First Places Aplenty

First Places Aplenty

CLARKSVILLE, Tenn. – It was a golden day for the Belmont men's track and field team Friday. The Bruins picked up four first-place finishes at Austin Peay's Governors Invitational, three of them coming in individual events.

Hammer thrower Stephen Gibson, pole vaulter Braden Carei and steeplechaser Taylor Vroon all grabbed gold to go with the first-place time the Belmont 4x400-meter relay team ran.

Gibson's (Tuscola, Ill.) hammer throw was his best of the season and second best ever, the highlight of a well-rounded day for the senior. He threw 55.83 meters (183-2) to take first and was also second in the discus in 44.09 meters (144-8) and fourth in the shot put at 14.92 meters (48-11.5). 

Vroon's (Brentwood, Tenn.) time of 9:43.14 in the 3,000 steeplechase was his personal best and helped the sophomore edge out second place by just under a second. 

The junior Carei (Uniontown, Pa.) vaulted 4.60 meters (15-1) to pick up a victory in the pole vault, tying his best mark of the season.

Back on the track, the combo of Brendan Elrod (Crossville, Tenn.), Christian Gonzales (Orinda, Calif.), Ben Weisel (Nashville, Tenn.) and Elijah Sheppard (Danville, Calif.) ran 3:20.27 to out-pace the field in the long relay.

But those weren't the only impressive Bruin performances Friday.

Gonzales, a junior, set a personal best in the 800 meters by a full second to take second place in 1:52.89. Juniors Declan McManus (Worcestershire, England) and Kaleb McLeod (Soperton, Ga.) went 2-3 in the 1,500 meters in 4:05.65 and 4:05.68, respectively. Junior Drake Mitchell (Nashville, Tenn.) was second in the 110-meter hurdles in 15.62 and Miller was third in the 400 hurdles in 56.07.

Behind Gibson in the hammer and discus, sophomore Ryan Sheldon (Anchorage, Alaska) picked up a pair of third-place finishes. He threw 45.55 meters (149-5) in the hammer and 43.60 meters (143-0) in the discus. Freshman Reece Davidson (Arvada, Colo.) added a third place in the shot put in a personal-best 15.03 meters (49-3.75). 

Next comes a full weekend of exciting track competition as a select few Bruins will head west to the Bryan Clay Invitational and Mt. SAC Relays in California next week. The rest of the team will stay closer to home and compete at the Georgia Tech Invitational.


BELMONT RESULTS

FULL RESULTS

100m

5. Seth Randall, jr. – 11.19

6. Hayden Stover, so. – 11.21

9. Griffin Hodge, fr. – 11.46

11. Jared DeVore, so. – 11.51

200m

3. Brendan Elrod, fr. – 22.38

9. Seth Randall, jr. – 23.04

11. Jared DeVore, so. – 23.10

400m

4. Elijah Sheppard, fr. – 49.66*

5. Brendan Elrod, fr. – 50.00

800m

2. Christian Gonzales, jr. – 1:52.89*

4. Ben Weisel, jr. – 1:53.29

10. Wyatt Womack, fr. – 1:59.41*

1500m

2. Declan McManus, jr. – 4:05.65

3. Kaleb McLeod, jr. – 4:05.68

5000m

5. Jackson Vroon, so. – 15:18.10

6. Luke Evans, sr. – 15:18.62

12. Daniel White, so. – 15:56.34

110m hurdles

2. Drake Mitchell, jr. – 15.62

400m hurdles

3. Alex Miller, jr. – 56.07

3000m steeple

1. Taylor Vroon, so. – 9:43.14*

4x100m relay

2. Belmont (Elijah Sheppard, Griffin Hodge, Jared DeVore, Seth Randall) – 42.13

4x400m relay

1. Belmont (Ben Weisel, Christian Gonzales, Elijah Sheppard, Brendan Elrod) – 3:20.27

High jump

4. Noah Grimm, fr. – 1.93m (6-4)*

5. Drake Mitchell, jr. – 1.93m (6-4)

Long jump

-- Noah Grimm, fr. – Foul

Pole vault

1. Braden Carei, jr. – 4.60m (15-1)

-- Drake Mitchell, jr. – NH

Discus

2. Stephen Gibson, sr. – 44.09m (144-8)

3. Ryan Sheldon, so. – 43.60m (143-0)

5. Reece Davidson, fr. – 39.33m (129-0)*

Hammer

1. Stephen Gibson, sr. – 55.83m (183-2)

3. Ryan Sheldon, so. – 45.55m (149-5)

4. Reece Davidson, fr. – 44.19m (145-0)

Shot put

3. Reece Davidson, so. – 15.03m (49-3.75)*

4. Stephen Gibson, sr. – 14.92m (48-11.5)

7. Ryan Sheldon, so. – 12.62m (41-5)

Javelin

4. Griffin Hodge, fr. – 45.10m (147-11)*

*Personal record

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