Clayton St. runners perform well at Emory

From staff reports

The Clayton College & State University men's & women's track & field teams battled blustery conditions Saturday but still had several runners turn in top performances at the 2005 Emory Classic in Atlanta, GA.

The Lakers finished ninth in the 18-team meet and were led by the team's core sprint group of senior Carlos Guyton, junior Brian Etelman, junior Greg Galloway and sophomore Eric Simmons as the group combined to win three events.

Guyton won the 400m dash with a time of 48.89, coming nine-tenths of a second from hitting a provisional standard for the event in the 2005 NCAA Championships. Earlier this indoor season, he was a NCAA Division II All-America in the 400m.

The 4x100m relay team of Guyton, Etelman, Galloway and Simmons brought home a first place performance with a time of 41.9, less than eight-tenths of a second from the national meet provisional mark. The same team also won 4x400m relay with a time of 3:16.18, just over three seconds from the provisional mark.

Etelman had the top time in 200m preliminaries, posting a time of 22.35, which would have won, but did not race in the finals, deciding to focus on the relay races. On the women's side, the top finisher for the Lakers was freshman Allison Kreutzer winning the 5000m race with a time of 18:00.53.

Junior Heather Krehbiel placed seventh in the race with a time of 19:35.40. Kreutzer's time was just over 10 seconds from hitting the provisional for the national meet. In other top performances for the men, junior Manuel Aguilar placed fourth in the 3000m steeplechase with a time of 10:04.08. Senior Adil Berkhedle placed eighth in 1500m run with a time of 4:15.82 and ninth in the 800m with at time of 2:00.82.

For the women's squad, senior Aletha Binion placed seventh in the discus throw with a toss of 107 feet 10 inches and 10th in the javelin with a throw of 89-7. Freshman Brittany West finished 11th in the 800m with time of 2:31.60, while senior Kim Daniel placed 11th in the 1500m with a time of 5:18.25. Senior Brittany Precht placed seventh in the 10,000m, becoming the first Clayton State runner to compete in the event, finishing with a time of 47:15.07.

Senior Dawn Baldwin qualified for the finals in the 200m event with the eighth fastest time of 28.15 but did not race after her leg tightened in the preliminaries. Clayton State will return to action on Wednesday for a mid-week meet at Morehouse College before traveling to Cumberland Invitational on Saturday in Williamsburg, Ky.