HPU honors Jones with Bob Davidson Award
The High Point University track & field program honored 1989 alumnus Wayne Jones with the 2014 Bob Davidson Award as part of the sixth annual VertKlasse Meeting during the team’s alumni function on Friday night. The award recognizes contributions and service to the sport of track & field.
HPU has previously honored Bob Davidson, Bill Webb and Robert “Mickey” Dean with the Bob Davidson Award.
A native of Hartwell, Ga., Jones graduated from High Point College in 1989 as the school record holder in the 400-meter and triple jump and was a member of the record-holding 4x100-meter relay team. He was a two-time team MVP for the Panthers and earned NAIA All-America honors in 1988 when his relay team placed third in the nation.
Upon graduation, Jones remained in the City of High Point and began coaching at T.W. Andrews High School, where the team won state titles from 1989-91. He took over as head track coach at High Point Central High School in 1992 and has since coached 11 state champions along with several state runnerups in track and field events. His team was regional champion and state runner-up in both 2000 and 2001.
Jones has been instrumental in summer track & field programs in High Point. He started the High Point Track Club, the High Point Panthers and the High Point Heat. He is currently coaching the High Point Heat. The clubs have combined to produce more than 20 All-Americans with several national qualifiers.
In addition to track & field, Jones has been High Point Central’s football head coach since 2007.
The High Point University men’s track & field team wrapped up hosting the sixth annual VertKlasse Meeting on Saturday. Senior Evan Emery set the VertKlasse Meeting record to win the 100-meter dash.
Emery won in 10.56.
HPU sophomore Dennis Crawford ran a career-best 14.41 in the preliminaries of the 110-meter hurdles to finish as runnerup.
HPU sophomore Paul O’Donoghue won his 800 heat and came in fourth overall with a team-season best and career-best 1:52.80. Sophomore Eddie Whitlock ran a season-best 1:54.34 to place eighth.
Freshman Andrew Kuras won his heat and placed fourth overall in the participation section of the 200 in 22.59. Emery, Kuras, Nick Hula and Max Coleman won their heat and placed fourth overall in the 400 relay in 42.46. Hula, Crawford, Whitlock and O’Donoghue won their heat and were fifth overall in the 1,600 in 3:20.85.
Sophomore Will Narramore placed third in the long jump with an outdoor career-best and team season-best mark of 6.83 meters (22-5). Narramore was fourth in the triple jump at 13.56 meters (44-6). Sophomore Austin Miller cleared 4.72 meters (15-5.75) in the pole vault to finish fourth.
The Panthers had three winners on Friday. Junior Christian Spaulding won the javelin with a throw of 67.05 meters (220-0). Coleman won the participation section of the high jump with a team-season best and career-best 1.94 meters (6-4.25). Sophomore Harris Coley won the participation section of the pole vault at 4.57 meters (15-0).
In women’s action, senior Audrey Malloy won the 800-meter participation to lead HPU on Saturday.
Malloy won with a team-season best and an outdoor career-best 2:17.45. On Friday, Malloy was the second collegiate finisher and came in third overall in the 3000-meter steeplechase in 11:21.05.
HPU sophomore Emily De Lena’s career-best time of 25.77 placed eighth in the women’s participation 200. Freshman Amanda Gregory finished 11th with a wind-aided time of 26.02.
Sophomore Lilla Lorand ran a team-season best time of 1:04.56 in the 400 hurdles to finish 13th.
HPU sophomores Alyssa Palenchar and Jill Marois took third and fourth, respectively, in the pole vault. Both competitors cleared 3.57 meters (11-8.5), which is just shy of the HPU outdoor record of 3.65 meters (11-11.75).
Freshman Alexis Fernandez came in 10th with a career-best distance of 5.31 meters (17-5.25) in the long jump. Freshman Jenny Mara matched her career-best mark with a clearance of 1.60 meters (5-3). Fernandez also competed in the triple jump where she set a team-season best and career-best mark of 11.71 meters (38-5).
On Friday, sophomore Christine Rickert set the VertKlasse Meeting record in the javelin with a toss of 47.26 meters (155-01).
PANTHERS COMPLETE SWEEP OF BUCS
CHARLESTON, S.C. — The High Point University baseball team clinched its weekend series against Charleston Southern with a 6-4 win in the first game of a doubleheader on Saturday. Freshman Josh Greene went 3 for 4 and drove in the go-ahead run with his second home run of the season.
The Panthers took the nightcap 10-9 to complete the sweep.
High Point improves to 18-13 overall and 7-5 in the Big South. Charleston Southern drops to 16-19, 2-10.
In the opener, HPU freshman Cas Silber improved to 3-0 after pitching 4 1/3 scoreless innings out of the bullpen. Silber allowed just one hit and four walks. Senior John Maloney pitched the final two innings to earn his fifth save.
In Game 2, HPU scored two runs with two outs in the top of the ninth inning to come from behind.
