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DANVILLE, Ala. – In the third year of full eligibility in NCAA Division II and the Gulf South Conference (GSC) the Lee University men's cross country teams claimed its third consecutive GSC Championship Saturday morning at the Jesse Owens XC Course.

The No. 16 Flames placed six runners in the top 20 on their way to posting 41 points. UAH scored 70 points, while Montevallo (126) was third and Mississippi College (127) was fourth.

Christian Noble was the men's medalist. The sophomore covered the 8K distance in 24:31.26 to finish 12 seconds ahead of his closest competitor. Victor Onyango of West Alabama was second at 24:43.54.

"Christian ran a phenomenal race," said Lee head coach Caleb Morgan. "He kind of ran with the field through two, two and a half miles and then really took off over the second half of the race."

Seth Eagleson placed fourth with a time of 24:54.69 and Harold Smith gave the Flames a third runner in the top nine with a mark of 25:11.08. Caleb Eagleson and Ben Gilman rounded out the Lee scorers. Eagleson (25:21.74) was 12th and Gilman finished 15th (25:31.23).

"They executed great, we've never had a four, five and six run like that, especially in a championship," added Morgan. "This is the lowest score we had of the three championships, so it's definitely the best one we've had yet."

Moises Ponce and Thomas Kelton served as spacers. Ponce was 20th with a time of 25:37.54 and Kelton recorded a time of 26:03.22 (31st).

Alex Carter was 41st across the line at 26:32.54. Jared Herzog's time of 26:42.18 put him in 45th.

The Flames put three runners on the All-GSC First Team and three on the All-GSC Second Team. Noble, Seth Eagleson and Harold Smith earned first team honors by finishing in the top 10. Earning second team honors by placing 11th through 20th were Caleb Eagleson, Gilman and Ponce. Morgan was voted the GSC Men's Cross Country Coach of the Year.

Lee returns to action on Nov. 4 at the NCAA South Region Championships in Lakeland, Fla. The championships will be contested at Lakeland's Holloway Park and Nature Preserve.

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CHARLOTTE, N.C. – The Flames cross country team placed five runners in the top 20 on its way to finishing second at the Royals XC Challenge Friday night at McAlpin Creek Park. Lee, ranked No. 17, accumulated 59 points to finish behind ninth-ranked Queens University of Charlotte (37 points). Alabama Huntsville was third (104) and Saint Leo University was fourth (117).

"The men had an amazing race today," said Lee head coach Caleb Morgan. "Everything considered, this is the best a team has raced, statistically speaking, in Lee University school history. The men proved that they are a top 10 team nationally. I'm very proud of them and we're looking forward to the preparing for the postseason.

The Flames set a program record for the 8K distance with a total time of 2:03.49. The previous top mark was set on the same course at last year's event.

Christian Noble finished second and broke Seth Eagleson's Lee record with a time of 23:50. Eagleson recorded a mark of 24:25.7 in the 2016 Royals XC Challenge.

Eagleson was the second Flame to cross the finish line. He placed eighth with a time of 24:30. Harold Smith was 14th (25:01) and Caleb Eagleson was 15th (25:03). Rounding out the Lee scorers was Ben Gilman. Gilman crossed the finish line at 25:25 (20th).

Jared Herzog and Thomas Kelton served as Lee's spacers. Herzog was 27th (25:40) with Kelton right behind in 28th (25:42). Moises Ponce finished 33rd (25:48), while Alex Carter stopped the clock at 26:29 (57th).

The Flames will now enter the championship portion of their schedule with the Gulf South Conference Championship on Oct. 21. The 8K race will be held at Oakville Indian Mounds Course in Danville, Ala.

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EVANSVILLE, Ind. – The 14th-ranked Flames put two runners in the top 20 to place fifth at the Stegemoller Classic. The Pre-Nationals 8K race was held at Angel Mounds State Park, the site of the 2017 NCAA DII National Championship.

"This was a great opportunity for us to see how the nationals course will run," said Lee head Caleb Morgan. "We ran against several ranked teams that we don't see very often during the regular season."

Queens University of Charlotte, ranked No. 22, was the team winner. Bellarmine finished second, while No. 13 Lewis University and No. 5 University of Southern Indiana tied for third. No. 9 Colorado State University-Pueblo finished just ahead of the Flames in fifth.

Edwin Kurgat of Division I University of Tennessee at Martin was the individual winner at 23:59.1. The top non-DI runner was Tom Bains of Queens. Bains placed second overall with a time of 24:25.3.

Christian Noble was the first Lee runner across the finish line. The reigning GSC Runner of the Week stopped the clock at 24:50.5 for seventh place.

Seth Eagleson and Caleb Eagleson were the next two Flames to finish. Seth posted a time of 25:22.2 (20th) and Caleb was 31st (25:44.4).

Harold Smith placed 35th with a mark of 25:51.9. Freshman Ben Gilman was the final Lee scorer with a time of 26:40.4 (63rd). Moises Ponce was right behind in 64th (26:44.2).

Jackson Ellenburg placed 67th (26:57.5), Jared Herzog was 70th (27:00.1), Thomas Kelton finished 81st (27:32.2) and Alex Carter recorded a time of 29:38.3 (119th).

"We still need someone to step up and close the gap from our No. 4 to No. 5," added Morgan. "I'm happy with our overall performance today and our weekly progress as we move toward the heart of the season."

