Reaching New Heights

Reaching New Heights

CLARKSVILLE, Tenn. – The Belmont University men's track and field team spent the Easter weekend competing at the Austin Peay State University Invitational.

The Bruins sent several athletes to the meet to compete in 11 events at Fortera Stadium.

Sophomore Braden Carei (Uniontown, Pa.) once again boasted an impressive performance in the pole vault.  His jump of 4.75 meters was good enough for the first place finish. His mark was a Belmont school record. 

Another school record was broken when senior Jacob Spalding (Franklin, Tenn.) finished with a mark of 1.98 meters in the high jump.

The Bruins boasted a wildly successful meet in the 1500 meter run recording three top five finishes. The Bruins were led by a gold medal finish by junior Matt Blivin (Durham, N.C.) in the 1500 meter run with a time of 3:51.76, a personal best.  Freshman Matthew Edwards (Glamorgan, Wales, UK) also recorded a personal best with a time of 3:53.63, finishing in third place.  Yet another personal record was bested when junior Kaden Eaton (Columbus, Ind.) finished in fourth place crossing the clocking in at 3:54.49. 

Belmont athletes placed well in both the 110 and 400 meter hurdles. Freshman Drake Mitchell (Nashville, Tenn.) gave Belmont a fifth place finish in the 110 meter hurdles with a time of 15.98 and freshman Alex Miller (Colorado Springs, Colo.) crossed the finish line with a time of 55.61 in the 400 meter hurdles giving him the fourth place finish and personal record.

Fellow sprinter junior Caleb Corprew (Midwest City, Okla.) competed in the 400 meter dash, finishing in fourth place with a time of 48.87.  Sophomore Andrew Garcia also competed in the event finishing in seventh place with a season best time of 49.79.

On the field, the throws squad put up some impressive numbers.  The Bruins had three top 10 finishes in the discus.  Sophomore Corey Claiborne (Alpharetta, Ga.) had a strong day finishing in the bronze place spot with a mark of 43.85 meters while senior Walter Burn (Nashville, Tenn.) finished right behind him in fourth place with a mark of 43.26 meters.  Junior Stuart Landis (Victor, Mont.) rounded out the Bruin contingency with a mark of 35.40 meters and a ninth place finish.

Claiborne also led the Bruins in the shot put with a second place finish and mark of 15.65 meters.  Burn boasted a mark of 14.96 meters, a third place finish.  Sophomore Stephen Gibson (Tuscola, Ill.) fished in fourth place with a mark of 14.71 meters.

"Jacob and Braden jumped really well this weekend.  They're both starting to reach that next level.  This was a great low-key weekend for us to find some rhythm in our races and start thinking about championship season.  Matt Blivin ran an awesome race and is ready to do some big things in the steeple chase in the next few weeks," said Director of Cross Country and Track and Field Jeff Langdon.

The Bruins will be back in action next weekend at the Georgia Tech Invitational and the Virginia Challenge.

Full Results

Belmont-Only Results

Pole Vault
1. Braden Carei 4.75m
5000 Meter Run
 14. Alex Mimlitz 15:55.85

1500 Meter Run

1. Matt Blivin 3:51.76

3. Matthew Edwards 3:53.63

4. Kaden Eaton 3:54.49

7. Anthony Didion 4:00.13

15. Christian Gonzales 4:04.97

18. Chase Ballard 4:07.70

37. Matt Dsida 4:19.06 

110 Meter Hurdles

5. Drake Mitchell 15.98

10. Stuart Landis 17.65

400 Meter Dash

4. Caleb Corprew. 48.87

7. Andrew Garcia 49.79

13. Kaden Kieffer 50.77

19. Drake Mitchell 51.82

100 Meter Dash

19. Joe Maniscalco 11.32

21. Christian Barber 11.34

800 Meter Run

4. Anthony Didion 1:56.93

8. Christian Gonzales 1:59.13

19. Matt Blivin 2:01.20

400 Meter Hurdles

4. Alex Miller 55.61

200 Meter Dash

21. Christian Barber 22.69

30. Joe Maniscalco 23.07

High Jump

4. Jacob Spalding 1.98m


3. Corey Claiborne 43.85m

4. Walter Burn 43.26m

9. Stuart Landis 35.40m 

Shot Put

2. Corey Claiborne 15.65m

3. Walter Burn 14.96m

4. Stephen Gibson 14.71m

11. Stuart Landis 11.81m