College Track and Field Results: Guilford’s Cason Wins Farm Bureau Scholar-Athlete Award, Quaker Men Place Fifth, Women Ninth at ODAC Championships

BRIDGEWATER, Va. – Guilford College’s David Cason (Clemmons, N.C./West Forsyth) claimed the Old Dominion Athletic Conference (ODAC) Farm Bureau Scholar-Athlete of the Year Award as the Quakers finished up day two of the ODAC Championships at Bridgewater College. The men placed fifth with 52 points while the women claimed ninth with two points.

Cason’s Farm Bureau Scholar-Athlete Award capped his stellar performance at Bridgewater after claiming third place in the 5,000 meter run with a time of 15:30.55. This was Cason’s second top-three finish in the tournament after claiming second in the 3,000 meter steeplechase yesterday. Andris Goncarovs trailed right behind Cason to place fourth at 15:33.02.

Alex Martin (Pfafftown, N.C./Reagan) claimed Second Team All-ODAC honors in the 100 meter dash, matching his time of 10.92 second he ran yesterday to lead all runners, but missing victory by just .14 seconds.

C.J. Green narrowly missed sixth place by .003 seconds in the 100 meter dash, finishing at 11.299 seconds. Green would claim sixth in the 200 meter run, finishing at 22.67 seconds.

Trent Evans (Winston-Salem, N.C./R.J. Reynolds) claimed Guilford’s final individual top-five, this time in the 800 meter run by placing fourth at 1:56.13. Brandon Rothfuss also cracked the top ten with an eighth place finish at 1:59.02.

Yashua Clemons broke the school’s 400 meter hurdles record for the second consecutive day with a sixth place finish in the finals at 58.66 seconds, .07 seconds better than yesterday’s mark.

The 4×400 meter relay team of Green, Johnny Sumner, Rothfuss, and Evans set a new school-best time while claiming third in the race at 3:21.86.

Sommer Fanney led the Quaker women with a top ten finish, placing ninth in the 1,500 meter run with a time of 5:09.28. The finish is also the second-best time in school history.

The 4×100 meter relay team of A’Lexus Newkirk, Kayla Scott, Jennifer Thomas (Randleman, N.C./Randleman), and Khadija Carr broke the school’s record time by finishing at 53.92 seconds, breaking the previous record by .23 seconds.

Pasangi Perera posted the seventh-best 5,000 meter run time in program history with a 13th-place finish at 21:07.34.

Becca Benfield led Guilford’s field participants, earning the sixth-best mark in school history in the Discus Throw at 25.36 meters, finishing 15th. Benfield also set the sixth-best mark in program history in the Javelin Throw, placing 16th with a mark of 22.95 meters.

The Quakers begin their last-chance meet portion of the season May 11th, with select runners participating in the Swarthmore Last Chance meet, hosted by Swarthmore College in Pennsylvania.