5 Conference Titles | One Academic All-American | One All-American
Colonels Compete at Rhodes Invitational
MEMPHIS (CentreColonels.com) – The Centre men's track and field team spent the past two days competing at the Rhodes Invite against a field comprised of teams spanning all divisions, including Division I programs Memphis, Arkansas-Little Rock, Southeast Missouri and others. Despite the highly competitive field, the Colonels put on some standout performances in the non-scored meet.
The men's 4x100m relay team of senior Rubyn Branch (Arlington, Tenn.), junior Tristen Morrow (Danville, Ky.) and sophomores Rhoman James (Lexington, Ky.) and Stone Fentzlaff (Fairview, N.C.) posted the fastest time of any Division III squad in the field, finishing in 43.08 and defeating three Division I teams in the process. Their time is good enough to rank second in the conference and among the top 15 in the nation.
James also posted a time of 10.84 in the 100m to set a new school record in the event, ranking first in the Southern Athletic Association and third in the country, and his time of 22.20 in the 200m was good for seventh overall and first among D3 runners by four tenths of a second. James's 200m time currently ranks first in the SAA and seventh in the nation while Morrow's time of 22.90 in the same event ranks sixth in the conference.
In the 110m hurdles, freshman Henry Gunner (Elma, N.Y.) posted a time of 16.34 while freshman Thomas Burkey (Greenville, Tenn.) finished in 16.89, a respective second and third place among D3 athletes in the event. Junior Daniel Crall (Danville, Ky.) posted a top ten finish in the 400m hurdles with a time of 1:00.94. Gunner and Burkey each posted personal bests and respectively rank second and fourth in the conference in the 110m hurdles, while Crall's 400m hurdles time was a personal best and ranks seventh in the conference.
Freshman Collin Wells (Louisville, Ky.) had an excellent race in the 800m, finishing sixth overall with a time of 1:59.78. Wells was the only Division III runner with a sub-2:00 time in the event and his time currently ranks fourth in the SAA.
In long distance events, senior Alex Stickney (Springboro, Ohio) recorded a personal best time of 4:32.07 in the mile to rank sixth in the conference, while freshman Evan Miller (Worthington, Ohio) had a personal best time of 16:06.87 in the 5k.
In the high jump, Thomas Burkey's clear of 6-01.50 was good enough for fifth overall and was the best Division III jump at the meet. Henry Gunner also landed in the top ten in the same event with a clear of 5.07-75.
Senior Stephen Orr (Murray, Ky.) performed well in the pole vault, clearing 13-01.50 to take fifth place overall. Junior Bryce Marshall took tenth place overall in the pole vault with a clear of 11-05.75. Orr's clear tied the top D3 clear for the meet.
In throwing events, sophomore Bryce Whitman (Franklin, Tenn.) had personal best throws in all three of his events. Whitman finished tenth overall in the discus with a throw of 142-08. Whitman also took eighth place with a hammer throw of 130-06, but the best hammer throw of the day belonged to sophomore Hunter Gann (Bowling Green, Ky.), who finished seventh overall with a throw of 132-02.
The Colonels will have a week off before their next meet as they will host the Centre Invitational on Apr. 1.