After both teams were picked to finish in the top five in the ODAC, the Men’s and Women’s indoor track team solidified their ranking with a strong performance to open the 2015-2016 season.
On December 5th, both teams traveled to Winston-Salem to compete in JDL College Kick-Off Classic. In a field of 30 teams, including 10 Division I and 15 Division II teams, the Maroons put together a stellar showing, besting teams from all three divisions.
The play of the day came courtesy of Cameron Thompson, who broke the school record in the 60 meter dash with a time of 7.09 seconds. The impressive run found Thompson finishing 19th out of 80 runners and second out of the D-III competitors. However, Thompson’s record day did not end there, and he followed up his 60 meter record by finishing first among all D-III athletes in the 400 meter dash, good for 11th place overall. To complete his career day, Thompson then helped his 4×400 meter relay team, consisting of Thompson, Mykal Dawkins, Donte Branch, and Nathaniel Rowe, secure a 3rd place finish among D-III teams with a time of 3:35.6 minutes.
The rest of the men’s team, going beyond their 5th place rank in the ODAC, put up some impressive times as well. Dawkins led his 300 meter heat with a time of 36.95 seconds, which landed him securely in 15th place overall and first among D-III athletes. He was followed closely by Branch, who recorded a personal best and finish 3rd among D-III runners. In the field, the Maroons were led by throwers David Flowers and Lucas Jones, who finished 15th and 18th, respectively. Rowe also contributed with a long jump of 18’5”.
On the Women’s side, the team proved they were deserving of more than a third place ranking, finishing as the best D-III team in the meet. Lexie Janney led the Maroons, posting D-III leading marks in a number of events. Janney absolutely dominated on the track, posting three D-III leading times in the 60, 300, and 400 meter dashes. Her 300 meter time of 43.21 seconds broke the Division III facility record as well. In the field, Mara Briggs recorded a high jump of 4’11”, the best mark by a D-III athlete and she was followed by Mackenzie Davington’s 15’5” long jump, another D-III best. Other solid performances came from Erin McGovern and Melanie Meadows in the 60 meter hurdles, with both recording times that qualified them for the 2016 ODAC Championships. MacKenzie Davion topped off Roanoke’s strong showing with a 15’5” mark in the long jump, good for first among Division III competitors.
After their incredibly strong opening, the Maroons have until January 16th to prepare for their next meet at the Marietta Invitational.