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Savannah Wakins (Left) and Quanterra Harrison (Right) participating in hurdles, Harrison finishing in 9th. Submitted Photo/Alycia Artman

By Nicole Cook, Reporter

Trojan Relays – April 15

The Braves traveled to the Ray McDonald Sr. Track & Field Complex at Mount Olive University to be a part of the Trojan Relays where they claimed three event titles and five new personal-bests. 

On the track, Norman Junker had a first place finish in the 10,000-meter Run while scoring his best performance of 31 minutes and 53.75 seconds.

Valary Samoei also scored first place and a new personal-best with her 5000-meter Run time of 18:32.78. Hunter Levy finished as the runner-up in the 10,000-meter Run with a new personal-record of 31:53.75. To finish off on the track, Delsin Burkhart also recorded his best time in the 5000-meter Run at 15:10.40.

Carolina Flax led the Braves on the field with her first place finish and new best performance in the Pole Vault with a mark of 3.05m. Sara Ormsby competed with Flax and finished as the runner up in the event with a mark at 2.30m and Lillain Marino marked her best score in the Hammer Throw at 47.72m.

Trojan Relays – April 16

The second day of the Trojan Relays saw Pembroke capture four event titles and break 17 personal-records. 

Delsin Burkhart highlighted the events on the track and claimed first place in the 800-meter Run with his time of 1:56.67. 

On the field, Lucas Nervo finished first in the Men’s 3000-meter Steeplechase with his fellow teammates Alec Valle and Gabe Blackwelder finishing right behind him in second and third place. Nervo recorded a new personal-best in the event with his time of 10:00.86. Jackline Kosegi also recorded a new personal-score and won the Women’s 3000-meter Steeplechase with a time of 12:29.24. 

Aly Hudspeth took the High Jump event title reaching 1.53m, while Savannah Watkins finished in third in her High Jump competition also with 1.53m which marked her new personal-best. Watkins also stole the runner-up spot in the Long Jump, having reached 5.36m. 

Bennie Oxendine took the lead in the Men’s Shot Put competition and landed a new personal-record of 13.784m for the fourth place spot. Meanwhile, Cedric Douglas also earned a top-5 finishing spot with his own new personal-best at 13.12m, and Sebastian Bradley finished in the top-10 with a mark of 12.39m. 

Lillian Marino boasted two new personal-records with her third-place win in the Discus Throw at 41.63m and her fifth-place win in the Shot Put competition with her 12.63m mark.

Gamecock Invitational – April 16

The UNCP Track and Field squads arrived at Sheila and Morris Creggor Track in Colombia, S.C. on Saturday, April 16 for the Gamecock Invitational. 

Leading on the track, Walker Mabe recorded a new personal-best and placed second in the 400-meter Dash with a time of 49.04, and Javion Seger recorded a new personal-record as a top-10 finisher in the 100-meter Dash with a time of 10.92.

In the field, Quanterra Harrison finished in ninth in the 400-meter Hurdles with her time of 1:03.86. Cole Thomas nabbed a top-10 finishing spot as well, reaching a new height of 4.55m for eighth place, and Harrison also completed the 100-meter Hurdles in 14.43 seconds for 12th place.

UofSC Open – April 23

The Braves traveled to the University of South Carolina in Colombia, S.C. to challenge their opponents, many of whom were Division I schools, at the Sheila and Morris Creggor Track for the UofSC Open on Saturday. 

 While the Braves did not record as many top-10 finishes as usual, they did boast a new NCAA provisional qualifying athlete and multiple new personal-bests.

Orlandus Gamble qualified for the NCAA’s with his mark of 2.11m in the High Jump for which he placed second. Gamble defeated 12 Division I athletes with his score. 

Meanwhile, Caleb Baldwin, Ervin Almanzar, Walker Mabe and DaMarr Harvey teamed up to claim fourth place in the Men’s 4x100m Relay with a time of 41.23. 

The Braves closed the regular season off with 11 new personal-bests at the UofSC Open. Next, they will head to the University of Mount Olive on Friday, April 25, for the Conference Carolinas Championsips at Ray McDonald Sr. Track & Field Complex.

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