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-Staff writer

This past weekend the Roanoke College men’s and women’s indoor track and field teams competed at the Liberty Open hosted by Liberty University in Lynchburg, Va.  It was a competitive meet with over 20 teams competing, many of which were Division I.

With a strong competitive field the teams had to perform at their best in order to be successful.  On the men’s side both AJ Bernstein ’13 and Tucker Cunningham ’14 finished their respective races with some of the fastest times for Division III athletes.  Bernstein completed the mile with a time of 4:34 while Cunningham came in at 9.08 for the 60 m hurdles.

The women’s team had three athletes record top times for Division III athletes in the 400, the 60m hurdles, and the 800. Carmen Graves ’13 completed the 400 with a time of 1.01 placing her eighth overall at the meet.

Meagan Tolley ’13 competed in the 60m hurdles finishing ninth with a time of 9.85, and Stephanie Spickard ’12 won her heat of the 800 with a time of 2:29. Teammate Emma Wilson ’11 also won her heat with a time of 2:31, the second best among Division III athletes.

In the field events the men’s team was led by Jonathan Taylor ’13 who threw 44’4″ in the 35 pound weight throw.  The women’s team had several athletes finish near the top with Elizabeth Bransky ’12 coming close to beating an RC record in the shot-put with a throw of 38’6″ and placing her seventh overall.  Erin Nelson ‘11 had the top height for a Division III athlete in the high jump at 4’11”.

The Liberty Open showed how well the teams can perform when put to the task of performing against some of the best in the country. Both teams will hope to improve as they get closer to the ODAC Championships which will be held on Feb. 25 also at Liberty.

 The team’s next meet is the Niswonger Invitational on Feb. 4 and 5, hosted by East Tennessee State.