Lynchburg, Va. -- University of Lynchburg senior Madeline Van Aken (Blacksburg, Va.) again broke the Hornets program record in the women's pole vault Wednesday, clearing 12 feet, 2 ¾ inches to highlight Lynchburg's performances at Liberty University's Twilight Invitational.
Van Aken's vault bested the record she set earlier this season at William & Mary by 1 ¼ inches and moved her into a tie for 18th on the NCAA Division III leaderboard. She finished seventh at the Liberty meet behind only unattached and Division I vaulters.
The Hornets women's throwing corps also enjoyed a nice day with a pair of top-five finishes. Senior Rachel Murray (Chesapeake, Va.) hurled the javelin 124-3 to finish second, and junior Disa Haugsdahl (Warrenton, Va.) scored a 106-1 toss. Both were just off their personal bests.
On the men's side, sophomore Julian Douglas (Lynchburg, Va.) reached the final heat of the 100-meter dash and ran a 10.8-second sprint to finish eighth. It was a personal best for Douglas and moved him into fourth on the Old Dominion Athletic Conference's outdoor leaderboard.
Two more Hornet men finished in the top three in their events: Junior Kevin Moran (Milford, N.J.) took bronze in the 400-meter hurdles (55.64), and senior Dalton Hoppe (Buchanan, Va.) hurled the hammer 160-3 to finish third. Both were just off their season bests as well.
Lynchburg's track & field teams will look to cement a contingent of national qualifiers with the final regular-season meet of 2019 Monday, May 13 at Swarthmore College.