Marlins Start Season at CNU Holiday Open

Coombs (L) and White (R) finished in the top three in their respective events Sunday
Coombs (L) and White (R) finished in the top three in their respective events Sunday

Marlins Start Season at CNU Holiday Open

NEWPORT NEWS, Va. – The Virginia Wesleyan College track and field teams started the 2016-17 indoor track and field season at the CNU Holiday Open on Sunday.

The meet featured competitors from 15 different colleges and universities, including representatives from eight Division I schools.

The women's track and field team put six runners in the 200m dash with freshman Jayla Cross posting an impressive mark of 27.96 in her first collegiate race to pace the Marlins. Cross finished 12th in the 200m out of 50 competitors.

Alexis Thomas was running in her first collegiate meet as well, pacing four Marlins in the one mile race with a time of 6:02.18.

Marissa Coombs carried over her success from the cross country season into the indoor year, finishing third in the 3,000m race with a time of 10:30. She was 11 seconds ahead of the fourth place finisher.

The men's team saw multiple Marlins run in the 60m prelims, and although none advanced to the finals, Curtis Dudley broke the tape in 7.23 while Keyontae Norfleet crossed in 7.24 for 21st and 26th place respectively in the 64 runner field.

A.J. Ramirez led the Marlins in the 200m dash placing 20th out of 64 runners with a time of 23.55. The Marlins received several more impressive runs as Karim Dunn posted a time of 52.92 in the 400m, before Trey White posted the run of the day with a time of 1:58.04 in the 800m run. His second place finish was three-hundredths off his career best.

Andrew Bjorklund competed in his first collegiate meet as well, posting a distance of 19' 11" in the long jump, finishing right in the middle of the pack, placing 13th out of 26 competitors.

Antonio Boone was also competing in his first meet with the Marlins after transferring from Richard Bland College. He posted a distance of 19' 0.75" in the long jump and had the top Marlin time in the 60m prelims, a 9.37 sprint.

Trevor Maloney paced 10 Marlins competing in the mile run, breaking the tape in 4:38.91. That time broke his previous best of 4:39.59, set in last year's indoor season. He finished 18th out of 42 runners.

The Marlins placed three teams in the 4x400m relay, with one finishing near the top of the pack. The team of Ramirez, Dunn, Gavin Fry, and White, ran a time of 3:33.82 to finish fifth, trailing just two Division III schools.

Virginia Wesleyan will head back to the Freeman Center to compete in the CNU Quad on January 13.