Track & field shines at Dr. Jack M. Toms Alumni Invitational

Samantha Schreiber jumping a Steeplechase

Lynchburg, Va. -- University of Lynchburg's men's and women's track & field teams combined for seven event victories Friday and Saturday at the program's home meet, the Dr. Jack M. Toms Alumni Invitational, on the track named in the legendary coach's honor.

Lynchburg's athletes also posted six Old Dominion Athletic Conference top marks on the weekend and broke into the program's all-time top 10 in nine events.

Freshman Jessica Cammarata (Ledgewood, N.J.) led the way for the Hornet women, having a part in three ODAC top times. The sprinter won the 200-meter dash in 26.0 seconds and followed that with a 400-meter dash victory (58.44). She then raced with sophomore Destaunia Perry (Boston, Mass.), sophomore Jackie Lerro (Royersford, Pa.), and freshman Zoe Scales (Danville, Va.) to win top honors in the 4x100-meter relay, finishing in 50.26 seconds, another top time in the conference this season.

Cammarata's 200m and 400m marks rank fifth and fourth on Lynchburg's all-time top 10 list, respectively, and the relay's jaunt sits 10th all-time at Lynchburg.

Seniors Endasia Mitchell (Perry Hall, Md.) and Samantha Schreiber (Gladys, Va.) also posted event victories. Mitchell won the 400-meter hurdles (1:07.03), and Schreiber won the 3,000-meter Steeplechase with the top time in the conference this season (11:33.35), just off her personal best.

Two Hornets put up ODAC top marks in field events, as senior Rachel Murray (Chesapeake, Va.) hurled the javelin a personal-record 129-7, and freshman Donzailya Berg (Stephens City, Va.) leapt 16-9 ¾ in the long jump. Both finished second in their respective events.

Murray's mark ranks fourth all-time in Hornet history, while Berg's mark puts her tied for 10th.

Sophomore Stephanie Burnett (Midlothian, Va.) ran the program's fifth-fastest 5,000-meters (18:10.53), finishing second.

Lynchburg's men also enjoyed success at the meet, paced by freshman Alex Shadkhoo (Herndon, Va.). He ran a PR in the 200, (21.58) to finish second with the ODAC's top time and third-fastest in program history. Shadkhoo also won the 100-meter dash (11.17).

Sophomore Jordan Short (Madison Heights, Va.), junior Reid Sharkey (Fairfax, Va.), and freshman Simeon Scott (Bedford, Va.) all posted top conference marks.

Sharkey ran the 1,500m in 3:56.02 to win the event and post the fifth-best race in Lynchburg history.

Scott cleared 6-4 to place second in the high jump, while Short was second in the 400m (49.53).

Junior Kevin Moran (Milford, N.J.) improved his hold on the eighth-best 400-meter hurdles for the second-straight week. Moran covered the distance in 54.48 to place second.

Lynchburg's track & field teams will hit the road next Saturday, March 30, to compete at Christopher Newport's Blue & Silver Challenge in Newport News, Va.

--LYN--

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