Bridgeport, VA: The Alice Lloyd College Lady Eagles and Eagles Outdoor Track and Field squad traveled to Bridgeport (VA) on March 26th to participate in the Doc Jopson Invitational, hosted by NCAA DIII opponent, Bridgewater College.
To say the least, the weather conditions were extremely unfavorable, as the athletes were greeted by unexpected snow squalls and 35 mile-per-hour winds. Despite the rough surroundings, 15 women’s and 14 men’s squads from various affiliations battled the elements with a ton of determination.
In women’s action, the Lady Eagles finished in 8th position with 16 points. They were sparked by Riley Schreck in the Javelin throw. Out of 23 participants, Schreck was one of only two ladies to throw over 30 meters. Her impressive toss allowed her to finish 2nd overall and earn 8 important points for the club. Furthermore, her throw surpassed the needed standard and automatically qualifies her for the NCCAA Track and Field Nationals, which will be held later this season.
Sarah Cecil also performed well. Competing in the women’s 400-meter hurdles, she ran the race in 1:16.02. This earned her a 2nd place finish and earned 8 big points for the club. In addition, Suzann Moore just missed earning points for the squad, as she was one place away from the honor in the 800M run (2:54.20).
On the men’s side of things, the Eagles finished with 12 points, which tied them for 10th Place. The big earners were the 4×400-meter relay team, consisting of Rhett Estep, Dakota Owens, Koby Profitt, and Jordan Strevels, which earned 6 nice points with their 3rd place finish.
The other big point earned was Gerald Bentley, whose high jump of 1.74m earned him 4th place and raked in 4 points for the squad. In addition, Dakota Owens just missed earning points for the squad as he was less than half a second off the needed time in the 200M run (25:49).