2/1/2013 10:18:00 PM
First Day Results / Video of Jenny Westerholm's 800-meter Pentathlon Run
WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. -- Highlighted by a sensational effort by Jennifer Westerholm in the pentathlon, the Christopher Newport indoor track & field teams wrapped up the first day of the Hilton Garden Invitational with several strong performances at the JDL Fast-Track on Friday evening.
Competing against a talented field of standouts, Westerholm posted CNU's second-finest pentathlon score in program history after notching 3,134 points, which placed her eighth overall at the meet. During the combined event, the first-year phenom finished third in the 800-meters after clocking in at 2:29.20. She also placed fourth in the high jump after clearing 1.56 meters, marking the 10th-best effort in that discipline in program history as well.
Incredibly, Westerholm recorded the program's fourth-highest pentathlon score in her first collegiate attempt earlier in the season before trumping that performance on Friday. Entering the week, her score would rank second nationally in the event in Division III this year.
In addition to Westerholm's historic effort, the Captains recorded two other top-10 performances on Friday. In the men's triple jump, Kwarteng Asare finished sixth with a leap of 14.01 meters, while Dominique Torres placed eighth with a distance of 13.93.
Along with the top performers, Kalee Hammerton finished 16th in the pole vault after clearing 3.10 meters, while Danielle Crowley and Olivia Green each notched season-bests in the triple jump. Crowley launched herself 10.21 meters, while Green was just behind her with a jump of 10.08. Taylor McCord also led the way in the 400, crossing the line in 1:02.35.
In the men's 400, Daulton Teaford came through with his best performance of the year after completing the event in 51.01, which placed him 21st overall. Robert Mayes was right on his heels, finishing one spot later in 51.05. On the first day of the heptathlon, Brian Strickland also finished fourth in the 60-meter dash and later tied with teammate Michael Sonnek for sixth in the high jump with a leap of 1.70 meters.
The Hilton Garden Invitational will continue tomorrow with the final day of competition. The 60-meter hurdles will jump start the action beginning at 9:45 a.m., while the women's shot put kicks off the field events at 10 a.m.
2/2/2013 9:01:00 PM
Day 2 Results / Complete Hilton Garden Invitational Results (HTML) / Complete Hilton Garden Invitational Results (PDF) / Video of DMR Record-Breaking Run / Video of Jenny Westerholm's 800-meter Pentathlon Run
WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. -- For the second time in less than two weeks, the Christopher Newport women's distance medley relay team set a new school record to headline a slew of outstanding performances by the CNU indoor track & field squads on the final day of the Hilton Garden Invitational at the JDL Fast-Track on Saturday.
In the distance medley, Jessica McClelland, Enuma Ezenwa, Lydia Cromwell, and Melissa Rizor teamed up to post a time of 12:37.58, which placed them second overall and shaved over 15 seconds off the previous school record set on January 20. Entering the weekend, that performance would rank 10th nationally in the event.
Later in the day, McClelland returned to the track and impressed again in the mile. During the discipline, she won her heat in fine fashion, setting a new PR while collecting the sixth-finest time in program history after clocking in at 5:20.58. That time eventually ranked 30th overall at the meet, while Rizor finished in 5:21.29, which placed her 32nd overall.
On the men's side, Ray Gamache and Josh Showalter came through with equally impressive efforts in the 3000-meters. Gamache finished fifth in the event after crossing the line in 8:40.63, which stands as the third-fastest time in CNU history. Less than 20 seconds later, Showalter came across in 9:00.54, which marks the eighth-best showing by a Captain.
Among other top performers, Brian Strickland finished fourth in the heptathlon after collecting 3,813 points, which places him third all-time at CNU. Daulton Teaford also cruised to a seventh-place effort in the 200-meters after winning his heat in 22.59. He also placed 12th in the 4x400 relay after joining forces with Robert Mayes, Nathan Joyce, and Wilson Bever to notch a time of 3:28.49.
In other events, Joseph Taylor came in 10th in the pole vault after clearing 4.45 meters, Dominique Torres led the Captains in the long jump after leaping 6.10 meters, and Brian Huffman finished 33rd in the mile with a time of 4:33.82.
Along with the distance medley relay, the women saw several other strong efforts on Saturday. In addition to her record-setting efforts, Ezenwa finished 16th in the high jump after clearing 1.57 meters. Later, she teamed with Taylor McCord, Jennifer Westerholm, and Fredsal Walker to place 17th in the 4x400-relay with a time of 4:09.47.
Prior to her performance on the relay squad, Walker also led the Captains with a time of 9.45 in the 60-meter hurdles, while Olivia Green posted the team's top effort in a pair of events. On Saturday, the senior finished 24th in the long jump with a leap of 4.96 meters and also clocked in at 27.81 in the 200.
Christopher Newport will return to action on February 16 when the Captains host the Mason-Dixon Indoor Championships at the Freeman Center.