Mon, Jan. 30, 2012 - [Men's Indoor Track & Field]
Clemson, SC—The Emmanuel College track team hit the ground running this spring by competing at this weekend's Clemson University Invitational. The Lions had two freshmen hit the NCCAA national standards, qualifying them and two relay teams to this year's NCCAA National Track Championships held in Cedarville, Ohio.
Freshmen Curtis Ayers (Carnesville, GA) and Phil Whalen (Palm Coast, FL) punched their individual tickets to the NCCAA nationals by clocking a 7.21 and 7.28, respectively, in the preliminary heats of 60 meter dash. Both men qualified to run in the finals of the 60m dash, but failed to improve on their earlier times.
"We were excited to see Curtis Ayers and Phil Whalen hit the 60 meter dash qualifying standards this weekend. Overall, the team has a long way to go, but this was a really nice start," shared Coach Larios of his first year program. "It's our hope to get as many of our athletes qualified for the NCCAA and NAIA's this year."
Other highlights included freshman Eddie Burden running to a personal best record in the Mile Run with a 4:50.69.
The Lions will also be represented at the NCCAA's with the 4x400m, 4x800m, and both the men's and women's Distance Medley Relay teams. The men's DMR team of Jonah Holbert, Carson Massey, Ethan Alexander, and Leonel Ayala took home first place at the Clemson Invitational outlasting North Greenville and Emory University with a time of 10:37.57. Ben Moon is the other lone qualifier, having pole vaulted 13 feet and 7.25 inches at Clemson's Winter Classic before the Christmas break.
Full results of the Clemson Invitational can be found by following this link:
The Lions hit the track on Feb 10-11 once again at Clemson University.