The Flames will take a little time off from competition before traveling to Charlotte, N.C., on Sept. 29 for the Royals XC Challenge. The 8K meet is Lee's final non-championship meet of the season.

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GREENVILLE, S.C. – The No. 13 Lee University men's cross country team began its 2017 season with a fourth place finish at the Furman Cross Country Classic. The 8K event was held on the cross country course of the Furman Golf Club.

The Flames were second among non-Division I schools with No 16 University of Mount Olive (N.C.) finishing second with 53 points. Furman University was first (25 points) and Clemson University was third (96), while Lee posted 103 points.

"It's nice to have the first meet of the season completed, because with its completion comes a baseline to improve upon," said Lee head coach Caleb Morgan. "We had some outstanding performances from sophomore Christian Noble and freshman Caleb Eagleson, who competed in the first 8K race of his career."

Christian Noble was the first Lee runner across the finish line. The sophomore recorded a personal-best time of 24:26.00 to place 12th. His mark was just 0.3 seconds shy of tying the Lee record held by Seth Eagleson.

Eagleson finished 20th with a time of 25:32.70 and Caleb Eagleson was 24th at 25:42.20. Harold Smith posted a time of 25:59.30 (32nd) and Jackson Ellenburg rounded out the top five for the Flames with a mark of 26:26.90 (39th).

Thomas Kelton and Moises Ponce were Lee's spacers. Kelton crossed the line at 26:39.10 (47th) and Ponce was 58th (26:49.10).

Freshman Ben Gilman was 66th with a time of 26:58.70. Jared Herzog stopped the clock at 28:02.80 (103rd), while Alex Carter's time of 28:22.40 put him in at 117.

James Quattlebaum of Clemson was the overall winner at 23:50.40 with Adam Craig of Mount Olive in second at 23:57.60.

"I'm excited to see this year's team develop as the season progresses and raise the bar for what is expected from our program," added Morgan.

The Flames head to Evansville, Ind., next Saturday for the Stegemoller Classic. The 8K race will be contested at Angel Mounds, the site of the 2017 NCAA Division II National Championships.

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ATLANTA – The Lee University Track & Field teams concluded a successful week with two top four finishes at the Emory Invitational. The Lady Flames finished second, while the Flames were fourth. The squads combined for five provisional qualifier marks and six school records.

"This was one of the best all-around meets we have ever had," said Lee head coach Caleb Morgan. "Big wins for the women's team over Shorter (last year's Peach Belt Conference champions) and West Georgia (last year's Gulf South Conference champions)."

Jacksonville State (NCAA Division I) won the women's meet with 111.5 points. Lee posted 69.5 points to edge Montevallo (65) and Emory (60). Rowan scored 132 points to win the men's meet. Shorter was second (97) and Columbus State was third (75). The Flames tallied 73 team points.

Earlier in the week, the U.S. Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association released their 2016-17 in-progress report for the NCAA Division II Program of the Year Standings and the Flames were ranked 10th.

Josiah Brooks led the charge by provisionally qualifying in the triple jump and the 100-meter dash. He placed second in the triple jump with a distance of 14.92 meters to surpass the standard of 14.56 meters. In the 100-meter, Brooks was third (10.69) in the trials and third (10.57) in the final. The time to meet was 10.61.

The final three provisional qualifying performances were from Justin Brooks (400-meter dash), Adrian Martin (100-meter dash) and Christian Noble (3000-meter steeplechase).

"Justin Brooks and Christian Noble both ran two times that will keep them ranked in the top 10 nationally for much of the season. Christian's debut in the steeple was everything we hoped it would be," added Morgan.

Brooks covered the 400-meter distance in 47.39 to eclipse the provisional mark of 47.94 and set a new Lee record.

Noble posted a time of 9:07.63 in the steeplechase to win the race by nearly nine seconds and finish ahead of the provisional mark of 9:16.7. His time also set a new Lee record in the event. Thomas Kelton finished eighth at 9:55.97.

Josiah and Justin Brooks put two Flames in the top six of the 200-meter run. Josiah was fifth (22.27) with Justin right behind in sixth (22.29).

The duo were also in the long jump competition. Josiah placed second with a leap of 7.14 meters, while Justin was 30th (5.95 meters). The provisional mark is set at 7.22 meters.

Martin was second (12.27) in the morning trials. She stopped the clock at 11.83 in the final to finish first and beat the provisional time by 0.16 seconds. The senior also placed second in the 200-meter with a time of 25.01.

"It was exciting to see Adrian back in form," said Morgan. "The time she ran in the 100 should get her into nationals."

Kiley Brock joined Martin in the 100 and 200-meter races. She finished 25th at 12.80 in the 100-meter dash and was 25th (27.09) in the 200.

"Camilla Sims had three great performances in the throws. She is performing at a very high level and is just a freshman," praised Morgan.

Sims set Lee records in the discus, hammer throw and the shot put. She finished fifth in both the shot put (12.46 meters) and the discus (37.39 meters). Sims was sixth in the hammer throw after a throw of 38.93 meters.

Alexis Stevens finished 35th in the discus with a toss of 28.81 meters. Hannah Buttolph recorded a height of 1.55 meters to finish tied for fifth in the high jump.
Jordan Allison finished fifth and set a new Lee record with a time of 1:05.53 in the 400-meter hurdles.

