BOONE, N.C. - Appalachian State University men's track came ready to compete in Day 2 of the Mountaineer Open as they clinched six first place finishes on the day.
Sophomore Stanley Broaden led the Mountaineers in the 55m hurdles, as he picked up a second place finish with a personal-best 7.57 in the finals. Freshman Marshall McRae crossed the line third overall in the 55m dash as he ran a 6.57 in the finals, while Justin Thomas finished in sixth with a 6.63.
The Apps placed second and third in the 200m dash as McRae crossed the line at 22.63 and Broaden finished with a personal-best 22.66.
App State clinched the first place spot in their first running event of the day when sophomore Raphael Rojas posted a personal-best in the 400m dash with a 48.84 and David Riddleberger claimed a third place finish with a 50.57.
In his first career 300m dash, sophomore Trey Edgerton took home a second place finish with a 36.69.
In a race that would come down to the line, junior Read Caulkins fell just a few steps short, finishing in second place with a 1:59.00 to North Greenville's Jacob Simms in the 800m run.
Appalachian took home the top three places in the 3,000m run as Brian Graves paced the field, finishing at 8:53.44. Kyle McFoy followed closely behind with a 9:07.37 and Mark Sullivan notched the third place finish with a personal-best 9:10.13.
Appalachian A 4x300m relay team clinched the first place finish as the team consisting of Broaden, Bustle, Chase Helton and Jamal Tiller crossed the line at 2:27.08. The Appalachian B relay team followed closely behind as they crossed the line at 2:27.42.
Head coach John Weaver stated, "It was our first after returning from the Christmas holiday. We had several performances that were better than the December meet, many more were equal to the December meet and a few that show we need to regain pre-holiday levels."
In field events, freshman Cole Finch led the Apps in the high jump as he picked up a third place finish with a personal-best 1.98m jump.
Sophomore Henry Bustle earned his second first place finish of the weekend as he clinched the long jump title with a 7.02m jump, while Tiller placed second with a 6.83m jump and Adedeji Adeneye took third with a 6.51m jump.
Appalachian dominated the shot put as reigning SoCon champ Jared Stalling put up a 16.05m throw for a first place finish, while Zane Lail finished second with a 14.20m toss and Nick Sansotta garnered third with a 14.14m throw.
"Overall we are excited about the challenge ahead of us to win both the men's and women's indoor and outdoor titles.", stated Weaver "It is a tough challenge, but we won't have any more holidays to prevent us from carrying this weekend's momentum to the end of February."
App State will be back in action when they hit the road for the first time of the season on Friday, Jan. 25 for the Kentucky Invitational. The meet is slated to start at 7 a.m.