Track makes history at final ODAC meet

Virginia Wesleyan’s men and women’s track teams finished their outdoor track season on the highest note in school history. Many athletes on both teams finished first in events as well as having many young names stepping up throughout the tournament.  

The men’s team had first place finishes by freshman Jordan Ard in the 100m and Keyontae Norfleet in the 200m.  The men’s team also had many top 10 finishes, Armon Ardila and Curtis Dudley both finished top 10 in the 100m and the 200m.  This ODAC meet had many highlights for the men’s team.

“The highlight would have to be winning the 4×100 championship.  That’s the first 4×100 championship in school history,” said senior Antonie Boone.

This fourth place finish in the ODAC places the team second in school history.

With this year in the books, the team is looking to continue this success next year, starting with indoor season. “We mainly just need to keep building on what we have right now as a foundation. Our 4×100 team is one of the top teams in the country right now, and we have a few guys individually that are ranked high in the nation, so we just need to keep building with that and keep moving forward.” said Boone.  

The women’s team also finished the weekend in the top five, finishing fourth in the ODAC.  Senior Rolonda Taylor finished sixth in the 100m, while sophomore Jayla Cross finished third in the 200m. Cross later finished second in the 400m followed closely by fellow sophomore Alizae Dollins.  

Senior Marissa Coombs continued her amazing career with a first place finish in the 1500m and second place in the 800m. The women’s 4×400 team of Kwonsha Washington, Cross, Coombs and Dollins placed first. The team of Cross, Dollins, Taylor and Terra Caple placed second in the 4×100.

“It was a little upsetting to us because we really wanted first, but we were running against one of the anchors, she was a national champion, so we were really proud with how we did.” said Dollins.

Corey King