Four Lady Flames finished in the top 22 of the 800-meter run, including the top two. Jessica Childers was first (2:16.87) and Cayce Bryan was second (2:17.02). Lacey Duvall placed 14th (2:22.84) and Charlee Boxall crossed the line at 2:25.08 (22nd).

Harold Smith won the men's 800-meter run by over two seconds. He paced the field with a time of 1:52.70 to just miss the provisional time of 1:52.33. Jared Herzog finished 35th (2:03.56) and Alex Carter was 38th (2:04.53).

Audrey Smith, Boxall, Madison Hodges and Blakely Moore competed in the 1500-meter run. Smith finished third at 4:47.07. Boxall was 11th (4:57.10), Hodges placed 20th (5:06.71) and Moore crossed the line in 41st (5:18.26).

Smith and Moore also ran the 3000-meter steeplechase. Smith finished third at 11:07.61 and Moore was 12th (12:39.27).

Brandon Raleigh, Moises Ponce, Herzog and Tucker Hindle ran the 1500-meter. Raleigh posted a time of 4:01.40 for sixth. Ponce was 26th (4:11.91) and Herzog was 30th (4:14.87). Hindle crossed the finish line at 4:19.90 (42nd).

Amy Carpenter (18:56.55) and Logan Hernandez (18:57.56) finished seventh and eighth, respectively, in the 5000-meter run. Lily Fell was 23rd (19:43.84) and Becca Umbarger was 25th (19:47.62).

Seth Eagleson won the 5000-meter run with a time of 15:11.72. His closest competitor was over 14 seconds behind. James Guthrie recorded a time of 17:11.10 to finish 47th.

Three Flames were in the shot put field. Chase Warren finished 33rd with a throw of 10.26 meters. Matthew Wilson was 35th (8.90 meters) and Stephen Wilson was 36th (8.82 meters).

"I am proud of both squads," concluded Morgan. "We were very productive through spring break and it showed today."

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HUNTSVILLE, Ala. – The Lee University men's track & field team finished second out of seven teams at the UAH Chargers Invitational. The Flames were winners of six events with Justin Brooks and Harold Smith claiming two each.

Host Alabama Huntsville tallied 193 points to win as a team. Lee posted 98 team points and Morehouse College was third with 73 points.

Brooks set new meet records in both the 100 meter and 200 meter dashes. His time of 10.75 bettered the mark of 11.08 set last year. The sophomore's time of 21.53 in the 200 meter was nearly 0.4 seconds faster than the previous record (21.91).

Josiah Brooks was a close second in both events with a time of 10.77 in the 100 meter and 21.86 in the 200 meter. His triple jump of 14.31 meters was the top mark in the event.

Smith was the top finisher in the 800 meter (1:56.22) and 1500 meter (3:59.99) runs. Brandon Raleigh placed third both events with times of 1:58.32 and 4:03.89. Alex Carter was fourth (1:58.59) in the 800 meter and 12th (4:11.76) in the 1500. Jared Herzog was seventh (2:00.58) in the 800 and eighth (4:06.56) in the 1500. Moises Ponce posted a time of 2:02.44 to finish 12th in the 800 and was 10th (4:08.81) in the 1500. James Guthrie was 20th in the 1500 with a time of 4:24.09.

Christian Noble breezed to a first-place finish in the 5000 meter run. His time of 14:46.19 was 14 seconds faster than his nearest competitor. Seth Eagleson finished third at 15:06.41. Thomas Kelton was seventh (15:52.10) and Tucker Hindle was ninth (15:58.62).

Chase Warren finished seventh with a distance of 21.95 meters in the discus throw. Warren was joined by Stephen Wilson and Matthew Wilson in the shot put and placed 10th with a throw of 9.71 meters. Stephen was 11th (9.46 meters) and Matthew was 12th (8.22 meters).

While the rest of the Flames have a weekend off before returning to competition at the Emory Invitational on Mar. 17-18, Justin Brooks will be competing at the NCAA Division II Track & Field Championships in the 400 meter dash.

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WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. – The Lee University Track & Field teams finished the non-championship portion of the indoor season with four more school records and three more NCAA Division II provisional marks at the UCS Invitational on Saturday.

The new school records came from the men's and women's distance medley relays, Josiah Brooks in the long jump and Derek Flatford in the 60 meter hurdles.

The men's distance medley relay team also met the provisional mark. Justin and Josiah Brooks met the provisional standard in the 200 meter.

"Both distance medley relays had strong showings today," said Lee head coach Caleb Morgan. "We put our best teams on the line and felt good about both team's chances to get a top 12 ranking going in. The men were four seconds off. It's tough to be so close. I'm sure it will fuel their preparation for the outdoor season."

The women's distance medley relay team of Jessica Childers, Adrian Martin, Cayce Bryan and Audrey Smith finished seventh with a time of 12:17.29. That time is the 23rd-quickest in DII this season. The men's team of Brandon Raleigh, Justin Brooks, Harold Smith and Christian Noble were ninth at 10:06.78, No. 15 in the nation.

Josiah Brooks recorded a distance of 6.85 meters to place third in the long jump, while Flatford was eighth (6.39 meters). Flatford was sixth with a mark of 8.63 in the preliminaries of the 60 meter hurdles for a new Lee record.a

In the men's 200 meter, Josiah Brooks was second (22.00) and Justin Brooks was right behind in third (22.08). Their times were converted to 21.62 and 21.70 due to track size and surpassed the provisional mark of 21.83. Justin's time is ranked No. 20 in the nation and Josiah's puts him at No. 24.

