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CHARLESTON, S.C. – The Citadel track and field teams kicked off its outdoor season with four first place finishes at the Palmetto Classic on Friday at the Park West Complex in Charleston, S.C.

The 4x100 women's relay team of Tanisha Bethel, Emani Little, Sarah Johnson and Ty Harris brought home the crown with a time of 49.75 to start off the day.

Ian Aikman and Savannah Emmrich flew through the air to finish in first place in the men's and women's pole vault, respectively, with marks of 12'11.5" and 9'10".

Sadarius Lucas heaved the hammer past his competitors to earn first place with a career-best throw of 138'8". Teammate Richard Bertrand finished in third place with a mark of 102'4".

Derrick Freeland recorded his career-best toss in the discus with a throw of 117'8" to finish in second place while Bertrand placed fourth with a throw of 102'4".

Austin Chawporn earned a third place finish in the triple jump with a leap of 36'8.5", and Leo Grucella placed fifth in the long jump with a distance of 18'7".

Kaitlyn Moore posted two career-best marks in the javelin (67'8") and the hammer throw (101'3.6") to earn sixth place in both events. Moore also finished in second place in the shot put, earning a mark of 35'2.5".

Aaron Tribbet placed fourth in the 800 meters with a time of 2:01.77 while Andrew Furmanchik finished in 12th with a time of 2:06.81. Mike Darley clocked in at 2:06.92 to place 13th and Tripp Davis finished in 14th with a time of 2:05.65.

Cynthia Martinez earned her career-best mile time of 6:36.64, and Ross Jordan clocked in at 4:39.83 to miss his career-best mark by six seconds to finish in sixth place.

Charles Walker finished in third place in the 400 hurdles with a mark of 59.28 while Will DeBruhl finished in fifth place with a time of 1:01.26.

Matt Gill finished the 5,000 meters in 16:32.84 to miss his personal-best time by only two seconds to finish in 13th place.

The men's 4x400 relay team of Tribbet, Urban, Walker and Roc Hamilton finished in fourth place with a time of 3:41.96 while the team of Greg Bolus, DeBruhl,

James Howlin and Justice Sanders placed fifth with a time of 3:42.

The Bulldogs are back in action on March 13 at the Coastal Carolina Invitational in Myrtle Beach, S.C.

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CHARLESTON, S.C. – The Citadel track and field teams will travel to the JDL Fast Track in Winston-Salem, N.C., on Thursday for the High Point Panther's Team Challenge.

Events are scheduled to begin at 5 p.m. with the women's 60 meter hurdles and the women's shot put.

Tanisha Bethel, Kennisha Holmes and Taylor Viana will look to top their best marks in the 60 and 200 meters. Viana is also set to compete in the 60 hurdles.

In the 800 meters, Mariana Garcia-Torres, Emani Little, Jackie Thompson, Sarah Johnson, Jess DeWitte and Nicole Ogilbee will represent The Citadel. Thompson, DeWitte and Ogilbee will also compete in the mile.

Grace Jenkins, Caillian Colquitt, Karen Grier, Emily Fields and Paige Herbst will run the 3,000 meters.

Kaitlyn Moore and Savannah Emmrich will handle the shot put. Emmrich is also set to compete in the pole vault while Asyria Daniels will participate in the long jump.

On the men's side, Tevin Williams, Garrett Graham, Keith Cummings and Devon Singleton will run the 60 meters and Williams, Graham, James Urban, Cam Scott and Corey Williams will run the 200.

Aaron Tribbett, James Howlin, Justice Sanders, Ross Jordan and Tripp Davis will participate in the 800 meters for the Bulldogs. Sanders, Howlin, Davis, Jordan and Michael Darley will also compete in the mile.

In the distance events, Michael Lants, Grant Smith, Jamie Cunningham, Matthew Gill and William Sloane will run the 3,000 meters.

Ian Aikman will participate in the shot put and pole vault, and will join Tony Cuccaro and Leo Grucella in the long jump.

Niceville's Davis, Ewing ink collegiate futures
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Niceville: Wednesday, May 7, 2014 at 07:49 PM
When asked about the last five days enjoyed by his program, Niceville’s first-year track & field coach couldn’t hide his excitement.

“It’s been an incredible week,” said LaFollette. “First the state championship in the 4-by-8, and then this.”

LaFollette was referring to Niceville’s recent state championship in the 4x800-meter relay and to the fact that two more Eagle distance runners signed on Wednesday to continue their running careers at the collegiate level.

Tripp Davis, a member of the winning relay team, signed to run at The Citadel while Caden Ewing, a multi-purpose runner who served as an alternate at state, signed with Troy.

“These two guys work really hard,” said LaFollette. “Both have dropped about nine, 10 seconds off their time, and both are just great kids.”

Ewing, who ran everything from 400-meters to the two-mile run for Niceville this season, will continue his running at Troy, becoming the third member of Niceville’s track team to sign a Division I scholarship this season.

“The coach at Troy showed a lot of interest, and I’ve got friends up there,” said Ewing. “I can’t say enough about my teammates at Niceville. They have been everything to me, and they’ve helped me feel like I belong.”

Ewing, an alternate on the championship relay team, filled in for an injured Davis at regionals and helped the team continue its winning ways.

Davis, meanwhile, finished off his prep career with the state title win, and then signed his scholarship papers four days later.

“It has been a fantastic end to my senior year,” said Davis. “I couldn’t ask for a better way to go out.”

Originally from South Carolina, Davis will return to the Palmetto State for college at The Citadel, where hopes to launch a career in the military.

“I decided a year ago that I didn’t want a traditional college experience, I wanted a military education,” said Davis. “So when The Citadel offered a scholarship to keep running, it was an easy decision.”