Track & field knocks down two LC records at Swarthmore

Michela Cholak crosses a hurdle in the Steeplechase race on the Lynchburg track.

Swarthmore, Pa. -- The Lynchburg College outdoor track and field teams finished the 2018 regular season on a high note with several strong performances at the Swarthmore Final Qualifier on Monday evening in Swarthmore, Pa.

Sophomore Michela Cholak (Ocean Township, N.J.) and junior Samantha Schreiber (Gladys, Va.) each broke school records at the meet. Cholak ran to seventh in the 3,000-meter Steeplechase (11:08.29), breaking her own school record in the event by more than 11 seconds.

Schreiber became the first woman in the history of Lynchburg track & field to run 5,000 meters in under 18 minutes, clocking in at 17:59.23 to shatter the school record and place 22nd against stiff competition.

Both were also top marks in the Old Dominion Athletic Conference this season.

On the men's side, freshman Hunter Frizzell (Fredericksburg, Va.) continued his fantastic season with a top-ODAC time in the 800-meter run (1:54.75, 24th place), which ranks second in the program's record book. Two teammates, sophomore Shawn Gmurek (Parkton, Md.) and senior Levi Rees (Fredericksburg, Va.) also ran into the top 10 in program history and the top five in the league this season.

Sophomore Reid Sharkey (Fairfax, Va.) ran the conference's top time in the 1,500-meter run at 4:01.07, and sophomore Kevin Moran (Milford, N.J.) finished the 400-meter hurdles ninth in 55.73, just off his personal best.

The Swarthmore Twilight concludes the season for most of Lynchburg's team, while grad student Natalie Deacon (West Chester, Pa.) will prepare for a return trip to the NCAA Division III Outdoor Championships, held this year in La Crosse, Wis., May 24-26.