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CHARLOTTE, NC - The Montreat College track & field team cut short their spring break to open up the outdoor season at the UNC-Charlotte 49er Invitational over the weekend. Despite not practicing together during the shortened break, the team came together to come up with some solid performances in a meet that featured nearly 60 colleges from across all divisions.

On the women's side, Nyaisha Burrell (FR/Richmond Hill, GA) led the way, kicking off Friday with a school record performance in the 100m dash (13.31).  Burrell would return later Friday to run the 200m in 28.13, just breaking the former school record set by Charnay Ryland in 2014. Madeline Sides (FR/Denver, NC) led a trio of women in the 1500m as she finished with a time of 5:20.68. Isabel Salinas (FR/Resaca, GA) crossed the line in 5:22.05 while Alona Kosenko (JR/Charlotte, NC) raced to a time of 5:37.17. Kosenko would return to action on Saturday, setting a new personal best with a school-record time of 12:10.61 in the 3,000m. MiKayla Poulter (JR/Hickory, NC) competed in the 5k and finished in 21:24.05.

On the men's side, the Cavaliers saw good success in the sprinting events. Elijah Mitchell (SO/Milledgeville, GA) established a new school record in the 100m dash (11.28) while shaving 0.07 seconds off of his record in the 200m with a time of 22.70. Marcus Medina-Artis (FR/Kenly, NC) finished the 400m dash in 50.19 seconds while Mitchell ran 50.95. Medina-Artis also competed in the 200m, breaking the 23-second barrier with a time of 22.99.

Connor Duncan (FR/Lawrenceburg, KY) made his debut in the 400m hurdles on Friday and the freshman made an impact, placing 19th in a stacked field with a time of 56.52. That mark set a new school record in the event. Brien Lancaster (JR/Jacksonville, NC) raced to a time of 2:00.45 in the 800m while Eli Hall (SO/Columbus, NC) shaved nearly three seconds off of his personal best in the event, finishing in 2:02.99.

Rylan Hincher (SO/North Wilkesboro, NC) also had a big personal best, cutting nearly two minutes off his time on the 10,000m, placing 10th overall with a time of 33:04.16. Four Cavaliers competed in the 3,000m Steeplechase with defending AAC champion Holden Dixon (SO/Chocowinity, NC) placing 10th overall with a new personal best time of 10:09.85. That effort broke the school record that Dixon earned last year at the AAC championships.

In the final running event of the weekend, the 4x400m relay team of Medina-Artis, Duncan, Hall, and Mitchell raced to a time of 3:24.25, shaving nearly half a second off of the previous school record set last year. Emanuel Beckett (FR/Hingham, MA) competed in the seeded portion of the high jump and ended with a best jump of 1.85m while Melvin McCleave (FR/Lincolnton, NC) set a new personal best mark in the triple jump, finishing with a top mark of 12.79m.

The team will be back in action next weekend when they travel to Knoxville, TN to compete in the University of Tennessee Rust Buster Invitational.  

JOHNSON CITY, TN - The Montreat College track & field team wrapped up the indoor season in style as Lydia Wilson (FR/Smithfield, VA) represented the team at the 2017 NAIA Indoor Track & Field National Championships, which were contested March 2-4 in Johnson City, TN.

On Thursday, the freshman phenom kicked off the weekend by competing in the 5,000m race. In a tactical race dominated by upperclassmen, Wilson finished 9th in her heat with a time of 18:20.47. After a day off on Friday, Wilson returned to compete in the finals of the mile. The second race proved to be the charm as Wilson raced to an 8th place finish with a new school-record time of 5:06.75. By virtue of her top-eight finish, Wilson earned All-American status, becoming the first Montreat track & field student-athlete to reach the podium.

