Wilmington, N.C. -- University of Lynchburg's outdoor track & field teams enjoyed a successful start to the 2019 season at UNC Wilmington's Seahawk Invitational over the weekend, posting seven all-time top 10 marks at the meet.
Sophomore LaMaya Lacy (Bremo Bluff, Va.) led the way for the Hornets, finishing third in the 100-meter hurdles (15.54), the fourth-best mark in program history.
Sophomore Kaitlyn Johnson (Spotsylvania, Va.) also broke into the all-time top five, with a 4:48.66 1,500-meter run, also a third-place finish.
Senior Rachel Murray (Chesapeake, Va.) set Lynchburg's ninth all-time mark in the discus (114-4), good enough to finish fifth. Murray also won the javelin at the meet with a 121-2 heave.
The 4x100-meter relay of freshman Jessica Cammarata (Ledgewood, N.J.), freshman Donzailya Berg (Stephens City, Va.), senior Endasia Mitchell (Perry Hall, Md.), and freshman Faith Francis (Midlothian, Va.) finished fourth (50.4), the 10th-best time in program history.
Three Lynchburg men also set all-time marks for Lynchburg. Junior Kevin Moran (Milford, N.J.) bested his own eighth-place time in the 400-meter hurdles with a new personal best of 54.81 to finish second in the event.
Sophomore Jake Degenshein (Collegeville, Pa.) won the javelin (170-6), the new 10th-place mark in the program record book, and freshman Alex Shadkhoo (Herndon, Va.) finished fourth in the 100-meter dash in 10.91 seconds, also a 10th-place time in the program annals.
Lynchburg added three more event victories at the meet: senior Madeline Van Aken (Blacksburg, Va.) in the women's pole vault (11-1 ½), freshman Max Sparks (Canton, Conn.) in the men's 1,500-meter run (4:00.03), and freshman Melbert Bautista (Harrisonburg, Va.) in the men's pole vault (12-3 ½).
Lynchburg will continue its outdoor track & field season Thursday through Saturday, March 14-16 at the Alan Connie Shamrock Invitational in Myrtle Beach, S.C.