2018-19 Conference Carolinas Men's Indoor Track & Field Preview and Athletes to Watch


HIGH POINT, N.C. – The 2018-19 Conference Carolinas Men's Indoor Track & Field preseason poll has been released. University of Mount Olive enters the year as the favorite to win the Conference Carolinas Men's Indoor Track & Field Championship, according to Conference Carolinas coaches.

1. University of Mount Olive: The Trojans tallied eight first-place votes for their total of 80 points to be crowned the early season favorite in 2018-19 by Conference coaches. 

Mount Olive won its fifth indoor title last season by posting 237 points at the championship meet.

Athletes to Watch:

  • *Trevor Carr (Jr.) - Jumps
  • *Tom Kalliske (So.) - Throws
  • Arne Leppelsack (Fr.) - Sprints

 

2. Limestone College: The Saints rank second in the poll with 73 points and one first-place vote from coaches. Limestone finished runner-up at last year's indoor meet with 139 points.

Athletes to Watch:

  • David Allen (So.) - Sprints
  • *Ethan Morrison (Jr.) - Sprints
  • *Joshua Simmons (Sr.) - Sprints

 

3. North Greenville University: The Crusaders racked up 65 points from Conference coaches to ranked third in the poll. NGU finished fourth last year in the Conference championship with 68 points.

Athletes to Watch:

  • *Tevin Richardson (Jr.) - Sprints
  • *JJ Sherman (Sr.) - Sprints/Jumps

 

4. Barton College: The Bulldogs posted 63 points and rank fourth in the preseason poll. Barton finished third at last season's championship with 72 points.

Athletes to Watch:

  • *Micah Clemons (Jr.) - Throws
  • *Larry Russell (Sr.) - Jumps

 

5.  Southern Wesleyan University: The Warriors placed fifth after earning 47 points from Conference coaches. Southern Wesleyan turned in a fifth-place finish with 36 points at last year's Conference Championship.

Athletes to Watch:

  • Javon Barmore (Sr.) - Jumps
  • *Jannai Maxwell (Jr.) - Sprints
  • *Thomas Williams (So.) -Sprints

 

6. Lees-McRae College: The Bobcats tallied 44 points and are in sixth-place to start the season. Lees-McRae finished seventh last year at the Conference Carolinas championship with 23 points.

Athletes to Watch:

  • *Joshua Hall (Jr.) - Mid-Distance
  • *Luke Rochester (Jr.) - Pole Vault
  • Jason Saintizaire (Sr.) - Jumps

 

7. King University: The Tornado collected 37 points from coaches and are tabbed seventh in the poll. King posted a sixth-place finish last year at the indoor championship with 26 points.

Athletes to Watch:

  • *Jaylen Foster (So.) - Jumps
  • DeEric King (Fr.) - Sprints
  • Adriel McPhee (Jr.) - Hurdles

 

8. Emmanuel College: The Lions make their preseason poll debut by collecting 34 points from Conference coaches to enter the season ranked eighth.

Athletes to Watch:

  • Jordan Miller (Fr.)

 

9. Belmont Abbey College: The Crusaders received 25 points and close the poll out in ninth. Belmont Abbey also finished eighth in last year's indoor championship event with 18 points.

Athletes to Watch:

  • Matthew Difrancesco (Sr.) - Sprints
  • Daniel Grosch (So.) - Distance
  • Dominic Pautler (So.) - Jumps


*denotes 2017-18 All-Conference Carolinas selection

 

2018-19 Men's Indoor Track & Field Preseason Poll

School (first-place votes)

Total

1. Mount Olive (8)

80

2. Limestone (1)

73

3. North Greenville

65

4. Barton

63

5. Southern Wesleyan

47

6. Lees-McRae

44

7. King

37

8. Emmanuel

34

9. Belmont Abbey

25

  


Conference Carolinas is a NCAA Division II athletics conference made up of 11 teams from Georgia, North Carolina, South Carolina and Tennessee. These institutions consist of: Barton College, Belmont Abbey College, Converse College, Emmanuel College, Erskine College, King University, Lees-McRae College, Limestone College, University of Mount Olive, North Greenville University, and Southern Wesleyan University.