Bluefield Daily Telegraph, Bluefield, WV

September 17, 2013

Local roundup: CU frosh earns MEC award

Staff reports
Bluefield Daily Telegraph

ATHENS — Brandon Lee, a freshman at Concord, has been selected as the Mountain East Conference Runner of the Week.

Lee posted a 17th place finish at the Coastal Carolina Invitational last weekend, running in a time of 16:58. He also led the Mountain Lions to the Division II team title on the 5K course. He becomes the first Concord freshman cross country runner to win conference Runner of the Week since Craig Pritt in 2009.

Concord returns to the trails this weekend at Pipestem State Park for the Pre-MEC meet.

Smith records top-5 finish for Lady Lions

ERIE, Pa. — Former Bluefield High School standout Alex Smith earned the first top-five finish of her career at Concord, finishing fifth at the Michael Corbett Fall Classic on Tuesday.

Smith, who transferred to Concord after originally attending Transylvania University, settled for a round one score of 83 on the par 72 course, but rebounded on day two to shoot a 73. Smith's second round score was the tournament's lowest for the second round.

Concord, which was competing in its second tournament in three days, placed sixth in the event.

The Lady Lions were led by senior Stephanie Peareth, who finished in a tie for third place. Classmate Marina Erice followed in a six-way tie for sixth.

Smith’s brother, Evan, was also a standout at Bluefield, and is now a freshman on the golf team at Western Carolina.

Vandyke out for Tech

BLACKSBURG, Va. — Virginia Tech linebacker Devin Vandyke has suffered a torn ACL in his left knee and is out for the season.

Vandyke suffered the injury during the win over Western Carolina. He is expected to miss 6-8 months, which means Vandyke won’t be able to return until the fall of 2014.

Sutphin, Kleim claim top finishes

COLUMBUS, Ohio — Bluefield residents Paul Sutphin and Tom Keim placed first in the divisions at the APF Ohio State Powerlifting Championships on Sunday.

Sutphin, an assistant football coach at Bluefield High School, lifted a total of 1,440 pounds, combining the squat (600), bench press (330) and deadlift (510) to win the Masters Division (age 50-59) in the 220-pound weight class.

Sutphin, who had a body weight of 204 pounds, set a new West Virginia state powerlifting record with the 600 pound squat.

Tom Keim placed first in the Amateur's Division at the 242-pound weight class. He combined for lifts of 1,370 pounds, including squat (505), bench press (390) and deadlift (475). Keim entered with a body weight of 235 pounds.