By: Brigitte Rec
The Roanoke College men’s and women’s track and field team competed in the ODAC Indoor Championships from Feb. 28 to March 1 and ran with stamina, perseverance, and speed for a successful end to a dominating season. Both men and women finished in the top 10.
The women’s team took third with 80 points behind Washington and Lee who placed second, and Bridgewater College who stole first. The men Maroons placed seventh with 36 points, behind the top teams including Bridgewater College, Lynchburg College, and Washington and Lee.
For the men, sophomore Cameron Thompson set a new school record in the 200 meter dash with a time of 22.991 seconds, and also finished second in the event. Also having an impressive weekend, junior Harrison Toney finished second in the 5000 meter run with a time of 15:11.86. Toney took second in the 3000 meter, running a time of 8:49.11; freshman Colin Brennan followed behind him with a personal record of 9:30 in the event.
The distance medley team, consisting of senior Cody Meadows, Thompson, freshman Kevin Waterman, and sophomore John Wiggins, dominated second place with a time of 10:54. Meadows also debuted in the 400 meter dash placing sixth with Waterman behind him in ninth.
The women ran remarkable times during the championship, securing their speedy and athletic reputation. Junior Erin McGovern had a remarkable weekend beginning with the 60 meter hurdles where she ran a personal best time of 9.38 seconds. She then proceeded to grab fifth place in the 400 meter dash with a time of 1:01.76, just fractions of a second behind senior Jessica Mejia who finished fourth at 1:01.01. Junior Lexi Janney also killed in the 400 meter dash finishing first with an impressive time of 58.31 seconds.
Other notable accomplishments include junior Alease Kinney’s 800 meter run placing her in fifth with a time of 2:24.28. Freshman Melanie Meadows took second in the 60 meter hurdles running a personal best time of 9.38. Freshman Taylor Jones jumped into fourth place with a long jump of 17’.
The women distance runners also led with impressive times. Included in these events was sophomore Kerri Dalton taking third in the 3000 meter run running a time of 10:55.14. Sophomore Gillian Lowe ranked seventh with a time of 5:45.10 in the mile run. Finishing the meet on a good note, the women’s 4×400 meter team of Jessica Mejia, Erin McGovern, Alease Kinney, and Lexi Janney ran to victory in first place, beating out the second place team by two seconds with a time of 4:02.99.
The men and women look to begin a successful track and field season starting with the Roanoke Invitational, which will take place on March 21 at 9:00 a.m. on Roanoke College’s track.