Outrunning the Past

The Virginia Wesleyan College Women’s Indoor Track and Field program is currently ranked fifth in the Southeast Region, the highest ranking in program history, while the men’s team checks in at sixth, which ties a program best.

        Driving the women’s team is junior All-American Marissa Coombs who has followed up her record setting 2016 indoor season by resetting the VWC record books with a 4:57:74 mile at the Vince Brown Invitational. Not only is her mile time the best in the ODAC this season, it currently ranks third in the nation.

“The main goal for every meet is to improve and have fun. This meet (Artie O’Connor Invitational) is a pretty important meet because it’s our last one before ODAC’s so everyone is looking to drop their times and place in ODAC’s,” Coombs said.

        The Marlin men are continuing to receive some impressive performances. Returning ODAC champion in the 400m, Trey White continues to keep up his leadership and help push the team to meet their goals.

“The biggest challenge for our team this year is that we have a lot of freshmen who are trying to step up. I think with the right leadership that we have in place we will continue to do great things,” White said.

The captain is already seeded first in the ODAC in the 800m. He posted a time of 1:58:98 in the Captains Invite, finishing second in the event out of 16 runners.

The Virginia Wesleyan track and field team will compete at Artie O’Conner Invitational at The Armory in New York City on Feb 17.

The ODAC championship will be held on Feb 26 at Roanoke College.

Kasey Newcomb 

(Photo: Val Miller| Marlin Chronicle)