Bridgewater College may not have swept the ODAC Indoor Track & Field Championship titles for the third straight season, but the Eagles still tasted victory with the BC women capturing a fourth straight conference championship at the Roanoke College Kerr-Cregger Fieldhouse Sunday.
Washington and Lee University pushed thru on the men’s side, hoisting its seventh overall ODAC trophy and first since 1989.
Eagles’ sprinters Amber Celen and Alex Galloway took home ODAC Athlete of the Meet honors, with BC mentor Brian Flynn securing women’s coach of the year laurels and W&L’s Brandon Uhl earning men’s coach of the year accolades. Lynchburg College’s David Moore and the Generals’ Shep Sims shared ODAC Men’s Rookie of the Year honors, while BC’s Emily Valley earned the women’s rookie award. on the men’s side.
ODAC competitors snapped 13 championship or overall ODAC records in the meet, held for the first time at RC’s new facility. Celen was personally responsible for seven of those records as she won four events on the day.
Several Salem athletes competed at the meet. Hunter Sampson of Eastern Mennonite finished second in the 400 and ran on the champion 4×400 meter relay team. Salem’s Ty Meador contributed to the champion Bridgewater women and Kenneth McCauley competed in the shot and hammer for Shenandoah University.
The host Maroon women finished third and the men finished tied for seventh in the meet. Claire Aurand posted a career-best in the 60M with a time of 7.97 earning third place. Aurand also placed third in the 200M, clocking a 26.30 for another career-best.
Cameron Thompson placed fourth in the 60M with a time of 7.13 followed by Nicolas Stewart’s time of 7.14 which was good for fifth. Thompson also recorded a fifth place finish in the 200M in 23.01 seconds.
Kerri Dalton finished third in both the 3000M and the 5000M with times of 10:42.94 and 18:41.61, respectively. Caity Ashley finished sixth in the mile in 5:24.69 and seventh in the 3000M with a time of 11:09.02.
Melanie Meadows took sixth in the 60M Hurdles, clocking a 9.97.
Aurand, Baxter, MacDougall and Brittany Mallette earned fourth in the women’s 4×400 relay with a time of 4:15.91 while Mykal Dawkins, Juilian Edwards, Paul Houston and William Pankey took sixth in the men’s 4×400 relay with a time of 3:34.50.
In the distance medley relay, the women’s team of Claire Brooks, Mallette, Nora DeBoer and Ellen Bauer clocked a 13:27.82 earning second. The men’s team of Kevin Waterman, Dawkins, Athey Crump and John Wiggins took second with a time of 10:43.74.
Baxter tied for fifth in the pole vault with a score of 3.02M followed by Elleri Vitwar (2.82M) in seventh and Anna Holley (2.67M) in eighth. Dillon Kopec tied for fourth on the men’s side with a score of 3.85M.
Jayna Jean-Jules finished third in the women’s weight throw with a throw of 12.32M and David Flowers earned sixth in the men’s weight throw with a 13.43M. Kaleb Bland placed eighth in men’s shot put with a throw of 13.11M.
Roanoke College will host the 2017 NCAA Final Qualifier Meet Saturday in the Kerr-Cregger Fieldhouse this Saturday.