April 18, 2013

The 2013 Outdoor ODAC Track and Field Championship Preview

Women's Preview

SPRINTS:
100m
Defending champion, sophomore Aleshia Washington of Lynchburg, has the top time this season at 12.23. First-year Alexis
Janney of Roanoke has the second-quickest time in 12.57. The next four competitors are within one one-thousandth of a second of each other.

200m
Janney has the top time this spring at 25.38, while Washington has the second-best time at 25.50. First-year Alease Kinney of Roanoke is a half-second behind Janney in third at 25.81.

400m
Roanoke has the Top 3 seeds in the meet, and the only times sub one minute. Kinney leads the conference at 58.20 with teammate Janney in second at 59.36. W&L's Lauren Woodie is seeded fourth with a time of 1:00.00.

HURDLES:
100 meters
Junior Courtney Mebane of Virginia Wesleyan is the top seed with a time of 15.10 last week. Senior Marissa Thompson of Washington and Lee is second at 15.16. Sophomore Katie Miller of Lynchburg sits in third at 15.42.

400 meters
Sophomore Janey Fugate of W&L is the defending champion and has the sixth-best time (1:02.45) in Division III this season. Mebane is the closest competitor, recording a time within four seconds (1:06.20) of Fugate.

JUMPS:
High Jump
The top four competitors have all cleared 1.50m this season and defending champion, sophomore Jaclyn Mohlmann of Shenandoah, is fifth at 1.49m. Mebane leads the ODAC with a jump of 1.55m set last weekend.

Pole Vault
Washington and Lee has the Top 4 competitors in the pole vault. Defending champion, sophomore Jillian Katterhagen, is the favorite having cleared 3.42m.

Long Jump
Washington is the defending champion and has the top mark this spring at 5.23m. Thompson and junior Melanie Waters of Bridgewater are second at 5.06m.  

Triple Jump
The top seed is senior Megan Tolley of Roanoke at 11.09m. The next three competitors are from Bridgewater, including the defending champion in sophomore Jordan Pitchford.

MIDDLE DISTANCE/DISTANCE:
800 meters
Senior Carmen Graves of Roanoke is the heavy favorite and the two-time defending champion. She has the second-fastest time in Division III this year at 2.09.31. First-year Hannah Chappell-Dick of EMU is second in the ODAC at 2:14.34.

1,500 meters
Graves again leads the pack and is the defending champion. She posted a time of 4:32.83, which is over 10 seconds faster then the next best competitor. Junior Annelise Madison of W&L is second in the league this year at 4:43.73.

5,000 meters
Two-time defending champion, senior Olivia Mills of Bridgewater, is the favorite. She has a Top 10 time in Division III (17:15.89), which is 1:15 better than the closest competitor. Madison and teammate Casey Mackintosh are second and third in the ODAC.

10,000 meters
Senior Kiley Trennepohl of Lynchburg has the top time in the league this season at 38:19.85. Sophomore Liz Wade of Virginia Wesleyan has the only other sub 40:00 time at 39:42.61.

3,000 meter steeplechase
Senior Molly Ortiz of W&L leads the competitors in this event with a time of 11:29.85. The 2011 ODAC champion, senior Lauren Schultz of W&L, is second with a time of 11:37.01.

THROWS:
Shot Put
An experienced-laden event as the Top 3 performers are seniors. Kori Penick of Lynchburg leads at 13.05m, Alisha McCrowey of Roanoke is second at 12.21m and Amanda Theall of Shenandoah is third with a mark of 11.75m.

Hammer
Roanoke has the Top 2 performers in the Hammer with defending champion Samantha Clowser leading the way at 46.20m. McCrowey is second at 45.84m.

Discus
Theall has the best throw in the ODAC this year at 36.21m. Penick is second at 35.74m, while Clowser is third at 33.26m.

Javelin
The Top 3 competitors have all cleared 33.00m this season. Senior Leah Heal of Lynchburg, the defending champion, has the top mark at 37.44m. First-year Mary Kelly of Roanoke is second at 35.19m, and senior Jessie Owens of Bridgewater is third at 33.69m.

RELAYS:
4x100m
Roanoke is the favorite heading into the meet with a time of 48.98. The other two teams with sub-50.00 times are defending champion Lynchburg (49.64) and Washington and Lee (49.99).  

4x400m
The Maroons are the favorite and the defending champion with a time of 3:53.21, which is the fourth-fastest time in Division III. The Generals are the closest competition at 4:06.01.

