Hornets Compete at Doc Jopson Invitational

Hornets Compete at Doc Jopson Invitational
Katie Miller

For immediate release – 3/29/2014 - #285
Hornets Compete at Doc Jopson Invitational

BRIDGEWATER, VA – As has become tradition, the Lynchburg College men's and women's track and field teams traveled to Bridgewater College and the Doc Jopson Invitational for the second weekend of the spring season.  It was a rain-soaked, windy meet which made some of the times slower, but despite the conditions, several Hornets had standout performances on Saturday, winning numerous events.

On the women's side, Katie Miller won her first race of the outdoor season, taking the 100 meter hurdle title in 16.00 flat.  Aleshia Washington had an impressive showing in the 200 meter dash, which she won in 26.70.  Nicole Williams finished the race in third, at a time of 27.73.  Williams set her collegiate best in the long jump, reaching a distance of 15'9", which put her at second in the event.

The mid-distance runners had one of their best days, especially in the 800 meter run.  Tracy Estelus won the event in 2:28.57, which was just ahead of teammate Adrian Walker at 2:28.85.

Kim Alfaro continued her breakout year, winning the hammer with a heave of 153'10".  The bomb was a new career best, supplanting her previous PR by nearly 11 feet.  It leaves her at tenth in the nation for the event, and it is the second best distance in school history.  Emily Davis won the discus competition and finished third in the hammer throw.  To show how successful the throwers were besides the event winners, Kelsey Hughes and Davis were third and fourth respectively in the shot and Davis, Ashley Thomas, and Britney Gulick finished third, fourth and fifth respectively in the hammer.

The hurdlers once again put on a great show for the men's team, with two Hornets taking the titles.  Rachad Davis won the 110 meter hurdles in 15.35, which is good enough for sixth in the nation at the start of the weekend.  Davis also won the 200 meter dash, crossing the line in 23.04.  Brian Fuentes won the 400 meter hurdle race in 57.31.

Greg Wilson kept up his streak of dominance in the throwing events, winning the shot put, hammer, and discus competitions.  He won shot with a toss of 47'1.75"; however he was much more impressive in the hammer.  He set a new career best at 178'8.5", which was the second furthest in school history and puts him at fifth in the nation right now.  Lynchburg took the next two spots after Wilson in each event, and the next three in the hammer.  Spencer Latham won the silver in each event, Hunter Bailey was third in the shot and the hammer, Lesley Waddy was third in the discus, and Michael Romano took fourth in the hammer.  Romano also finished third in the javelin, one spot behind Carlo Del Donno.

The Hornets will be back in action next weekend with a busy schedule.  Members of the distance team will head to Durham, NC for the Duke Invitational on Friday.  The rest of the team will compete in the two-day Liberty Invitational across town.