Photo Courtesy of Roanoke College
Article Written by Sarah Joseph
The Cregger Center was a flurry of activity Saturday, Dec. 3. Roanoke College hosted the Bast-Cregger Invitational, the first ever track meet within the Cregger Center’s brand-spanking new indoor track. As it was the first ever track meet it was even more exciting and eventful for the teams because any team that wins an event will hold the record for at the indoor. Roanoke College, of course, had to defend its new field house by setting a few records.
Both Men’s and Women’s 4×200 relay race set a school record. On the women’s team, Melanie Meadows, Junior, Byrnn MacDougall, Senior, Claire Aurand, Freshman, and Kyle Grohbrugge, Freshman, ran, ending with a time of 1:51.78. On the men’s team, Cameron Thompson, Senior, Nico Stewart, Freshman, Julian Edwards, Freshman, and Donte Branch, Junior, ran together ending with a fast time of 1:32.61.
Two members of the men’s team had a few words to say about their record-setting run. “It felt really fantastic [beating two school records- both for the relays] because it was the first race at the first meet of the year for the school but also the first race ever in the Cregger Center. So there was something special in that.” said Thompson. “Setting the 4×200 relay record was an amazing experience, and was only amplified by the fact that I’m only a freshman. I’m glad my team and I were able to work together to achieve that.” said Stewart. Thompson as a senior would have to agree, ““As it is a relay team, it is different from more of the individual events of running track. It is a little hard because it’s a brand new team in addition to being mostly underclassmen but it’s also different. I am lucky to be on a relay team in which we have meshed so well together.” That can be seen in the way the Maroons dominated the relay races.
In addition to setting a school record, senior Thompson sprinted into first in the 200 meter with a time of 22.57. “As it is my last year in school and on the team it is a mixture of everything- it’s sad looking back, anxiety looking forward, but definitely exciting at the moment,” says Thompson on his time left with the team. However his energy can be directed toward the new track as Thompson expressed his appreciation,
“The track is absolutely amazing and I feel blessed to say it is my school’s track especially since it is the only competition level track in the liberal arts school realm (the Roanoke College area).”
In addition to the wins of Thompson and the relay teams, the Maroons placed in several other events. Aurand finished third in the 60 meter finals with a time of 8.11. MacDougall earned a second place finish in the 400 meter with a time of 1:01.10. Stewart took fourth in the 60 meter finals with a time of 7.11 after a prelim time of 7.13. David Flowers finished fourth in the weight throw with a 13.34 meters.