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Pfeiffer Track & Field has several podium finishes at Noke Elite Meet

The Pfeiffer University Track and Field teams traveled to Roanoke College to compete at the Noke Elite meet on Feb. 6. With a field featuring only Division III teams, the Falcons notched 10 top-five performances, and six Falcons set personal records in their respective events.

The Falcons were led by two standout performances. Senior Tevin Colson (New London, N.C.) had an outstanding day with a pair of top-three finishes. Colson began his day with a third-place finish in the 400-meter dash, running a time of 52.63. He then came back later in the event and finished second overall in the 200m dash, sprinting to a time of 23.75.

On the women’s side, junior Aaliyah Thomas (Pawley’s Island, S.C.) picked up two top-five finishes. Thomas threw a personal record 13.04 meters in the weight throw, earning her a third-place finish. She then followed that up with a fourth-place finish in the shot put, throwing for 9.65 meters.

The Falcon throwers had a standout day. Alongside Thomas, seniors Tonishea Ford (Farmville, Va.), Jonathan Brindle (Gold Hill, N.C.) and freshman Alex Stancell (Liberty, S.C.) made finals in their respective events. Brindle notched a fourth-place finish in the shot put, throwing a personal record of 10.23 meters.

Ford continued to throw well for the Falcons making her second-consecutive final round. Ford finished with a 12.45-meter weight throw which landed her in fifth overall. Stancell made the final round for the second consecutive day in the weight throw with a toss of 11.48-meter. On Friday, Stancell competed at the CIU Rams February Invite at Columbia International where she threw a personal record 12.12m, finishing 12th overall.

Senior Tiffany Bartholomew (Raleigh, N.C.) also competed on Friday in the pentathlon. Bartholomew finished fourth overall scoring 2,086 points over the five events.

On the men’s side a pair of top-five finishes were put up by senior Keyshawn Campbell (Vanceboro, N.C.) and junior Tasker Brown (Powell, Ohio). Campbell ran a season best time of 7.19 in the prelims of the 60-meter dash to qualify for the finals. In the finals, Campbell ran 7.20 to finish fourth overall. Campbell also finished fifth overall in the 200m running a time of 23.99. Brown continued his string of stellar performances finishing second overall in the 400-meter dash. Brown finished the race with a time of 52.31.

The final top-five performance of the day was turned in by sophomore Micah Welborn (High Point, N.C.), as she made her season debut, finishing fourth overall in the 800-meter run, notching a time of 2:42.25.

With the announcement earlier this week by the NCAA canceling the Indoor National Championships, the Falcons will now turn their attention towards the outdoor season. The Falcons track & field team will compete in their first outdoor meet of the season on Feb. 27 at the Perry Palooza Early Bird Classic at High Point University.

The Falcon cross country teams will be in action next as they are scheduled to compete at the N.C. Wesleyan Classic on Feb. 13.

The short cross country season will conclude at the USA South Conference Championships on February 27, also hosted by N.C. Wesleyan.