Two program records fall for track & field at VMI

Maddie Van Aken prepares to run down the vaulting lane

Lexington, Va. -- University of Lynchburg's indoor track & field teams enjoyed a record-setting weekend at the VMI Winter Relays in Lexington, Va.

Senior Madeline Van Aken (Blacksburg, Va.) highlighted the weekend with a new program record in the pole vault Friday. She cleared 11-11 ¾ to break the record by more than 5 inches. That mark ranks 20th in Division III and tops among Old Dominion Athletic Conference vaulters this season, and she won the event, besting several scholarship vaulters.

Sophomore Kaitlyn Johnson (Spotsylvania, Va.) continued to add to her collection of school records, breaking the previous 3,000-meter run mark with a 10:17.57 jaunt. That mark put her sixth in the event and ranks second among ODAC races at that distance this season.

Junior Reid Sharkey (Fairfax, Va.) highlighted the Hornet men's performances on the weekend with a new ODAC top time in the 1-mile. His personal-best 4:18.31 mark put him third in the race and ranks fifth among Lynchburg's all-time leaderboard.

Senior Tristan Lucy-Speidel (Fort Valley, Va.) also had a solid showing, checking into fourth on the ODAC leaderboard and fifth on Lynchburg's all-time list with an 8:45.07 race in the 3,000m. He finished 13th.

Back with the women, senior Endasia Mitchell (Perry Hall, Md.) had a productive weekend. She posted top ODAC times in the 400-meter dash (58.79) -- a mark that also checks in 43rd nationally this season and ranks fourth all-time at Lynchburg -- and the 800-meter run (2:20.1). That race jumped Mitchell to fifth on Lynchburg's all-time leaderboard, with teammate junior Michela Cholak (Ocean Township, N.J.) (2:20.29) sixth on the all-time list in the event.

Two Lynchburg women -- sophomore Stephanie Burnett (Midlothian, Va.) and freshman Zoe Scales (Danville, Va.) -- posted all-time second-place performances in events. Scales ran a 9.37-second 60-meter hurdles in the preliminary round to mark a program runner-up time and also the ODAC's second-best mark this year.

Burnett's 18:21.71 5,000-meter race also ranks second all-time for Lynchburg, trailing only Johnson's performance earlier this season. Burnett ranks fifth in the ODAC with that time.

Two more Hornet freshmen broke into the league's top five on the weekend.

Donzailya Berg's (Stephens City, Va.) 16-3 ¾ long jump put her fourth on the league's list this season, and Bailey Casto (Evington, Va.) also cracked the ODAC's top five in the pole vault, topping out at 10-6 to rank fourth in the conference.

Lynchburg's indoor track & field teams will head to Blacksburg, Va., for the Virginia Tech Challenge next weekend before gearing up for the ODAC championship meet the following Sunday, Feb. 24.

