CAPE GIRARDEAU, Mo. – A mid-day thunderstorm put a damper on the Joey Haines Invitational on Saturday and cut short the Belmont men's track and field team's stay, but not before the Bruins posted a handful of strong finishes.
Belmont grabbed five top-six placings, including a pair in the top three at Southeast Missouri's Abe Stuber Track and Field Complex. The meet concluded early though due to the weather.
Leading the way for the Bruins was the men's 4x100-meter relay team. Belmont's foursome of Elijah Sheppard (Danville, Calif.), Griffin Hodge (Brentwood, Tenn.), Jared DeVore (Portland, Ore.) and Seth Randall (Crossville, Tenn.) finished first among the teams entered in the race in 43.31 seconds.
Jumper Noah Grimm (Brighton, Mich.) also had a strong day, clearing 1.85 meters (6-0.75) in the high jump to take third place. The freshman was also seventh in the long jump and set a personal best with a leap of 6.43 meters (21-1.25).
Grimm finished 1/4 of an inch behind teammate and junior Drake Mitchell (Nashville, Tenn.) who was sixth in the long jump. Mitchell also placed seventh in the 110-meter hurdles in 15.88.
Junior Christian Gonzales (Orinda, Calif.) ran to fifth place in the 800 meters in 2:04.20, just a few seconds ahead of fellow Bruin and freshman Wyatt Womack (Marietta, Ga.). Womack finished in 2:08.52 for ninth place.
In the field, senior Stephen Gibson (Tuscola, Ill.) was Belmont's top placer Saturday. He threw 14.77 meters (48-5.5) in the shot put to earn sixth place, while freshman Reece Davidson (Arvada, Colo.) was ninth in 13.62 meters (44-8.25).
Belmont will be back in action next week at the Hilltopper Relays in Bowling Green, Ky.
7. Drake Mitchell, jr. – 15.88
3. Noah Grimm, fr. – 1.85m (6-0.75)