For immediate release – 5/12/2013 - #410
Select Hornets in Position to Qualify; Washington and Penick Break Own School Records
CHARLOTTESVILLE, VA – Over the past three days, a few Lynchburg College men's and women's track and field athletes have competed in select meets in order to attempt to qualify for the National Championship meet. On Thursday, five members went to the Salem, VA for the Roanoke/VT Twilight. The past two days, repeat performers went to the Virginia Challenge at the University of Virginia, and had great success.
On Saturday, two school records were knocked off. Aleshia Washington broke her previous record in the 100 meter dash. She crossed the line in a time of 12.16, which puts her back in the top 22 in the nation (top 22 in women's ranking qualify for nationals, where as it is the top 20 for men).
Soon after, Kori Penick followed Washington in passing her own school record. Penick finished second in the shot put competition with a toss of 42'11.5". With the throw, she moved closer to the qualifying mark, where she is now at 28th nationally.
Two more throwers had successful days on Friday. Greg Wilson set a career best in the hammer throw, with a hurl of 174'6". His third-place finish in the event puts him at 37th in the nation. Leah Heal finished fourth in the javelin competition behind three Division I throwers. Her toss of 135'11" is a new personal record and has her at 17th, on pace to qualify for nationals.
The Hornets will send members of the team to different sites on Sunday and Monday. Some athletes will head to the Aggies Last Chance Meet at North Carolina A&T University on Sunday, while others will head to Swarthmore College on Monday for the SWAT Final Qualifying Meet.