Hornet Men Sweep Competition and Hornet Women Finish 2-2 at Commonwealth Duals

For immediate release – 3/31/2012 - #325
Hornet Men Sweep Competition and Hornet Women Finish 2-2 at Commonwealth Duals

NEWPORT NEWS, VA – The Lynchburg College men's and women's outdoor track and field teams took part in the five-team Commonwealth Duals, hosted by Christopher Newport University.  The Duals were a competition between LC, CNU, Washington & Lee University, Virginia Wesleyan College, and the University of Mary Washington. 

Lynchburg's men's team outscored the other four schools, finishing with a record of 4-0 on the day.  The women defeated two of the opponents and lost to the other two in the event.  Points were awarded in individual events: five points for first place, three for second place, and one point for third place.  In relay events, the winners were awarded five points.

The points were racked up on the women's side by many different athletes.  Christina Washington continued her great spring, running a blistering time in the 400 meter race 58.18, winning the race and the five points.  That time currently puts her seventh in the national rankings.  Not wanting to be outdone, Aleshia Washington posted impressive times in the 100 meter and the 200 meter races, running them in 12.99 and 26.97 respectively, earning four total points.  Katie Miller also had a great day.  She set a new lifetime best in the 100 meter hurdles with a time of 16.25 and was the runner up in the high jump, at a height of 4'8.25".  Kori Penick earned five points for Lynchburg for once again winning the shot put.  She threw the shot a distance of 38'2".  Penick also scored three points in the discus, heaving a distance of 104'5".   The 4x100 meter relay team, comprised of Margo Foley, Aleshia Washington, Miller, and Christina Washington also garnered five points for the Hornets, with a time of 50.72.

With the men sweeping the competition, there were quite a few highlights.  Evan Ellison earned points in both the 200 and the 400 meter races with times of 23.26 and 50.69, which gained three points for the Hornets for finishing second.  Three Hornets set lifetime bests to help the Hornets gain more points.  Reid Taylor set an outdoor 800 mark of 1:57.27 for one point being the third place finisher.  William Orndorff ran the 1500 meter in a time 4:06.23 for second place and three points.  Rachad Davis rounded out the bests with a time of 54.42 in the 400 meter hurdles.  He also ran the 110 meter hurdles in 15.13.  Both were first place finishes, earning five points each.  Davis currently sits tied for 16th place and in 12th place nationally in the 110 and 400 meter hurdles, respectively.

Once again the Hornets throwers racked up points.  In the shot put, Lynchburg took all nine points, as Greg Wilson won (48'11.5"), Eric Van Dunk finished second (46'2.5"), and Ralph Davis took the bronze (45'2.25").  On top of that, junior Gordon Merck finished fourth in the event.  LC swept the discus and hammer throws as well.  In the discus, Wilson won the event with a throw of 136'.  He was followed by Lesley Waddy (122'3") and Davis (118'1").  Davis won the hammer (161'3"), Wilson followed (140'7"), and Merck took third (140'3").  In the javelin, Chris Giannone earned one point for his throw of 146'1".

The Lynchburg College men's and women's outdoor track and field teams get little rest as they will compete in the two-day Liberty Collegiate Invitational on April 6 and 7, held at Liberty University.