High Point Track and Field Finishes Action at Duke Invite

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HPU Finishes Action at Duke Invite
Women’s results follows below

DURHAM, N.C.—The High Point University men’s track and field team finished action at the Duke Invitational Saturday (April 22) in Durham, N.C.

Sophomore Alejandro Juan Torres placed sixth in the 1,500 meters in a season-best time of 3:52.10.

In the javelin, senior Drew Francoeur finished eighth with a throw of 56.95m (186-10).

Freshman TJ Morales posted a big season-best time in the 3,000m steeplechase in 9:50.49, finishing 11th. Fellow freshman Pablo Romero Gonzales was tied for fifth in the high jump after clearing a height of 1.91m (6-3.25).

In the shot put, sophomore Britton Mann threw an outdoor PR of 14.79m (48-6.25) to place 14th. He also finished 11th in the discus with a throw of 46.07m (151-1).

“The conditions were crazy since it was very hot at the beginning of the day, then there was a lightning delay, then a rain delay and after the delays it was cold, but by in large we handled the conditions well,” HPU associate track and field coach Scott Hall said. “We are trying to put some pieces together and as our student-athletes gain some confidence after changing some technical things, our results will be positive.”

In other action, senior Paddy Grandinali placed 18th in the 10,000 meters in 30:26.78 at the Virginia Challenge in Charlottesville, Va.

Next up, the Panthers compete at the Mountaineer Open in Boone, N.C., on April 29.

Ocasio Finishes Second in Steeplechase at Duke Invite

DURHAM, N.C.—The High Point University women’s track and field team finished action at the Duke Invitational Saturday (April 22) in Durham, N.C.

In the 3,000m steeplechase, senior Natalia Ocasio was the runner-up in a season-best time of 10:54.32. Freshman Zoe Geis had an eight-second PR in the 3,000m steeplechase in 11:08.26.

Junior Makenzi Holmes-DiGiovine placed eighth in the discus with a throw of 44.17m (144-11). She posted an outdoor PR in the shot put with a mark of 12.51m (41-0.5) to place 12th.

In the high jump, senior Erika Bridges and sophomore Charlotte Morrow cleared a season-best height of 1.58m (5-2.25).

Freshman Ariel Wilbeken was close to a season-best in the triple jump with a mark of 11.23m (36-10.25) despite running into a headwind.

“The conditions were crazy since it was very hot at the beginning of the day, then there was a lightning delay, then a rain delay and after the delays it was cold, but by in large we handled the conditions well,” HPU associate track and field coach Scott Hall said. “We are trying to put some pieces together and as our student-athletes gain some confidence after changing some technical things, our results will be positive.”

Next up, the Panthers compete at the Mountaineer Open in Boone, N.C., on April 29.


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