Marlins Perform at Vince Brown Invitational

Rolonda Taylor (L) and Abel Owusu
Rolonda Taylor (L) and Abel Owusu

Marlins Perform at Vince Brown Invitational

NEWPORT NEWS, Va. – The Virginia Wesleyan College track and field teams competed at the Vince Brown Invitational on Saturday with several impressive performances to show for their efforts.

Jayla Cross paced the women's team with a time of 1:02.88 in the 400m, giving her the second best time in the ODAC this indoor season. She followed that up with a distance of 16' 1.75" in the long jump, giving her 13th place out of 33 jumpers. She also joined with Kwonsha Washington, Alexis Thomas, and Marissa Coombs for a time of 4:15.47 in the 4x400m relay.

Rolonda Taylor also had an impressive mark in the long jump, finishing with 17' 0.75", a season best for the junior.

Coombs once again paced the field at the mile, winning the event ahead of 33 other runners, breaking the tape in 4:57.74. The time makes Coombs the first woman to break the five minute barrier in the mile this indoor season.

Not to be outdone was the performances of Michelle Yates. She finished in the top 10 in the shot put and weight throw, posting a 36' 5" in the shot put for seventh place with a distance of 40' 6.25" in the weight throw to take eighth.

The men saw several competitors climb up the ODAC ranks, starting with Keyontae Norfleet who ran a time of 23.11 in the 200m to rank fifth in the ODAC. He finished ninth out of 77 runners at the Vince Brown Invite.

Trey White posted a time of 1:59.58 in the 800m to finish fourth out of 57 runners. His time, just off the pace of his current ODAC-leading number, was still faster than the runner ranked second.

Trevor Maloney also moved up the ODAC rankings, running the 3000m in 8:47.55 to finish seventh out of 51 runners, ranking fourth in the ODAC.

Tim Muslusky posted his best height in the pole vault, clearing 11' 1.75" to meet the ODAC indoor standard.

Abel Owusu also met the ODAC indoor standard in the shot put, registering a distance of 41' 3".

Virginia Wesleyan will compete at the Artie O'Connor Invitational at The Armory in New York City on February 17.