BOONE, N.C. – Appalachian State University men's track and field kicked off its indoor season on Friday at the Appalachian Invitational inside the Holmes Center.
The Mountaineers inished in first place among the Division I teams in attendance with 212.5 points while Western Carolina took second with 192 points. USC Upstate was third (44.5) and Virginia Tech came in fourth (20). Six Division II teams participated in the event with King College finishing first (117) followed Mars Hill (108), Livingstone (98), Lees-McRae (44.5), Milligan (20) and Brevard (17.5).
Appalachian took home 21 top-five finishes on the men’s side including four top-five performances in both the triple jump and shot put competitions. Jamal Tiller finished first in the triple jump with a mark of 48-3.25 while Adedeji Adeneye, Henry Bustle and Isaiah Relliford finished second, fourth and fifth, respectively.
John Leonard was the winner in the shot put with a throw of 48-1.25 while Nathan Milch, Nick Sansotta and Richard Bell finished in places three through five. Marshall McRae highlighted Appalachian’s efforts on the track with first-place finishes in the 55-meter (6.38 seconds) and 200-meter (21.88) dash events.
Raphael Rojas paced the middle distance runners with a top showing in the 800-meter run (1:55.26) while Nolan Clark grabbed first place in the 3,000-meter run (8:54.30).
The Mountaineers will have over a month off before they return to action when they take part in the ETSU Invitational on Jan. 17-18.