HPU-UNC Asheville baseball series starts today
The three-game series between the High Point University baseball team and UNC Asheville scheduled to begin Friday will now begin today in Asheville.
The Panthers and Bulldogs open their three-game series today at 2 p.m. The two teams will meet on Sunday at 1 p.m., and Monday at 1 p.m.
High Point is 23-20 all-time against Asheville. Last season, The Panthers were swept by UNC Asheville during the regular season, but bounced back to beat the Bulldogs in the Big South tournament by a score of 7-1. The win broke a streak of five-straight losses to Asheville by HPU.
HPU’S FAURE TAKES BIG SOUTH DECATHLON
LYNCHBURG, Va. — Junior Tristan Faure of the High Point University men’s track & field team won the decathlon with a school-record 7,002 points on Friday. It was HPU’s first-ever championship in that event.
Weather forced major schedule changes and the women’s and men’s steeplechases were slated for 10 p.m. and 10:15 p.m. on Friday night, respectively.
Through seven events and not including the steeplechase, HPU ranked fifth with 25 points, just ahead of sixth-place Charleston Southern. Liberty was leading with 78 points followed by VMI (44), Coastal Carolina (41) and Gardner-Webb (26).
Faure’s score of 7,002 crushed his previous HPU record of 6,633 points from last year’s Big South Championship. He started Friday’s events with a win in the decathlon 110-meter hurdles, running a wind-aided time of 14.98. He went on to throw the discus 36.16 meters (118-8) and clear 4.06 meters (13-3.75) in the pole vault, taking second in both events. He threw the javelin 44.29 meters (145-4) and capped off the event with a time of 4:26.15 in the 1,500-meter.
In Friday’s preliminaries, junior Evan Emery, freshmen Eddie Whitlock and Dennis Crawford and senior Ryan Venable all advanced to finals on Saturday. Emery posted the fastest time in the 100-meter dash (10.23) and second-fastest in the 200-meter dash (20.94) and won his heat of both events. The times were very fast but wind-aided.
Crawford advanced to today’s finals in both the 110-meter hurdles and 400-meter hurdles and he’ll be joined in the 110-meter hurdles by Venable. Venable finished third among 110-meter hurdle qualifiers with a time of 14.51. Whitlock won his heat of the 800-meter with a time of 1:55.30, outkicking Liberty’s Trevor Hope in the last 200 meters to advance.
Redshirt-senior Corey Law, who joined the track & field team after completing his collegiate basketball career, cleared 1.79 meters (5-10.5) in the high jump to place 14th. Freshmen Adam DeVito and Jordan Carr also competed in the high jump, clearing 1.84 meters (6-0.5) and finishing ninth and 12th, respectively.
On Thursday, sophomore Christian Spaulding was runnerup in the javelin and freshmen Paddy Grandinali and Cody Seymour placed fifth and sixth, respectively, in the 10,000-meter.
Today’s action begins with the men’s discus at 10 a.m. and the first running event is the 4x100 relay at 12:40 p.m. The meet wraps up with the 4x400 relay at 4:30 p.m.
PALENCHAR SETS HPU WOMEN’S POLE VAULT RECORD
LYNCHBURG, Va. — Freshman Alyssa Palenchar set a High Point University women’s track & field record in the pole vault, placing third, on Friday in the second day of the Big South Championship. Classmate Christine Rickert placed second in the javelin.
Palenchar cleared 3.65 meters (11-11.75), which was the same height as the top two finishers, VMI’s Kate Collins and Coastal Carolina’s Mary Lawrence. The finishing positions were determined by the number of misses by each competitor. The HPU record before this season was 3.45 meters (11-3.75) by Rachel Webb in 2011. Palenchar topped that with a height of 3.50 meters (11-5.75) at the Aggie Invitational last week, then reset it again on Friday.
Also in the pole vault, sophomore Catelyn Griffin and freshman Jill Marois both cleared 3.35 meters (10-11.75) to finish seventh and eighth, respectively. Griffin’s mark was a career best and sophomore Ashton Kirby also set a career best. Kirby cleared 3.05 meters (10-0) to place 12th.
Rickert threw the javelin 45.72 meters (150-0) to place second in her first Big South Outdoor Championship. She led most of the competition before Liberty’s Christina Mitchell heaved a distance of 46.57 meters (152-9) on her fifth throw, which was the winner.
Freshman Erica Herrmann placed 10th in the high jump with a height of 1.53 meters (5-0.25) to lead three Panthers in that event. Freshman Zoey Miller placed 10th in both the heptathlon and javelin.
In Friday’s preliminary heats, junior Colleen Hollowood advanced to Saturday’s finals in the 800. She placed second in her heat and ran a time of 2:18.66 to place sixth and advance. She placed third in the 800-meter at the Big South Championship during the indoor season.
Also in Friday’s preliminaries, freshman Michelle Stolz took ninth in the 400 hurdles in 1:05.35, missing the final by 0.09. Freshman Katie Farina placed 13th in the 1,500 in 4:54.73, missing the final by 0.24. Emily Fischer placed 13th in the 400-meter with a time of 59.93.
On Thursday night, senior Kelsey Hunt and sophomore Lauren Blackwell placed third and fourth, respectively, in the 10,000-meter.
Through seven events and not including the steeplechase, the Panthers were tied for third with VMI with 28 points. Liberty led with 104 points and Coastal Carolina ranked second at 51.25. Gardner-Webb ranked fifth with 25.5 points and Charleston Southern ranked sixth at 21.5.
Today’s women’s events begin with the triple jump at noon. HPU junior Kaitlin Whittington will be competing. The first running event is the 4x100 relay at 12:30 p.m. and the meet concludes with the 4x400 relay at 4:25 p.m.