Climbing places second at inaugural meet

CULLOWHEE, N.C. – The Brevard College Climbing team competed in its inaugural competition this past Saturday in Cullowhee, N.C. in a meet hosted by Western Carolina University. The young squad did not disappoint in their first meet, turning in a second place finish as a team.

Coach Travis had nothing but positive remarks to say about his team’s performance in the inaugural competition since being named a competitive sport last December.
“I am very pleased with our team’s performance on Saturday,” said head coach Travis Gray. “Everyone executed their job with focus, excitement, and smiles on their faces. We have room to improve, and we look forward to building on what we learned from this competition moving forward with the rest of the season.”

Nine Universities were represented at the meet with Brevard being one of the smallest schools in attendance. The Tornados finished behind the home team, Western Carolina University, who tallied 148,000 points. Brevard totaled 73,900 points for second place, and North Carolina State University rounded out the top three with 60,900 points.

Freshman Sam Munson (Midlothian, Va.) climbed her way to a top-10 performance, finishing in ninth place with 7800 points. Veterans’ Audrey Ashburner (Liberty, N.C.) and Lauren Fowler (Ellijay, Ga) followed close behind, posting 13 and 14 place finishes respectively. Caroline Safford (Isle of Palms, S.C.) rounded out the team with 4200 points and a 16th place finish.

Eli Hyatt (Monroe, N.C.) was the first Tornado to place on the men’s side. Hyatt racked up 9900 points, to place 24th out of 55 competitors. Bryce Kinsey (Hendersonville, N.C.) and Evan Ippolito (Bangor, Pa.) placed in 32nd and 36th place respectively. Kinsey totaled 9300 points, while Ippolito finished with 8700.

The competition consisted of two heats. Brevard battled from 10:00 a.m. till 1:15 in the afternoon on Saturday. The team scores are a product of the individuals climbing score. The individual climbing score is determined by the difficulty of the boulder problem. The climber wants to solve the most technical portion of the course in order to receive the most points.

When the Tornados compete at the Regional and National competitions team scoring will be handled differently. With this meet the Tornados finished in second place out of eight teams in the Appalachian Region.

The Tornados will host their first meet on Saturday, Feb. 25 at the Brevard Climbing Gym. The meet will begin at 1 p.m. and awards will be handed out at 6 p.m.

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