with 26 on the year. Willingham, who despite missing a pair of games, completely destroyed the previous record for touchdown passes in a season which had stood at 18 prior to this season.
• Ameen Stevens led a rushing attack that was held to just 137 yards with his 10 carries for 56 yards.
• Harlon Hill Award finalist Rogan Wells threw for 209 yards and a pair of touchdowns and added seven carries for 46 yards and a TD for VSU. The Blazers rushed for five touchdowns and gained 382 yards on the ground.

• The Bears tasted defeat for the first time since falling at West Alabama on August 31, snapping a 12-game winning streak.
• LR's run to the NCAA Quarterfinal marks the second-best NCAA postseason finish in program history. The Bears were the national runners up in 2013.
• The Blazers broke the Gulf South Conference record for most points in a season with 649. Additionally, the GSC will send a team to the NCAA Semifinals for the 15th time in the last 17 years.