Alex Carter finished 33rd in the 800 meter run with a time of 2:12.07 and Seth Eagleson finished 14th (8:55.35) in the 3000 meter.

Raleigh, Alex Carter, Moises Ponce and Jared Herzog took on the mile run. Raleigh was 14th (4:25.50) and Carter finished 17th (4:29.13). Ponce crossed the line in 25th (4:33.95) and Herzog was 35th (4:41.08).

Tucker Hindle and Thomas Kelton competed in the 5000 meter run. Hindle was fourth (15:41.11) and Kelton was 11th (16:37.67).

Kiley Brock participated in the 60 meter dash and the 200 meter run. The sophomore was 17th (8.18) in the 60 meter and 21st (27.05) in the 200 meter.

Lacey Duvall placed 22nd (2:29.82) in the 800 meter run. She was joined by Charlee Boxall, Blakely Moore and Madison Hodges in the mile run. Boxall was 20th (5:16.17) with Moore at 28th (5:23.81), Hodges was 32nd (5:29.69) and Duvall finished 36th (5:33.06).

Amy Carpenter and Elizabeth Sillcocks were Lee's representatives in the 3000 meter. Carpenter finished 13th at 10:43.74 and Sillcocks' time of 12:25.88 put her in 35th.

Logan Hernandez was fourth (19:44.75) and Lily Fell was seventh (19:53.15) in the 5000 meter run. Hannah Buttolph placed seventh in the high jump with a recorded height of 1.50 meters.

"We have three athletes (Justin Brooks in the 400 meter, Josiah Brooks in the 200 meter and Noble in the 5000 meter) who are in qualifying position going into the final week of qualifying next weekend," added Morgan. "We will have to wait and see."

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BIRMINGHAM, Ala. – The Lee University Track & Field teams concluded a successful two days at the Samford Open in the Birmingham Crossplex. The Flames and Lady Flames combined for four new provisional qualifying marks, seven Lee records and a meet record.

On Friday night, Lee posted a meet record, three Lee records and two NCAA Division II provisional qualifying times in the 200 meter dash and 5000 meter run.

Audrey Smith crossed the finish line of the 5000 meter at 18:02.14 to finish first and claim a new Samford Open record. The previous mark was 18:14.91 set last year by Tru Powell of Emory. The performance was also a Lee record.

Christian Noble was second in the men's 5000 meter. His time of 14:30.63 is the 10th-fastest in the nation, a provisional mark and a new Lee record. Three-time NAIA National Champion Geoffrey Kipchumba of William Carey University won with a new meet record of 14:28.51. Noble also surpassed the old record of 14:53.30.

"Christian ran a very impressive race with splits of 4:42, 4:40 and closed in 4:34 in the mile," said Morgan. "I am very proud of the patience he showed early in the race. He ran a very controlled and competitive race."

"I stayed relaxed the first mile," stated Noble. "The last two miles I wanted to make a statement."

Josiah Brooks was seventh in the 200 meter dash with a provisional qualifying time and Lee record of 21.78. Justin Brooks was 10th (21.91).

Adrian Martin placed 11th in the 200 meter with a time of 25.23.

Saturday saw the squads add two more provisional performances in the men's 60 meter dash and the men's 4x400 meter relay. Josiah Brooks exceeded the provisional time of 6.90 with a mark of 6.88 (Lee record) in the 60 meter dash prelims. Brooks would finish eighth (6.93) in the final. He would join Justin Brooks, Harold Smith and Derek Flatford in meeting the standard with a 3:17.21 in the 4x400 meter relay. The time was good for fifth and also a new Lee record.

The women's 4x400 meter relay team of Adrian Martin, Cayce Bryan, Jordan Allison and Jessica Childers stopped the timer at 3:59.65 to finish 10th with a new Lee record.

The final record-breaking performance was by Noble in the mile. Noble placed first with a Lee record time of 4:13.89. Smith was right behind in second (4:13.92). Tucker Hindle was ninth (4:22.50) and Thomas Kelton finished 28th (4:34.72).

"Christian and Harold ran a perfectly excectued race," said Morgan. "They pulled away from the field easily the last 200 meters."

Smith led a contingent of six Flames in the 800 meter run. He recorded a time of 1:54.73 for third. Brandon Raleigh was 17th (1:59.61) and Alex Carter was 18th (1:59.74). Jared Herzog finished 28th (2:02.25), Hindle was 36th (2:05.37) and Moises Ponce was 37th (2:05.97).

Flatford finished 19th in the 60 meter hurdles with a time of 8.82 and was sixth with a long jump of 6.68 meters. Josiah Brooks' distance of 14.84 meters placed him fourth in the triple jump. Justin Brooks was third-fastest (48.22) in the 400 meter dash.

Jordan Allison placed 46th in the 400 meter dash with a time of 1:01.28. Martin placed 16th (7.82) in the 60 meter dash and Elizabeth Sillcocks was 34th (12:11.91) in the 3000 meter run.

