Marlins Climb ODAC Rankings on Final Day of Captains Invite
NEWPORT NEWS, Va. – The Virginia Wesleyan track and field teams climbed up the ODAC rankings in several events on the final day of the Captains Invitational at Christopher Newport University.
Marissa Coombs had another impressive meet, competing in the 800m and the mile runs. She won the 800m with a time of 2:20.52. She finished more than five seconds ahead of the second-place finisher from N.C. Central. Coombs' time ranks her first in the ODAC for the indoor season.
Coombs followed up that run with a 5:14.96 time in the mile run, also winning that event. She finished nearly five seconds ahead of the second-place unattached runner. The nearest attached runner was Carina Garcia of William and Mary, a full 11 seconds of Coombs' pace. Her mile time ranks her third in the ODAC.
Emily Latimer joined Coombs in the mile run with a time of 5:39.49, ranking her ninth in the ODAC this season and well within the ODAC indoor standard.
The women's track and field team also gained ground in the ODAC rankings in the 4x400m relay where Kwonsha Washington, Alexis Thomas, Latimer, and Coombs ran a 4:19.96 to finish second in the event, also ranking them second in the league.
The Marlin men received some impressive performances on the final day of the Captains Invitational as well. Keyontae Norfleet finished sixth in the 200m out of 34 runners with a time of 23.55. Curtis Dudley was right off the pace of Norfleet, finishing ninth with a time of 23.82.
Trey White, already seeded first in the ODAC in the 800m, posted a time of 1:58.98 to finish second in the event out of 16 runners.
Trevor Maloney ran a 4:33.74 in the mile to finish third. The time was good enough to climb Maloney into sixth in the ODAC mile rankings, well within the indoor standard.
Tim Muslusky improved on a personal best to finish seventh in the pole vault with a height of 11' 0.75".
Curtis Dudley also set a personal best with a 19' 8.75" distance in the long jump, finishing seventh in the event. Andrew Bjorklund (19' 3.5") and Demetrius Seth (18' 9.75") were eighth and ninth respectively.
Virginia Wesleyan will travel to the Vince Brown Invitational held at Christopher Newport University on February 4.