March 30, 2013 - Commonwealth Duals (from CNUsports.com)
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CNU Outdoor Track & Field Shines at Commonwealth Duals
3/30/2013 11:45:00 PM
NEWPORT NEWS, Va. -- The Christopher Newport men's outdoor track & field team posted a perfect 4-0 record at the Commonwealth Duals, while the women's squad finished 3-1 after CNU pieced together a slew of outstanding efforts on Saturday at POMOCO Stadium.
During the meet, the Captains recorded 50 personal bests, including 10 efforts that rank among the top-10 all-time in CNU history. Daulton Teaford collected the program's sixth-fastest times in the 200 and 400 meters, while Anthony Melton cracked the all-time list in both the hammer and discus. On the women's side, Enuma Ezenwa lowered her PR by over two seconds in the 400-meter hurdles, while Taryn Langley also entered the top-10 all-time in the javelin.
In team scoring, the men trumped Roanoke, 145-16, Washington & Lee, 95-66, Virginia Wesleyan, 134-27, and Shenandoah, 128-32. The women triumphed over Shenandoah, 113-36, Virginia Wesleyan, 113-40, and Washington & Lee, 101-60. Roanoke came away undefeated and picked up the lone victory against the Captains after posting an 88-69 win.
Teaford continued his strong spring, winning four events during the competition. During his historic efforts, he cruised to titles in the 200-meter dash with a time of 21.63 and the 400 in 48.63. He also won the high jump with a leap of 1.84-meters and anchored the victorious 4x100-relay that cruised to the top spot in 42.56.
Among other victorious efforts, Joseph Taylor cleared 4.37 meters in the pole vault, which placed him first in the field. Christopher Comeau also came in fourth in the event with a height of 4.07 meters. That effort places him 10th on the program's all-time list. Dominique Torres also kept his sensational freshman campaign going, winning the long jump and triple jump.
In field events, Melton was the star for the Captains, collecting a pair of top-three efforts. He finished second in the discus after launching a toss of 42.09 meters, which currently ranks 10th in CNU history. He also placed third in the hammer with a throw of 40.94 meters. That stands sixth in program history. Not to be outdone, Kendrick McMinn and Robert Graham also shined in the hammer. McMinn notched a distance of 39.47 meters, which stands eighth in school history. Graham had a toss of 38.09 meters, which ranks 10th all-time.
On the women's side, Fredsal Walker blistered the field in the 100-hurdles after clocking in at 14.98, which ranks 10th in program history and 15th in the nation entering the weekend. Ezenwa looked just as strong in the 400-hurdles, notching a time of 1:05.01. That effort is the eighth-fastest time ever by a Captain. Jennifer Westerholm also excelled in the discipline after placing third overall at the Duals.
The Captains really shined in the vertical and field events with the squad taking the top-three spots in the high jump. Jenna Elliott led the way with a height of 1.58 meters, while Ezenwa and Noel Barltey finished second and third, respectively. Danielle Crowley also won the long jump with a distance of 5.29 meters and placed second in the triple jump after leaping 10.72 meters. Kalee Hammerton was the runner-up in the pole vault as well, while Langley finished third in the javelin with a distance of 27.40 meters and Murphy Smith matched that finish in the discus.
In distance events, Jessica McClelland cruised to the title in the 800 after completing the course in 2:24.22. Erin Rolaf also finished second in the 5000-meters, just edging out teammate Julie Machamer, who placed third.
Christopher Newport will return to action on April 5 when the Captains begin the Colonial Relays in Williamsburg.
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