Several Top Finishes Leads Gardner-Webb at Winthrop Invitational

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Tim Cowie Photo

ROCK HILL, S.C. – The Gardner-Webb track and field team had an impressive weekend at the Winthrop ADIDAS Invitational, posting 26 top-ten finishes throughout the three-day event, along with six new personal records.

Jalin Lawson placed third in the men's triple jump with an new personal record of 14.24 meters, besting the mark he set the previous week at the 49er Classic.

He also earned a third place finish in the men's 100-meter dash with a time of 10.94 seconds.  Carlos Williams also finished fifth in the event, clocking in at 11.14 seconds.

The Runnin' Bulldogs had four of the top-15 spots in the men's shot put.  Marcus Abraham finished second with a personal-best toss of 17.09 meters, half a meter better than his previous best set at the 2016 Big South Outdoor Championships on May 10, 2016.  A.J. White placed third at 15.81 meters, Alex Bouwmans finished eleventh at 13.41 meters, and Clay Hamilton finished thirteenth at 13.14 meters.

In the women's hammer, GWU earned half of the top-six spots, as Natasha Akbarizadeh placed second with a toss of 56.29 meters, Petra Jakeljic finished third at 54.44 meters, and Cailen Blaire finished sixth at 44.82 meters.

A.J. White earned a fourth-place finish in the men's hammer at 49.30 meters.  Ross Lucia finished thirteenth at 38.35 meters, and Clay Hamilton finished in nineteenth with a toss of 36.69 meters, setting a new PR, besting his previous record of 35.23 set at last year's Winthrop Invitational on March 24, 2016.

Elise Moffatt earned a fourth-place finish in the women's pole vault at 3.30 meters.

In the men's discus, A.J. White finished second at 46.35 meters, followed by Marcus Abraham in third at 45.85 meters, and Clay Hamilton in twentieth at 36.58 meters.

Cailen Blaire finished fifth in the women's discus at 37.46 meters.

In the women's shot put, Merideth Byl set a new personal record with a toss of 11.63 meters.  Her previous best was 11.57 meters, set at the Appalachian State Open on May 2, 2015.

In the men's pole vault, Matt Dillon earned a fourth-place finish at 4.20 meters.

Seaver Wait finished fourth in the men's high jump with a height of 1.90 meters.

In the women's 400-meter hurdles, Taylor Hotchkiss finished eighth with a time of 1:05.60, followed by Paige Peterson in ninth at 1:05.64 and Hannah Sparacio in twelfth at 1:07.65.

Taylor Hotchkiss finished sixth in the women's long jump with a distance of 5.15 meters.  Merideth Byl placed 23rd at 4.68 meters.

In the women's 5,000-meter run, Gabby Cortese finished fourteenth with a time of 19:07.11.  Rachel White set a new PR, timing in at 19.57.06, beating her previous best of 20:41.69 set at last year's Winthrop Invitational on March 24, 2016.  Sydney Davis finished 21st, clocking in at 20:50.80. 

Paige Peterson earned a sixteenth-place finish in the women's high jump at 1.45 meters. 

In the women's javelin. Merideth Byl placed 13th with a throw of 35.13 meters.  Taylor Hotchkiss finished 29th at 19.01 metes and Paige Peterson placed 31st at 15.65 meters.

Jordan Davis clocked in at 25.95 seconds in the women's 200-meter dash to place in fifteenth.  Kira Ramsey finished 39th at 26.98 seconds, and Alexis Fonville finished 59th with a time of 28.61 seconds.

In the women's 100-meter hurdles, Paige Peterson placed thirteenth with a time of 15.38 seconds, followed by Taylor Hotchkiss in fourteenth at 15.40 seconds and Alexis Fonville in fifteenth at 16.15 seconds.

Christopher Lile timed in at 4:10.27 to finish fourteenth in the men's 1,500-meter run.  Josh Parks finished nineteenth with a time of 4:5.52, followed closely behind by Keaton Poole in twentieth at 4:15.68.

In the women's heptathlon, Ashleigh Cleveland finished third with 3,932 points, with Amanda Hall finishing ninth with 3,103 points.  Cleveland finished third in the shot up with a toss of 8.83 meters, third in the long jump at 5.02 meters, and second in the javelin at 26.72 meters.  Hall finished sixth in the javelin at 21.30 meters, sixth in the shot put at 8.62 meters, and seventh in the high jump at 1.37 meters.

Ezekiel Martin competed in the men's 1,500-meter developmental run, timing in at 4:20.40 to finish twelfth, setting a new personal record.  His previous best was 4:23.35 at the 2016 Big South Championships on May 10, 2016.

In the women's 800-meter developmental run, Brittany Ollivierre finished second with a time of 2:25.81, and Amy Turlington clocked in at 2:27.72 to finish in fifth-place.

Next up for the Runnin' Bulldogs is the Vert Klassic Meeting in High Point, N.C. from March 31-April 1.

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