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Indoor track and field competes at Christopher Newport University

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Hannah Cline

Staff writer

            Last weekend the Roanoke College Indoor Track and Field team made the trek to Christopher Newport University to compete in a twelve hour meet. The long day was not wasted, as many of the athletes had notable performances. Overall, the meet was a competitive one. The competition was not limited to Division III schools, but rather included Division I and II schools as well. Despite the pressure, many Maroons still managed to achieve their goals and leave the track meet with both new personal and school records.

            The day started off strong with great distance performances in both the men’s and women’s 5K. Our distance runners Nitra Eastby ’14 and Nick Guendel ’12 ran their first 5K races of the indoor season and clocked in with two personal bests. The long distance runners did not stop their successful day there. Anna Noble ’14 ran a 3K with the time of 12:43, resulting in a new personal best for her as well. Also, Michael Rawlings ’12 ran in the mile and led several Roanoke runners with the impressive finishing time of 4:38.

            Short and mid distance athletes stepped up to the plate as well. Hope Flomo ’15 ran the 60-meter dash in the time of 8.05 seconds, beating all of Division III athletes in her event. Also, Carmen Graves ’13 finished 5th overall in the 400 with the time of 59.87 seconds. The men’s performances were impressive as well. Some of which included Colton Linton ‘13 with a season best time of 7.38 seconds in the 60-meter dash and Jed Curtis (’13) who ran the time of 8.87 seconds in the 60-meter hurdles, resulting in the 3rd best ODAC time for his event.

            There were some Maroon highlights in the field events as well. Elizabeth Bransky ‘12 beat all other competing Division III athletes in the 20-pound weight throw and shot put (throwing 44’3″ and 38’11” respectively). Paul LaPrads ‘14 had another good week in his events, throwing a personal best of 34’7″ in the 35-pound weight throw.

            The day ended on a good note with the last event: the distance medley relay. The women’s team, consisting of Graves, Sarah Witt ’12, Leigha Schimmoeller’15, and Grace England ’15, blew the old school record out of the water by 23 seconds with the time of 13:11. The men’s team, consisting of AJ Bernstein ‘14, Caleb Bledsoe ’15, Cody Meadows ’15, and Tim Smith ’11, was also only 2 seconds off of a new school record with the quick time of 10:43.

            Overall, the team had a very successful day.

“The upcoming ODAC Championship meet looks encouraging for many of the athletes,” said Head Coach Finn Pincus.