Track and Field Wins Six Events at Montreat Open

BLACK MOUNTAIN, N.C. – The Lenoir-Rhyne Men’s and Women’s and Field Teams collected six individual victories at the Montreat College Open.ย

In addition to having their most successful weekend of the outdoor season, the Bears had two events where they occupied all top five spots.ย

In the men’s 400-meter event, Jacob Wadsworth won the race with a time of 47.78. Following behind the senior was Olawole Olanrewaju, who recorded a personal-best time of 47.97.ย

Rounding out the top five was Clarence McGill, who also posted a personal-best time of 48.11, and then Bamidele Ajayi and Marcus Crumpler, who had performances of 48.46 and 49.02, respectively.ย

Another event that saw the Bears sweep the top five placements was the women’s 5000-meter race. Sabrina Fleig, who recorded a new personal best, won the event with a time of 17:31.50. ย

Behind the sophomore was Paige Ewald, who also notched a new personal-high with a 17:44.07 performance. Eliska Rihova, rounded out the podium with a personal-best 17:54.20. Finishing up the top five was Nanette Nikolajsen, who a had personal best with her time of 18:41.47, and Teresa Vesely, who finished with a 18:54.31 result.ย

Moving back to the short , Alexis Brown had another incredible performance by winning the 100-meter and 200-meter events in her outdoor season debut.ย

In the 100-meter race, the sophomore led a crowded LR leaderboard with a time of 11.61. Brown was one of five LR participants to record a Top 10 finish in the event, which included second-place finisher Zanetta Udo-Obong, who had a personal-best time of 12.28.ย

In the 200-meter event, Brown took the top spot in the same event she won the national championship at in the 2024 NCAA Indoor Championships. The Mableton, Ga. native was one of four LR participants who finished in the Top 10.ย

In addition to the men’s success in the 400-meter event, Holly Kone soared past her opposition with a first-place time of 58.31. She was one of three LR participants to finish in the Top 10 as Damyja Ortiz (59.62) and Kimberley Owens (1:00.30) finished fifth and seventh, respectively.ย

In the men’s 100-meter race, freshman Nurain Musa posted a new personal best with his first-place time of 10.54. The freshman has been able to produce two strong seasonal debuts. ย

At the start of the indoor season, Musa took two first-place finishes in the Commonwealth College Opener on Dec. 2. Meanwhile, in his outdoor debut, he was able to record another first-place finish and career-best mark.ย

Over the course of the weekend, the Bears collected eightย second place finishes and seven third place finishes to bring the total to 21 podium placements.ย

LR – Top 10 Finishes



1) Nurain Musa – 10.54

110-Meter Hurdles

3) Nick Tibolla – 15.01

4) Liam Sutton – 15.05

6) Philip Stomne – 15.48


2) Jacob Wadsworth – 21.44

5) Bamidele Ajayi – 21.77


1) Jacob Wadsworth – 47.78

2) Olawole Olanrewaju – 47.97

3) Clarence McGill – 48.11

4) Bamidele Ajayi – 48.46

5) Marcus Crumpler – 49.02

300-Meter Steeplechase

3) Lewis Budgen – 9:50.00

8) Isaac Riggs – 10:23.30


2) Jacob Parkinson – 14:56.45

Discus Throw

9) Ellis Horton – 45.72m

Hammer Throw

6) Ellis Horton – 48.05m

10) Monte Scott – 45.28m

Javelin Throw

2) Josh Wise – 55.50m

Long Jump

8) Tylei Woolard – 6.46m

Triple Jump

4) Malakei Sumner – 13.86m

4×800-Meter Relay

4) 8:45.19



1) Alexis Brown – 11.61

2) Zanetta Udo-Obong – 12.28

7) Melody Jones – 12.52

9) Jordan Shealey – 12.59

10) Angela Morisette – 12.68

100-Meter Hurdles

2) Melody Jones – 14.91


1) Alexis Brown – 23.96

4) Zanetta Udo-Obong – 25.42

6) Jordan Shealey – 25.82

9) Molly McGrath – 26.24


1) Holly Kone – 58.31

5) Damyja Ortiz – 59.62

7) Kimberley Owens – 1:00.30


3) Olivia Overholt – 2:20.61


2) Carolin Fuehren – 4:40.34

7) Elizabeth Kessler – 4:52.15


1) Sabrina Fleig – 17:31.50

2) Paige Ewald – 17:44.07

3) Eliska Rihova – 17:54.20

4) Nanette Nikolajsen – 18:41.47

5) Teresa Vesely – 18:54.31

Hammer Throw

8) Olivia Jackson – 43.09m

10) Marlesia Walker – 42.11m

Pole Vault

3) Pearl Ballard – 3.40m

5) Stacie Jorgensen – 2.95m

10) Adair Dupree – 2.35m

Shot Put

3) Olivia Jackson – 11.72m

8) Marlesia Walker – 10.91m

Triple Jump

6) Sharonda Priester – 10.78m

UP NEXT: The Lenoir-Rhyne Men’s and Women’s and Field Teams will venture to two different events next weekend. Members of both squads will either travel to the Raleigh Relays, hosted by N.C. State, in Raleigh, N.C., or to the Texas Relays, hosted by the University of Texas, in Austin, Texas. Both events will be two-day competitions that begin on Friday, March 29.

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