Hornet Men Go 3-1 in Commonwealth Duals

Hornet Men Go 3-1 in Commonwealth Duals

For immediate release – 3/30/2013 - #328
Hornet Men Go 3-1 in Commonwealth Duals

LYNCHBURG, VA – The Lynchburg College track and field teams hosted the LC Commonwealth Duals on Saturday, and the men went 3-1 in the old school meet.  The Commonwealth Duals are meets designed to rekindle team competition within the sport.  Teams go head-to-head, and the top-three finishers between the teams earn five, three, or one points.  In relay events, the school with the better time receives five points, and the other school gets zero.

Lynchburg beat University of Mary Washington 102 to 57; defeated Eastern Mennonite University 112 to 31; beat Bridgewater College 98 to 60; lost to SUNY-Oneonta 82 to 79.

In the shot put, Lynchburg received all nine points against UMW, BC, and EMU, as Eric Van Dunk won the competition at 49'0.25", with Greg Wilson and Spencer Latham finishing third and fourth respectively.  J.D. Roth of SUNY-Oneonta was second, which gave the Red Dragons three points against the Hornets six.

Rachad Davis took second place overall in the 110 meter hurdles at 14.98.  However, it gave the Hornets five points against each team, because the top runner was unattached.  Nolan Compton finished first in the 1500 meter run at 4:02.16.  Both times were season bests.  Davis then won the 400 meter hurdles, with Brian Fuentes finishing third.  Oneonta's Steve Kuznia split them up.

Zachary Kezar grabbed the bronze in the long jump, with his best distance this year, at 21'4.35".  It gave Lynchburg three points against UMW and BC, and five points versus Oneonta and EMU.  He also set two career bests. In the 100 meter, he crossed the line fourth in 11.03.  In the 200, he finished third (behind two Oneonta runners, one of which is the defending national champion) at 22.34.  Davis, Kezar, Tristan Boysaw, and Tom Sippie barely finished second overall in the 4x100 meter relay at 42.51, with Bridgewater being the only school earning the five points over the Hornets. 

Boysaw also set a PR on his way to winning the 400 meter dash in 50.08.  Curtis Whitlow finished fifth, but the two Hornets sandwiched three Oneonta runners.   Boysaw added another title in the triple jump, coming in at 44'5.25".

Jared Bloomquist also came in with a top performance, tying for second in the high jump.  It was a three-way tie, with a jumper from Oneonta and LC alumni James Bell.

The team will split up next week, with members either heading to the Duke Invitational in Durham, NC or traveling across town to take part in the Liberty Collegiate Invitational.