By Kellie Lagoy
Virginia Wesleyan’s Indoor Track and Field team will head to the PG Sportsplex in Landover, Maryland on March 1 for the ODAC Championships.
Field events will be competed for starting at noon. The field events include: 35 pound weight throw, pole vault, long jump, triple jump, high jump, 20 pound weight throw, and shot put. All of the contests include both men’s and women’s sections except the weighted throws.
Track events will begin around 2 p.m. with the National Anthem. The track events include: distance medley relay, 5000 meter run, 60 meter hurdles, 60 meter dash, mile run, 400 meter dash, 800 meter run, 200 meter dash, unseeded and seeded 3000 meter dash, and it will end with 4×400 meter relay. All the events will include men’s and women’s sections.
Virginia Wesleyan has excelled in track in all facets. The talented roster has broken into the top 25 of many of the categories in track and field. Sophomore Tiffany Lennon is ranked first in the 200 meter dash with a time of 26.42 seconds. She ran this time at the Kent Taylor Invite on Feb 21. Another top-ranked Marlin is sophomore Trey White. He is ranked first overall in the conference in the 400 meter dash with a time of 50.98 seconds.
Two relays have broken records this year in Virginia Wesleyan history. The 4×200 women’s relay posted a record of 1:48.13. The relay team consisted of Shakira Mills, Tiana Hughes, Shakiella Daniel, and Tiffany Lennon. The men’s 4×200 men’s relay also put a new record up as well. Trae Tyler, Chrishaud Hawkins, Trey White, and Dan Elmore were part of the relay group.
The Marlins will find a good challenge participating against other teams in the conference. Eastern Mennonite University, Bridgewater College, and Washington and Lee University all have multiple athletes on every top 25 list, and they are sure to pose a threat. The talent on the Virginia Wesleyan roster shows that there is potential for success at the ODAC championship.