Asbury Athletics at a glance

Published 3:28 pm Thursday, February 22, 2024

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Asbury Athletics at a glance

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Mens and womens hoops finished up their regular season this past week, track & field completed their indoor season, and swim wrapped up their season at the Liberal Arts Swim Championships.


Womens basketball

Junior Haleigh Releford scored a career-high 30 points (12-19 FG) on Tuesday, Feb. 13 in Nashville, as Asbury (18-7) extended its winning streak to 10 games taking down Welch College (6-16), 88-51. Celia Pelfrey added 13 points (3-6 3 PT), two assists and two rebounds. Trinity Shearer scored nine points and had four steals, eight rebounds, and four assists. Camryn Poole poured in eight points (4-5 FG) and four assists off the bench. Morgan Flannery scored six points, dished five assists, and came away with four steals. 

Shearer broke Courtney Albin’s single-season steals record (86) during Friday, Feb. 16’s, Senior Night 81-24 victory over CU-Harrodsburg (1-16). Abigail Harris led all scorers with 17 points (7-11 FG) (3-3 3PT), three steals and five rebounds. Shearer added 15 points, four steals, four rebounds, and three assists. Releford scored 13 points (6-11 FG), had three steals, and grabbed five rebounds. Flannery had 12 points and five rebounds off the bench. Ma’Kiya West poured in nine points (4-5 FG), grabbed six boards and dished out three assists.

Before the game Asbury honored 12 cheer, mens basketball, and womens basketball student-athletes for their time, commitment and additions to Asbury Athletics. 

Cheer team members Taylor McGaugh and Addison Smith, men’s basketball members Peyton Cody, Will O’Bryan, Caleb Wallis, Dakota Walden, Clayton Winter, and women’s basketball members Sarah Goul, Celia Pelfrey, Abigail Harris, Spencer Harvey, and Trinity Shearer were all honored.  


Mens basketball

The Eagles (16-8) took their seventh straight win to close out the 2023-24 regular season on Tuesday night, Feb. 13, in the Luce Center, out-rebounding Boyce College 42-27 to take an 87-72 win. Clayton Winter grabbed his seventh straight double-double and 12th on the year, grabbing 16 boards with 12 points. Dakota Walden continued his strong second half of the season, scoring 19 points with six rebounds, two steals, a block, and an assist. Caleb Wallis dropped 15 points with six assists, four rebounds, and a steal. Luke Imfeld added 11 points, going a perfect 3-3 from distance with two boards, two assists, and a steal. Cayden Lancaster scored nine points with five rebounds. Cameron Jones had seven points (3-5 FG) with a rebound and a block. Ben McNew scored seven points with two boards and a steal.


Mens and womens track and field

Asbury track and field closed out the indoor season on Saturday at the MSJ Invite in Cincinnati, Ohio, led by senior Luke Wheatley and freshman Bailey Gassmann, each taking first-place finishes. The Asbury men’s team broke four more school records in the season finale. Wheatley picked up his victory in the 400m running a time of 51.91. That time also set his previously held school record in the event. Wheatley also set a new school record in the 200m dash, lowering the time to 24.23. On the Asbury womens side, Gassmann continued with her record-setting season. This weekend, she stepped down from the 800m race and broke the previous school record by 10 seconds, running an impressive 2:25.07 and also taking home first in the event. This marks Gassmann’s fourth individual school record. The school record was also the 12th school record by the womens team in the official return for Asbury to indoor track and field. 


Mens and womens swimming

After four days of competition, the Asbury swim team concluded their 2024 season at the Liberal Arts Conference Championship on Saturday night. The Eagles produced stellar results, including five conference titles, 25 personal records and one school record. AU finished the meet with the women coming in second out of five with 451 and the men finishing fourth with 225.5, just one point shy of third place. Emme Johnson helped lead the women’s side, collecting two conference titles in the 100 (59.17) and 200 back (2:08.96). Both times for Johnson marked personal bests, with her 100 back breaking the previous record held in 2011. Maria Poll would be the other individual AU winner, claiming the conference title in the 400 IM with a time of 4:47.58, a personal best. Amber Schulte, Claire Hentrup, Sarah Finlayson and Emily Poll claimed another conference title for AU in the 400 free relay with a time of 3:36.39. AU’s fifth title and second relay came from Amber Schulte, Chloe Anderson, Jenna Davis and Claire Hentrup in the 200 free, recording a time of 1:39.05. Concluding the meet, the Eagles collected 36 top-five finishes and closed their season with an impressive performance.