he Lee University men’s track & field team positioned five runners in the top eight of the 10000-meter run to grab a third place standing following the first day of the 2021 Gulf South Conference Outdoor Track & Field Championships.
The Flames accumulated 36.5 points in four scored events with 22 coming from the 10K and 14.5 from the high jump.
Alabama Huntsville garnered 49 of its 69 points from the discus and hammer throws. Mississippi College is in second with 39.5 points.
In the 10K, Caleb Eagleson was the first Flame to cross the finish line. He was second overall with a time of 31:03.47. Silas Eckenroad (31:09.45) and Will Stone (31:11.72) finished third and fourth, respectively, to give Lee three runners in the top four. Adan Rodriguez placed seventh (32:16.30) and Casey Guthery was eighth (32:23.64) to complete the scoring positions.
Cameron Stine, Derek Flatford and Teagan Lenox all added points in the high jump. Stine finished second with a height of 1.97 meters. Flatford cleared 1.89 meters to tie for fourth and Lenox recorded a jump of 1.84 meters to finish seventh.
Matthew Black just missed scoring in both the hammer throw and the discus. He placed ninth in the hammer with a throw of 33.76 meters and was ninth with a discus throw of 36.35 meters.
The Flames advanced three runners out of the preliminaries of the 200-meter dash. Siphosethu Boya was third (21.56), while Jeremiah McCain was fourth (21.70) and Wynand Du Toit posted a sixth-place time of 21.89 second to claim spots in Saturday’s event final.
After the completion of five of the 10 events in the decathlon, Stine sits in second with Lenox in fourth and Daniel Surman in seventh. Stine placed first in the high jump and 400-meter dash, third in the 100-meter dash, fourth in the long jump and sixth in the shot put on his way to 3392 points. Lenox was second in the 100 and 400, third in the high jump, fourth in the long jump and fifth in the shot put as he collected 3332 points. Surman was fifth in the 100, seventh in the long jump and 400; and eithth in the shot put and high jump.
Timothy Patterson of Alabama Huntsville is in first place with 3407 points and Caleb Long of Montevallo is third with 3337 points.
The final five events (110-meter hurdles, discus throw, pole vault, javelin and 1500-meter run) are scheduled to be completed on Friday, beginning at 12 p.m. EDT.
The preliminaries and final of the shot put and triple jump are scheduled for Friday at 4 p.m. The 3000-meter steeplechase final is the last event of the night and is set to begin around 7:45 p.m.