Hickory, N.C. – Queens University of Charlotte and Wingate University captured the 2017 South Atlantic Conference Men's and Women's Outdoor Track and Field Championships, respectively. The meet, which concluded Saturday, took place on the campus of Lenoir-Rhyne University at the Irwin Belk Track and Moretz Sports – Athletic Complex.
On the men's side, the Royals won their third straight league title with a total of 215 points. Queens was led by Jimmy Hollingsworth, who was named the SAC Men's Track Athlete Of The Year.
Hollingsworth won the 800-meter run (1:52.93), finished second in the 1,500-meter run (4:01) and was part of the Royals' 1,600-meter relay squad (3:22.19) which took first place.
In the women's competition, Wingate ended Queens' three-year reign as conference champions with 237.5 points.
The Bulldogs' Vanisha Wilshire won the triple jump (38'11") and high jump (5'8") to lead the way. In addition, Wingate's Tarah Young captured the 200-meter (24.15) and 400-meter (54.43) dashes and was part of the squad's league-champion 1,600-meter relay squad (3:52.13). Wingate also won the 400-meter relay with a time of 47.23 seconds.
2017 South Atlantic Conference Outdoor Track and Field Championships
April 14-15 – FINAL RESULTS
Moretz Sports - Athletic Complex & Irwin Belk Track
Lenoir-Rhyne University, host
1. Wingate 237.5
2. Queens 162
3. Coker 132.5
4. Lenoir-Rhyne 127.5
5. Anderson 79
6. Carson-Newman 46.5
7. Mars Hill 15
8. Lincoln Memorial 5
1. Queens 215
2. Wingate 156
3. Lenoir-Rhyne 107
4. Carson-Newman 93
5. Anderson 91
6. Coker 48
7. Lincoln Memorial 43
8. Mars Hill 41
2017 South Atlantic Conference Individual Honors
Women's Freshman Of The Year – Autumn Drayton, Lenoir-Rhyne
Women's Track Athlete Of The Year – Lucie Noall, Queens
Women's Field Athlete Of The Year – Domonique Jones, Lenoir-Rhyne
Women's Coach Of The Year – Travis LeFlore, Wingate
Men's Freshman Of The Year – Elliot Zirwas, Wingate
Men's Track Athlete Of The Year – Jimmy Hollingsworth, Queens
Men's Field Athlete Of The Year – Elliot Zirwas, Wingate
Men's Coach Of The Year – Jim Vahrenkamp, Queens