5 Conference Titles | One Academic All-American | One All-American

Centre men finish third at SAA track championships

Centre men finish third at SAA track championships

SEWANEE, Tenn. – The Centre men's track and field team wrapped up competition at the 2018 Southern Athletic Association Championships, finishing in third place with several more standout performances along the way as the Colonels etched their names in the school record books.

Centre finished with 128 points, seven back of second place Birmingham Southern. Rhodes finished in first place for the meet.

The first event of the Saturday session was the discus, and Centre had a pair of scorers in the event as junior Hunter Gann (Bowling Green, Ky.) placed fifth overall with a throw of 124-6, and freshman Braden Tabor (White Plains, Ky.) finished in eighth place with a mark of 113-5. Two more Colonels scored in the javelin as junior William Blackford (Louisville, Ky.) had a throw of 162-9, good for sixth place overall, while sophomore Thomas Burkey (Greeneville, Tenn.) finished eighth with a mark of 153-10.

In the triple jump, freshman Patrick Gago (Cookeville, Tenn.) got on the board for the Colonels, finishing eighth with a mark of 37-10.50. Centre had three scoring marks in the high jump as Burkey finished second with a mark of 6-06.00, followed immediately by Gago at 6-04.00, with junior DeMontre Lewis (Cincinnati) earning fifth place points with the same clear. Burkey's high jump up of 6-06.00 represented a school record, tying the marks established by Chris O'Bryan in 1996 and Stephen Hodges in 1997.

The men's 5k saw a pair of scorers for the Colonels as senior Nathan Riggs (Campbellsville, Ky.) finished fifth with a time of 15:35.13, while sophomore Evan Miller (Worthington, Ohio) placed seventh in 16:00.90. Senior Christian Apel (Milton, Ky.) finished sixth in the 1500m with a time of 4:14.67.

Another school record came in the 4x100m relay as the team of senior Tristen Morrow (Danville, Ky.), junior Rhoman James (Lexington, Ky.) and freshmen Jake Pfaller (Fort Mitchell, Ky.) and Thomas Jordan (Birmingham, Ala.) finished third overall with a time of 42.18, eclipsing the program record time of 42.24 that was set back in 2004.

In other sprints, James took third place in both the 100m and 200m, posting respective times of 10.83 and 21.79, while Morrow finished seventh in the 400m with a time of 52.42.

The 110m hurdles proved to be an excellent event for the Centre men. Gago won the event with a time of 15.78. Jordan earned his second All-SAA honor as well, finishing third with a time of 15.96. In addition, Burkey, Pfaller and senior Daniel Crall landed in the top eight to give the Colonels five of the eight scoring times for the event. In the 400m hurdles, Burkey posted the best time for Centre, placing fourth in 56.53 as Pfaller and Jordan also landed in the top eight.

Full list of Centre All-SAA Honorees

FIRST TEAM

Patrick Gago (110m hurdles)
Keenan Jones (3000m steeplechase)

SECOND TEAM

Thomas Burkey (high jump)

HONORABLE MENTION

Patrick Gago (high jump)
Henry Gunner (long jump)
Rhoman James (100m, 200m, 4x100m relay)
Thomas Jordan (4x100m relay, 110m hurdles)
Tristen Morrow (4x100m relay)
Jake Pfaller (4x100m relay)