Running among a group of post collegians and Division I standouts, Carmen Graves once again set personal-best, school and ODAC records, climbing atop of the Division III rankings in the 800 meters at the Duke Twilight meet.
Running conservatively in the middle of the pack in the early going, Graves surged on the backstretch to move into second place near 600 meters. Several post collegians went past her on the final straight, but Graves held on for fifth and was the first college athlete to cross the finish line. Her official time of 2:07.32 is currently the sixth fastest 800 ever run by a Division III athlete, according to statistics collected by Claremont-Mudd-Scripps, the host school of the NCAA Div. III Outdoor Championships.
Running the 800M on the men's side was Caleb Bledsoe. The freshman set a personal-best with a 1:57.92, running a well planned race. Sarah Witt won her heat in the 100-hurdles, covering the distance and 100-hurdles in 15.11 seconds. The senior placed ninth overall and was the first Division III athlete.
Rachel Dellehunt ran her season best in the 400 (1:00.55) and Hope Flomo (26.45) and Esther Prempeh (26.72) both ran competitively in the 200 meters. Later in the evening, David Angell, Roanoke salutatorian of the class of 1999, set a personal best of 15:17 in the 5000 meters.
Members of the track teams will race next at the Roanoke/VA Tech Twilight Meet at the Homer Bast Track this coming Thursday with the first competition starting at 3:00 pm.