For immediate release – 4/19/2013 - #375
Men and Women Both in Lead after Day One
LEXINGTON, VA – The 2013 Old Dominion Athletic Conference (ODAC) Outdoor Track and Field Championships began on Friday, and the Lynchburg College men's and women's track and field teams found themselves in the thick of the competition at Washington and Lee University. Both teams are currently in first place, with the men having 58 points and women at 57.
Greg Wilson successfully defended his 2012 shot put title. Wilson was followed by Spencer Latham, who won his first outdoor medal for the school. Wilson then went out and won the hammer throw competition as well, with teammate Sean Bass earning his first medal of his career, with a runner-up in the competition.
Just as for the men, the female throwers got the weekend started the right way. Kori Penick won the shot put title for the second time in her career, first as a Hornet with a toss of 40'1". Earlier in the day, Kim Alfaro set a career-best in the hammer, with a throw of 143'8". It garnered the bronze in the competition.
In another event with the top two spots occupied by Hornets, Candace Hairston won the long jump at 17'3.85", with Aleshia Washington earning the silver at 17'1.15".
Jacqueline Graham crushed her previous PR in the 3000 meter steeple chase. She earned four points for LC with a time of 12:38.21.
Several members of both squads qualified for their respective finals on Saturday, with strong showings Friday evening. Zachary Kezar earned a spot in the 100 and 200 meter dash finals. Rachad Davis (56.67) and Brian Fuentes (57.35) each qualified for the 400 meter hurdles, with Davis looking to win his third-straight title. Catherine Wallace qualified in both the 100 and 200 meter races, with Washington qualifying in the shorter race.
The second day of the ODAC Outdoor Track and Field Championships will take place tomorrow. Barring any weather problems, events will start at 10 a.m., with the men's javelin and triple jump and women's pole vault competitions scheduled.