By Brigitte Rec
March 21 was not only a beautiful day, but also a perfect start to the men and women’s outdoor track and field season. As their first meet of the spring season, the women stole 275 points and the men 164 points from their competitors, placing them both in first place for the Roanoke Track and Field Invitational.
The women premiered the season with remarkable times and a few new records. Mary Kelly, junior, set a new school record in the javelin throw. Breaking her previous record of 124’10.25 feet set in last year’s ODAC Championships, Kelly threw an impressive distance of 129.26 feet, smashing her old record. Another notable performance was junior Alease Kinney’s time of 57.29 seconds in the 400 meter dash; her time looks to rank top-25 in the country after the nation’s first weekend of outdoor college track and field. Junior Mackenzie Davignon carried the women’s team in points on Saturday, winning the triple jump with a distance of 10.81 meters and also jumping first in the long jump with a leap of 5.17 meters. Junior Erin McGovern also won significant points for the Maroons, winning the 400 meter hurdles with a time of 1:07.08, placing first in the 100 meter hurdles as well as in high jump. Sophomore Caity Ashley came back from an injury to win the 1500 meter run with an impressive time of 5:10.77. Sophomore Margot Warner placed first in the 800 meter run, and senior Esther Prempeh got first in the 100 meter dash.
The men also ran impressive races, earning them their winning title. Junior Harrison Toney naturally grabbed first place with a time of 9:57.6 in the steeplechase; Toney was the 2014 ODAC champion in that race. Freshman Justin Ginnings scored a first place win in the 1500 meter run, with a time of 4:06.29. Sophomore Cody Statler ran a personal best time in the 10,000 meter run at 35:41.8, forty-five seconds faster than his previous time.
The meet’s most valuable performer award was given to sophomore Cameron Thompson who conquered first place in both the 100 and 200 meter dash. With incredible times and standards set by the men and women’s track and field team, the Maroons are looking to dominate the Dr. Harry M. Jopson Invitational at Bridgewater College on March 28.