College roundup: Doyle, Suddeth, Cunningham shine in recent meets

Former Polk County standout Sean Doyle is competing this season in middle distance events for Appalachian State.

Freshman Sean Doyle had the fastest 800-meter run of his college career to date during the Duke Invitational held Friday and Saturday at Duke University.

Doyle posted a time of 1:56.31 in the event.

Earlier in the spring season, Doyle posted a personal college best of 4:09.19 in the 1500 meters. He was also part of the App State 4×400-meter relay team that won the event at the Charlotte Invitational with a time of 3:18.70.

WINGATE TRACK: J.C. Suddeth had one of the best weekends of his college career at the South Atlantic Conference Championships, placing in the top six in three events at the meet, held April 14-15 at Lenior-Rhyne.

Suddeth placed third in the shot put with a throw of 43-6 1/2, third in the hammer throw with a toss of 137-10 and sixth in the discus with a throw of 127-7. The discus and hammer throws were both personal-best performances.

It marked the first time the Wingate junior has placed in the top three in a college competition.

MARS HILL TRACK: Markece Cunningham has been making the most of his first season as a college track athlete, including an outstanding performance at the recent Southern Wesleyan University/ Susan Rouse Invitational.

Cunningham placed third in the shot put with a throw of 43-4 1/2 and second in the discus with a throw of 127-4, both personal bests this season. It marked the second meet this spring where he placed in the top five in the shot.

MONTREAT TRACK: Eli Hall notched a pair of top-10 finishes at the Appalachian Athletic Conference Championship, held Friday and Saturday at Montreat.

Hall placed ninth in the 800-meter run with a time of 2:02.08 and placed fifth as a member of the 4×800-meter relay team, which posted a time of 3:22.04.

Hall’s 800 time is the fastest of his college career.

LEES-MCRAE TRACK: Matthew Darden had another busy weekend at the 2017 Beynon Sports Surface Catamount Classic on April 14-15, competing in three events.

Darden placed 11th in the long jump with a mark of 19-4 1/4, 15th in the 100-meter dash with a time of 11.7 and 22nd in the 200 meters with a time of 23.66.

He has competed in all three events this spring for Lees-McRae as well as running with the school’s 4×400-meter and 4×100-meter relay teams.

WESTERN CAROLINA TRACK: Freshman Tameeia Brown took part in her first college meet on April 14-15, competing in the Beynon Sports Surface Catamount Classic.

Brown had a throw of 31-4 to take 19th place in the shot put and a throw of 96-9 to finish 22nd in the hammer throw.

WITTENBERG TENNIS: The spring schedule turned out to be a rough one for the Wittenberg Tigers and sophomore Alivia Livesay, who posted a 2-15 mark during the 2017 portion of their schedule.

Livesay picked up her lone singles win of the spring in early March, defeating Kings College’s Natalie Coffee 6-1, 6-2 in a No. 2 singles match. She was part of three wins in doubles.

Livesay and Wittenberg will compete beginning Friday in the North Coast Athletic Conference tournament.