For immediate release – 3/16/2013 - #297
Hornets Host Dr. Toms Open to Kick off Outdoor Season
LYNCHBURG, VA – The Lynchburg College men's and women's track and field teams kicked off the outdoor season with the Dr. Jack M. Tom's Open. However, due to the adverse weather, some of the later events were not held. Both teams finished second in the team competitions for the meet.
For the men, the 4x100 meter relay team took home the top spot in the competition. Rachad Davis, Tom Sippie, Curtis Whitlow, and Zachary Kezar ran the race in 43.16. In the hurdle portion of the day, Davis finished third in the 110 meter high hurdles (15.19) and Brian Fuentes won the silver in the 400 meter hurdles at 56.67.
Sippie also garnered second (21.81) and third (49.17) in the 200 and 400 meter dashes respectively. Jared Bloomquist took the second spot on the podium in the high jump, finishing at a height of 6'5.22".
The throwers once again had a solid day. Greg Wilson took second in the shot put at 48'5.5". He then scored a PR in the discus, winning the event at 153'6.13", which is third all-time. Sean Bass won the silver in a shortened hammer competition, reaching a distance of 135'1.33". Spencer Latham and Eric Van Dunk both placed in the shot put, with Latham placing in the discus as well.
On the women's side, the throwers had a phenomenal day. Kori Penick won the discus and finished second in the shot put with throws of 117'3" and 41'11.5" respectively. The throw in shot set a school record. Emily Davis (134'1") and Britney Gulick (133'3.5") registered personal bests in the hammer throw as they finished third and fourth, respectively. Both tosses are in the top-five in school history. Leah Heal also took a top spot, finishing second in the javelin, with a throw of 115'7".
Aleshia Washington had an impressive day for the Hornets, winning two events and finishing second in another. She won the 100 meter dash (12.23) and the 200 meter dash (25.50) and took the silver in the long jump (17'2").
Several alumni competed in the meet with impressive results. Earl Graves 09' finished fifth (long jump) and tied for third in the high jump. An alumni team (Graves, Doug Thomasey, Simon Nyang, and Daniel Cutright) finished fourth in the 4x400 meter relay.
LC will be in action once again next weekend. The teams head to Bridgewater College for the Doc Jopson Invite, which begins next Saturday at 10 a.m.