By Brigitte Rec
The Roanoke College Men’s and Women’s Indoor track teams dominated another Division I populated track meet. The times set at the Patriot Games at George Mason University on Jan. 31 not only smashed the athlete’s past times, but also put new records on the board for the Maroons. On the men’s team, freshman Elias Khoury broke his own school record set in December for the 60 meter dash with a time of 7.14 seconds, previously set at 7.18. Finishing fifth in the 3,000 meter run was junior Harrison Toney crossing the line at 8:44. Coming in strong behind him was senior Trevor Quesenberry with a time of 9:29 and freshman Colin Brennan at 9:34.
The men’s distance medley team also had a successful run, coming in second with a time of 10:49. The team consisted of senior Cody Meadows running the 1200 meter, freshmen Kevin Waterman sprinting the 400 meter, Justin Ginnings with the 800 meter, and Mykal Dawkins in the 1600 meter. Representing the men jumpers, junior Jamal Wilson leaped a personal best in long jump at 19’4”.
The women also put up competitive times at the Patriot games. Sophomore Claire Brooks ran a 5:29 mile, finishing third in her heat and setting a new personal best. Junior Lexi Janney clutched 13th place in the 400 meter, with a time of 60.74 seconds finishing first amongst Division III runners. Freshman Melanie Meadows represented the college well in the 60 meter hurdles, coming in at a time of 9.87 seconds, placing her second amongst Division III athletes. The women’s 4×400 meter relay team of juniors Alease Kinney, Erin McGovern, Lexi Janney, and senior Jessica Mejia, ran against competitive Division I athletes and impressively placed second with a time of 4:01.75.
Other meet highlights include sophomore Kerri Dalton setting a personal best in the 3,000 meter at 10:57 and freshman Nora DeBoer finishing not too far behind at 11:31. Freshman Taylor Jones sailed a distance of 16’3” in the long jump putting her at 16th place, and junior Mackenzie Davignon leaping 15’7” in the event placing her at 24th. Based on the times set by the Maroons, the Vince Brown Invitational in Newport News on Feb. 8 is looking to be a competitive meet for the Roanoke runners.