Seven Lady Flames competed in the 800 meter run. Bryan was the leader at 12th (2:20.03). Lacey Duvall crossed the line at 2:23.15 (22nd), Charlee Boxall was 27th (2:24.69) and Amy Carpenter finished 32nd (2:27.02). The final three Lee runners were Blakely Moore (41st/2:29.90), Madison Hodges (50th/2:35.40) and Logan Hernandez (53rd/2:38.15).

Moore, Carpenter, Hodges and Hernandez also ran the women's mile. Moore finished 25th (5:19.65), Carpenter was 27th (5:20.71), Hodges placed 36th (5:31.86) and Hernandez was 39th (5:36.02). Joining them was Becca Umbarger, who finished 48th (6:01.16).

Camilla Sims recorded a throw of 12.00 meters to place 20th in the weight throw. Hannah Buttolph tied for 11th with a high jump of 1.50 meters.

The Flames and Lady Flames head back to Winston-Salem, N.C., on Saturday for the UCS Invitational. It is the final scheduled meet of the indoor regular season.

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WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. – The Lee University men's and women's track & field teams combined for seven top-10 finishes Friday and Saturday at the Camel City Invitational. The event was held at the JDL Fast Track.

Justin Brooks recorded the best finish of the weekend for the Lee squads. He posted a time of 48.81 to win the 400 meter.

Seth Eagleson was third in the 5000 meter with a mark of 14:59.05, while Amy Carpenter stopped the clock at 17:55.46 to place fifth in the women's 5000 meter. Eagleson's time was a new school record and ranks at No. 22 nationally.

"Eagleson ran a great race and showed a lot of poise against some very competitive DI competiton," said Lee head coach Caleb Morgan.

Josiah Brooks gave Lee its fourth top-five finish with fourth place in the 200 meter. He recorded a time of 22.37.

Christian Noble posted a time of 8:30.41 to place sixth in the 3000 meter. His time is the 24th-best time in DII so far this season. Thomas Kelton was 36th (9:05.82) and Tucker Hindle finished 40th (9:16.18).

"The track was flat instead of banked, so all times were converted," explained Morgan. "Christian's 8:30.41, for example, converted to an 8:24, which is a provisional qualifier."

The men's distance medley relay team of Brandon Raleigh, Justin Brooks, Harold Smith and Noble crossed the finish line in sixth with a time of 10:16.05. The mark is the 12th-fastest recorded at the DII level this season.

"The men's distance medley relay had a solid race. We will need to run faster if we expect to stay in the top 12. The top 12 make it to nationals," added Morgan.

Adrian Martin posted the 10th-fastest qualifying time (7.72) in the 60 meter and finished 18th (7.87) following the semifinal round. Kiley Brock was 39th (8.12) in the qualifying round. Martin and Brock also competed in the 200 meter with Martin finishing 13th (25.75) and Brock crossing the finish line at 26.83 (38th).

For the men, Josiah Brooks was 12th (6.94) and Justin Brooks was 15th (6.98) in the qualifying round of the 60 meter. Justin posted a time of 6.99 in the semifinal to finish 12th and Josiah was 17th (7.02).

Audrey Smith set a new school record in the 3000 meter. Her time of 10:21.78 put her in 18th. Blakely Moore was 27th (10:53.58), Logan Hernandez finished 30th (11:00.32) and Lily Fell was 33rd (11:12.23).

Harold Smith led a contingent of four Flames in the 800 meter. Smith finished 12th with a time of 1:56.68. Raleigh was next in 25th (1:59.81). In 37th was Alex Carter (2:02.38) and at 48th was Moises Ponce with a mark of 2:05.90.

Smith and Ponce were joined by Jared Herzog in the mile run. Smith finished 23rd (4:22.89), Ponce was 38th (4:29.90) and Herzog placed 42nd (4:32.75). Madison Hodges was 32nd (5:41.18) in the women's mile run.

Jessica (Childers) Gullette placed 20th in the 800 meter with a time of 2:20.30. Lacey Duvall was 25th (2:23.64) and Charlee Boxall was 26th (2:23.86).

Jordan Allison finished 31st (1:00.89) in the 400 meter and posted a time of 9.90 in the 60 meter hurdles qualifying round.

Derek Flatford's time of 9.17 in the 60 meter hurdles put him 36th in the qualifying round. He was also 21st in the long jump with a distance of 6.40 meters.

"We had a lot of personal records this weekend. We are progressing the way we should be and picked up one additional provisional qualifier with Noble in the 3000 meter," Morgan summed up.

The Lady Flames and Flames return to the Birmingham Crossplex for the Samford Invite. The two-day event will be contested on Feb. 10-11.

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BIRMINGHAM, Ala. – Justin and Josiah Brooks combined for three NCAA DII provisional qualifying marks as the Lee University Track & Field teams began their indoor seasons at the Emory Crossplex Invitational on Sunday. The Flames placed third out of 22 teams and the Lady Flames were sixth out of 24 teams. Both squads finished second among non-DI schools.

"This is the best both squads have looked this early," said Lee head coach Caleb Morgan. "We are really excited about the depth we have added to our roster this season."

Justin won the 400 meter dash with a time of 47.86, while Josiah was third at 48.47 with both times under the provisional mark of 48.73. Justin's time is the fifth-fastest in DII so far this season and Josiah's is currently No. 16.

"We feel confident Justin's time will stay in the top 18 through the season," added Morgan. "He should be our first athlete to go to nationals."

