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Off to a Good Start

Off to a Good Start

NASHVILLE, Tenn. — Huge day for the Belmont Men's and Women's Track and Field teams, led by juniors Christian Gonzales (Orinda, Calif.)and Braden Carei (Uniontown, Pa.) took home a couple of first place finishes in the Vanderbilt Indoor Opener on Saturday.

"We were very pleased with how things turned out today," said assistant coach Joe Frye. "Training this week was a bit weird with it being the week after Thanksgiving, but overall, the rest of the coaches and I were very proud of the way our squad competed today."

Absolutely nothing was going to keep Carei from winning the Pole Vault. After being sidelined in 2017 due to undergoing surgery, the junior overcame the daunting task of clearing the pole at 4.65m and with that was able to take first place.

Gonzales sprinted past the competition, finishing first overall in the 600-Meter Dash. Finishing just .5 seconds ahead of second place finisher, he was able to set a new school record in the event with a time of 1:21.68.

Senior Nathan Nammour (Tampa, Fla.) had a big day today as well, as he finished seond in the 300-Meter Dash. He set a new indoor school record in the event with a time of 35.07 seconds.

The coaches sent out a relay team of four freshmen - Noah Barnhart (Mount Pleasant, S.C.), Brendan Elrod (Crossville, Tenn.), Elijah Sheppard (Danville, Calif.), and Wyatt Womack (Marietta, Ga.) - to compete in the 4x400m Relay. The foursome finished with an impressive time of 3:22.16, as they finished second in the section that they competed in and placed seventh overall.

On the women's side, the coaches took note of the potential that was seen in freshman Jessica Mattson, as she placed fifth in the Weight Throw with a distance of 16.72m.

The coaches were also pleased with the performance of senior Karly Hibbard, as she was able to place fifth out of a field of more than 30 that competed in the Shot Put. Her distance was 13.22m.

The next meet for the Bruins will be on January 18, as the Track & Field squads will compete in the Vanderbilt Invitational in Nashville, Tenn.

Belmont Results

Men's 60 Meters

No. 20 Seth Randall, Jr., 7.17
No. 21 Griffin Hodge, Fr., 7.20
No. 27 Jared DeVore, So., 7.29
No. 32 Drake Mitchell, Jr., 7.34

Men's 200 Meters

No. 24 Seth Randall, Jr., 22.91
No. 27 Jared DeVore, So., 23.15

Men's 300 Meters
No. 2 Nathan Nammour, Sr., 35.07

Men's 400 Meters

No. 16 Brendan Elrod Fr., 50.21
No. 19 Elijah Sheppard Fr., 50.74
No. 22 Khristian Vickers So., 52.79

Men's 800 Meters

No. 10 Cameron Schmidt Fr., 2:03.08

Men's 600 Meters

No. 1 Christian Gonzales Jr., 1:21.68
No. 9 Kaden Kieffer Jr., 1:24.47
No. 11 Wyatt Womack Fr., 1:25.06

Men's 4x400m Relay

No. 7 Noah Barnhart, Fr., 3:22.16
Brendan Elrod, Fr.
Elijah Sheppard Fr.
Wyatt Womack, Fr.

Men's High Jump

No. 7 Noah Grimm Fr., 1.90m
No. 10 Drake Mitchell Jr., 1.90m

Men's Pole Vault

No. 1 Braden Carei Jr., 4.65m

Men's Long Jump

No. 17 Drake Mitchell Jr., 6.43m
No. 21 Noah Grimm Fr., 6.12m

Men's Shot Put

No. 6 Stephen Gibson Sr., 14.76m
No. 7 Reece Davidson Fr., 14.73m

Men's Weight Throw

No. 6 Stephen Gibson Sr., 16.54m
No. 8 Cal Widener So., 15.55m
No. 10 Reece Davidson Fr., 13.97m

Women's 300 Meters

No. 13 Payton Barlow So., 40.97
No. 24 Katrina Quigley Jr., 42.32

Women's 60m Hurdles

No. 14 Caroline Pruitt So., 9.48

Women's Pole Vault

Maeve Carei Fr., NH
Tyra Finkeldey Fr., NH

Women's Long Jump

No. 18 Caroline Pruitt So., 5.21m

Women's Shot Put

No. 5 Karly Hibbard Sr., 13.22m
No. 21 Maja Gustafsson Fr., 10.24m

Women's Weight Throw

No. 5 Jessica Mattson Fr., 16.72m