Lexington, Va. -- Several Lynchburg College track and field athletes set new top marks in the Old Dominion Athletic Conference this weekend, bearing fruit from an exceptional showing at the Virginia Military Institute Winter Relays.
On the women's side, graduate student Natalie Deacon (West Chester, Pa.) led the way again, placing second in the 800-meter run with a new conference-best time of 2:15.48. Junior Endasia Mitchell (Perry Hall, Md.) also had a big showing, setting the new conference mark in the 400-meter dash at 1:00.66. Mitchell was also the top Division III finisher in the 500-meter run (1:20.12), finishing ninth.
The two teamed up with sophomore Michela Cholak (Ocean Township, N.J.) and junior Samantha Schreiber (Gladys, Va.) for a fifth-place finish in the distance medley relay, coming in at 12:46.2, the third-best time in the ODAC this season.
Schreiber boasted a top-10 finish in the 5,000-meter run, placing eighth at 18:52.18.
Junior Morgan Watson (Concord, Va.) placed 19th in the mile run, posting the fourth-best time in the ODAC this season at 5:24.74.
Not to be outdone, the Lynchburg men also made some headway on the conference top marks list.
Junior Dalton Hoppe (Buchanan, Va.) tossed the 35-pound weight 50-feet, 9 ¼ inches to set a new conference best. That effort put him sixth in the meet and the top Division III finisher.
The 4x400-meter relay of junior Isiah Williams (Fredericksburg, Va.), freshman Azavier Kirtley (Roanoke, Va.), sophomore Kevin Moran (Milford, N.J.), and junior Conor Cahill (Staunton, Va.) also set a conference best, crossing the line in 3:23.9 for fifth place. Cahill also finished 12th in the 500, at 1:09.63, the top D3 time in the race.
The men's distance medley relay also placed fifth at 11:03.38. Freshman Roy Stevenson (Richmond, Va.), freshman Clint Turbeville (Wilmington, N.C.), senior Levi Rees (Fredericksburg, Va.), and freshman Hunter Frizzell (Fredericksburg, Va.) competed in that relay.
Lynchburg's indoor track & field teams will hit the road again on Friday, Feb. 16, this time to Salem, Va., for Roanoke College's Invitational meet.