For immediate release – 4/5/2013 - #340
Select Hornets Compete on First Day of Liberty Collegiate Invitational
LYNCHBURG, VA – With the Old Dominion Athletic Conference (ODAC) outdoor championships on the horizon, the Lynchburg College men's and women's track and field teams sent members of the team to the Liberty Collegiate Invitational on Friday. Four athletes, including head mentor Doug Thomasey, competed in the multi-events and several more took part in the throwing events.
Zachary Kezar joined Thomasey in the Decathlon, and Kezar won the 100 meter dash in a time of 11.30. Kezar then finished second in the long jump at 20'10.65" and third in the shot at 35'9.25". Kezar won the last event of the afternoon, the 400 meter dash and succeeded in other events to end day one in first place with 3279 points. His coach is currently third with 2749.
For the heptathlon, Amanda Walters and Kelsey Roark were the two Hornets entered, and two of only three Division III athletes. Roark barely edged Walters in the opening 100 meter hurdles by three-hundredths of a second. The two battled all afternoon, with Roark leading Walters 1968 to 1476 after the first day of action.
In other events, Leah Heal continued her successful senior season, finishing with the top distance among D-III throwers in the javelin. Her toss of 117'9" was third overall. Carlo Del Donno was also the top D-III thrower for men in the javelin competition. His heave of 161'6" was good for fourth overall. Greg Wilson followed up his career best last week in the hammer throw, with a second place finish in the competition. His throw of 165'2" barely missed out on a personal best.
Lynchburg will finish the second day of the invitational on Saturday with events beginning at 9 a.m. After that, the Hornets will have about two weeks off before the ODAC championships, which will take place at Washington and Lee University.