For Immediate Release – 4/21/17 - #306
WildCats Compete at Day One of ODACs
LEXINGTON, VA – The Randolph College women's and men's outdoor track and field teams competed in the first day of the Old Dominion Athletic Conference (ODAC) Championships on Friday. The women picked up six points and currently sit in eighth place overall, while the men earned 14 and sit in seventh. Host Washington and Lee University lead the men after day one, while Bridgewater College is number one on the women's side.
Trevanna Berryman was the lone WildCat on the women's side to earn points on the day. She continued her great season and won the bronze medal in the shot put. Her heave of 37'10" gave her the important points. Her throwing teammate, Kayla Wilhelm, just missed out on points in the hammer. Wilhelm tossed the apparatus 108'4.25", which just missed a new personal record. It missed points by just three inches.
Several of the women's runners competed on the day, looking to get into the finals on Saturday. Jalil Penn set a new career-best in the 100-meter dash preliminaries. Her time of 13.47 gave her fourth in her heat. Unfortunately, she missed out on the finals by .13 of a second. Jordan Sheets finished in the same spot in her qualifying heat of the 400-meter race. However, her time of 1:03.20 missed the Saturday mark by 1.32 seconds.
Sheets and Penn also ran in the 200-meter prelims and both improved on earlier times. The two first-years set new career-bests. However, both missed out on the finals. Sheets finished ninth and was .25 away from that coveted eighth spot.
The men earned points in the jumping events on Friday. Philemon Afrifa-Boakye broke his PR in the long jump and set a new school-record in the process. His distance of 20'9.75" gave him both and one point in the meet. He added four more points in the high jump, as he cleared 5'11.50" for fifth. Devon Davis was right behind, tying for sixth. Davis set a new career-best, clearing a height of 5'9.75", and added two points to the total.
The track saw preliminary rounds on the men's side as well. In the 100-meter dash, Quordel Carter missed out on the finals, but he did set a new career-best, breaking 12.00 for the first time.
The last event to conclude on the men's side gave the 'Cats additional points. Frazier picked up his third-career bronze medal in the pole vault. The clearance of 12'9.5" gave him six points and a season best. Gavin Cook added a point, as he cleared 11'3.75 for eighth.
The WildCats will head back to W&L on Saturday for the conclusion of the meet.