February 24, 2013 - GMU Last Chance (from CNUsports.com)
Post date: Feb 26, 2013 8:18:44 PM
Three Historic Efforts Highlight Strong Showing by CNU Indoor Track & Field
at the George Mason Open
2/24/2013 8:07:00 PM
FAIRFAX, Va. -- Three members of the Christopher Newport indoor track & field team recorded top-10 efforts in CNU history as the Captains wrapped up the George Mason Last-Chance Meet with several strong performances on Sunday afternoon at the GMU Fieldhouse.
During the daylong competition, Dominique Torres pieced together CNU's finest effort as the freshman posted a distance of 14.53-meters in the triple jump. Not only did that place him fourth in the event, but that effort currently ranks 12th in the nation and sixth in Captains' history.
Melissa Rizor and Jessica McClelland also came through with historic efforts in a pair of distance events. Rizor placed fifth in the field in the 800-meters with a time of 2:22.50, which now stands seventh all-time in program history. McClelland followed with a time of 10:53.47 in the 3000-meters, which placed her 11th in the field and eighth all-time at CNU.
“Following up a big conference meet is tough both physically and emotionally,” said Tyler Wingard, who led CNU to the Mason-Dixon Championship last weekend. “But most of the squad performed at the PR levels they set last week. No doubt, though, we are still looking for more out of our next two meets.”
In addition to the all-time performances, the Captains recorded a pair of fifth-place showings on Sunday. Robert Mayes was fifth in the 400-meters with a time of 50.73, while Joseph Taylor matched that effort after clearing 4.40-meters in the pole vault. Christopher Comeau and Alexander Hurd also came in eighth and ninth, respectively, in the vertical event.
Kwarteng Asare also looked strong in the triple jump, finishing three spots behind Torres after notching a distance of 14.15 meters. In other top-10 efforts on the men's side, Samuel Martin crossed the line in eighth in the 1000-meters, while Andrew Larkin came in 10th in the event. Josh Showalter also cruised to a ninth-place showing in the 3000-meters after Daulton Teaford did the same in the 60-meter dash. Rounding out a strong day overall by the distance runners, Brian Huffman finished 10th in the mile.
On the women's side, Fredsal Walker locked down a sixth-place finish in the 60-meter hurdles after bolting to a time of 9.29. Looking just as strong in the 1k, Erin Rolaf placed eighth with a clocking of 3:11.81, which set a new PR and shaved 14 seconds of her previous best performance of the year.
In field events, Jenna Elliott came in eighth in the high jump after clearing 1.60-meters. Kalee Hammerton also came through with a 12th-place performance in the pole vault after notching a height of 3.15-meters.
Christopher Newport will return to action tomorrow when the Captains kick off the CNU Last-Chance Pentathlon/Heptathlon at the Freeman Center. On Saturday, the squad will wrap up its pre-championship run with the Virginia Tech Last-Chance Meet on March 2 in Blacksburg.
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