By Brad Moore Monday, February 13 2012 01:00
The Roanoke College Men’s and Women’s Track and Field teams competed at the JDL Fast Track College Invitational in Winston Salem, NC. The venue featured over 20 teams and over 1,000 athletes.
The Maroons were one of two division III teams attending, the rest of the field consisted of DI, DII and some professional teams/clubs. The highlight of the day for the maroons came at the very end of the meet. Both the men’s and women’s 4 x 400 teams significantly improved upon their best times of the year.
The women relay consisting of Hope Flomo, Sarah Witt, Toni Duvall, and Carmen Graves bettered their time by over 15-seconds and finished fifth overall. Their time of 4:06.72 sits atop of the conference by over five seconds.
The men’s team consisting of Colton Linton, Chase Board, Tucker Cunningham, and Caleb Bledsoe dropped over four seconds off their previous season-best. They finished second in their heat, beating out several Division I teams in the process. Their time of 3:30.9 is currently ranked second overall in the ODAC.
Also performing particularly well on the men’s side was AJ Bernstein in the 800M. He went under 2:00 for the first time in his career with a time of 1:59.1. Tim Smith had a solid showing in the 3000M, running a season-best time of 8:53.
Graves led the way in the individual events for the women with her second-place finish in the 800M. Despite getting boxed in early, Graves was able to get to the outside and pass over 10 competitors in the final 400-meters to finish with a time of 2:14.
Witt ran a season best of 9.64 in the 60M Hurdles, her time currently ranks second overall amongst ODAC competitors. Also running season-bests were freshman Esther Premeph (27.5) and Flomo (27.6) in the 200M. Freshman distance runner, Grace England had a solid showing in the 3000M. She finished third in her heat with a time of 10:53. Leigha Schimmoeller ran a personal best time of 2:28 and is currently ranked sixth overall in the ODAC.
Senior, Liz Bransky led the throws in the shot put with a personal best toss of 39’5.75.” She finished eighth overall and ranks second in the ODAC. Also moving up on the ODAC leader board were Alisha McCrowey and Sam Clowser in the weight throw. Both posted personal best and finished in the top-15 of a competitive field.
The Maroons will travel to Virginia Tech and VMI next weekend, Feb. 18 in final preparation for the ODAC Indoor Track & Field Championships on February 24th.
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