HPU Men’s Track Sees Several Career Highs at the JDL Hilton Garden Invitational

WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. – The High Point University men’s track and field time posted several new career bests at the JDL Hilton Garden Invitational on Friday and Saturday in Winston-Salem, N.C. Freshman Adam DeVito had the top finish of the weekend for the Panthers with a fourth-place showing in the high jump.

“Looking around this weekend I saw a young team that is beginning to look like collegiate athletes,” associate head coach Eric Dudley said. “The freshmen are starting to become more refined and look the part and I believe the performances will continue to improve as we move forward.”

DeVito finished tied for fourth in the high jump with a height of 1.98 meters (6-6). The jump marked a new career-high for the freshman and the best height of the season for any HPU athlete.

In the long jump, freshman Justus Watkins and sophomore Max Coleman finished back-to-back in sixth and seventh place. Watkins jumped a distance of 6.76 meters (22-2.25) and Coleman cleared a new career-best distance of 6.74 meters (22-1.5)

Junior Tristan Faure finished sixth in the heptathlon with a total of 3,772 points. Faure best finish in any event came in the long jump where he jumped a distance of 6.48 meters to finish third among Heptathlon athletes. Faure finished in sixth despite not scoring in the 60-meter hurdles.

Freshman Paddy Grandinali competed in the 3,000-meters for the first time in his collegiate career and finished in eighth with a time of 8:41.91. Fellow freshman Cody Seymour finished ninth in the 5,000-meters with a career-best time of 15:24.82.

High Point continues its indoor season on Feb. 8 when the team heads to Clemson, S.C., to compete in the Tiger Paw Invitational.