LEXINGTON, Va. – The Washington and Lee men's track and field team is in first-place after day one of the Old Dominion Athletic Conference Outdoor Championships held at Wilson Field on Friday.
The Generals have totaled 88.5 points after seven events, with Lynchburg ranking in second with 56.0 points.
Individually, the Generals were led on the first day by senior Patrick Robertson (Norfolk, Va. / Norfolk Academy), who set a school record in winning the ODAC hammer throw for the third straight season. He also took the top spot in the outdoor shot put for the first time in his career. His hammer throw of 53.55m (175'8.50") broke the former standard of 49.80m (163'5") set by Billy Billington '10 in 2009. He claimed the shot put with a toss of 14.72m (48'3.50").
W&L swept the medals in the shot put, placing athletes in first, second, third and eighth. First-year Jay Roberts (Whitwell, Tenn. / McCallie) was second with a toss of 14.27m (46'10") and junior Dash Dericks (Spring, Texas / The American School in Switzerland) placed third with a throw of 13.90m (45'7.25"). First-year Andrew Creel (Lynchburg, Va. / Brookville) was eighth with a heave of 12.85m (42'2"). Senior Dan Claroni (Greenwich, Conn. / Greenwich) added a seventh-place finish in the hammer with a throw of 37.61m (123'5").
Senior Mac Strehler (Moseley, Va. / Trinity Episcopal School) also produced an event victory, taking the ODAC 10,000 meters for the first time in his four seasons, crossing the finish line with a time of 32:23.76. First-year Austin Kinne (Bolingbrook, Ill. / Neuqua Valley) finished third in the 10,000m with a time of 33:28.79 to earn Third Team All-ODAC honors, while sophomore Alex Dolwick (Apex, N.C. / GRACE Christian School) was seventh (33:50.90) in the event.
The Generals also had a first-place finish in the pole vault, with first-year Shep Sims (Charleston, W.Va. / Woodberry Forest School) clearing a height of 4.40m (14'5.25") to earn First Team All-ODAC laurels. Senior Rob Jones (Albany, N.Y. / Albany Academy) also scored for W&L in the event, posting a vault of 3.75m (12'3.50") to finish in a tie for fourth-place.
Senior Davis Turner (East Point, Ga. / The Howard School) scored in both the high jump and long jump. He placed second in the outdoor high jump for the second straight year with a leap of 1.91m (6'3.25") and also took fourth in the long jump with a mark of 6.60 meters (21'8").
Sophomore Hank Patrick (Baton Rouge, La. / University Laboratory School) added a sixth-place finish in the 3,000m steeplechase with a time of 10:24.04.
Several athletes qualified for the finals in a number of events with their performances in Friday's heat races. Sophomore Carter Huffman (Sophia, N.C. / South Western Randolph), first-year Donovan Fiore (Gilbert, Ariz. / Chandler Prep Academy) and senior Jack Jones (Lookout Mountain, Ga. / McCallie School) all qualified in the 400 meters. Huffman ran 49.52, Fiore ran 49.96 and Jones finished in 50.29.
Sophomores Drew Pranka (Princeton, Ill. / Princeton) and Albert Del Cristo (Clarksburg, N.J. / Notre Dame) both qualified in the 400m hurdles, while Jones (22.61) and Fiore (22.64) both qualified in the 200 meters. Pranka ran 55.89 in the 400m hurdles, while Del Cristo finished in 1:00.40.
Action continues on Saturday morning at 10:00 am with the second and final day of the championship.