Relay Team Shatters School Record on Day One of Invite
NEWPORT NEWS, Va. – The Virginia Wesleyan College men's 4x200m relay team shattered the school record as several other records fell when the VWC track and field teams competed on day one of the Captains Invitational.
Rolonda Taylor finished fifth in the triple jump for the women, posting a distance of 34' 10.5". That length puts her into second among conference competitors with that mark. Virginia Wesleyan now holds three of the top six marks in the ODAC as Alizae Dollins is fifth and Jayla Cross is sixth.
Virginia Wesleyan finished in fourth in the 4x800m relay, trailing just three teams from Division I William and Mary. The team of Emily Latimer, Dollins, Alexis Thomas, and Marissa Coombs broke the tape in 10:17.79.
The men's team also saw several key performances on the first day of the Captains Invitational. Keyontae Norfleet paced the Marlins in the 60m dash, running a 7.29 to finish second in his heat.
Norfleet joined with Curtis Dudley, Karim Dunn, and Trey White to win the 4x200m relay with a time of 1:32.97. The Marlins defeated teams from N.C. Central and Old Dominion University. The time set a new school record and was the third-fastest time in ODAC history.
The 5000m run was full of Marlins as all four entries came from Virginia Wesleyan. Louis Wolverton was the first to break the tape, crossing the finish line in 16:57.31 to place Matt Kirkbride, Trevor Cerone, and Kollin Baer.
Senior Brandon Gilchrist impressed in the weight throw, breaking his own school record with a heave of 31' 1".
Wade Jernigan rounded out Friday's competition, posting 1,861 points in the heptathlon to finish in seventh place.
The Marlins will conclude competition at the Captains Invitational on Saturday.