Men's Preview

SPRINTS:
100m
Two-time defending 100m champion, junior Randy Lott of Virginia Wesleyan, heads into the meet with the top time (10.69) in the ODAC this year.  Sophomore Aaron Jeong of W&L has the second-best time at 10.87, and sophomore Jacob Wright of Bridgewater is the third runner with a sub 11 time of 10.98.

200m
Lott leads the sprinters in the 200 this year with a time of 21.69 at the Commonwealth Duals. Defending champion Zander Tallman of W&L is seeded second at 21.98.

400m
Only two of the runners in the event have gone sub 50.00 this season. Two-time defending champion Tallman leads the way at 47.93, the fourth-fastest time in the nation. Senior Joshua Farrar of Guilford ran a 49.67 earlier this year.

HURDLES:
110 meters
In the 110 hurdles, two-time defending champion, junior Rachad Davis of Lynchburg, returns and has the fastest time (14.98) this year. Junior Ben Martindell of Bridgewater ran a 15.30 in March.

400 meters
Davis returns as the two-time defending champion in the 400 hurdles, and ran a 53.23 in early April. Junior Dillon Myers of W&L posted a 54.61 last week, and junior Jevone Fentress of Bridgewater is third at 56.24.

JUMPS:
High Jump
Sophomore Jared Bloomquist of Lynchburg and sophomore Jordan King of Eastern Mennonite have each cleared 1.99m this season. Bloomquist has the slight edge entering the meet with a mark of 2.00m in late March.

Pole Vault
Senior Kyle Chowhan of Virginia Wesleyan is the early favorite heading into the conference meet. He cleared 4.45m two weeks ago at the Duke Invitational. Junior Eric O'Connor of Lynchburg and first-year Daniel Shannon of Lynchburg are the only other competitors to clear at least 4.20m.

Long Jump
A couple of newcomers lead the ODAC so far this season. First-year Pete Monteleone of Bridgewater posted a mark of 6.72m, while first-year James Winkey of Virginia Wesleyan jumped 6.71m. Defending champion, senior Eugene Cummings of Bridgewater, is also in the mix.

Triple Jump
Junior Tristan Boysaw of Lynchburg is the favorite having jumped 14.31m in the first weekend of April. It is the sixth-best mark in
Division III this year. Cummings is the defending champion, clearing 13.94m last year. His top mark this season is 13.19m, which is the third-best this year.

MIDDLE DISTANCE/DISTANCE:
800 meters
The Top 4 runners are separated by just two seconds. Senior Tim Wisniewski leads the pack at 1:55.60 with teammate Nevin
Heckman right behind him at 1:55.72.

1,500 meters
Sophomore Luke Sohl of Bridgewater has the only sub-four-minute time this season. He posted a 3:59.21 in late March. Two-time
defending champion, senior Nolan Compton of Lynchburg, has the third-fastest time of 4:02.16.

5,000 meters
Defending champion, sophomore Luke Sohl of Bridgewater, is the clear favorite in the 5,000m. He posted a 14:34.00 in the first
weekend in April, which is 13 seconds faster than junior Cody
Stanton of Lynchburg's time of 14:47.86.

10,000 meters
Sophomore Andris Goncarovs of Guilford is the top seed with a time of 32:01.79. Senior Brian Robinson of Lynchburg is two minutes behind him at 34:11.33.

3,000 meter steeplechase
Junior David Cason of Guilford is the defending champion and has the top time this spring by almost 30 seconds at 9:18.17. He set the ODAC meet record last season at 9:28.13.

THROWS:
Shot Put
Lynchburg has the Top 3 marks this year, including defending champion, junior Greg Wilson. Wilson has the second-best mark this year at 14.77m, while teammate, senior Eric Van Dunk, has the top throw at 14.94m.

Hammer
Wilson leads the hammer with a throw of 50.94m, which is six meters better than his teammate, sophomore Spencer Latham, who is second at 44.67m.

Discus
For the third event, Wilson has a shot at an ODAC title. He is the defending champion and has the top mark this season at 46.79m.

Javelin
W&L holds the Top 3 seeds with 2011 champion, senior Dylan Mills, leading the way at 59.05m. Sophomore Eddie Barnes is second at 57.59m.  

RELAYS:
4x100m
The Top 3 teams all have times sub-43 seconds. Bridgewater won the event last season and has the second-fastest time this season at 42.35. W&L, who took second last year, leads this spring at 42.10.  

4x400m
Washington and Lee has the fastest time this season by over four seconds at 3:20.05. Virginia Wesleyan holds the second-fastest time at 3:24.76.