For immediate release – 3/23/2013 - #313
Hornets Throwers Steal Show at Doc Jopson
BRIDGEWATER, VA – The Lynchburg College men's and women's track and field teams competed at the Doc Jopson Invite with great success on Saturday. With the majority of the Old Dominion Athletic Conference (ODAC) teams involved at the meet, as well as Division I Virginia Tech, it proved to be a preview of the spring championships which are less than a month away.
As usual the men's throwers had a great day. In the shot put, Lynchburg took the top-five spots in the shot put competition, with Greg Wilson winning. He was followed by Eric Van Dunk, Hunter Bailey, Spencer Latham, and Sean Bass. Wilson added to his shot title by winning the hammer throw (155'9") and he finished second in the discus (136'6"), behind Latham (137'4"). Van Dunk and Bass were third and fourth. Included in the dominance was Carlo Del Donno (163'06) taking second in the javelin competition, and he was followed by Michael Romano as well.
The men did well in other events as Jared Bloomquist took the top spot in high jump and Daniel Shannon won the pole vault competition. Once again the Hornets took the top spot in both hurdles competition. Rachad Davis won the 110 meter version in 15.25 and Brian Fuentes finished first in the 400 meters at 58.40. Davis also won the 200 meter dash and was part of the 4x400 meter relay team that won the competition. Tristan Boysaw, Curtis Whitlow, Davis, and Evan Parry ran the race in a time of 3:27.42. Lawrence Minor won the 3000 meter race, barely crossing the line under nine minutes. Zachary Kezar won the bronze in the 400 meter, finishing at a time 52.64.
The women throwers also had a successful day as Leah Heal and Kori Penick both won individual competitions. Heal won the javelin at 122'5" and Penick won the shot put (41'0.25") and the discus (110'4"). Kelsey Hughes, Kim Alfaro, and Britney Gulick followed Penick in the discus competition.
In other events, Jasmyne Johnson finished second in the 200 meter dash in 27.03. She then teamed up Cat Wallace, Shannon Gray and Candice Hairston to win the 4x100 meter relay team in 51.24. That same group, minus Hairston, but adding Tracy Estelus won the 4x400 competition in 4:15.43. In the 3000 meter run Ashley Saba and Kiley Trennepohl took first and third, with Trennepohl missing out on second by a little over a second.
The Dr. Jack M. Toms track will once again be hosting next weekend. It will be an old-school track meet consisting of team vs. team competition. Bridgewater, Eastern Mennonite University, University of Mary Washington, and SUNY-Oneonta will come to town for the Commonwealth Duals. The meet will begin after the women's lacrosse game next, with the first event set to start at 2 p.m.