"After a difficult week for our team and community, I thought it was very brave of Lydia to come out and compet this weekend," said Director of Cross Country/Track & Field Jason Lewkowicz. "She got a good education in tactical racing in the 5k prelims on Friday and used that knowledge to help her reach the podium in the mile on Saturday. Lydia made us all proud not only by her performance, but by the humble and God-honoring way that she represented herself over the weekend." 

Wilson and her Cavalier teammates will have a weekend off before kicking off the outdoor season March 17th & 18th at UNC-Charlotte.

You can see the full list of NAIA Indoor Track & Field All-Americans HERE

WINSTON-SALEM, NC - The Montreat College track & field teams continued to show steady progress as they competed in two meets at the JDL Fast Track complex over the weekend, setting eight new school records along the way. 

On Friday, the Cavaliers took part in the Appalachian Athletic Conference Challenge. With an official conference indoor track & field championships slated to begin in 2018, eight conferece school joined together for a preview of what is to come. While resting some athletes for the following day, Montreat still got several strong performances. In the sprints, Patrick Kizer (FR/Raleigh, NC) set a new school record in the 60m dash, placing 9th in a time of 7.32. Connor Duncan (FR/Lawrenceburg, KY) (23.35) and Marcus-Medina-Artis (23.43) both had a season-best effort in the 200m while Eli Hall (SO/Columbus, NC) set a new personal best in the 600m, placing 6th with a time of 1:27.59. The Cavaliers saw three harriers earn personal best and top-10 efforts in the 3,000m. Brandon Welborn (JR/Traphill, NC) (6th - 9:28.02), Holden Dixon (SO/Chocowinity, NC) (7th - 9:28.06), and Jacob Parker (FR/Elkin, NC) (8th - 9:30.18) ran together as a pack and wrapped up their indoor season in fine form. In the women's 3,000m, Samantha Gaskill (SR/Wilmington, NC) placed 8th overall (12:12.03) while MiKayla Poulter (JR/Hickory, NC) (12:26.08) and Aalona Kosenko (12:28.62) both had personal best finishes. 

The team set two school records in relays on Friday. The women's 4x80m relay of Isabel Salinas (FR/Resaca, GA), Madeline Sides (FR/Denver, NC), Abigail Chevalier (JR/Swanton, VT), and MiKayla Poulter placed second in the event with a time of 11:02.40. In the men's 4x800m relay, the team of Daniel Lancaster (JR/Jacksonville, NC), Jeb Phillips (FR/Mooresville, NC), Brien Lancaster (JR/Jacksonville, NC), and Elijah Mitchell (SO/Milledgeville, GA) recovered from a baton drop to run to a second-place time of 8:09.82. 

In the field events, Melvin McCleave (FR/Lincolnton, NC) placed 9th in the triple jump with a new school record leap of 12.41m. Emanuel Beckett (FR/Hingham, MA) placed 5th in the high jump with a best effort of 1.80m while Dillon Hensley (SO/Black Mountain, NC) placed 10th in the shot put with a season best mark of 10.41m. 

On Saturday, a handful of Cavaliers competed in the UCS Invitational. Marcus Medina-Artis (FR/Kenly, NC) highlighted the effort in the 400m, placing 6th overall in a time of 50.93 while Elijah Mitchell finished 13th in 51.55. Brien Lancaster took part in a competitive mile field and finsihed 16th in 4:28.27. Lydia Wilson (FR/Smithfield, VA) also competed in the mile, placing 14th with a time of 5:10.36. That mark broke the school record she set a week ago and qualifies her in the event for the 2017 NAIA Indoor Track & Field National Championships. 

Emanuel Becket returned to compete in the high jump and placed 4th overall with a leap of 1.81m. The men's 4x400m relay quartet of Medina-Artis, Connor Duncan, Daniel Lancaster, and Mitchell placed 6th in the event with a school record mark of 3:26.95.

Lydia Wilson will now go on to represent the Cavaliers at the 2017 NAIA Indoor Track & Field National Championships, to be held March 2nd-th in Johnson City, TN. 

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