Montreat College
Photo: Daniel Brunson
Photo: Daniel Brunson
Track and Field - Sun, Apr. 23, 2017

BLACK MOUNTAIN, NC – The Montreat College track & field team served as host for the 2017 Appalachian Athletic Conference Outdoor Track & Field Championships over the weekend at Pulliam Stadium. A very rainy Friday gave way to beautiful weather on Saturday as twelve member schools battled it out on the track and in the field events.

After scoring only two points and placing 10th a year ago, the Cavalier women made huge gains in 2017, placing 6th out of twelve teams with 28 points. Nyaisha Burrell (FR/Richmond Hill, GA) was a standout for the women as the freshman placed 7th in the 200m dash (27.79) and 10th in the 100m dash (13.18). Both times established new school records. Burrell also anchored a school-record performance in the 4x100m relay, joining Jasmine Dixon, Chelsea Davis (FR/High Point, NC), and Katie Colenda (FR/Grimesland, NC) to place 4th overall with a time of 53.72. Alona Kosenko (JR/Charlotte, NC) had a personal best effort in the 3,000m Steeplechase, placing 4th in 13:06.03. Isabel Salinas (FR/Resaca, GA) placed 6th in the 800m with a time of 2:29.51 while joining Kelly Norton (FR/Murray, KY), MiKayla Poulter (JR/Hickory, NC), and Madeline Sides (FR/Denver, NC) to take 5th in the 4x800m relay with a school-record time of 10:40.38. 2017 NAIA Outdoor Track & Field national qualifier Lydia Wilson (FR/Smithfield, VA) has been out the past few weeks with an injury but came back to compete in the 1500m, finishing 5th with a time of 5:50.50. Katie Colenda placed 5th in the 400m hurdles with a time of 1:11.04. Chelsea Davis placed 8th in the high jump with a best jump of 1.40m.

The men's team finished the meet in 5th place with 91.5 points, only 0.5 points behind 4th place Union. Brien Lancaster (JR/Jacksonville, NC) had an outstanding weekend for Montreat, finishing 2nd in the 1500m (4:07.13) on Friday night before winning the 3,000m steeplechase (9:57.84) and placing 7th in the 5,000m (16:22.72) on Saturday. Daniel Lancaster (JR/Jacksonville, NC) finished 3rd in the 1500m (4:08.08) and 6th in the 800m (1:59.91). Rylan Hincher (SO/North Wilkesboro, NC) took home a 3rd place finish in the 10,000m (33:58.45) on Friday night and the 2017 NAIA Outdoor national qualifier came back to Saturday to place 6th in the 5,000m (16:15.91).

The trip of Holden Dixon (SO/Chocowinity, NC) (10:20.23), Frank Bartholow (FR/Lexington, NC) (10:34.92), and Brandon Welborn (JR/Traphill, NC) (10:51.99) placed 4th-6th in the 3,000m steeplechase. Jeb Phillips (FR/Mooresville, NC) placed 8th in the 800m (2:00.72) while Eli Hall (SO/Columbus, NC) was 9th (2:02.08). Jacob Parker (FR/Elkin, NC) was 10th in the 5,000m with a time of 16:39.63.

In the field events, Dillon Hensley (SO/Black Mountain, NC) took home a 6th place finish with a school record mark of 43.66m. Melvin McCleave (FR/Lincolnton, NC) also set a new school record and his 13.09m mark in the triple jump was good for 7th place. Emanuel Beckett (FR/Hingham, MA) placed 5th in the high jump with a best leap of 1.86m.

Connor Duncan (FR/Lawrenceburg, KY) broke his own school record in the 400m hurdles, placing 2nd with a time of 54.53. That effort qualified Duncan for the NAIA Outdoor Track & Field Championships at the end of May. Marcus Medina-Artis (FR/Kenly, NC) finished 4th in a rainy 400m dash (50.54) while Elijah Mitchell (SO/Milledgeville, GA) finished 5th in 51.86. Duncan, Medina-Artis, and Mitchell teamed up with Patrick Kizer (FR/Raleigh, NC) to take 2nd in the 4x400m relay with a school-record time of 3:19.91. That quartet also set a new school record in the 4x100m relay, placing 5th with a time of 43.04.

"I am extremely proud of the effort of the team this weekend," said Director of Cross Country/Track & Field Jason Lewkowicz. "This group has been through an awful lot this season but they have stayed together and had a great championship weekend. There were so many positives to take away from the meet and we will build on those things as we prepare for the postseason and look to the future. It was great getting to host the championships and we are grateful for all of the support we had from our volunteers, family, staff, and fellow student-athletes who came out to help cheer on our team."

Overall, the Cavaliers finished the weekend with nine new school records while eight earned all-conference honors. Connor Duncan joins Rylan Hincher (marathon) and Lydia Wilson (10,000m) as national qualifiers for Montreat.

The Cavaliers will continue their push to the postseason, beginning with meets at Western Carolina on Friday, April 28 and Appalachian State on Saturday, April 29.


+ Women's 100m (Nyaisha Burrell): 13.18

+ Women's 200m (Nyaisha Burrell): 27.79

+ Women's 4x100m Relay (Jasmine Dixon, Chelsea Davis, Katie Colenda, Nyaisha Burrell): 53.72

+ Women's 4x800m Relay (Isabel Salinas, Kelly Norton, MiKayla Poulter, Madeline Sides): 10:40.38

+ Men's 400m Hurdles (Connor Duncan): 54.53

+ Men's 4x100m Relay (Patrick Kizer, Marcus Medina-Artis, Connor Duncan, Elijah Mitchell): 43.04

+ Men's 4x400m Relay (Patrick Kizer, Marcus Medina-Artis, Connor Duncan, Elijah Mitchell): 3:19.91


+ Connor Duncan: 400m Hurdles & 4x400m Relay

+ Rylan Hincher: 10,000m

+ Patrick Kizer: 4x400m Relay

+ Brien Lancaster: 1500m & 3,000m Steeplechase

+ Daniel Lancaster: 1500m

+ Marcus Medina-Artis: 4x400m Relay

+ Elijah Mitchell: 4x400m Relay

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