Lynchburg women capture ODAC indoor track & field title

Lynchburg women's track poses with ODAC champions sign and trophy

Salem, Va. -- University of Lynchburg's women's indoor track & field team ran away with the Old Dominion Athletic Conference championship Sunday afternoon at Roanoke College's Cregger Center.

The Hornets finished with 176 points, well ahead of second-place Bridgewater (132).

It is Lynchburg's 10th women's indoor title and the team's first since 2011.

Hornets senior Madeline Van Aken (Blacksburg, Va.) won the ODAC field athlete of the meet award after winning the pole vault (10-10 ¾) and placing in both the triple jump (third, 15-9) and long jump (fifth, 33-5 ¾).

Freshman Jessica Cammarata (Ledgewood, N.J.) joined her on the podium with the women's rookie of the meet crown after earning All-ODAC honors in the 200- and 400-meter dashes and helping Lynchburg to a win in the 4x400-meter relay. Her 26.17-second 200m set a new Lynchburg indoor record.

Head coach Jim Sprecher was named women's coach of the year.

Lynchburg women combined for six event victories and 13 All-ODAC performances.

Senior Endasia Mitchell (Perry Hall, Md.) collected a pair of conference titles, defending her 400-meter dash championship (59.62) while also anchoring the top 4x400m relay with freshmen Bailey Casto (Evington, Va.) and Cammarata and sophomore Angela Ramsden (Eagleville, Pa.). The quartet crossed the line in 4:10.83.

Van Aken topped the pole vault leaderboard with a 10-10 ¾ mark. Her third-place long jump mark of 15-9 and fifth-place effort in the triple jump (33-5 ¾) helped secure her top field athlete honor.

Junior Sammi Woods (Fredericksburg, Va.) used a clutch final heave in the shot put (39-10 ¾) to capture that championship, leading four Hornets who scored point in the pivotal event. Woods' mark ranks fourth all-time at Lynchburg.

Cammarata wasn't the only Lynchburg freshman to stand out at the championship meet. Zoe Scales (Danville, Va.) won the ODAC title in the triple jump (36-2 ¼), a mark that ranks third in program history. Scales also placed third in the 60-meter hurdles, stopping the watches at 9.36 seconds, the second-best mark in the history of the program.

Another freshman, Donzailya Berg (Stephens City, Va.), took the high jump title in a jump-off, clearing 5-2 ¼ to rank fifth all-time at Lynchburg.

Sophomore Kaitlyn Johnson (Spotsylvania, Va.) led the Hornets' distance corps with a second-place finish in the 5,000-meter run (18:09.64) and a third-place in the 3,000-meter run (10:36.75).

Junior Keaira Reese (Norfolk, Va.) also earned all-conference laurels, finishing third in the triple jump (34-5 ¾).

Lynchburg's 176 team points are the most by an ODAC champion since Roanoke scored 190 points to capture the 2008 conference crown and the second-most ever scored in a conference championship meet.

The Hornets' 44-point margin of victory is also the largest since 2008.

 

2019 ODAC Women's Indoor Track & Field Championships Superlatives

Field Athlete of the Meet - Madeline Van Aken, Lynchburg

Track Athlete of the Meet - Emily Valle, Bridgewater

Rookie of the Meet - Jessica Cammarata, Lynchburg

Coach of the Year - Jim Sprecher, Lynchburg

Scholar-Athlete of the Year - Calista Ariel, Bridgewater

 

Team Results

1. Lynchburg 176

2. Bridgewater 132

3. Roanoke 119

4. Washington and Lee 111

5. Shenandoah 42

6. Virginia Wesleyan 21

7. Randolph 10

8. Eastern Mennonite 6

9. Guilford 5

10. Emory & Henry 2

 

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