Track and Field Has Strong Showing at 49er Classic

Jalin Lawson (Tim Cowie Photo)
Jalin Lawson (Tim Cowie Photo)

CHARLOTTE, N.C. – The Gardner-Webb outdoor track and field team had a handful of members take part in the 49er Classic over the weekend, hosted by Charlotte, with a number of strong performances throughout the two days of competition.

A.J. White shined in his two events, earning a pair of top-five finishes.  In the hammer toss, White finished in fifth with a throw of 50.53 meters.  The senior from Hurricane,W.Va. placed third in the discus with a mark of 48.89 meters.

Jalin Lawson set a new personal record in the triple jump, finishing 12th with a distance of 14.01 meters.  His previous best was 13.98 meters, set at the Mountaineer open on April 30, 2016. 

Lawson also placed 41st in the 100-meter dash, clocking in at 11.22 seconds.

Merideth Byl earned a 22nd place finish in the javelin with a throw of 31.53 meters.  She also placed 27th in the shot put with a toss of 10.73 meters, 31st in the long jump with a distance of 5.02 meters, 38th in the 200-meter dash with a time of 25.90 seconds, and 52nd in the 100-meter hurdles at 17.68 seconds.

In the 3,000-meter steeplechase, Christopher Lile timed in at 10:29.24 to finish in 13th place.  Ezekiel Martin clocked in at 10:39.33 to earn a 17th place finish.

Josh Parks clocked in at 2:01.15 in the 800-meter run to take home a 43rd place finish. 

In the 5,000-meter run, Keaton Poole finished in 49th place with a time of 15:57.80.

Hannah Sparacio placed 51st in the 100-meter hurdles, clocking in at 17.39 seconds. 

In the 800-meter run, Valerie Walker clocked in at 2:49.00 to earn a 79th place finish. 

Hannah Jones timed in at 5:23.50 in the 1,500-meter run to finish in 84th place.

Logan Walker finished the 1,500 meter run with a time of 4:34.15 to finish in 97th place.

Gardner-Webb will next be in action at the Winthrop Invitational, taking place March 23-25 in Rock Hill, S.C.