HPU’s Spaulding sets javelin record in VertKlasse Meeting
Sophomore Christian Spaulding broke the High Point University men’s track & field record in the javelin and redshirt-sophomore Max Coleman picked up a win in the long jump in the fifth-annual VertKlasse Meeting on Saturday at Vert Stadium.
“The meet was a great success. It was the most competitors we’ve had, it was a great atmosphere again and the alumni presence was the best it has ever been,” said HPU head coach Mike Esposito.
Spaulding threw the javelin 66.65 meters (218-8) for the win. He broke Josh Pelletier’s school record of 65.97 meters (216’5) from 2010. Spaulding’s previous best was 64.45 meters (211-5) from last spring. Spaulding also placed eighth in the discus with a throw of 42.45 meters (139-3), one spot behind teammate Jim Wilson, who took seventh with a throw of 42.83 meters (140-6).
Coleman won the long jump with a distance of 7.06 meters (23-2), his first collegiate win and a career best. Junior Tristan Faure placed fourth with a leap of 6.82 meters (22-4.5). Freshman Austin Miller continued his strong debut with a runner-up finish in the pole vault. He cleared 4.64 meters (15-2.75).
Freshmen Will Narramore and Jordan Carr competed in the triple jump, placing sixth and eighth, respectively. Narramore jumped 13.32 meters (43-8.5) and Carr let 12.98 meters (42-7). Freshman Adam DeVito placed 10th in the high jump with a height of 1.91 meters (6-3.25).
In the performance sections on the track, freshman Dennis Crawford was HPU’s top finisher, taking second with a time of 14.63 into a slight headwind in the 110-meter hurdles. Senior Ryan Venable took third in 14.82. Crawford also placed 10th in the 400-meter hurdles in 56.75. Junior Evan Emery placed fourth in the 200-meter in a time of 21.40.
Freshman Benji Szalai placed seventh in the mile (4:12.42) and ninth in the 800 (1:54.58). Freshman Paul O’Donoghue took 11th in the 800 in 1:55.08 and sophomore Jeff LaCoste placed 10th in the mile in 4:17.03. Senior Dakota Peachee placed fourth in the 3,000 steeplechase in 9:12.94.
In the participation sections in the morning, sophomore Ben Gjebre placed fourth in the 400 in 50.37 and freshman Andrew Kuras took sixth in the 200 in 22.79.
HPU WOMEN HAVE TWO WINNERS IN HOME MEET
HIGH POINT — The High Point University women’s track & field team had two individual winners as it hosted the HPU VertKlasse Meeting on Saturday at Vert Stadium. Freshman Christine Rickert set a new HPU record in the javelin and Kaitlin Whittington won the triple jump.
Rickert threw the javelin 45.22 meters (148-4) for the win, breaking her own HPU record of 43.90 meters from her outdoor debut last week. The previous record was 42.48 meters (139-4) set by Amber Donnelly in 2009. Freshman Zoey Miller took ninth in the javelin with a throw of 32.25 meters (105-10).
Whittington jumped 11.66 meters (38-3.25) for the win in the triple jump. She also ran on HPU’s 4x100 and 4x400 relays. Freshman Alyssa Palenchar took 10th in the pole vault (3.42 meters/11-2.5) and freshman Erica Herrmann placed 10th in the high jump (1.52 meters/4-11.75).
On the track, junior Colleen Hollowood was HPU’s top finisher in the performance sections. She placed sixth in the 800 in 2:17.49 and freshman Katie Farina was right behind in 2:17.84.
Lilla Lorand placed eighth in the 400-meter hurdles in 1:04.92 and sophomore Emily Fischer took ninth in the 400-meter in 58.96. Junior Kayleigh Perry took ninth in the 5,000-meter in 18:29.47 and freshman Julia Zautcke placed 10th in 18:31.84. Sophomore Leah Anne Wirfel placed 13th in the 5,000 in her first track meet of the year.
In the participation sections, freshman Michelle Stolz placed sixth in the 100 hurdles in 16.23 and freshman Stephanie Quinn took 11th in 17.40. Senior Kelsey Hunt placed 10th in the 1,500 in 4:54.60 and sophomore Lauren Blackwell came in 13th in 5:00.56.
HPU WOMEN’S LACROSSE FALLS TO GEORGE MASON
FAIRFAX, Va. — The High Point University women’s lacrosse team was unable to come all the way back from a seven-goal run by George Mason midway through the first half, falling to the Patriots by a score of 14-13 on Saturday afternoon. Senior Grace Gaeng had a hat trick and three assists for HPU.
“We are extremely disappointed with this loss,” head coach Lyndsey Boswell said. “We came out strong and executed early, but we are having a tough time excuting for 60 minutes right now. I still believe this team has what it takes to be great and we are going to continue fighting and working hard toward that. We are excited to get back home and start conference play.”
Juniors Alec Perry, Christie Dougherty and Mackenzie Carroll and sophomore Kendyl Gardner each scored twice in the contest with Perry and Carroll also chipping in with an assist. Perry tied for the team lead with two ground balls along with juniors Jasmine Jordan and Sara Kuhlman and freshman Emily Meier.
HPU goalie Anna Wallingford made six saves and had a ground ball in the loss. Caroline Brouse made 11 saves for the Patriots. High Point outshot George Mason, 33-24, in the game and forced 11 GMU turnovers.
High Point drops to 2-6 on the season with the loss while George Mason improved to 5-4.
The Panthers return home this week to open Big South play with a four-game home stand beginning with Longwood on Wednesday at 4 p.m. Following the game against the Lancers, HPU will host Coastal Carolina on April 1, Winthrop on April 5 and Liberty on April 7.
HIGH POINT 5, LIBERTY 3
HIGH POINT — High Point scored four times in the final three innings to pick up a 5-3 win over Liberty on Friday night in the second game of a day-night doubleheader at Williard Stadium. Senior Ryan Retz went 2-4 in the game and hit his second home run of the season.
HPU scored twice in the sixth, once in the seventh and once in the eighth to overcome a 3-1 deficit and pick up the win, evening the three-game conference series at one game apiece. The High Point bullpen shut down Liberty’s offense late, holding the Flames to just two hits and a walk in the final four innings.