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Getting Back to It

Getting Back to It

BIRMINGHAM, Ala. – Belmont Men's Track and Field team began to build conference championship momentum at the Samford Invitational on Friday after a two week hiatus from action.

In the field events, senior Corey Claiborne (Milton, Ga.) led the way for the Bruins with a second place finish in the shot put, thanks to his mark of 17.21m. Junior Ryan Sheldon (Anchorage, Alaska) finished sixth in the weight throw with a new PR of 16.13m. Senior Braden Carei (Uniontown, Pa.) placed seventh in the pole vault with a height of 4.55m.

On the track, the Bruins continued to show up. The freshmen duo of Finn Birnie (St. Austell, United Kingdom) and Harrison Grzymkowski (Commerce, Mich.) worked well together in their mile race, finishing third (4:19) and fifth (4:21), respectively.

The highly anticipated final event of the meet, the 4x400 relay, was particularly exciting as the Bruin foursome of seniors Alex Miller (Colorado Springs, Colo.), Drake Mitchell (Nashville, Tenn.) and Kaden Kieffer (Dillsburg, Pa.) and sophomore Elijah Sheppard (Danville, Calif.) topped the competition in their heat with a time of 3:23, which has moved the group into fifth in the OVC in the event.

Sheppard and Kieffer also competed in the open 400m where they both dipped under 50 seconds, crossing the line in 49.76 and 49.91 seconds, respectively, which places them closely in point scoring territory at OVCs.

"Getting a meet at the CrossPlex under our belts and putting up competitive times is really going to give us a boost of confidence going into conference championships," Kieffer noted.

The Bruins will look to carry this momentum to their final meet of the regular season, the Ohio Valley Conference Championships back at the same facility, February 26-27.



Belmont Only Results

60m Dash

12.          Hayden Stover                  7.02

60m Hurdles

18.          Ian Robertson                   8.93

25.          Alex Miller                         9.01

200m Dash

26.          Elijah Sheppard                22.77

400m Dash

11.          Elijah Sheppard                49.76

14.          Kaden Kieffer                    49.91


800m Run

7.            Christian Gonzales           1:56.86

20.          Wyatt Womack                 2:00.62



3.            Finn Birnie                           4:19.40

5.            Harrison Grzymkowski         4:21.21

15.          Ben Weisel                          4:24.19

20.          Isaiah Hollars                      4:28.82

28.          Ethan Ronk                         4:40.95

High Jump

12.          Noah Grimm                      1.90m

13.          Drake Mitchell                   1.85m

Pole Vault

7.            Braden Carei                      4.55m

               Knox Perry                          NH

               Conor Nix                            NH

Shot Put

2.            Corey Claiborne                17.21m

10.          Ryan Sheldon                    13.45m

Weight Throw

6.            Ryan Sheldon                    16.13m

8.            Corey Claiborne                15.90m