“I am extremely proud of this team,” HPU head coach Craig Cozart said. “We have been through a tough stretch with eight games in seven days and they never stopped fighting. To get a sweep on the road really speaks to this team’s character. I think this can be a great launching pad for the rest of the season.”
Down 9-8 in the ninth, Greene hit a one-out single and advanced to second on a groundout to the pitcher. Junior Josh Spano was down to his last strike when he hit a bloop single to right, scoring Greene and tying the game at 9-9. Freshman Brenden Rivera pinch-hit and hit a rocket to the wall in the right-center gap to score Spano, putting the Panthers in front, 10-9.
Maloney struck out Charleston Southern’s Alex Tomasovich with two outs in the bottom of the ninth and the tying run on third to seal the win.
Maloney earned the win on the mound for High Point to improve to 2-2 on the season. The senior pitched 1 2/3 innings and allowed just one hit while striking out one.
Charleston Southern closer Austin Weekely took the loss after allowing the two ninth-inning runs, falling to 1-4 on the season. Weekley pitched two innings and allowed two earned runs on five hits while striking out one.
High Point jumped on the board with two runs in the first inning on RBI hits by juniors Spencer Angelis and Spano. Angelis drove in the first run with a single to second that took a hard hop past the CSU fielder. Spano followed with a stand-up double to right-center to double the HPU lead to 2-0.
Junior Dane McDermott added to the High Point lead in the second with a solo home run to put the Panthers ahead, 3-0. McDermott came up to bat with two outs and hit a 2-2 pitch down the right field line and over the fence for his first collegiate home run.
Charleston Southern scored one run in the fourth on a sacrifice fly by Nate Blanchard then scored seven runs in the fifth to take an 8-3 lead. Five different CSU batters picked up RBI hits in the inning including Nick Berry and Tomasovich who both drove in two runs.
HPU came right back in the next half inning with five runs of its own to tie the game at 8-8. Sophomore Dominic Fazio drove in the first run with a bases-loaded single, junior Tony Fortier-Bensen drove in two with an RBI single then McDermott drove in the final two runs with a double to left-center.
Charleston Southern took a late 9-8 lead with a run in the bottom of the eighth inning when Brian Welch hit a sacrifice fly to left to score Tomasovich, who led off the inning with a double, from third.
McDermott went 2-5 with three RBI and a run scored in the final game of the series. The HPU right fielder hit 8- with three RBI and five runs scored in the three-game series.
The ninth-inning comeback win was the first of the season for High Point, which entered the weekend with a 0-12 record when trailing after eight innings.
High Point returns to action on Tuesday when the team visits Appalachian State. The game was meant to be the return leg of a home-and-home series between the two teams but the first game at Williard Stadium was rained out on March 25. First pitch is set for 6 p.m.
HPU MEN’S LACROSSE FALLS IN OVERTIME
LOUISVILLE, Ky. — The High Point University men’s lacrosse team lost to Bellarmine, 10-9, in overtime on Saturday in Louisville, Ky. The Knights won the opening face-off and scored six seconds in to the extra period to beat the Panthers. Dan Lomas led HPU with five goals and Austin Geisler had 17 saves in the game.
Stephen Soriano secured the win for Bellarmine by winning the first face-off of the overtime period. He carried the ball all the way down a fired a shot from the right alley for the game-winning goal. The Knights scored the final three goals of regulation to send the game to overtime.
Lomas led all players with five goals and Matt Thistle added three goals and two assists. Geisler made 17 saves in the game.
Tucker Ciessau tallied two goals with one assist for Bellarmine. Cameron Gardner added one goal and three assists.
High Point dropped to 7-4 on the season while Bellarmine improved to 6-4.
The Panthers jumped out to a 3-0 lead in the first 2:40 of the game. Thistle scored two goals and Lomas added a score to open up the early lead. Lomas’ goal extended his point streak to 21 games. High Point pushed the lead to 4-0 on Lomas’ second goal of the game, assisted by Nick Bittner, with 12:20 to play in the opening quarter.
In the second quarter, Bellarmine got to quick goals to cut HPU’s lead in half, 4-2, with 12:59 to play. Stevie Kirkup answered with a goal for the Panthers with 9:23 on the clock. The Knights went on a three-goal run to tie the game 5-5 at the end of the second quarter. Ciessau scored the first two goals and assisted the third to help Bellarmine tie the game heading in to halftime.
HPU opened up a three-goal advantage, 9-6, early in the fourth quarter. Thistle scored his third of the night with 13:43 remaining to give the Panthers the three-goal lead. The Knights scored the final three goals of the fourth period to tie the game and force overtime. Ryan Scinta scored the equalizer with 6:33 left to play. Both teams had chances in the final six and a half minutes but couldn’t find the back of the net.
It took just six seconds of overtime for Bellarmine to secure the win, 10-9, on Soriano’s goal.
High Point wraps up a three-game road trip next weekend at Richmond. The Atlantic Sun game will face off at 1 p.m. The Spiders are in their first season and have a 3-8 overall record after a win at Furman on Saturday.