The new year has been a good one for Milligan College athletics thus far as track and field performed well at the ETSU Track and Field Invitational behind freshman Rasheem Brown, who was the athlete of the meet, while the men’s and women’s basketball teams are red hot.
TRACK SWEEPS WEEKLY AAC AWARDS
Led by Brown, the Buffs swept the four weekly Appalachian Athletic Conference awards. Brown was named men’s track athlete of the week for the first time in his career, with freshman Noah Bise earning the men’s field athlete honor. On the women’s side, Liz Maller was picked as field athlete of the week and Erica Stone captured the track athlete award.
Brown won and set a new Milligan record in the 60-meter hurdles with a time of 7.88, which was two-hundredths of a second off the NAIA national championship record. The freshman also finished fourth in the 60-meter dash and set a Milligan record in the event.
Similar to Brown, Bise also set a school record at the invitational with a leap of 6.86 meters in the long jump, which was good enough for third place. The weekly award was the freshman’s first.
On the women’s side, Maller set a school record in the weight throw with a toss of 17.37 meters, recording a second-place finish in the event and the shot put on her way to her sixth career weekly award.
Stone, a junior, picked up the fourth AAC weekly award to complete the sweep, posting an indoor personal best in the 800 meters with a time of 2:18. The finish was good enough for second place, and her time currently ranks fourth in the NAIA. Stone’s athlete of the week award was the first of her career.
The Buffs will be back in action Friday, Jan. 25, and Saturday, Jan. 26, at the Liberty Kick-off and the Finn Pincus Invitational.
BASKETBALL ROLLING ALONG IN 2019
Since the turn of the calendar, the men’s and women’s teams are a combined 12-1 and both remain in the thick of their conference races.
The women have won six straight and are coming off a brutal stretch in which they played five games in eight days. Four Buffs average double figures on the season led by senior Andi Lamb at 10.8 points per game.
Seniors Mackenzie Raizor and Sarah Robinson have been big of late for Milligan. Raizor posted a triple-double with 14 points, 16 rebounds and 10 blocks in the Lady Buffs’ win over Columbia on Monday night, and Robinson just surpassed 1,500 career points against Columbia International on Wednesday.
Milligan (15-3, 13-1 AAC) has a tough stretch coming up with its next three contests on the road, beginning with a trip to Laurinburg, North Carolina, on Saturday. The Buffs return to Steve Lacy Fieldhouse on Saturday, Jan. 26, at 2 p.m.
Aaron Levarity and Jacob Cawood have led the charge for the men, who have now reeled off seven straight victories and currently sit in third place of the AAC with a 13-5 overall record and an 8-4 mark in conference.
Levarity leads the AAC in points per game and rebounding per game, and owns six top 10 national marks. Cawood has scorched the nets of late, averaging 16 points per game over his last six.
Defense is where the Buffs have been at their best so far this season as the team ranks No. 2 nationally in 3-point field goal defense and No. 8 in field goal defense.
The Buffs will join the women in North Carolina for an AAC matchup against St. Andrews on Saturday at 2 p.m. Milligan will host Reinhardt for its next home game Saturday, Jan. 26.