Women's track & field defends ODAC outdoor title

Lynchburg women's track and field poses at the victory bell with the ODAC championship trophy

Lynchburg, Va. -- University of Lynchburg's women's track & field team defending its Old Dominion Athletic Conference outdoor title, running away with the 2019 championship Saturday at Randolph College's WildCat Stadium.

Lynchburg piled up 222 points on the day, 76 ahead of second-place Bridgewater. It was the Hornets' third-straight ODAC title, two outdoor and one indoor, and the largest margin of victory since the 2008 outdoor championship.

Lynchburg has claimed 10 women's outdoor track & field conference titles since the conference began the championship meet in 1995.

The Hornets did it this weekend on the heels of four individual and one relay victory.

Senior Endasia Mitchell (Perry Hall, Md.) led the way for Lynchburg, winning her second-straight 400-meter conference title with a season-best time of 58.57 seconds.

Mitchell also anchored the Hornets' 4x400-meter relay, accompanied by freshmen Lizzie Davis (Knoxville, Tenn.), Faith Francis (Midlothian, Va.) and Jessica Cammarata (Ledgewood, N.J.), which won in 4:06.86.

Cammarata claimed the conference's rookie of the meet honor, finishing with All-ODAC honors in the 200- and 400-meter dashes along with the relay finish. Senior Samantha Schreiber (Gladys, Va.) won the ODAC/Virginia Farm Bureau Insurance Scholar-Athlete of the Year Award, and Hornets director of track & field Jim Sprecher won ODAC women's outdoor coach of the year honors for the second-straight season.

Senior Rachel Murray (Chesapeake, Va.) defended her league title in the javelin (126-7 ¼).

Senior Madeline Van Aken (Blacksburg, Va.) won the triple jump (36-9 ¾), her best-ever jump and the third-best in Lynchburg history, and junior Sammi Woods (Fredericksburg, Va.) took top honors in the shot put (40-4 ½), the season's best mark in the ODAC and the second-best in Lynchburg's record book.

The Hornets added 10 more All-ODAC performances: Schreiber in the 10,000-meter run and 3,000-meter Steeplechase; sophomore Stephanie Burnett (Midlothian, Va.) in the 10,000-meter run; sophomore LaMaya Lacy (Bremo Bluff, Va.) in the 100-meter hurdles; Mitchell in the 400-meter hurdles and pole vault; junior Michela Cholak (Ocean Township, N.J.) in the 3,000-meter Steeplechase; freshman Donzailya Berg (Stephens City, Va.) in the high jump and long jump; sophomore Keaira Reese (Norfolk, Va.) in the triple jump; junior Disa Haugsdahl (Warrenton, Va.) in the javelin; and the 4x100-meter relay of sophomore Destaunia Perry (Boston, Mass.), Francis, Cammarata and freshman Zoe Scales (Danville, Va.).

Freshman Bailey Casto (Evington, Va.), senior Morgan Watson (Concord, Va.), sophomore Kaitlyn Johnson (Spotsylvania, Va.), freshman Jillian Guerra (Chesapeake, Va.), junior Dale Morrow (Norfolk, Va.) and sophomore Elle Benefield (Delaplane, Va.) also scored points in the meet for Lynchburg.

The other meet superlatives went to Bridgewater's Calista Ariel on the track and Roanoke's Jennifer Calascione in the field events.

The Hornets will now set their sights on national qualifiers with a number of late-season meets, starting Wednesday, May 1 with Liberty University's Twilight Qualifier.

--LYN--

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