4/13/2013 10:32:00 PM
BALTIMORE, Md. – The Christopher Newport outdoor track & field teams set three facility records on the way to an excellent showing at the Hopkins / Loyola Invitational on Saturday at the Eastern Campus of Johns Hopkins University.
Highlighted by their record-breaking efforts, the women placed third at the competition with 89 points, while the men finished fourth overall after accumulating 106 points. The host Blue Jays won the meet on the women's side with a score of 229, while future Capital Athletic foe Salisbury took the men's title with 216 points.
On an individual level, three Captains set new facility records during the meet. Robert Mayes headlined the group, setting the mark in the 400 after completing the event in 49.12. That not only shaved .17 seconds off the previous record but it also placed him 10th on the program's all-time list.
In field events, Jenna Elliott and Dominique Torres led the way. Elliott matched the facility record in the high jump after clearing 1.60 meters, while Torres took down the triple jump mark on the men's side with a distance of 14.19 meters.
During the daylong competition, the Captains had three other victorious performances. Danielle Crowley absolutely dominated in the long jump, posting a distance of 5.46 meters, which would have been a facility record but missed out as a result of a high wind level. She also placed second in the triple jump with a leap of 10.87 meters and finished fifth in the 100-hurdles as well.
Completing the hurdles just one second ahead of her teammate, Fredsal Walker took the title in the event with a time of 15.17. Jennifer Westerholm also came in third in the discipline while placing fourth in the 400-hurdles.
Rounding out the victors, Joseph Taylor won the men's pole vault after topping 4.55 meters. Christopher Comeau also finished fourth after clearing 4.15, which placed him 10th on the program's all-time list. Stephen Browne capped off a strong showing by the Captains in the vertical event, placing eighth overall.
Among other top performances on the men's side, Daulton Teaford finished third in the 100, Samuel Martin did the same in the 800, and Mayes placed fourth in the 200 in addition to his record-breaking 400 time. Mayes, Teaford, Martin, and Nathan Joyce also finished second in the 4x400 after clocking in at 3:22.46.
In field events, the CNU throwers put together several strong performances. Anthony Melton led the way, finishing third in the discus with a toss of 40.41 meters. Kendrick McMinn also finished fifth in the hammer with a heave of 40.52 meters, which ranks seventh in CNU history. Robert Graham also locked down a fourth-place performance in the javelin.
On the women's side, Enuma Ezenwa continued her excellent campaign, finishing second in the 400 with a time of 1:00.82. She also anchored the 4x400 squad, which finished second overall, and guided the 4x100 relay unit to a fifth-place effort as well.
In the throwing events, Lyzan Rashid was tremendous all day long. She notched a ninth-place effort in the hammer with a toss of 33.77 before capping off her day in excellent fashion in the discus. During the discipline, she placed eighth in the field with a distance of 31.12 meters, which also set a new PR by over 10 feet. Murphy Smith also came in 10th in the discus, while Madison Bloxom equaled that effort in the javelin with a throw of 28.35 meters.
Christopher Newport will be back in action next Saturday when the squad kicks off the two-day New Captains Classic at POMOCO Stadium.