WVWC track and field set new marks at Mount Olive


MOUNT OLIVE, N.C. — The West Virginia Wesleyan track and field program's hard work culminated in several marks being topped at the Mount Olive First Chance & Multi meet on Saturday (May 15).

The women's 4x400-meter relay team of Lauren Leaman, Maggie Kovalcik, Caylee Painter and Faith Gandy shattered the school record by over two full seconds with a time of 3:55.63.

Leaman put together a personal record of 14.80 in the 100-hurdles and that went down as the fastest event time in the Mountain East Conference this season.

In the 100-meter dash final, Gandy hit an NCAA provisional mark of 11.89.

On the men's side, Devin Taylor registered a 10.70 in the 100-meter prelims with Tanner Faulkiner right with him at 10.71.

Austin Gresser notched a personal record by over 0.4 seconds in the 110 meter hurdles (14.84), which is the third fastest event time by an MEC athlete this season.

The track teams wrapped up their final day in North Carolina at the Mount Olive Final Qualifier on Sunday.  WVWC athletes improved upon already impressive times in a successful weekend in the Tar Heel State.

The women's 4x100-meter relay team of Maggie Kovalcik, Caylee Painter, Lauren Leaman and Faith Gandy ran their final race together in the Orange & Black. The group crossed the line in 47.80 to claim second place.

In the 400-meter dash, Painter moved up two spots in the final Atlantic region rankings when she ran a personal best of 57.83 in the event.

Leaman took second place in the 400-hurdles finishing her race in 1:04.54. Leaman cleared 1.64 meters in the High Jump edging out her opponent by five meters for first place in the event.

Devin Taylor had a big day on the track, moving into second place in the Atlantic region and first in the Mountain East Conference when he ran a lifetime best of 21.57 in the 200-meter dash.

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