SPARTANBURG - For the first time since joining the NCAA during the 1991-92 season, runners representing Newberry competed in an outdoor track and field event. Five Wolves participated in the Terrier Relays hosted by Wofford College, all of whom run for Newberry's cross country team during the fall.
“With not having a track here at Newberry, we performed very well,” said head cross country coach Kelly Revells. “It's very difficult to run a track event when you're not used to running in those conditions and in that type of environment. I was very proud of the way we ran.”
Revells also noted the key differences between running in a cross country race and a track event. “A lot of the kids prefer cross country because you're running on a course instead of around in a circle, but running on a track allows you to more effectively control your environment.”
Termaine Harvey (Homestead, Fla.) finished 10th in the men's triple jump competition with a distance of 12.69 meters in the finals. Harvey also teamed with Austin Sorensen (Murrieta, Calif.), Alex Holshoe (Hopkins, Mich.) and Peter Hackett (Sumter, S.C.) in the Men's Distance Medley for a 14th place finish with a time of 11:58.88.
Hackett and Sorensen finished in fourth and fifth places respectively in the Men's 3000 Meter Steeplechase, while Holshoe ran to a 28th place finish in the Men's 1500 Meter Run. On the women's side, Diana Terrell (Greer, S.C.) finished in 35th place in the 1500 Meter Run.
Many cross country runners relish the opportunity to compete in track events during the offseason, noted Revells. “As long as our student-athletes are doing some sort of running during the spring and summer, I'm happy. But it's a benefit for us if we can do this two or three times per year, and I plan to continue to have our student-athletes compete in track events in the future.”