Salem, VA - The Mary Baldwin University men's and women's indoor track teams competed in their first meet of the season on Friday and Saturday at the Bast-Cregger Invitational, hosted by Roanoke College. There were 17 schools competing, including a number of Division II teams. This is the second season for the MBU women's program, and the first-ever indoor track season for the men's side. Eighteen women and ten men represented MBU.
Friday saw limited action with MBU competing in men's and women's high jump, and the men's distance medley relay (DMR). Jerrel Graham finished 16th, setting the men's high jump school record. The DMR, consisting of Tyren McCrimmon, Gregory Woodard, Steven Santiago and Maxwell Klimczak finished in 2nd place.
Saturday offered a full slate of events, starting with the 4 x 200 meter relay. The women's team (Wardy, Holmes, Musgrove, Patton) finished 3rd overall, and the men's team (Doerwaldt, Graham, Williams, Santiago) placed 4th. Both teams set school records.
Sophomore Alice Wardy qualified for the finals of both the long jump and 60m dash. She placed 6th in the long jump (4.82m) and 7th in the 60m (8.29), both new school records for MBU. Wardy also led off the 4x200 with a blistering split of 26.2.
Junior Jaquelin Rosas was the top seed in the 800 meter run, and she held on to win the event and finished just off her own school record. Rosas' win is the first-ever for MBU track and field.
First year Morgan Holmes set the school record in both the 200 and 300 meter runs. Holmes placed 6th in the 300 and 11th in the 200.
First year Quinland Musgrove set the school record in the 400 meter run, placing 9th. Musgrove also placed 9th in the long jump, just missing making the finals.
First year Sofie Haugsdahl broke the shot put school record, finishing 10th overall.
Max Doerwaldt qualified for the final of the 60m high hurdles, finishing 6th overall. He also placed 11th in the triple jump with a personal record of 12.2m.
Gregory Woodard placed 9th overall in the 200m and also qualified for the semifinals of the 60m.
Maxwell Klimczak placed 8th in the mile and doubled back to place 12th in the men's 3000m run.
Steven Santiago placed 7th in the men's 300m.
The 4x400m relay (McCrimmon, Carden, Santiago and Woodard) placed 9th overall.
It was a great showing for the Fighting Squirrels. The men are in the same position the women were in last year where every event is a new school record.
"This was a great first meet for everyone with a number of new records for the school. The athletes have been working hard for weeks and had a chance to show where they are," said Head Coach, Heather Ely. "I think some of them surprised themselves. As the season goes on, it's only going to get better as we move into the spring."
"Both the men and women performed well this weekend. They set several school records and showed signs of what this group is capable of going forward," added sprints and jumps coach, Allen Clifton.
Throws coach Daniel Woodard was equally excited with the challenge of coaching a much larger, competitive group of athletes. "Entering Saturday's meet, we focused on two basic goals: to secure marks from each attempt and to not intentionally foul. The throwers did a great job of not only meeting both those goals, but also improving on each successive attempt."
Next up for MBU Track and Field is the Wake Forest Invitational at the JDL Fasttrack in Winston-Salem on January 19th.