For the first time in decades, the CNU Track & Field teams were part of the department’s over-all conference and could contribute to the Conference All-Sports Trophy. With Indoor and Outdoor titles claimed by the women’s team and runner-up finishes by the men, the Captains took the Capital Athletic Conference Richard C. Cook All-Sports Award and the Women’s Commissioner’s Award.
Here is how the Track & Field seasons unfolded:
After the December Holiday Open, the Indoor season resumed for the Captains with an elite group traveling to the New York City Armory were freshman Logan Harrington (Montpelier, VA) and Daulton Teaford (White Post, VA) posted All-Time marks on the storied banked track. The rest of the squad posted a dozen PRs in Maryland.
A week later, the Captains returned home and posted 53 PRs and 4 more CNU All-Time Performances. The biggest performance of the weekend was Richard Roethel’s (Farmingville, NY) return to the Heptathlon where he posted a National Qualifying mark.
At the JDL FastTrack in Winston-Salem, throwers Kendrick McMinn (Virginia Beach, VA) and Robert (Trey) Graham (King George, VA) continued their season string of one or the other lobbing a new All-Time distance in the Weight Throw. This time both improved the CNU Top-10 List.
The Vince Brown Invitational served as the final tune-up for CNU’s first CAC Indoor Championship. 31 more PRs and 6 All-Time Performances showed the Captains were primed and ready. The High Jump corps flexed their strength and depth with two women clearing 1.63m/5-4.25, another over 1.58m/5-2.25, and three more cleared 1.53m/5-0.25.
Ten CAC Meet Records belonged to the Captains when the Championships closed. The women’s team dominated – nearly doubling up Mary Washington’s second place point total. Salisbury’s men were almost as dominant with CNU holding off strong challenges from Wesley and York Colleges to secure the runner-up spot. Enuma Ezenwa (Herndon, VA) earned National Athlete of the Week honors after posting two Meet Records in the 60m Hurdles, anchoring another in the 4x400m Relay, and winning the Long Jump on the way to contributing 36.5 points to the team total. Dominque Torres (Chesapeake, VA) bounced to a Conference Record and a National Qualifier in the Men’s Triple Jump.
Nationals hopefuls spent their spring break touring Final Qualifier meets with good results. Roethel added the High Jump to his Nationals schedule with a 2.11m/6-11 clearance at George Mason – on a blown-out shoe, no less. Ezenwa posted a School Record at the CNU Pentathlon/Heptathlon and earned herself a trip to Nebraska for the Championships. Samuel Martin (Rockville, MD) broke the School Record in the Mile at the Tufts Final Qualifier in Boston and broke it again two days later at the NYC Armory.
Richard Roethel and Enuma Ezenwa received South/Southeast Region Field Athlete of the Year honors at the National Championships Banquet prior to competition in Lincoln, NE. Two days later, Dominique Torres claimed an award for himself - his first All-American in the Triple Jump with a 7th place finish. Enuma Ezenwa ended up 10th in the Pentathlon while Roethel struggled with a complex of injuries that caused him to withdraw from both the High Jump and Heptathlon.