Reinhardt Roundup: Individual athletes compete for titles in AAC track meet
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For the first time, Reinhardt saw athletes compete in several events at the Appalachian Athletic Conference track and field championships.

While the Eagles did not have enough members to compete for a team score, several individuals performed well in their events. Cross country coach Jordan Turner has been overseeing the development of a track and field program, and he oversaw those competing at the ACC championships.

In the men’s 400-meter relay, the team of Tyler Martin, Jabari Nelson, D.J. Sellers and Nick Johnson — all members of the Reinhardt football team — won the title in 43.73 seconds, a margin of .23 seconds over the runner-up.

Johnson and Nelson went on to finish first and second in the triple jump. Johnson cleared a distance of 13.43 meters, while Nelson trailed by less than a half-meter.

Martin also competed in the javelin throw. The freshman bested the field by nearly 7 meters with his throw of 52.3 meters.

In other events, Martin and Sellers finishes sixth and 10th, respectively, in the 200 dash. Brent Blackwell, a Canton resident who graduated from North Cobb Christian School, was fifth in the 800, Zachary Taylor was 12th in the 5,000 and Nelson was fifth in the high jump. Alex Garcia competed in the steeplechase and placed fifth.

There were not as many Reinhardt competitors on the women’s side. Jazzmine Gonzalez took ninth in the 800 and also anchored the 1,600 relay team — with Eryn Speer, Salena Calhoun and Alesa Constien — that placed fourth.

Reinhardt to host NAIA softball regional: Reinhardt won’t have to travel far for the opening games of the NAIA tournament, as it was selected as one of 10 host sites for the opening round.

The Lady Eagles had earned a bid in the tournament by winning the Appalachian Athletic Conference regular-season championship. The location of Reinhardt’s campus, and the Lady Eagles’ No. 12 national ranking made them a solid choice to host.

Last season, Reinhardt traveled to Jackson, Miss., for its regional, which it won to reach the NAIA national championships in Columbus. The championships will once again be played in Columbus this season.

Ticket information will be available after May 6, when the remainder of the field is selected.

Before kicking off the NAIA tournament, the Lady Eagles will play in the AAC tournament this week in Kingsport, Tenn.

Women’s lacrosse rebounds from loss: Facing off against a rival for the third time this season, Reinhardt raced to a 7-0 lead before holding on to beat Tennessee Wesleyan 10-9 on Friday in the National Women’s Lacrosse League championships.

The victory came in the consolation bracket, which means that, with another win, the Lady Eagles would finish fifth in the tournament.

Scoring goals for Reinhardt were Sarah Hewett, Jarae Comstock, Ashely Gongas, Brooke Haley and Gina Ives.

Reinhardt’s lead was cut to one with a minute remaining, but the Lady Eagles were able to keep possession of the ball and run out the clock.

Former Cherokee High School standout Ryalor Reid made seven saves for Reinhardt.
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