LC Men’s Track Wins 16th Consecutive ODAC Indoor Title

LC Men’s Track Wins 16th Consecutive ODAC Indoor Title

For Immediate Release – 2/22/13 - #256
LC Men's Track Wins 16th Consecutive ODAC Indoor Title

LYNCHBURG, VA – The Old Dominion Athletic Conference (ODAC) hosted the Indoor Track and Field Championship on Friday, and the Lynchburg College men's track and field team took home the title.  LC won the event at Liberty University's Tolsma Indoor Track Center for the 16th consecutive time.  The Hornets won by an impressive 47 points.

Tom Sippie won the 200 meter dash in 22.51, barely edging Randy Lott for first.  Rachad Davis and Zachary Kezar finished third and fourth in the event, helping the Hornets earn 20 points combined.  Sippie then went on to win the 400 meter dash in 50.03, which puts him 30th in the nation. Tristan Boysaw was the runner-up in the race, crossing the line sixth-tenths of a second behind.

As has been the story for the past couple of years, the Lynchburg throwers dominated the competition, taking 46 out of 62 points.  After setting a seasonal best last week, Eric Van Dunk threw the shot put 46'10" winning the competition.  The Hornets swept the podium in the event, with Greg Wilson and Spencer Latham, being second (48') and third (46'10.75") respectively.  Gordon Merck and Wilson also won the silver and bronze in the weight throw, with tosses of 48'8.25" and 48'8" respectively.

Eric O'Connor finished second in the pole vault, posting a height of 14'3.5", and Tyler Richardson took fourth at 12'.

Boysaw won the silver in the triple jump event, posting a distance of 46'1.5".  He then reached the bronze height in the high jump at 6'4.25".  Jared Bloomquist finished second, reaching the same height in the event.

Rachad Davis continued his reign as the top short distance hurdle man in the conference, winning the 60 meter hurdles in a season-best 8.39 seconds.

The 4x400 meter relay team crossed the finish line in first as well.  Curtis Whitlow, Boysaw, Davis, and Sippie ran the race in a time of 3:23.44

The distance runners also had a successful day for Lynchburg.  Cody Stanton, Lawrence Minor, and Nolan Compton each finished second in their respective races.  Stanton received eight points in the 5000 meter race with a time of 15:12.  Minor ran the 3000 meter in 8:48.14, with Compton running the mile in 4:21 to garner eight as well.

Sippie was named rookie of the year after winning the three events.

With the conclusion of the meet, the winter indoor season is winding down.  LC will be in action next Saturday, at the VT Final Qualifier in Blacksburg.  Select Hornets will look to qualify for the national meet, which takes place the following weekend in Naperville, IL.

Team Standings - Men

Lynchburg - 171 pts.

Bridgewater - 124 pts.

Virginia Wesleyan - 56 pts.

Eastern Mennonite - 41 pts.

Washington and Lee - 40 pts.

Guilford - 32 pts.

Roanoke - 31 pts.

Shenandoah - 1 pt.

Men's Athlete of the Meet - Luke Sohl, BC
Men's Coach of the Year - Shane Stevens, BC
Men's Rookie of the Year - Tom Sippie, LC
Men's ODAC/Farm Bureau Insurance Scholar-Athlete - Tim Wisniewski, BC