For Immediate Release – 12/3/16 - #132
Two School Records Set at Opening Meet
SALEM, VA – The Randolph College women's track and field team opened up its indoor season Saturday, competing at the inaugural Bast-Cregger Invitational. The meet, the first ever hosted by Roanoke College, feature six other schools from the Old Dominion Athletic Conference (ODAC), and several other Division I, II, and III programs. Two members of the team set program records, while several others had great days as well.
Taylor Rama began her final indoor season competing only in the 3,000-meter race. She won her flight, which featured six others including two from Division II Concord, in a time of 11:57.03. It broke the previous record by over eight seconds.
The next record that fell came in the shot put. On the opposite end of Rama, Trevanna Berryman was just opening up her first collegiate indoor season. Not only did she win her flight with a toss of 38'0.7", but she finished fourth overall. The new school record lost only to three Division I throwers, and it beat the previous mark by over three and a half feet.
That record belonged to Teliya Stevenson, who also competed in the shot. She nearly tied that best with a throw of 34'1". It gave her ninth overall at the meet. Stevenson came back out and posted the furthest mark in the weight for a WildCat. Her toss of 35'8.75" gave her another ninth-place finish, with five DI athletes ahead of her. Both marks gave her ODAC qualifying marks. Kayla Wilhelm finished 14th-overall, with a heave of 34'5.4", which was a new career-best.
Earlier in the day, the meet began with a race not seen often in the collegiate ranks, the 300-meter dash. Sara Garcia ran in her first collegiate race and beat several other ODAC runners with a time of 49.54.
In other sprinting action, Jordan Sheets and Jalil Penn posted solid times in their first career 200-meter heats. Both were victorious in their individual heats, with Sheets posting a time of 29.33 and Penn coming across at 29.81. Michaela Saunders also won her heat in the 400-meter dash, beating a Division II runner in a time of 1:14.27.
Finally, Marisa Quarti returned to the 60-meter hurdles after missing most of last season. She posted an ODAC-qualifying mark in a time of 10.38. She just missed out on qualifying for the finals, taking ninth overall.
As happens with every indoor season, the WildCats will now take a break for finals and the holidays. The 'Cats return to action on January 20, competing at the Liberty Kickoff.