Josiah added another third place finish and provisional qualifier with a distance of 14.84 meters in the triple jump.

"Josiah doesn't need a whole lot of work in the pit. He looked very explosive, jumping further on each of his attempts," Morgan said. "He will go much further as the season progresses."

The duo also finished in the top six of the 200 meter dash. Josiah placed fifth (21.92) and Justin was sixth (22.02). Derek Flatford was 41st in the event with a time of 24:12.
Justin joined Flatford in the long jump where his leap of 6.26 meters tied him for 13th and Brooks finished 15th with a jump of 6.23 meters.

Flatford was Lee's lone competitor in the 60 meter hurdles. The freshman recorded a time of 8.85 in the provisional (10th) and the final (12th) rounds.

Christian Noble and Audrey Smith picked up Lee's other two event victories with strong performances in the 5000 meter run. Smith stopped the clock at 17:57.10 and Noble crossed the finish line at 15:05.99. Seth Eagleson was right behind Noble in third (15:11.75).

"Christian and Audrey had great races in the 5000 meter. They both looked comfortable getting their first wins of the season," said Morgan.

Smith garnered third in the mile run with a mark of 5:06.97. Charlee Boxall finished 19th (5:27.18), while Madison Hodges (5:33.38) and Lacey Duvall (5:49.82) finished 25th and 43rd, respectively.

Noble claimed a seventh-place finish in the mile run with a time of 4:24.38. Four other Flames were in the mile run. Brandon Raleigh was eighth (4:25.28), Harold Smith finished 18th (4:29.86), Moises Ponce was 21st (4:33.54) and Jared Herzog was 31st (4:39.85).

Smith, Raleigh and Ponce joined Alex Carter in the 800 meter run. Smith finished fourth with a time of 1:55.56. Raleigh was 12th (2:00.61) and Carter was right behind in 13th (2:00.65). In 35th was Ponce with a mark of 2:05.73.

Tucker Hindle and Thomas Kelton ran the 3000 meter event with Hindle placing ninth (9:07.66) and Kelton posting a time of 9:12.26 (17th).

Adrian Martin just missed reaching the provisional mark in the 60 meter dash. The senior advanced out of the preliminaries with a 7.80 (sixth) mark and improved to fifth place with a time of 7.73 in the final. The provisional mark is 7.71. Kiley Brock advanced to the final with a preliminary time of 8.05 and finished 14th with a final time of 8.06.

Martin and Brock also took on the 200 meter dash. Martin placed fourth (25.35) and Brock was 26th (26.71). Jordan Allison was 25th (1:01.86) in the 400 meter dash and 17th (9.80) in the 60 meter hurdles.

The Lady Flames had four athletes in the 800 meter run. Jessica (Childers) Gullette was third (2:18.61) and Cayce Bryan was fourth (2:18.64). Boxall finished 16th (2:26.38) and Duvall was 29th (2:31.39).

Amy Carpenter gave Lee another top 10 performance with a time of 10:42.88 (sixth) in the 3000 meter run. Blakely Moore finished 14th (10:59.23), Logan Hernandez was 22nd (11:14.77) and Lily Fell was 26th (11:27.18).

In the field events, Hannah Buttolpht tied for 13th with a high jump of 1.42 meters. Camilla Sims placed sixth with a shot put distance of 12.18 meters and was 16th in the weight throw with a toss of 13.23 meters.

The Lady Flames and Flames are scheduled to travel to Winston-Salem, N.C., for the Camel City Invitational Feb. 3-4.

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SAINT LEO, Fla. – The Lee University men's cross country teams concluded its season Saturday morning at the NCAA Division II National Championships at The Abbey Course on the campus of Saint Leo University. The Flames finished 18th out of 32 to improve upon their 2015 finish (26th).

The Flames accumulated 525 points to be the top finisher out the South Region in the men's 10K race. Florida Southern (656) was 26th and Saint Leo (669) was 27th. Adams State was the team champion with Grand Valley State in second.

"We didn't run awful, but we didn't execute quite the way we wanted," said Lee head coach Caleb Morgan. "We were a little more aggressive than we needed to be the first two miles and we paid for it late."

Harold Smith was Lee's top runner. The junior crossed the finish line at 32:04.2 to finish 81st overall and 68th among scorers. Seth Eagleson was close behind at 88th (75th) with a time of 32:09.4.

Christian Noble gave the Flames three runners in the top 100 of the 242 runner field. Noble stopped the clock at 32:14.0 for 96th (83rd).

Brandon Raleigh and Tucker Hindle were the final scorers for the Flames. Raleigh finished 157th (135th) with a mark of 33:08.9, while Hindle's time of 33:47.9 put him in 186th (164th).

Moises Ponce (34:02.7) served as Lee's first spacer at 201st (178th). Jared Herzog was the final Flame runner across the finish line. Herzog placed 217th (194th) with a time of 34:29.2.

"I am proud of this group of men. We gained a lot of experience from the season. We return six of the seven men that ran today. Senior Brandon Raleigh had a great career with us. I am thankful for his leadership contributions the last two seasons," added Morgan.

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SAINT LEO, Fla. – The Lee University men's cross country team placed four runners in the top 11 to win the university's first NCAA Division II South Region Championship Saturday morning. The 10K race was contested on The Abbey Course at Saint Leo University.