--LYN--

Sat Dec 07
Bast-Cregger Invitational
Roanoke College, Salem, Va.
Sat Dec 07
2:00 PM
East. Mennonite
vs. Lynchburg
Sat Dec 07
4:30 PM
Emory & Henry
vs. Lynchburg
CODE RED Game
Wed Dec 11
7:00 PM
Lynchburg
at Averett
Fri Dec 20
4:00 PM
Hood
vs. Lynchburg
@ Daytona Beach, Fla. Daytona Beach Shootout
Sat Dec 21
4:00 PM
Lynchburg
vs. Marymount (Va.)
@ Daytona Beach, Fla. Daytona Beach Shootout
Wed Jan 01
2:00 PM
William Peace
vs. Lynchburg
Thu Jan 02
7:00 PM
Lynchburg
at Randolph-Macon
Sat Jan 04
2:00 PM
Va. Wesleyan
vs. Lynchburg
Sat Jan 04
4:30 PM
Johns Hopkins
vs. Lynchburg
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Fri Nov 08
Final
87 Lynchburg
78 vs. Albertus Magnus
@ Hood College, Frederick, Md. MMI Tip-Off Tournament
Sat Nov 09
Final
62 Lynchburg
75 at Hood
MMI Tip-Off Championship
Wed Nov 13
Final
88 Lynchburg
68 at N.C. Wesleyan
Sat Nov 16
Final
69 Hampden-Sydney
74 vs. Methodist
@ Lynchburg, Va. Wayne Proffitt Classic -- Game 1
Sat Nov 16
Final
80 Pfeiffer
91 vs. Lynchburg
Wayne Proffitt Classic -- Game 2
Sun Nov 17
Final
99 Hampden-Sydney
108 vs. Pfeiffer
@ Lynchburg, Va. Wayne Proffitt Classic -- Game 3
Sun Nov 17
Final
69 Methodist
93 vs. Lynchburg
Wayne Proffitt Classic -- Game 4
Fri Nov 22
Final
84 Lynchburg
88 vs. Mary Washington
@ Newport News, Va. CAC/ODAC Challenge - Game 1
Sat Nov 23
Final
77 Lynchburg
79 at No. 9 Chris. Newport
CAC/ODAC Challenge - Game 4
Sun Dec 01
Final
81 Lynchburg
68 at Bridgewater (Va.)
Wed Dec 04
Final
73 Lynchburg
78 at Ferrum
Sat Dec 07
2:00 PM
East. Mennonite
vs. Lynchburg
Wed Dec 11
7:00 PM
Lynchburg
at Averett
Wed Jan 01
2:00 PM
William Peace
vs. Lynchburg
Sat Jan 04
2:00 PM
Va. Wesleyan
vs. Lynchburg
Wed Jan 08
7:00 PM
Lynchburg
at Randolph
Wed Jan 15
7:30 PM
Hampden-Sydney
vs. Lynchburg
Sat Jan 18
2:00 PM
Lynchburg
at Emory & Henry
Wed Jan 22
7:00 PM
Ferrum
vs. Lynchburg
Coaches vs. Cancer Week
Sat Jan 25
2:00 PM
Washington and Lee
vs. Lynchburg
Alumni Day | Coaches vs. Cancer Week
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Sun Nov 10
Final
60 Meredith
81 vs. Lynchburg
Tue Nov 12
Final
39 Lynchburg
70 at Averett
Fri Nov 15
Final
39 Lynchburg
52 at Emory
Emory Holiday Inn Tip Off Classic (Game Played at Agnes Scott)
Sat Nov 16
Final
64 Colorado Col.
76 vs. Lynchburg
@ Agnes Scott College, Decatur, Ga. Emory Holiday Inn Tip Off Classic
Wed Nov 20
Final
73 Lynchburg
60 at Hollins
Mon Nov 25
Final
61 East. Mennonite
82 vs. Lynchburg
Wed Dec 04
Final
58 Lynchburg
49 at Randolph
Sat Dec 07
4:30 PM
Emory & Henry
vs. Lynchburg
CODE RED Game
Fri Dec 20
4:00 PM
Hood
vs. Lynchburg
@ Daytona Beach, Fla. Daytona Beach Shootout
Sat Dec 21
4:00 PM
Lynchburg
vs. Marymount (Va.)
@ Daytona Beach, Fla. Daytona Beach Shootout
Thu Jan 02
7:00 PM
Lynchburg
at Randolph-Macon
Sat Jan 04
4:30 PM
Johns Hopkins
vs. Lynchburg
Tue Jan 07
7:00 PM
Guilford
vs. Lynchburg
Sat Jan 11
2:00 PM
Lynchburg
at Shenandoah
Wed Jan 15
5:00 PM
Washington and Lee
vs. Lynchburg
Sat Jan 18
2:00 PM
Lynchburg
at Va. Wesleyan
Wed Jan 22
7:00 PM
Lynchburg
at Ferrum
Sat Jan 25
4:30 PM
Bridgewater (Va.)
vs. Lynchburg
Alumnae Day
No Event
No Event
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Sat Oct 19
Final
1 East. Mennonite
3 vs. Lynchburg
Homecoming
Wed Oct 23
Final
1 Shenandoah
4 vs. Lynchburg
Sat Oct 26
Final
3 Lynchburg
1 at Va. Wesleyan
Tue Oct 29
Final - OT
0 Guilford
1 vs. Lynchburg
Senior Night
Sun Nov 03
Final
0 Randolph-Macon
2 vs. Lynchburg
Match 3 - ODAC Quarterfinal
Fri Nov 08
Final - PK Away
2 Lynchburg
2 at Hampden-Sydney
Match 6 - ODAC Semifinal
Sat Nov 09
Final
0 Lynchburg
1 vs. No. 11 Washington and Lee
@ Hampden-Sydney College, Hampden Sydney, Va. Match 8 - ODAC Championship
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Sat Oct 19
Final
2 Roanoke
1 vs. Lynchburg
Homecoming
Thu Oct 24
Final
3 Lynchburg
4 at No. 15 Randolph-Macon
Moved from Oct. 23
Sun Oct 27
Final
1 Lynchburg
2 at Shenandoah
Wed Oct 30
Final
2 Lynchburg
1 at Guilford
Sat Nov 02
Final - OT
2 Va. Wesleyan
1 vs. Lynchburg
Senior Night | CODE RED Match
Mon Nov 04
Final
0 East. Mennonite
4 vs. Lynchburg
Match 1 - ODAC First Round
Wed Nov 06
Final
1 Lynchburg
4 at No. 14 Randolph-Macon
Match 2 - ODAC Quarterfinals
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