UMO Track Field Set Big Marks At Colonial Relays

Photo by James Benson
Photo by James Benson

WILLIAMSBURG, VA. – The No. 28th University of Mount Olive track & field men's team and No. 13th Women's team had a successful showing at the Colonial Relays at the College of William & Mary in Williamsburg, Va. over the weekend. The Trojans saw an NCAA Automatic qualifying mark, two NCAA Provisional qualifying marks, one school record broken, and numerous moves in the UMO top-10.

Colonial Relays Results
Location: Zable Stadium, Williamsburg, Va.












Event Finish

UMO Top-10

    Leah Hanle 34:09.11 1st -
    Shona Blades 37:44.83 17th 2nd
    Elise Tanner 38:29.50 24th 5th
Shot Put          
    Princess Lea'E 12.61m 3rd 2nd
    Kamari Walker
Sven Bulik
Trevor Carr
Zach Jenkins
41.35 1st 1st
    Tai Smith 29:58.50 1st 2nd
    Jacob Gonzalez 30:54.75  14th 7th 
    Jay Hall 31:00.84 20th 8th
    Johnny Middlebrooks 21.33 1st 2nd 
    Arne Leppelsack 49.40 9th 7th 





















  • On the women's side, Leah Hanle punched her second ticket to the NCAA DII Outdoor Track and Field National Championships, getting an Automatic qualifier in the 10000m. Hanle won the event and is now set to run in at least the 5000m and 10000m at the national championship in Texas.
  • Princess Lea'E finished third in the shot put moving herself into second all-time in the UMO record books.
  • Joining Hanle in the 10000m, Shona Blades and Elise Tanner made moves of their own in the top-10 taking over 2nd and 5th place respectively.


  • On the men's side, Tai Smith set an NCAA Provisional mark in the 10000m while winning the event with his time of 29:58.50. He moved into 2nd place all-time as well.
  • Johnny Middlebrooks also joined the NCAA Provisional mark recipients as he set the standard in the 200m with his time of 21.33 winning the event. He also moved into second place in the UMO record book.
  • The 4x100m relay team of Kamari WalkerSven BulikTrevor Carr, and Zach Jenkins set the new UMO school record in the event after winning the event in Williamsburg.
  • Arne Leppelsack moved into seventh all-time in the 400m.
  • Rounding out the top-10 moves was Jacob Gonzalez and Jay Hall who moved into 7th and 8th respectively in the 10000m.


  • The Trojans' men's and women's outdoor track and field teams will compete again at the Ray McDonald Sr Sports Complex on Friday, April 12 when the Trojans will host their third home meet of the year. Live coverage links for the relays can be found at