This was only our first year of intercollegiate track, we had two athletes qualify for the NAIA national track meet in Orange Beach, Alabama.
We are proud of Vinnessa Barthelomew and Josh Reed or their success, and Head Coach Caleb Snyder who is building a quality track program from the very beginning.
The coach told me he expects to have over 20 new track athletes enrolling this fall.
It was a treat to be with, and I was amazed how relaxed both coach and Josh are after he jumped 6 feet 7 inches. And below is a video I took of Josh attempting 6’9″ – he finished 16th in the nation.
5/23/2014 11:31:00 PM
GULF SHORES, Ala. – Vinnessa Barthelomew and Joshua Reed both competed in the NAIA National Outdoor Track and Field Championships this weekend at the M. Miller Blackwell Stadium in Gulf Shores, Alabama. Both athletes made the championships to cap off a historic inaugural season of Belhaven Track and Field.
“Overall it was a great meet and both Vinnessa and Josh represented Belhaven very well,” Head Coach Caleb Snyder said. “They should be proud of the foundation they have helped build for the program and of their own accomplishments.”
Barthelomew, a junior sprinter from Westwego, La, finished 22nd in the preliminaries of the 100 meter dash Friday afternoon. She crossed the line with a time of 12.33 seconds. Barthelomew qualified for nationals with a time of 12.22 in the 100 meter dash at the Mississippi College Season Opener March 1st.
Reed, a sophomore from Clinton, Miss, placed 16th in the high jump at the NAIA National Championships with a mark of 2.01m. Reed just missed finishing higher in the standings due to the number of attempts. He then just missed clearing the bar at 2.06m which would have been a season best. Reed won the Southern States Athletic Conference title and punched his ticket to the NAIA National Championships with a mark of 2.03m.
“This has been an exciting year for the Belhaven Track and Field program,” Snyder added. “I’m looking forward to continuing the success next year.”