Men’s track takes home third place at PBC’s
By Catherine George, Assistant Sports Editor
After going from second place to fifth in two days the men’s track and field team pulled out a third place finish on the final day of competition and came home with several All-PBC honors at the Peach Belt Conference Championships held in Montevallo, Ala. April 16-18.
Senior Shaquille Ray racked up 10 points for the Black and Gold with his first place finish in the 100m dash with a time of 10.59 seconds, while also earning eight team points with his second place finish in the 200m dash (21.41 seconds).
After only one season of being with the UNCP track and field program, head coach Peter Ormsby was honored with the 2015 Men’s Track and Field Coach of the Year.
Freshman Kory Jones had a successful weekend earning 14 team points for the Braves.
Jones took runner-up in the long jump (6.90m) and third in the high jump with a mark of 1.93m.
Freshman Dillan Perry got on the podium as well with his second place finish in the shot put throwing 14.00m to earn eight team points and set a new personal mark.
The 4x100m relay team of Michael Powell, Ray, Brandon Bulla and Brett Godwin logged a season best time of 41.56 seconds to earn six points and All-PBC honors in third place.
As well as earning the honor of 2015 Men’s Freshman Track Athlete of the Year, Powell got a chance to stand at the podium with his third place finish in the 400m hurdles (54.52 seconds), and fourth place in the 110m hurdles (15.15 seconds).
Teammate Onaje Humbert placed well in the same events as Powell, crossing the line in sixth place in the 400m hurdles (56.53 seconds), and fifth place in the 110m hurdles (15.19 seconds). Humbert also placed seventh in the triple jump (13.28m) behind teammate Jamel Jefcoat’s fifth place finish (13.69m).
Freshman and Pembroke native, Godwin was one place shy of the podium with his fourth place finish and personal best time in the 400m dash crossing the line at 48.69 seconds.
Newcomer Tim Sigmon earned five points for the Black and Gold for a fourth place finish in the 10,000m run with a time of 32:26.79.
Terron Eldridge logged a personal-best leap of 6.74m to place fourth, while Bulla took sixth place with a distance of 6.63m.
Newcomer Nathanael Stainback added five points with his throw of 12.59m and a fourth place finish in the shot put.
Freshman Alan Cruz threw a distance of 45.94m in the javelin throw for a personal best and sixth place finish.
Junior Joel Johnston placed fifth in the 1,500m run with a big personal record of 3:56.81 to score four points.
Perry placed seventh in the hammer throw (41.90m) and in the discus throw (34.24m).
Sophomore Wilson Pearson earned two points in the 3,000m steeplechase with a time of 9:50.52 and seventh place finish.
The 4x400m relay team of Powell, Michael Zimmerman, Braxton Simmons and Ray crossed the finish line at 3:27.64 for an eighth place finish to earn one team point.
Junior Zeke Hoggs was placed on the 2015 Men’s PBC All-Sportsmanship Team.
The Braves earned 136.5 points to take a third place finish for the weekend over Alabama-Huntsville’s 133.5 points.
Shorter University took home the victory with 154 points.
Only handful of athlete’s will be attending the last few meets of the season to try to improve on personal bests and earn a spot at Nationals.
Photo courtesy of UNCP Sports Information. Senior Shaquille Ray makes his way around the curve in the 4x100m relay earlier this season.