The middle distance crew and the hurdlers produced the lion’s share of 30 PRs at the Captain’s Invitational including a new School Record in the 4x800m Relay. Jenna Elliot also jumped on to the CNU All-Time List at #3 in the High Jump and Taryn Langley vaulted to #7on the Pole Vault list.
Men’s 4x800m Relay Claims School Record
Women Atop Regional Power Rankings; Men Ranked Second
The Captain’s Invitational offered an expanded event list including a chance to run a 4x800m Relay. CNU lined up three squads including a little bit of a grudge match on the first legs of the “A” and “B” teams for Friday evening’s race.
Corey Lofton’s (Vienna, VA) background in the longer distances left him on the “B” team while four 800m specialists made up the “A”
squad. Shaowei Tu (Mechanicsville, VA) started with the baton for the “A” team and found himself chasing his elder teammate around
all four laps. Lofton split a 1:57.8 with Tu handing off in 1:58.6 – his fastest four laps ever. On the second leg, redshirt junior Jeff Ball (Chesapeake, VA) extended the “B” team’s lead with a 2:01 leg versus Brian Huffman’s (Charlottesville, VA) 2:04.4. The “A” team finally took charge at the end of the third leg. Sophomore Wilson Bever (Chantilly, VA) ran his fastest indoor 800 with a 2:04.6 split, but junior Scott Teribury (Woodbridge, VA) was on his game, too, with a 1:59.7. Matt Winkler (Palmyra, VA) made the final circuits for the lead squad and his 1:56.4 carry stopped the clock at 7:59.24 to set the new school standard (one that appears to be very temporary).
Four of the relay men raced the open 800m on Saturday and all four came away with lifetime bests. Teribury won the event in 1:59.84 with Ball right behind in 2:00.33. Douglas McLellan (Columbia, MD) and Bever also netted PRs at 2:05.91 and 2:06.83, respectively. Winkler won the 600m with a PR 1:23.73 finish. Huffman was 5th in that race at 1:27.93 – also a PR. Lofton returned to the longer races with a 9:01.99 win in the 3,000m.
The women’s squad claimed two spots on the CNU All-Time Lists in the vertical jumps. In the High Jump, frosh Jenna Elliott (Fredericksburg, VA) cleared an indoor PR 1.58m/5-2.25 and now ranks 3rd in CNU History. Taryn Langley (Hopewell, VA) scaled two PR heights on the day. Her final clearance at 2.70m/8-10.25 moves her to #7 All-Time for CNU. Kalee Hammerton (Royersford, PA), already CNU’s #4 All-Time Pole Vaulter, slipped over one more height than her teammate (2.85m/9-4.25).
The hurdlers were almost perfect on the PR front. In Friday’s preliminaries, all six Captain’s claimed lifetime bests. Cheria Jackson (Woodbridge, VA) led the way with a 9.76 qualifier – almost half a second faster than her previous 60m Hurdles best. Amanda Reap bests to 10.75 and Jenna Elliot dropped her PR to 10.86 and Michelle Best (Louisa, VA) lowered hers to 10.99 seconds.
Saturday’s two-heat finals allowed for even more improvements. Jackson slipped down to 9.62 for a 5th place finish. Reap dropped another two tenths to 10.38 for 7th place ahead of Jacobs (10.44) and Schanck (10.47). Jenna Elliott just missed her hours-old best with a 10.93 run – still a third of a second faster than her best coming in to the weekend.
In the Long Jump, Jacobs stretched her PR our to 5.38m/17-8 as she inches closer to the form that placed her on the National Lists outdoors last year. Olivia Green (Fairfax, VA) also added a few inches to her best (4.64m/15-2.75) and followed up with a PR in the 60m Dash, too (8.47). Jacobs also added a sprint PR in the 200m (28.38) behind Cheria Jackson’s 27.69. Michael Kitchens (Leesburg, VA) surpassed the 13m barrier in the Triple Jump for the first time (13.05m/42-9.75) and rookie Christopher Mogensen (Natural Bridge, VA) added two PRs in the horizontal jumps (5.30m/17-4.75, 10.81m/35-5.75).
The distance squad accounted for five more lifetime bests with Christopher Lyford (Leesburg, VA) (4:40.59), Joshua Bowling (Crewe, VA) (4:40.63), and Daniel Austin (Culpeper, VA) (4:42.53) earning them in the Mile; Michelle Stauffer (Fort Valley, VA) claiming a 600m best (1:46.68); and Andrew Giordano (Great Falls, VA) getting his in the 5k (17:58.37).
The PRs helped elevate the Captains to top rankings in the Regional Polls. The Dual Meet Rankings shows the women atop the South/Southeast Region and the men second behind Emory University. Both squads rank #3 on the computer polls (based on Nationals scoring).
Next on the schedule is a trip to Lexington, VA for the VMI Winter Invitational at “The Pit” for some “old school” indoor competition.
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