HPU women and men’s track & field wraps up at Darius Dixon Memorial

Women’s Results
LYNCHBURG, Va. – The High Point University women’s track & field team posted nine top-10 finishes while competing in the Darius Dixon Memorial in Lynchburg, Va.

“I feel like we competed very well this weekend,” head coach Mike Esposito said. “Amanda Gregory was a highlight for the weekend and she is really jumping well at this point in the season. Now we need to get back to training and it is going to be very important with a young team to take advantage of the that.”

Senior Amanda Gregory finished third in the long jump with a distance of 5.61m (18-5). She was one of three top-10 finishes in the field events for HPU along with redshirt-senior Jamie Schnuck, who finished fifth in the weight throw with a toss of 16.26m (53-4.25), and senior Madison Depner who finished 10th in the pole vault, clearing 3.20m (10-6).

Senior Natalia Ocasio and sophomore Keaton Case turned in the top finishes on the track as Ocasio finished third in the 5000m on Friday with a time of 18:01.11 and Case finished third in the 800m with a time of 2:15.98 on Saturday.

In addition to her third-place showing in the 5000m, Ocasio was one of three top-10 finishers for the Panthers in the mile run. Senior Cozette Collin finished fifth with a time of 5:09.77 followed by Ocasio who finished in sixth with a time of 5:12.23. Freshman Zoe Geis finished in 10th with a time of 5:18.24.

Men’s Results
LYNCHBURG, Va. – The High Point University men’s track & field team concluded competition at the Darius Dixon Memorial on Saturday in Lynchburg. Va. The Panthers registered nine top-10 finishes in the competition.

“Overall I think we did ok this weekend,” head coach Mike Esposito said. “Some of them are getting in their own way. Their work ethic is very good but they are struggling to execute. Alejandro did a nice job getting a new personal record in the 3000m and James House is making progress. We just need to get our top end athletes performing like they are capable.”

Five Panthers posted top-10 finishes on the track led by junior James House who finished fourth in the 60m dash with a time of 6.99. Three athletes finished in the top 10 in the 3000m led by sophomore Alejandro Juan Torres who finishes fifth with a personal best time of 8:27.25. Senior Vinny Todaro finished eighth with a time of 8:37.84 and graduate student Paddy Grandinali finished ninth with a time of 8:38.18. Sophomore Patrick Van Der Cruyssen finished sixth in the 1000m with a time of 2:36.07.

In the field events, sophomore Britton Mann had the top finish of the day with a sixth-place showing in the weight throw with a personal-best distance of 14.13m (46-4.25). Freshman John Singleton III finished seventh in the high jump with a height of 1.89m (6-2.25).

Two HPU athletes placed in the top 10 in the pole vault led by Senior Isaiah Henderson who finished in eighth with a height of personal-best height of 4.40m (14-5.25). Freshman Carter Clasper finished in 10th, clearing a height of 4.25m (13-11.25).