The Flames tallied a team score of 52. Defending champion Saint Leo was second with 89 points and Florida Southern (91) was the final team to receive an automatic berth to the DII National Championship on Nov. 19.

"We have never had a team execute a race as perfectly as our men did today," said Lee head coach Caleb Morgan. "It amazes me what this group can do when they are focused fighting for each other."

Freshman Christian Noble was the first Lee runner across the finish line. Noble finished third with a time of 31:49.9. Alfred Chelanga of Shorter University was the winner at 31:23.3.

Harold Smith finished fifth (31:55.7), while Seth Eagleson (32:29.2) and Brandon Raleigh (32:30.5) were 10th and 11th, respectively. The final scorer for the Flames was Tucker Hindle. Hindle crossed the finish line at 33:31.7 for 28th.

"Seth ran a selfless race and hung back with Brandon to encourage and pull him along. His actions on the course helped solidify a dominating team performance," added Morgan.

Moises Ponce and Jared Herzog served as Lee's displacers. Ponce placed 46th (34:10.3) and Herzog was 61st (34:50.9) in the field of 116.

"We have a lot of momentum moving forward," said Morgan. "We are doing our best racing at the end of the season. In two weeks our season comes to a close. We have accomplished everything we have set out to do this year. We have one goal left and that is to finish in the top 15 at nationals."

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New Market, Ala. – The Lee University men's cross country team placed three runners in the top five on its way to repeating as the GSC Men's Cross Country Champions Saturday morning at Sharon Johnston Park.The Flames accumulated 52 team points to hold off runner-up Alabama Huntsville, who posted 77 points. West Florida was third (113) and West Alabama placed fourth (119).

"Our men executed perfectly," said Lee head coach Caleb Morgan. "We knew coming in everyone would be looking at our team to make a move. It's tough to win back-to-back championships in this conference. We ran confidently and relaxed. Over the last three years our team has shown up consistently in every championship race we have run. As always, I am proud of the clutch performances they pull off."

Harold Smith finished second (25:13.18) behind defending GSC and NCAA II champion Alfred Chelanga of Shorter University. Chelanga posted a time of 24:54.50. Seth Eagleson crossed the finish line in fourth (25:28.95) and Christian Noble was fifth (25:32.32) out of 84 runners.

Brandon Raleigh was the fourth Flame to finish. His time of 25:58.40 put him in 13th place. Moises Ponce was the final scorer for Lee. He stopped the clock at 26:45.08 to finish 28th.

Lee's two displacers were Jared Herzog and Thomas Kelton. Herzog was 37th (27:02.38) and Kelton was 41st (27:12.06). Tucker Hindle recorded a mark of 27:46.44 (56th) and Garrett Flores was the final Flame finisher at 29:14.86 (75th).

Smith, Eagleson and Noble were named All-GSC First Team for placing in the top 10. Noble had the fastest time out of all the true freshmen and was named the GSC Freshman of the Year. Brandon Raleigh earned All-GSC Second Team honors for finishing in the top 20. Morgan received the title of GSC Coach of the Year as head coach of the championship team.

"Thank you to all of the fans who came down on the spirit bus. Our athletes are grateful for your support," added Morgan.

Up next for the Flames will be the NCAA Division II South Region Championship on Nov. 5. The event will be contested on The Abbey Course at Saint Leo University in Saint Leo, Fla.

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CHARLOTTE – Seth Eagleson set a new school record at the 8K distance and the Lee University men's cross country team placed four runners in the top nine to place first out of 39 teams at the Queens Royals XC Challenge. The race was held at McAlpine Creek Park with a field of 366 individuals.

The 24th-ranked Flames finished with 66 points to hold off The University of Mount Olive. Mount Olive is ranked No. 13 in DII. Mars Hill College was third (123) and Alabama Huntsville was fourth (137).

"This was a big win for us," said Lee head coach Caleb Morgan. "Mount Olive was the highest ranked team we have ever defeated. This is the momentum we need going into the championship season."

Eagleson posted a time of 24:25.7 to eclipse the record he had set a year ago on the same course. The previous top time was 24:30.0.

Following Eagleson in sixth place was Christian Noble (24:37.2), Harold Smith (24:37.8) and Brandon Raleigh (24:42.1) in seventh, eighth and ninth, respectively.

"We ran a perfect race today. I am so proud of our team. We went out very aggressively. Our top four ran as a pack for most of the race. We are a much different team when we control the tempo as a group," said Morgan.

Tucker Hindle finished 44th (25:47.4), Thomas Kelton was 52nd (25:53.3), Jared Herzog was 73rd (26:07.7) and Moises Ponce was 84th (26:17.1) to give the Flames five freshmen in the team's top eight finishers.

"I cannot say enough about this group of freshmen. They are so far beyond anything we have had in any other recruiting class," added Morgan.

Matt Jenkins crossed the finish line at 26:53.3 to place 124th and Alex Carter recorded a time of 27:36.0 (182nd).

Up next for the Flames is the Gulf South Conference Championship on Oct. 22. The event will be held at Sharon Johnston Park in New Market, Ala.

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LOUISVILLE – Lee University's No. 15 ranked men's cross country team placed 15th out of 33 teams in the highly competitive Gold Race at the Greater Louisville Classic Saturday morning. The 8K was contested at E.P. "Tom" Sawyer State Park.

