February 12, 2011 -- Vince Brown Invitational

Post date: Feb 19, 2011 4:14:09 AM

In the final tune-up before the Mason-Dixon Conference Championships, the Captains posted 32Personal Records and 54 Season Bests. Among those performances were 2 National Qualifiers, a School record, and 5 other CNU All-Time Performances. The distance corps continued their great season and the jumpers are getting sharper.

Hansen Crushes School Record Again

Distance Crew Heats Up Vince Brown Invite

Junior Dira Hansen (Culpeper, VA) opened the season with a headlining School Record in the 800m. Patiently waiting out a full recovery from illness for the last month, she returned to the event in the final tune-up before the Conference Championships. Just as

she did in December, she pressed the pace early and made sure to put the record in jeopardy again – and again she had help from a veteran of the event. Chasing Allie Lewis to the finish line, Hansen hacked nearly two seconds off her previous record to 2:14.25. It was a fast weekend for Div. III half-milers around the country as no fewer than 11 others also bested the National Qualifying Standard. Hansen sits #11 in the Nation for the time being. She showed she has room for further improvements when she finished the meet with a determined 56.9 second leg to anchor the 4x400m Relay. Behind Hansen, Laurie Murphy (Louisa, VA) made her indoor debut in the event. At 2:22.68, she is now CNU’s #7 800m runner All-Time. Emily Whitby (Alexandria, VA) (2:44.14) and Ashley Doerner (Fairfax Station, VA) (2:52.73) also earned PRs. Murphy doubled back for the 3,000m where she made another All-Time debut. Her 10:34.98 ranks #3 in CNU history. Jade Zaharoff (Vienna, VA) also had a great race breaking 11 minutes for the first time and moving up to #7 on the CNU Lists (10:57.58) after just missing her Mile PR earlier in the day (5:26.54).

In the men’s 800m, the Captains got another big set of PRs and All-Time Performances. Wilson Bever (Chantilly, VA) and Douglas McLellan(Columbia, MD) got the ball rolling in the second heat with the first two PRs (2:04.49 and 2:05.10, respectively). In the next heat, Jeffrey Ball(Chesapeake, VA) took control and ran away with the race to lower his lifetime best by nearly two seconds (1:58.54) and temporarily ranked #9 on the All-Time List. A few minutes later, Corey Lofton (Vienna, VA) (1:58.05) held off Shaowei Tu (Mechanicsville, VA) (1:58.73) and became CNU’s #7 All-Time Performer in the event (Tu is now #11). Scott Teribury (Woodbridge, VA) finished a second later with a PR 1:59.49.

In the final heat, Matthew Winkler (Palmyra, VA) – already #3 in CNU history with a 1:55.08 PR run on the advantageous banked track at Virginia Tech – raced to a 1:55.49 finish. That time would rank higher than his PR following conversions used for NCAA qualifying.

More PRs fell in the men’s 3,000m with Joshua Bowling (Crewe, VA) cutting over 15 seconds from his previous best to 9:24.81 and Scott Wright (Oak Hill, VA) dropping 4 seconds to 10:22.92. Patrick Cunningham (Williamsburg, VA) missed his 5k PR by just half a second (16:25.61) and Andrew Giordano (Great Falls, VA) dropped down to the Mile for a PR 4:52.06.

The Captains had a great day on the infield, too (and the runways on the outside of the track). Senior Brittany Jacobs (Warrenton, VA) extended her indoor PR past the 18’ line in the Long Jump with a Provisional National Qualifier (5.53m/18-1.75). Olivia Green (Fairfax, VA) also leaped to a PR (4.68m/15-4.25). Anton Bowman (Springfield, VA) had healed up enough to return to action and

bounced to a 13.57m/44-6.25 mark in the Triple Jump – a foot and a half farther than he had ever jumped before. Christopher Mogensen (Natural Bridge, VA) also had a big improvement out to 11.68m/38-4.

Joseph Taylor (Prince George, VA) vaulted to a season best 4.20m/13-9.25 – just a centimeter shy of his indoor PR. Frosh Alexander Hurd (Stafford, VA) added a few inches to his best with a 3.75m/12-3.5 clearance. Decathlete Richard Roethel (Farmingville, NY) spun a lifetime best 11.75m/38-6.75 in the Shot Put. Christine Hood (Yorktown, VA) added a foot to her PR in the event (7.77m/25-6) while rookie Meara Goss (Dunn Loring, VA) made a four and a half foot breakthrough in the Weight Throw (9.90m/32-5.75).

Back on the track, Kwarteng Asare (Fairfax, VA) posted an indoor best 52.30 in the 400m as did Wilson Bever (53.70). Cheria Jackson (Woodbridge, VA) and Olivia Green both motored to PRs in the 200m (26.92 and 28.41, respectively). In the men’s race, all three one-lappers ran lifetime bests: Richard Roethel (23.34), Jeremy Scroggins (Hampton, VA) (25.77), and Dominic Yanger (Reston, VA) (26.21). Yanger also hurdled to a PR 10.37.

Brittany Jacobs added a hurdle PR to her day (10.29) behind Cheria Jackson’s 9.77. The first of Olivia Green’s three PRs on the day was in the 60m Dash (8.39) where Hillary King (Ashland, VA) also ran to a PR 9.13.

As the Captains head in to Conference Weekend, both the men and women sit third in the South/Southeast Region Dual Meet Rankings. In the computer polls (championship meet strength), the women are still third with the men slipping to fourth in the Region.

For complete CNU Results, check out the Results Page.

Photo by Jesse Hutcheson / Staff Photographer