Track & Field Runs at Final Meets Before Nationals, 4x100 Relay Runs Provisional Time

MOUNT OLIVE, NC / CLEVELAND, TN – The Catawba track and field team participated in the final meets of the regular season on Saturday and Sunday at both the Mount Olive Final Qualifier and Lee University’s Last Chance Meet. Catawba picked up three wins at Mount Olive while the men’s 4x100 relay team ran a NCAA provisional-qualifying time.

The tandem of Chandon Smith, Barja Walter, Rashaun Noble, and Brien Pittman took first place, broke a school record, and hit a provisional qualifying time in the 4x100 relay finals at the Mount Olive Final Qualifier. The Catawba relay team finished in 40.57 seconds snapping the school record of 40.90 which was set back in 2019. This time put the Indians inside the top-20 nationally at 19th, and Catawba will wait until Tuesday to see if this time was enough to earn a chance to run at the NCAA DII Outdoor Championships on May 26-28 at Grand Valley State.

Individually, Javier-Gomez Wilson and MeKayla White each won events in the jumps at Mount Olive. Gomez-Wilson took the top spot with a mark of 13.98 meters on his fifth attempt. White won the long jump with 5.88 meters on her final attempt giving the junior her third first place finish this outdoor season.

In the men’s 200-meters, Barja Walter surpassed teammate Brien Pittman’s school record after he ran a 21.30 at Mount Olive this Saturday. This was good enough for third in the event. Walter also finished in second place in the men’s 100-meter finals when he posted a 10.73.

On the women’s side Madison Lowery, snapped a school record at Lee University’s Last Chance Meet. Lowery ran a 4:48.35 in the 1,500-meter event surpassing the previous record of 4:49.01 from 2017. This time was two seconds faster than her previous times in the event this spring.

Catawba will find out tomorrow who will be headed to Michigan for the Outdoor Championships as the NCAA will announce the list of participants in a press release on Brien Pittman looks to be a lock to earn a trip to the national meet as he currently sits sixth in DII in the 400-meters. Catawba’s 4x100 relay team is currently the 13th-ranked relay team in the country when other institutions’ “B” teams are removed from consideration. Division II usually sends 13 or 14 relay teams to nationals.

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