Salem, Va. -- University of Lynchburg's men's and women's indoor track & field teams started the 2018-19 season with a bang this weekend at the Bast-Cregger Invitational at Roanoke College, combining for seven event victories.
On the women's side, a mix of youth and experience set the tone. Seniors Madeline Van Aken (Blacksburg, Va.) and Endasia Mitchell (Perry Hall, Md.) took event victories, as did freshman Jessica Cammarata (Roxbury, N.J.).
Van Aken moved up to third on Lynchburg's all-time indoor pole vault list Friday evening, clearing 11-1 ¾ to win the event and also finished seventh in both the long jump (15-9 ½) and triple jump (33-4 ¾).
Mitchell took first in the 400-meter dash (60:33) and was runner-up in the 200 (27.24).
Cammarata had a great start to her career, winning the 200 in 26.78 -- seventh in program history -- and finishing second in the 400 (62:21).
Freshman Zoe Scales (Danville, Va.) and sophomore LaMaya Lacy (Bremo Bluff, Va.) also put fresh ink in the record book, placing second and third, respectively, in the 60-meter hurdles. Scales finished in 9.55, good enough for fourth on the program records, with Lacy just behind at 9.66, a time that puts her ninth.
Freshmen did the most damage for the Hornet men. Alex Shadkhoo (Chantilly, Va.) started his collegiate career with wins in the 200-meter and 300-meter dashes. His 22.72-second 200 ranks eighth in program history, and he ran 36.39 in the 300.
Max Sparks (Canton, Conn.) also broke onto the program leaderboard with a 15:21.5 stopper in the 5,000-meter run on Friday, also ranking eighth in Lynchburg history.
Melbert Bautista (Harrisonburg, Va.) captured another first-place finish at the meet, clearing 13-1 ½ in the pole vault for top honors.
Sophomore Julian Douglas (Lynchburg, Va.) also broke into the program top 10 list Saturday, long-jumping 21-9, a mark that is 10th best all-time for the Hornets.
Lynchburg's indoor track & field teams will be back in action Saturday, Dec. 8 in Newport News, Va., for the Christopher Newport Holiday Open.