April 14th, 2013

Knights compete at Sea Ray and Hilltopper Relays

John Spugnardi

Bellarmine University S.I.D.

Knights compete at Sea Ray and Hilltopper Relays
photo from bellarmine.edu/athletics

The Bellarmine University track and field teams competed at both the Sea Ray Relays (hosted by the University of Tennessee) and the Hilltopper Relays (hosted by Western Kentucky University) this past weekend.

Among the highlights for Bellarmine were two athletes hitting NCAA provisional marks and two freshman records being set.

Competing at Tennessee, freshman sprinter Kaysee O'Bannon ran an 11.83 in a 100 meters preliminary heat to set a freshman record and meet the NCAA provisional mark.  O'Bannon went on to finish sixth in the finals, which included a top-notch field featuring representing some the nation's top collegiate programs.

Another bright spot for the Knights' performance at Tennessee included the 1,500 meters in both the men's and women's division.  On the men's side, Robert Sandlin Jr. was invited to compete in the “Showcase” 1,500 race, which included most of the top runners in the field. The Frankfort native did not disappoint, running a 3:51.78 to finish sixth overall in an NCAA provisional qualifying time that is the best in the GLVC on the season.

On the women's side, Angela Musk ran a GLVC best 4:38.35 to place fourth overall (top non-DI competitor), and she was joined in the top 10 by teammate Jenna Lee, who “PRed” with a 4:48.66.

Other highlights from UT included the relay teams with the women's 4x100 and 4x400 teams both posted conference best times (47.69 and 3:49.68 respectively).  The men's 4x400 team ran a 3:17.35, which currently ranks second in the GLVC.

Freshman pole vaulter Brian Ullrich provided the top highlight from the Hilltopper Relays by clearing 4.45 meters (14 feet,7¼ inches) to set a freshman school record.



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