With 52 high school teams competing in the Captain’s Classic at home, only a small group of CNU’s thinclads took part in William & Mary’s storied Colonial Relays. Dira Hansen and the men’s 4x800m Relay ran to new School Record and Jade Zaharoff added her name to the CNU All-Time List in the 5,000m.
Half Milers Set Two Records At Colonial Relays
Zaharoff Races On To The CNU 5k List
While most of the team had the weekend off from competition and tended to the High School Captain’s Classic on their home track, an elite group took part in the historic Colonial Relays at The College of William & Mary.
Jade Zaharoff (Vienna, VA) kicked things off in the first track event of the meet – the early section of the 5,000m. She locked in to steady laps at 6 minute per mile pace over the first half of the race and continued to battle to a big PR 18:49.51. That cut over 42 seconds from her previous outdoor best (14 seconds from her Indoor PR set earlier this year) and elevated her to #6 on CNU’s All-Time List. Joshua Bowling (Crewe, VA) was a last-minute add to the men’s 5k and trekked to a 16:33.78 finish.
Later in the afternoon, Dira Hansen (Culpeper, VA) and Matthew Winkler (Palmyra, VA) lined up for their 800m races. While Hansen did not feel particularly sharp heading in to the race, she managed to produce a new School Record 2:15.02 – just shy of the Provisional Qualifying Standard for Nationals. Winkler missed his PR by less than half a second with a strong 1:53.70 clocking.
Winkler returned on the final day of the meet with teammates Jeffrey Ball (Chesapeake, VA), Shaowei Tu (Mechanicsville, VA), and Scott Teribury (Woodbridge, VA) for another run at the 4x800m Relay record. Ball got the squad off to a good start with a 1:59.1 split and handed off to Tu for the next two laps. The freshman looked almost too relaxed as he started his carry, but came through the 200m mark in 26 seconds and brought the Captain’s back up with the leaders. He handed off to Teribury after covering his laps in 1:54.2. Teribury kept the Captains in the hunt with a 1:58.7 leg before handing the baton off to Winkler. Winkler quickly moved up on the leaders and battled back and forth with the anchors of William & Mary’s and Temple’s squads. While they were able to pull away again at the end, the senior wrapped up a School Record 7:46.80 with his 1:54.8 split.
Though the track supported some outstanding performances, the runways at Zable Stadium were not nearly as giving. Placing best for the Captains were Richard Roethel (Farmingville, NY) in the High Jump (1.94m/6-4.25 for 4th) and Kwarteng Asare (Fairfax, VA) in the Triple Jump (13.97m/45-10 for 5th) as none of the jumps displayed particularly high marks.
Next up is a trip to Lynchburg where the Captains will set the full squad back in to action.
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