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Elon women finish second in CAA track & field

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By Bob Sutton

Special to The Alamance News

Elon placed second in the Coastal Athletic Association championships for women’s track and field after winning titles the three previous years.

The Phoenix, competing at its home facility on campus, scored 111 points to champion Northeastern’s 128½. Hampton was third with 105 among 13 teams in the two-day competition that ended May 11.

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Elon’s Jette Beermann won the 10,000 meters and 5,000. Her victory in the 5,000 in a time of 16 minutes, 12.98 seconds came by .1 second on Hampton’s Peninah Mutisha on the meet’s second day. Beerman won the meet’s opening event, competing in the 10,000 for the first time and posting a time of 35:53.59.

Elon’s Jette Beermann in an earlier race.

Piper Jons of Elon was the 800 champion in 53.10 seconds.

Piper Jons of Elon

Western Alamance alum Lauryn Carlton of Elon ended up in fifth place in the shot put at 44 feet, 10 inches. She was 10th in the discus at 142-5 and 12th in the hammer throw at 161-1.

Lauryn Carlton at an earlier competition.

The men’s title was won for the ninth season in a row by Northeastern, which had 140½ points to edge conference newcomer Campbell’s 137½ among nine teams. Elon doesn’t have a men’s team.

 

Baseball

Elon needed a sweep of its final CAA series of the season and came up empty.

Regular-season champion College of Charleston won all three games at Latham Park, capped by Saturday’s 13-1 romp in six innings. The Cougars (39-12, 21-5) won 14-10 and 8-6 in 11 innings on the two previous days.

Elon (21-32, 10-17) finished 10th in the CAA, missing the six-team CAA Tournament for the first time since joining the conference. An Elon sweep of the last series would have given it a spot in the tournament.

The Phoenix went into the last series in a three-way tie for eighth place. Two teams Elon could have caught were Hofstra and William & Mary – and the Phoenix held tiebreaker edges on both teams.

The previous week, Elon won two of three games at 11th-place N.C. A&T to keep hopes alive. In that series finale at War Memorial Stadium in Greensboro, Elon hit four home runs in the first two innings – by Kenny Mallory Jr., James Broderick, Ryan Sprock and Will Vergantino – and built a 10-0 lead in the top of the third and never trailed in a 17-12 outcome.

Sprock had a home run and two doubles when the Phoenix rallied from five runs down to win 8-6 in the second game of the series. The Aggies won 8-4 in the series opener.

Before that, High Point topped Elon 8-6 despite late-game home runs from Shane Paradine and Mallory in a non-league game at Latham Park.

Elon swept a CAA doubleheader May 3 against visiting William & Mary by 8-3 and 9-8 scores as Tank Yaghoubi provided five hits against his former team. Justin Mitrovich pitched six strong innings in the opener. Broderick homered in the second game and the Phoenix held on despite the Tribe’s four-run eighth inning. William & Mary won 20-1 in the series finale the next day.

 

Softball

Elon was done on the first day of the CAA Tournament earlier this month at Wilmington.

The fifth-seeded Phoenix (23-29) lost 5-2 to fourth-seeded UNC Wilmington in the first game of the six-team, double-elimination tournament. Elon was back in action later that night in an elimination game, stumbling in a 6-0 defeat to sixth-seeded Hofstra.

Drew Menscer’s triple vs. UNCW and Megan Grant’s double against Hofstra marked the only extra-base hits for Elon in the tournament.

UNCW won the tournament, scoring three runs in the top of the seventh inning to defeat top-seeded Campbell 3-1 in Saturday’s final game.

The previous week, Elon swept a three-game series from visiting Drexel, winning 8-0 on May 2 and 12-2 and 6-0 in a doubleheader the next day. Eastern Alamance alum Reagan Hartley went 3-for-4 for Elon in the first game of the twinbill. The Phoenix posted a 17-10 CAA regular-season record.

 

Women’s lacrosse

At Stony Brook, New York, Elon fell 17-4 to top-seeded Stony Brook in the CAA Tournament semifinals May 2. Elon’s 9-8 record reflects a five-win improvement from last year.

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