Myrtle Beach, S.C. -- University of Lynchburg senior Madeline Van Aken (Blacksburg, Va.) and sophomore Kaitlyn Johnson (Spotsylvania, Va.) set program records for the women's track & field team over the weekend at the Alan Connie Shamrock Invite, wrapping up a successful Spring Break for the Hornet teams.
Lynchburg's women's and men's track & field teams set nine new top 10 marks on the program's all-time leaderboard at the meet and numerous other early-season top marks in the Old Dominion Athletic Conference.
Johnson shattered the Hornet women's 5,000-meter run record by more than 25 seconds with her time of 17:33.96, winning the event over a number of scholarship runners by more than 2 seconds.
Van Aken broke the team's outdoor women's pole vault record, matching her indoor personal best of 11-11 ¾. The senior also broke into the all-time top 10 in the triple jump with a fourth-place leap of 36-3, making her seventh all-time and the top mark in the ODAC this season.
Freshman Jessica Cammarata (Ledgefield, N.J.) added two all-time top-10 times. She ran the ninth-best 200-meter dash in program history (26.27) and the 10th-best 100-meter dash (12.81), besting her previous 10th-place time in the shorter event.
Freshman Lizzie Davis (Knoxville, Tenn.) and senior Endasia Mitchell (Perry Hall, Md.) tied for ninth at the meet in the high jump, also tying the ninth-best mark in program history to clear 5-1. Davis broke into the all-time top 10 in the event, while Mitchell just missed her own personal record.
The women's 4x100-meter relay of sophomore Destaunia Perry (Boston, Mass.), sophomore Jackie Lerro (Royersford, Pa.), Cammarata, and freshman Zoe Scales (Danville, Va.) also set a top-10 all-time time (50.37).
On the men's side, freshman Alex Shadkhoo (Herndon, Va.) finished seventh in the 100-meter dash, his time of 10.77 seconds ranking third all-time on Lynchburg's leaderboard.
Junior Reid Sharkey (Fairfax, Va.) ran fourth in the 5,000-meter run (15:07.7), the ninth-best time in program history.
Junior Kevin Moran (Milford, N.J.) added a pair of ODAC top times in the 110-meter (15.4) and 400-meter hurdles (54.78), setting a new PR in the latter to better his eighth-best time in the Lynchburg record book.
The Hornets' track & field teams will be back in action next weekend at their home meet, the Dr. Jack M. Toms Alumni Invitational, next Friday and Saturday.