MYRTLE BEACH, S.C. – The High Point University men’s track and field team wrapped up a successful first weekend in the outdoor season on Saturday at the Coastal Carolina Invitational. Senior Evan Emery won Saturday’s 100-meter dash event.
“It was very nice to come out and win some events in the opening weekend,” said HPU head coach Mike Esposito. “Obviously the highlight of the weekend was Christian breaking the school record in javelin and punching his ticket to the first round of NCAA’s but I was also pleased to see a lot of solid performances from other team members.”
Emery crossed the line in 10.61 in the 100-meter dash on Saturday to become HPU’s third event winner of the weekend. On Friday, junior Christian Spaulding broke the HPU javelin record with a mark of 68.19 meters (205-10). On the track, the 4×800-meter relay team of Luke Goodrich, Eddie Whitlock, Kevin Maguire and Paul O’Donoghue placed first in a time of 7:51.65.
The Panthers continued their success on Saturday in both track and field events. Sophomore Dennis Crawfordwon his heat and was the runner-up in the 110-meter hurdles in a career-best 14.50. Crawford also placed eighth in the 400-meter hurdles with a time of 55.34.
In the 3,000-meter steeplechase, junior Chris Colo had a fourth place showing finishing in 9:34.64 while sophomore Kevin Maguire came in 10th in 9:58.64.
Redshirt-junior Max Coleman had the Panthers best finish in Saturday’s field events with a runner-up showing in the high jump. Coleman posted an outdoor season career-best mark of 1.90-meters (6-2.75).
Also in the field events, sophomore Harris Coley finished sixth in the pole vault with a clearance of 4.30 meters (14-1.25).
High Point will return to action next Friday and Saturday, March 21-22 at the Wake Forest Open in Winston-Salem, N.C.