In the final home invitational of the year and the last meet of the season for most of the squad, the Captains continued their PR roll with another 27 lifetime bests. They also made nine more changes to the All-Time Lists. Jenna Elliott moved herself up the Nationals Lists a bit and Matthew Winkler scared the Provisional Qualifying Mark in a solo pursuit.
27 More PRs Earned At New Captains Classic
Elliott Improves Nationals Standing, Winkler Moves Closer
The New Captains Classic provided the CNU squad a final opportunity to compete as a full team before the focus of the season turned to Last Chance Qualifiers for Nationals. Many chose to narrow their event focus after a busy Conference Championships meet while others took a shot at alternate events. The end result was in line with the rest of the season – lots of PRs and changes to the CNU All-Time Lists.
From a National perspective, the two biggest performances came from freshman Jenna Elliott (Fredericksburg, VA) in the High Jump and Matthew Winkler (Palmyra, VA) in the 800m. Elliott added another crucial centimeter to her best clearance of the season (1.66m/5-5.25) while further improving her hold on the #2 spot in CNU History. Winkler showed he is on the verge of his own qualifier in the 800m. The senior pushed himself twice around the track without much help to a PR 1:52.82 clocking – five seconds clear of teammate and runner-up Jeffrey Ball (Chesapeake, VA). Already at #2 on the CNU List, the solo run sets Winkler up well for the fast fields he will face in the Last Chance meets.
The Pole Vaulters took advantage of great conditions to make four changes to the All-Time Lists. Kalee Hammerton (Royersford, PA) rebounded from a disappointing no-height at Conference to elevate her PR to 3.26m/10-8.25 and moved up to #2 in CNU History. Taryn Langley (Hopewell, VA) added a centimeter to her PR (2.76m/9-0.5) to improve her #7 Ranking. On the men’s side, Richard Roethel (Farmingville, NY) continued his advancement in the event with a 4.27m/14-0 clearance that moved him up to =#6 on the All-Time List. David Fishman (Springfield, VA) jumped a collegiate best 4.12m/13-6 to secure the #7 spot.
The horizontal jumpers had a good day, too, with Anton Bowman (Springfield, VA) bouncing out to a PR 13.43m/44-0.5 in the Triple Jump. Brittany Jacobs (Warrenton, VA) added nearly a foot to her season best to win the women’s TJ (11.27m/36-11.5). She also won the Long Jump with a solid 5.49m/18-0 and Taryn Langley landed a PR 4.34m/14-3. Sprinter Nathan Joyce (Ft. Belvoir, VA) took a crack at his high school best in the Long Jump and succeeded, landing at 5.71m/18-8.75.
Jonathon Wade (Rocky Mount, VA) had been nibbling at his Hammer Throw PR all season long and finally took a bite at his last meet of the year. He added four feet to his best with a 42.29m/138-8 to continue moving his #5 Ranking closer to the #4 spot on the CNU List. In the Shot Put, Hillary King (Ashland, VA) added nearly a foot to her best (8.98m/29-5.5). Several Captains gave the Javelin a try this season and several of them notched new bests at the Classic. Joseph Taylor (Prince George, VA) tossed a 41.55m/136-3 PR ahead of Tony Harris’ (Gainesville, VA) 37.82m/124-0 best. Taryn Langley (21.00m/68-10) and Hillary King (19.44m/63-9) also landed lifetime bests.
On the track, Cheria Jackson (Woodbridge, VA) dropped another 0.16 seconds from her fastest 100m Dash (12.56) and improved by nearly a second in the 200m (25.87). Kristen Bell (Vienna, VA) followed in both and earned a PR in the longer sprint (26.38). Erin Rolaf (Woodbridge, VA) recorded her third straight PR in the 1500m (5:04.20) before Shaowei Tu (Mechanicsville, VA) made his debut in the men’s race (4:14.32) and Andrew Giordano (Great Falls, VA) dropped his best by eight seconds to 4:33.28.
Included in the Classic’s event schedule was a Heptathlon and frosh Noel Bartley (Waynesboro, VA) and Caitlin Miller (Huntington, NY) signed on for the seven event competition. On day one, Miller claimed PRs in the 100m Hurdles (20.73), High Jump (1.42m/4-7.75), Shot Put (7.47m/24-6.25), and bettered her previous Heptathlon 200m time (28.90) to put her well ahead of her pace from her previous best (1705 pts). For Bartley, this was her debut in the multis and she, too, had a good start. She was just shy of her open PRs in the 100m Hurdles (17.05) and High Jump (1.45m/4-9) and had solid first efforts in the Shot Put (7.76m/25-5.5) and 200m (29.37) and posted 2068 Day 1 points.
Weather conditions were not quite as favorable on the second day and only the initial event – the Long Jump – was familiar to the pair. Both managed the much cooler temperatures and the angst of their inexperience with the Javelin and 800m well. Miller closed some of the gap on her teammate and finished with a PR 2738 to Bartley’s 3009. The two young Captains now sit at #5 and #8 on CNU’s All-Time List.For complete CNU Results, check out the Results Page.