WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. – The Lee University track & field teams met two more NCAA Division II provisional qualifying marks on the first day of the 2018 UCS Invitational at the JDL Fast Track Friday evening.

The women’s 4000-meter distance medley relay team of Amy Carpenter, Jordan Allison, Emily Buwalda and Charlee Boxall placed sixth, but were the top non-Division I finisher with a time of 12:02.74 which, due to NCAA flat track conversions, becomes 11:55. The time not only met the provisional qualifying mark of 12:05.41, it is the 15th-best time this season in DII (No. 1 in the South Region) and set a new Lee record by almost 15 seconds. The previous record of 12:17.29 was set on Feb. 18, 2017, by Jessica Childers, Adrian Martin, Cayce Bryan and Audrey Smith at the 2017 UCS Invitational.

“Our women executed perfectly,” said Lee head coach Caleb Morgan. “We wanted to go under 12:00 with the conversion to set ourselves up to make a national appearance. Every leg ran exactly what they needed to.”

Carpenter covered the opening 1200 meters in 3:45.288 and Allison covered her 400 meters in 59.909. Buwalda finished the 800-meter leg in 2:15.206 and Boxall anchored with a time of 5:02.330 in the final 1600 meters.

Christian Noble, Justin Brooks, Jared Herzog and Harold Smith combined to meet the provisional qualifying mark (10:05.36) in the men’s 4000-meter distance medley relay. Their non-converted time of 10:09.12 put them in 12th place was the second-fastest non-DI time with Mount Olive’s relay team finishing 11th with a time of 10:03.74. The NCAA flat track conversion for the men’s distance medley relay at the JDL Fast Track is approximately 7.8 seconds, which will put the Lee relay team’s time under the provisional standard. The time places the men 15th in the nation and first in the South Region.

“Noble led us off with a great 1200 leg, establishing a four-second lead,” said Morgan. “After that we were on our own. It was our men against the clock. We did a great job staying focused. If we can get these men in a faster race next week, we can definitely move up the national rankings list.”

Noble finished the opening 1200 meters in 3:04.590 and Brooks added just 48.910 seconds with his 400-meter leg. Herzog posted a time of 1:59.335 in the 800-meter section and Smith finished the final 1600 meters in 4:16.285.

The distance medley relay teams weren’t the only Lee athletes to see action on Friday. Camilla Sims and Faith Lewis competed in the shot put with both finishing in the top eight and posting the top two finishes among non-DI participants. Sims recorded a throw of 12.20 meters to place sixth, while Lewis’ distance of 11.49 meters placed her eighth.  

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