By Brigitte Rec
The Roanoke College Track and Field team got off to another successful start for the 2014-2015 indoor track season. The Maroons are looking to dominate yet another winter in the Old Dominion Athletic Conference. Last year the Women’s track team finished second behind Bridgewater and the Men’s team fifth at the ODAC Indoor Track Championships. A new face to the coaching staff, assistant coach Eugene Galloway, is teaming up with head coach Finn Pincus and assistant coach Lisa Dalton for yet another unforgettable indoor season.
Only after a total of three meets, the Maroons are turning heads not only throughout the college, but also throughout the region’s Division III teams. The team rose to action as early as December 3rd, when senior thrower Audra Aldrich competed at the Darius Dixon Memorial Invitational in Lynchburg placing ninth with a weight throw of 12.60 meters. Later on December 6th the track team came together to compete in their first meet of the season, the JDL Kick-Off Classic in Winston-Salem, N.C. At this tournament, records were made, personal best times were set, and marks were placed for the beginning of a prosperous track season. One of the highlights of the meet was the Men’s 60 meter dash, where freshman Elias Khouri smashed the Roanoke College school record with a time of 7.18 seconds, placing 27th amongst all Division I, II, and III runners. Jim Lerda set the previous record in 1998 with a time of 7.22 seconds. Other crowning moments include junior Alease Kinney taking fourth place in the Women’s 400 meter dash) with a time of 58.40 seconds, freshmen Nolan Graves grabbed 16th in the Men’s 400 meter dash winning his heat in 52.43 seconds, and right behind him, sophomore Cameron Thompson with a time of 53.31 seconds.
The track team also rose to victory on January 16th and 17th at the Liberty Open in Lynchburg. On the first day of the meet, junior Harrison Toney left his competitors in the dust as he ran a 15:33 in the 5k. His teammates crossed the line after him with, sophomore John Wiggins coming in fifth with a time of 16:31, senior Josh Wojtysiak seventh at 17:08, and sophomore Cody Statler tenth at 17:25. Sophomore Kerri Dalton also conquered first in the 5k with a time of 19:58 and freshman Jennifer Barthol followed with a time of 21:03.95. On the second day of competition Melanie Meadows placed 6th and represented the freshmen Maroons in the 60 meter hurdles with a time of 9.86 seconds. The women dominated Lynchburg, especially in the 200 meter dash where juniors Alease Kinney and Lexi Janney took second and third, and senior Jessica Mejia clutched fourth amongst DIII runners. Junior Erin McGovern also had a memorable day with a high jump of 4’11”, placing her third in the meet. The Maroons will be running again on February 8th at the Vince Brown Invitational in Newport News, VA.