Montreat, N.C. – The SCAD Atlanta outdoor track team competed at the Appalachian Athletic Conference Outdoor Track & Field Championships at host Montreat College over the weekend. It was a successful event for the youthful Bees team, as they had 3 runners make the all-conference team in their respective events.
Leading the way was freshman Emily Kearney who was the overall champion in the women’s 5000M with a time of 17:38.18 – a full 46 seconds ahead of the second place finisher. “I am proud of how Emily ran today as it is difficult to run an entire 5000M solo. She competed the entire way and for that, she has to be commended. The 5000M is our marque event as we are a distance team only so it is nice to have back to back 5000M champions over the past two years”, commented Coach Caldwell.
In the women’s 10000M, Maddie Mullen was a solid third place finisher overall running a 40:38 earning her all-conference honors. On the men’s side, Adrian Monzon and Max Golema were extremely impressive in the 5000M. The two Freshmen placed 3rd and 4th respectively, with Monzon securing a spot on the all-conference team. “I was very pleased to see how Maddie, Adrian and Max ran at this meet. All 3 have put in the work and it showed today”, stated Coach Caldwell.
Rounding out their four year careers at SCAD Atlanta were Ivana Vera and Foon Fu. The two seniors contributed greatly to building the program over their time at SCAD Atlanta, and the strong team showing was a perfect send-off in their final collegiate event.
Emily Kearney will continue with her season at the 2017 NAIA Outdoor National Track and Field Championships. Having obtained the “A Standard” in the 1500M and the 5000M, Kearney is ranked in the top 10 in the nation in both events and will choose one of the two to contest at the championships. Teammate Maddie Mullen will attempt to join Kearney this weekend as she competes in a half-marathon in an attempt to hit the qualifying mark for the Marathon. All the best to these two ladies and the rest of the team.
Emily Kearney: 5000M 17:38.18 (1) All-Conference – 5000M Champion
Olivia Babeu: 5000M 20:11.66 (9)
Maddie Mullen: 10000M 40:38 (3) All-Conference 10000M
Ivana Vera 1500M 6:48.27 (20), 800M 3:07.99 (24), 1:21.18 (14)
Gabrielle Robinson 1500M 5:36.63 (13), 2:39.00 (14)
Adrian Monzon: 5000M 15:59.53 (3) All-Conference 5000M
Max Golema: 5000M 16:04.96 (4)
Bayete Chinwendu: 1500M 4:53.26 (23), 800M 2:17.52 (17)
Jaylon Smith: 1500M 4:59.87 (26), 800M 2:17.93 (18)
John Ray: 1500M 5:07.43 (27), 800M 2:28.05 (22)
Foon Fu: 1500M 4:29.61 (15)