Strong Opening at the Thundering Herd Invitational

Strong Opening at the Thundering Herd Invitational

HUNTINGTON, W. Va. -- The Belmont University men's track and field team is sitting in second place after its first day of action at the Thundering Herd Invitational at Marshall University on Friday.

The Bruins had a very successful day, boasting two top five finishes, led by senior Del McSpadden's (Brentwood, Tenn.) first place finish in the weight throw.

Other notable performances by the Bruins include two top ten finishes in the 5,000 meters with a fourth place finish by sophomore Kaleb McLeod (Soperton, Ga.) and a sixth place finish and personal-best run by sophomore Chase Ballard (Columbus, Ind.).

The Belmont heptathletes are off to a strong start after four events with Kaleb McLeod in fourth place and junior Ryan Lipe (Franklin, Tenn.) sitting in sixth place after day one of the event.  The heptathlon will conclude with its final three events being held Saturday morning.

"Day one went well for us, and we saw a lot of our athletes overcome adversity to put together marks they can be proud of.  Del is firing on all cylinders right now and is ready to get some big marks in the next few weeks.  Tomorrow is going to be a big day for the Bruins as we tackle the majority of the weekend's events" said Assistant Coach Joe Frye

The track and field team will be back in action tomorrow for day two of the Thundering Herd Invitational beginning with the men's pole vault at 9 a.m.

Friday Results      

Belmont-Only Results

Weight Throw

 1.  Del McSpadden 18.11m

11. Sean Magnuson 15.36m

14. Stephen Gibson 14.68m

19. Corey Claiborne 14.12m

60m Dash Heptathlon

5. Ryan Lipe 7.38

7. Drake Mitchell 7.47

13. Stuart Landis 7.60

High Jump Heptathlon

1. Drake Mitchell 1.91m

5. Ryan Lipe 1.82m

15. Stuart Landis 1.61m

Long Jump Heptathlon

1. Drake Mitchell 6.36m

6. Ryan Lipe 6.12m

7. Stuart Landis 6.08m

Shot Put Heptathlon

4. Stuart Landis 11.41m

9. Ryan Lips 10.29m

12. Drake Mitchell 9.65m

Heptathlon

4. Drake Mitchell 2577

6. Ryan Lipe 2512

10. Stuart Landis 2328

5000 Meter Run

4. Kaleb McLeod 14:44.34

6. Chase Ballard 14:48.96

13. Luke Evans 15:05.71