BLACK MOUNTAIN, N.C. - Carson-Newman hit double-digit victories on Saturday, March 30 at the Montreat College Invitational from Pulliam Stadium/Howard Fisher Memorial Field to break a program record for most first-place finishes in the last five years.
The total of 10 comes after Coach David Needs' squad collected nine two weeks ago at the Lenoir-Rhyne Southside Power & Fitness Invitational.
"A lot of people showed up big today," Needs said. "In new events and across all events they stepped up. We had a lot of athletes show tremendous improvement even though it may be overshadowed by the victories but the strides we took as a team today was phenomenal. You can celebrate each and every one of those performances across the board and now you know the team is trending in the right direction for conference and regionals."
A time of 10.40 seconds from Devon Moore in the 100-meter dash brought first-place honors for the sophomore for the second time this season, .18 seconds under the NCAA Division II Provisional time. He's currently second in the nation in the event after the run. Moore previously sat at No. 3 entering the weekend after a time of 10.46 seconds in the first outdoor meet at the L-R Southside Power & Fitness Invitational.
The Baxley, Ga. native continued to shred competition with the No. 2 time in the nation in the 200-meter dash later on in the day with a time of 20.87 seconds, a new personal record.
Tia Davis grabbed C-N's second victory of the day and her second of the season with a 12.21 second run in the 100-meter dash. The time for the sophomore out of Ooltewah, Tenn. is a new best as an Eagle by .16 seconds.
Davis earned her second victory of the day in the 200-meter dash with a time of 25.43 seconds.
The multiple wins for Davis and Moore record the second time this season they have won two events in a single meet after they both grabbed the top spots in the same two sprints in the aforementioned L-R Invitational.
Kristofer Potts-Howard took home his first victory of the 2019 outdoor season with a 14.88-meter leap in the triple jump. The mark shatters his previous career-best which sat at 14.57 entering the day and propels the senior into 7th in the nation. James Wilson rounded out the top-five in the event after a jump of 13.68 meters.
Caleb Agee joined the party with his second victory this season in the 400-meter hurdles. The South Atlantic Conference Champion a year ago finished with a time of 54.57 seconds.
Trayzel Jureidini-Wyche joined Potts-Howard with his first event win of the season after a throw of 45.30 meters in the discus.
C-N took the top three spots in the men's long jump as Jahvad McDermott grabbed the No. 1 place with a jump of 7.17 meters, a new personal best. Potts-Howard (7.14m) and Ray Artybidge (7.04) finished second and third respectively.
In her first official race of the season as an Eagle after waiting for clearance from the NCAA, Kathie O'Neill finished fourth in the 800-meter run with a time of 2:19.25, a new school record.
The Eagles posted two second-place finishes in the men's and women's 3000 steeplechase as Skye McCarter recorded a time of 12:23.25. Brandon McKinley's mark came in at 10:05 on the dot, less than three seconds short of first-place finisher Nicholas Lee from WVU Tech.
Abby Tomkoksi joined the group of second-place finishers with a mark of 10.91 meters on her fourth attempt in the triple jump for C-N, a full .50 meters better than her first attempt of the day.
McDermott also earned runner up in the high jump after clearing 2.05 meters before missing out at 2.11 meters, a mark which winner Isreal Diaz of Montreat cleared on his final jump. The leap for the Brooklyn, New York native ties him with a plethora of athletes at 10th in Division II.
Madison Bunch and Reynolds finished fourth and fifth respectively in the javelin throw with the sophomore Bunch clearing 29.57 meters in her first ever participation in the event. The junior Reynolds threw a 27.17-meter mark, a new personal best.
A handful of Eagles competed on the men's side of the javelin throw with Christian Stumpf leading the way with a third-place mark at 50.78 meters.
Ashton Abbott set a new school record for C-N in the discus throw clearing 37.08 meters and collecting a seventh-place finish. The distance for Abbott shattered her previous best from the L-R Invitational which sat at 32.73m.
Freshman Tiffany Noe set a new personal record in the high jump clearing 1.59 meters on her third attempt to earn fourth-place.
Logan Pender recorded his highest finish of the outdoor season with a second-place finish in the shot put at 14.06 meters which also recorded a new personal best.
Needs' group has grabbed a total of 19 first-place finishes through its two outdoor meets this season. The Eagles return to Hickory, N.C. next weekend for the Lenoir-Rhyne Challenge on April 5-6.