Three track & field records fall at Colonial Relays

Tristan Lucy-Speidel splashes into the water during the Steeplechase.
Tristan Lucy-Speidel splashes into the water during the Steeplechase.

Williamsburg, Va. -- Three University of Lynchburg track & field competitors set new program outdoor records over the weekend at William & Mary College's Colonial Relays, highlighting an effort that included six top marks in the Old Dominion Athletic Conference.

Senior Tristan Lucy-Speidel (Fort Valley, Va.) led the way for the Hornet men with a new program best in the 3,000-meter Steeplechase (9:19.35). He finished second at the meet, and the time ranks sixth in NCAA Division III at present. The mark tops the ODAC leaderboard by nearly 20 seconds.

Two Lynchburg women -- seniors Samantha Schreiber (Gladys, Va.) and Madeline Van Aken (Blacksburg, Va.) -- also set new program bests.

Schreiber raced to a 37:41.4 in the 10,000-meter run, a mark that ranks No. 11 in Division III and tops in the conference. She finished 15th in the event.

Van Aken cleared 12-1 ½ in the pole vault to finish sixth, breaking the Lynchburg record she set earlier this season. That mark sits tied for eighth in the division and leads the ODAC's list.

Several other Hornets posted impressive performances. Sophomore Kaitlyn Johnson (Spotsylvania, Va.) wasn't far behind her teammate in the 10,000. She finished 20th (38:14.17), a time that ranks third all-time at Lynchburg and bested her own personal record by less than a second. That ranks No. 24 in Division III.

A pair of 100-meter hurdlers -- freshman Zoe Scales (Danville, Va.) and sophomore LaMaya Lacy (Bremo Bluff, Va.) -- broke into the program's all-time top 10. Scales' run of 15.42 seconds placed her second in the ODAC and tied for third on the program leaderboard; Lacy's 15.46 ranks fourth in the league and fifth all-time at Lynchburg.

A pair of women's relays also made their mark in the Lynchburg annals. The 4x400-meter quartet of freshman Bailey Casto (Evington, Va.), freshman Lizzie Davis (Knoxville, Tenn.), freshman Jessica Cammarata (Ledgewood, N.J.) and senior Endasia Mitchell (Perry Hall, Md.) finished in 4:05.1, the ODAC's best mark of 2019. That ranks sixth all-time for the Hornets.

The 4x100 team -- sophomore Destaunia Perry (Boston, Mass.), freshman Faith Francis (Midlothian, Va.), Cammarata and Scales -- finished in 50.05 seconds, the second-best ODAC time of the year and eighth-best in Lynchburg history.

Lynchburg's men also made some new history. Junior Reid Sharkey (Fairfax, Va.) ran the sixth-fastest 5,000 meters in program history (14:52.39) and the ODAC's top time, and freshman Max Sparks (Canton, Conn.) followed with a 15:02.96 run, the second-best time in the conference and 10th best at Lynchburg.

The men's 4x100 relay of freshman Zashon Brown-Flowers (Suffolk, Va.), sophomore Julian Douglas (Lynchburg, Va.), sophomore Jordan Short (Madison Heights, Va.) and freshman Alex Shadkhoo (Herndon, Va.) finished in 42.35 seconds, the 10th-best time in Lynchburg lore and tops in the ODAC.

Lynchburg's track & field teams will be back in action next weekend at the Randolph WildCat Invitational.

--LYN--

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