Appalachian State Athletics
BOONE, N.C. – In the last race of the Akron Invitational, the Appalachian State University women’s 4×400-meter relay snapped a 10-year old record. The quartet of Chenel McFadden, Breahna Morrison, D’Shawrna McLucas and Asia Dunlap ran a time of 3:51.29 to break the track and field record by eight hundredths of a second.
The previous group that held the record consisted of M.J. Harrelson, Alice Stolpe, Shonte’ Pinkston and Tyler Caudle.
Along with the record-breaking showcase, the Mountaineers had 15 personal best performances during the two-day event.
Dunlap also impressed during the 800-meter run, where she finished fifth in a time of 2:15.21. This new personal best moves her into fourth all-time on ASU’s list.
Sophomore thrower Gayshawna Watkins jumped a few spots on Appalachian’s all-time charts with her fourth place efforts in both the shot put and the weight throw. The Mooresville, N.C., native’s hurl of 46-6.25 in the shot put slipped her into fourth all-time, and her toss of 55-6.25 in the weight throw moved her to sixth.
Senior Amy Neilson cracked the Black and Gold’s top-10 list in the 5,000-meter run, as she slid into sixth with a time of 17:41.42. Neilson’s effort was good enough to finish fifth in the event.
Freshman duo Breanna Alston and Morrison turned in a pair of personal best times in their respective events, but neither was able to move up on the Mountaineer’s all-time lists. Alston’s sixth place finish of 24.69 in the 200-meter dash kept her ranked fourth in ASU history, while Morrison’s 400-meter dash time of 58.07 held her at sixth.
In their first multi-event competition of the year, junior Naadia Crutchfield and freshman Andrea Jones competed at a superior level to join the school’s top-10 ranking in the pentathlon. Crutchfield moved to sixth with 2,979 points, and Jones broke into the rankings by scoring 2,911 points in her first ever multi-competition to position herself eighth. The pair respectively finished 15th and 17th overall in the grueling competition.
Defending Southern Conference Field Athlete of the Week, Bianca Harvey, had another strong showing this week as she was the runner-up in the triple jump and finished fourth in the long jump.