For Immediate Release – 2/18/17 - #194
WildCats Prepare for ODACs at UCS
WINSTON-SALEM, NC – With the Old Dominion Athletic Conference (ODAC) Indoor Track and Field Championship set for next week, the Randolph College indoor track and field teams traveled to the final warm-up on Saturday. The WildCats competed at the UCS Invitational to get ready for the end of the season.
The meet, which is hosted at the JDL Fast Track facility, featured some of the best teams across all NCAA divisions in the region. Despite those situations, both the women and the men posted impressive times and marks as they prepare for ODACs.
One of the highlights for the 'Cats came from Jordan Sheets and Jalil Penn. For the third-straight meet, the two sprinters set new career bests in the 60-meter and 200-meter dashes. Sheets finished just higher than her classmate in both events, setting times of 8.59 and 28.45 respectively. Penn ran 8.67 and 28.99 in her final meet before her first ODAC Championship.
Karim Frazier ran on the men's side in the 200-meter dash. He beat several DII sprinters and one from Division I on his way to posting a time of 23.76.
In other track events, Matthieu Meyer was one of the first WildCats to run during the day, as he ran in the loaded 800-meter field. Meyer finished second in his heat (of eight) and took 13th overall. His time of 2:01.71 just missed a new record (by .21) and was the third best among Division III runners.
On the women's side of the race, Michaela Saunders posted a great time. She broke her previous record by three seconds (2:44.52) and nearly set a new school record. Saunders missed the time by a little over a second.
Marisa Quarti followed them with a new season best in the 60-meter hurdles. She was the third DIII hurdler to cross the finish line during the race, ending with a time of 9.91
The women's throwers continued their strong year, with Trevanna Berryman leading the way. She took to the circle in her best event, the shot put, and nearly set a new career best. Berryman threw the shot 38'2" and won her flight. The distance solidified her at the top of the ODAC and it gave her eighth overall at the meet. Berryman was behind one unattached thrower, one from DII, and five from DI, showing her impressive display. Teliya Stevenson also had a solid day in the weight throw. She nearly matched her best on the year, throwing the weight 35'7.25". It was the top DIII heave on the day.
In other field events, Philemon Afrifa-Boakye just missed out on a best in the high jump. He cleared 5'11.5", but just missed at the next height. Tory Myrick jumped 40'11" in the triple jump, which was behind only one other leaper in the Division.
The WildCats will compete next Sunday at the ODAC Indoor Championships. Roanoke College will be the site of this year's championship meet.