Men's track & field claims third at ODAC outdoor meet

Shawn Gmurek running in a 800m race

Lynchburg, Va. -- University of Lynchburg's men's track & field team claimed four individual conference championships this weekend on its way to a third-place team finish at the Old Dominion Athletic Conference championship meet at Randolph College's WildCat Stadium.

Bridgewater claimed the league title, besting second-place Washington and Lee by a point, 180-179. Lynchburg followed closely with 163.5 points in the meet.

Junior Shawn Gmurek (Parkton, Md.) led the way for the Hornets, winning the 800-meter run in 1:55.1, the fifth-fastest time in program history.

Senior Tristan Lucy-Speidel (Fort Valley, Va.) won the 3,000-meter Steeplechase in 9:29.27, becoming a four-time All-ODAC performer in the event, and junior Reid Sharkey (Fairfax, Va.) followed with a league title in the 1,500-meter run (3:57.07).

Freshman Alex Shadkhoo (Herndon, Va.) collected the Hornets' fourth individual title, winning the 200-meter dash in 22.03.

Shadkhoo was also all-conference in the 100-meter dash and the 4x100-meter relay, in which he and freshman Zashon Brown-Flowers (Suffolk, Va.) and sophomores Julian Douglas (Lynchburg, Va.) and Jordan Short (Madison Heights, Va.) took second in 41.64 seconds, tied for the third-fastest relay in program history.

Sharkey chipped in an All-ODAC performance in the 800m, as did Lucy-Speidel in the 5,000-meter run, junior Kevin Moran (Milford, N.J.) in the 400-meter hurdles, sophomore Andrew Johnson (Greencastle, Pa.) in the Steeplechase, freshman Simeon Scott (Bedford, Va.) in the high jump, freshman Melbert Bautista (Harrisonburg, Va.) in the pole vault, and senior Dalton Hoppe (Buchanan, Va.) in the hammer and javelin throws. The 4x400-meter relay of Moran, freshman Jeremiah Allen (Waldorf, Md.), senior Conor Cahill (Staunton, Va.) and Short also reached the podium.

The following athletes also scored points for the Hornets: freshman William Fowler (Buchanan, Va.), sophomore Andrew Hawk (Coplay, Pa.), freshman Max Sparks (Canton, Conn.), junior Ethan Batchelor (Parkton, Md.), freshman Jason Moench (Hamilton Square, N.J.), freshman Cee Jay Williams (Louisa, Va.), senior Randy Harris (Richmond, Va.) and sophomore Jake Degenshein (Collegeville, Pa.).

Washington and Lee nearly swept the meet superlatives, as the Generals' Joe O'Connor claimed field athlete of the meet and rookie of the meet awards, Brandon Uhl was coach of the year in the conference and Hank Patrick won the league's scholar-athlete honor. Bridgewater senior Davonta Womack won the track athlete of the meet award.

Lynchburg's team will turn toward the chase for NCAA Division III national qualifiers, starting with Liberty University's Twilight Qualifier meet on Wednesday, May 1.

--LYN--

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