Records, all-conference awards highlight VWC competition in title meet

LYNCHBURG, Va. - Record breaking has been the theme for the Virginia Wesleyan College men's and women's outdoor track and field team this season and competition in the annual Old Dominion Athletic Conference championship meet did not alter that.

The Marlins fared well against their ODAC counterparts and set nine program records en route to earning 11 all-conference awards, including seven for the women.

But, it was sophomore Randy Lott (Virginia Beach/Frank W. Cox) who posted the most impressive performance for the Marlins, retaining his title as "fastest man in the conference" by winning the 100 meter dash for the second consecutive year.  He also placed second in the 200.  

Lott posted a winning time of 10.75 in finals, breaking his own previous VWC mark of 10.93.  His new record time is currently the 12th fastest nationally. Lott came out for the 200 to post a time of 22.00 in the prelims that broke his former school record of 22.15.

Sophomore Darren Driscoll (Manassas, Va./Battlefield) earned all conference honors for his second place showing in the 5000 meter run with a time of 15:13.56, and junior  Kyle Chowan (Flanders, Nj./Roxbury) took the runner-up finish in the pole vault clearing a height of 14 feet.

While those efforts highlighted the day for the men, the VWC women turned in one highlight effort after another, beginning with sophomore standout Courtney Mebane (Virginia Beach/Tallwood).  She earned four all-conference awards with second place finishes in 100m hurdles (15.44), high jump (4-11.5), triple jump (35-6.75), and the women's 4x400m relay (4:01.07), the latter with rookies Shakiella Daniel (Suffolk, Va./Lakeland), Molly Keenhold (Fredericksburg, Va./Riverbend), and Emma Helsel (Marshall, Va./Fauquier). That relay set a VWC record, breaking the former Marlin mark of 4:01.15.

Helsel and Daniel also both broke school records and earned all-conference awards individually as well. Helsel broke the VWC record in the 800  with a runner-up time of 2:20.69, topping the former mark of 2:24.46, while Daniel broke the Marlin record in the 400 with a time of 58.98, bettering the former record of 59.21.  She placed second overall. 

Daniel also placed fourth in the 200 with time of 26.39, but broke the VWC record in the prelims, with a time of 26.10.

Rookie Liz Wade (Chesapeake, Va./Great Bridge) and junior Shelby Bryceland (Virginia Beach/Tallwood) added their names to the all-conference honorees, both with third place finishes in the 10,000 and 5,000, respectively. Wade finished in a time of 40:17.26 and Bryceland in a time of 18:49.47.

Virginia Wesleyan's other school records came in the shot put and the 4x100 relay.  Junior Chelsea Lewis (Newport News, Va./Tabb) topped her former VWC record of 35-0.5 with a heave of 35-9.5 to place sixth overall.  The relay team ofCharnelle Adkins (Richmond, Va./J.R. Tucker), Lex Higee (Waltham, Vt./Vergennes Union), and Adrianne Williams (Baltimore, Md./Catholic) finished in a time of 50.86, breaking the former record of 51.20.  The relay placed fourth overall.

Overall the men tied for sixth place in the overall standings and the women also placed sixth, scoring 70 points overall, their highest total in ODAC competition.

The season continues for nine Marlins on Thursday, April 26, through Saturday, April 28, in the prestigious Penn Relays in Philadelphia.  The Marlin teams close out the season in the Mason-Dixon Championships the weekend of May5-6 in Gwynedd Valley, Pa.