SAU track & field teams compete in AAC championships

By: By Amber Hatten-Staley - Sports editor

MONTREAT — The St. Andrews University men’s and women’s outdoor track and field teams competed at the AAC Championships at Montreat College over the weekend.

The St. Andrews men’s team finished ninth in the conference out of 10 teams earning 12 points. Reinhardt won the men’s side with 107.5 team points followed by host school Montreat College with 93.

The Lady Knights did not register a team score after 11 events. Tennessee Wesleyan won the women’s championship with 83 team points followed by Brenau University with 78.

The women were led by senior Hannah Biddle who finished 16th out of 22 runners in the 1500 meter run with a time of 5:37. SCAD-Atlanta’s Emily Kearney won the event with a time of 4:35. Biddle also took 16th place out of 22 competitors in the 800 meter run with a time of 2:40.3 — finishing less than a step behind Tennessee Wesleyan’s Bailey Condone who took 15th with a time of 2:40.1.

In the sprints, junior Sanita Edwards placed 20th out of 25 competitors in the 100 meter dash preliminaries with a time of 13.9 seconds — only the top eight runners advance to the finals. Tennessee Wesleyan Alexandria Johnson won the event with a time of 12.33 seconds.

Edwards also competed in the 200-meter dash taking 23rd out of 26 runners with a time of 29.8 seconds. Tennessee Wesleyan’s Johnson also took first in the 200-meter dash posting a winning time of 24.94 seconds.

Junior Nina Havelka competed in the 100-meter hurdles taking 12th place out of 14 runners with a time of 18.44 seconds. Columbia College’s Kelsey White-Kennedy won the event with a time of 14.91 seconds.


The best finish for the Knights came in the 4×100 meter relay as the all freshmen team of Montrell Douglas, Robert Sloan, Justin Hector-White, and Kendric Ivey took fourth with a school-record time of 42.8 seconds. Tennessee Wesleyan won the event posting a time of 41.14 seconds.

Douglas also competed as an individual in the 100-meter dash finishing in sixth place out of 27 sprinters with a time of 10.97 seconds.Tennessee Wesleyan continued to dominate the sprints as Josh Parson won the event with a time of 10.39 seconds.

The Knights freshman had a second top 10 finish in the 200-meter dash taking ninth with a time of 22.05 seconds — missing the finals by four one hundredths of a second.

Sloan and Ivey also competed in the 100 meter dash finishing 15th and 16th respectively with times of 11.37 seconds and 11.45 seconds.

Junior Eduardo Andrade led the Knights’ distance runners finishing 13th in the 1500 meters with a time of 4:22.59 while senior teammate Franco Portillo earned 25th place with a time of 5:05.

In the field events, freshman Danny McLane led the Knights in the hammer throw with a 10th place finish. McLane threw a mark of 28.6 meters or 93 feet 8 inches. Fellow freshman Elijah Bryant finished 11th in the hammer throw with a mark of 25.4 meters.

Bryant also competed in discus finishing 12th out of 21 throwers with a mark of 30.62 meters while teammate Steffan Johnson took 14th with a throw of 29.42 meters.

Bryant had his best performance of the weekend in shot put. The Knights freshman finished fifth with a mark of 12.14 meters while McLane earned 11th with a throw of 10.8 meters.

By Amber Hatten-Staley

Sports editor