The field included several top-ranked teams from both NCAA Division I and Division II. Grand Valley State (No. 1 in DII) posted the team win with 82 points. Three teams receiving votes in the DI poll finished in the top six. Middle Tennessee State was second, Virginia Tech placed third and University of Louisville was sixth.

Southern Indiana (No. 12 in DII) rounded out the top five teams. Hillsdale (No. 10 in DII) and Saginaw Valley (No. 20 in DII) were seventh and eighth, respectively. In ninth was ninth-ranked (DI) Eastern Kentucky. Bellarmine University (No. 25 in DII) was the final ranked team that finished ahead of Lee at 13th.

"We had a lot of great performances today," said Lee head coach Caleb Morgan. "We took away several things we can work on when running in a large, fast field. I am very pleased with our freshmen. They are in a great place as we get closer to the championship season."

Christian Noble was the first Lee runner across the finish line. The freshman placed 28th out of 312 with a time of 24:39.76. Seth Eagleson finished 52nd with a mark of 24:58.44, while Harold Smith recorded a time of 25:27.17 (95th).

Brandon Raleigh stopped the clock at 25:50.30 for 136th and Tucker Hindle was 167th (26:04.23). Garrett Flores placed 232nd (26:42.00) with Jared Herzog (26:42.58) right behind at 233rd.

Freshmen Thomas Kelton and Moises Ponce were the next two Flames across the line. Kelton was 248th (26:51.46) and Ponce was 276th (27:21.97). Alex Carter had a time of 27:57.27 (295th) and Matt Jenkins was 297th (28:04.80).

"One of our team goals is to be the best college program in the state of Tennessee. We showed we have come a long way in a year with wins over University of Tennessee, East Tennessee State University, Tennessee State and Tennessee Tech," added Morgan.

The Flames head to Charlotte on Friday to run in the Royals Cross Country Challenge at McAlpine Creek Park. The 8K race is scheduled to begin at 4:30 p.m.

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MONTEVALLO, Ala. – The No. 21-ranked Lee University men's cross country team put five runners among the top 11 to win the 2016 Montevallo Falcon Classic. The Flames attained a team score of 35, while second-place Queens University of Charlotte had a team score of 77. Fellow Gulf South Conference member West Alabama placed fifth with 160 points.

"Our men ran at an unbelievable level today," said Lee head coach Caleb Morgan. "I couldn't be prouder of their execution. We talked about having a faster four and five today and that's exactly what we did."

Seth Eagleson was the first Flame across the finish line. The junior placed third overall with a time of 24:48.12. Brandon Raleigh was right behind in fourth (24:53.58). Harold Smith and Christian Noble placed eighth and ninth, respectively. Smith recorded a time of 25:07.93 and Noble stopped the clock at 25:17.44. Tucker Hindle (11th, 25:26.64) was the final scorer for the Flames.

"Eagleson and Smith both had sub-par performances last week," added Morgan. "They came out this week very determined and ran where this team needs them. Hindle and Noble are running as two of the fastest freshmen in Division II this year. They do not use their lack of experience as an excuse. We wouldn't be where we are as a team without their contributions."

Moises Ponce was 28th (26:24.19) and Garrett Flores was 29th (26:25.03) to serve as spacers. Jared Herzog posted a time of 26:4.41 (38th) and Matt Jenkins was 48th (27:11.45). Alex Carter and Thomas Kelton rounded out the Lee finishers. Carter was 81st (28:07.76) and Kelton was 82nd (28:08.41).

Lee will take a week off from competition before heading to Louisville for the Greater Louisville Classic on Oct. 1.

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GREENVILLE, S.C. – The Lee University men's cross country team began its season with a trip to the Furman Cross Country Classic where the Flames finished fourth overall and second among non-Division I schools.

Host Furman scored 22 points for the team win. The Paladins are ranked No. 13 in NCAA Division I. Mount Olive (No. 19 in DII) was second with 93 points, while Auburn University was third with 102 points. The Flames accumulated 113 points to finish ahead of fifth-place Clemson University.

"Our men had a great day," said Lee head coach Caleb Morgan. "Christian Noble and Brandon Raleigh did a fantastic job leading us. We did not expect two freshmen (Noble and Hindle) to be in our top four today. This is a good sign moving forward. We will drop time as we get used to racing the next couple of weeks."

Noble finished eighth in the field of 226 runners with a time of 25:15.05. Raleigh, a senior, and junior Seth Eagleson placed 12th and 13th. Raleigh stopped the clock at 25:26.22 and Eagleson crossed the line at 25:36.83.

"Noble showed his talent today against some of the top DI runners in the country. I am proud of the way he executed in his first-ever 8K race," added Morgan.

Hindle finished his first collegiate race in 36th (26:23.15). Junior Harold Smith's mark of 26:47.20 for 52nd and freshman Moises Ponce was 57th (26:51.80).

Two more freshmen (Thomas Kelton and Jared Herzog) joined Matt Jenkins as the final three across the finish line. Kelton had a time of 27:42.08 (87th), Jenkins was 97th (27:54.58) and Herzog was 102nd (27:59.63).

The Flames travel to Montevallo, Ala., on Sept. 17 to participate in the Falcon Classic.


Jared Herzog
Height: 5-9
Class: Freshman
Major: Music Business
Parents: Kirk and Suzanne Herzog
Hometown: Niceville, Fla.
Previous School: Niceville High School