SALEM, Va. – The Randolph College men's track and field team capped its season opener at the second and final day of the Bast-Cregger Invitational, hosted by Roanoke College, on Saturday.
Junior DJ Petty picked up a second-place finish in the 60 meter hurdles, posting a time of 8.57 seconds while freshman Darrien Bradley finished fourth in the 60 meter sprint with a time of 7.11 seconds, just .10 seconds off of the current school record. Rounding out the sprinters was first-year Lee Tookes who clocked in the fastest Randolph time in the 200 meter run in his first meet with the WildCats, crossing the finish line in 27.42 seconds.
Sophomore Jermayne Waller was the lone Randolph runner in the 1,000 meter run and ended up locking down a time of 2:59.34 before competing in the 800 meter run where he posted a time of 2:14.16.
First-year Caleb Schmitzer made his collegiate track and field debut in the one mile run and the 3,000 meter run. Schmitzer locked down a fourth-place overall finish in the mile with a time of 4:58.40, finishing ahead of several conference competitors who were in the field, before earning a mark of 10:11.36 in the 3,000 meter event.
Also making his running debut is first-year Kenny Kinton who also competed in the 800 meter race and crossed the finish line in a time of 2:46.28.
In the long jump, Bradley secured the top mark for Randolph with a 6.42m jump with Christopher Greene following with a mark of 6.13m. Philemon Afrifa-Boakye jumped 6.03m for the WildCats while Devon Davis posted a mark of 5.05m and Tookes rounded out the Randolph field with a 4.55m jump.
The WildCats will return to action after the winter holiday to open the 2018 season at the VMI Keydet Invitational on Friday-Saturday, Jan. 19-20.