Track & field competes in Liberty Kickoff

Natalie Deacon runs with a relay baton.

Lynchburg, Va. -- Lynchburg College's indoor track & field teams enjoyed a successful meet against tough competition across town at the Liberty University Kickoff meet at LU's new indoor track facility.

Graduate student Natalie Deacon (West Chester, Pa.) highlighted the day for the Hornets with a new school record in the women's 3,000-meter run. The former All-American placed seventh in the race and tops among Division III competitors with a time of 10:23.54. Deacon's time beat the previous record by more than 14 seconds.

Freshman Kaitlyn Johnson (Spotsylvania, Va.) also had a breakout run in the event, finishing in 11:06.18.

Junior Samantha Schreiber (Gladys, Va.) also boasted a top-10 finish, placing ninth in the 5,000-meter run on Friday night with a time of 18:44.04.

Junior Endasia Mitchell (Perry Hall, Md.) also highlighted the women's finishes with a 15th-place run in the 500m (1:21.1) and 25th in the high jump.

On the men's side, junior Dalton Hoppe (Buchanan, Va.) placed 16th in the weight throw (45-05 ¼) to highlight the field events.

Freshmen Andrew Hawk (Coplay, Pa.) and Roy Stevenson (Richmond, Va.) also boasted top-20 finishes in the 500m (1:10.7) and 3,000m (9:13.36), respectively.

The men's relays also finished well, highlighted by the 4x800m comprised of Stevenson, freshman Brandon Haag (Forest, Va.), senior Levi Rees (Fredericksburg, Va.), and freshman Clint Turbeville (Wilmington, N.C.), which finished third with a time of 8:30.26.

The men's 4x400m of junior Isiah Williams (Fredericksburg, Va.), freshman Azavier Kirtley (Roanoke, Va.), freshman Kobe Anderson (Katy, Texas), and senior Ryan Witter (Fairfax, Va.) took 17th, coming in at 3:30.31.

Several other Hornets set personal records on the day, which the coaching staff said will translate to key points in the upcoming Old Dominion Athletic Conference championships.
Lynchburg's teams will return to action Sunday, Feb. 4 at Christopher Newport Univeristy.