Green and Gold chase university records at Doc Hale meet

Friday, Feb. 2 and Saturday, Feb. 3, William and Mary’s men’s and women’s track and field teams competed at the Doc Hale Elite Meet at Rector Field House in Blacksburg, Va.

On Friday, senior sprinter Jackson Cooley ran 6.81 seconds in the 60-meter dash, tying a program-record time set by Davion Hutt ’18 and finishing in third place.

Sophomore sprinter Austin Rice and freshman hurdler David Seekford placed ninth and 14th in the 400-meter dash, respectively. With a time of 49.28, Rice ran the 14th-best time in school history. Seekford — who recorded a time of 49.80 — ran a top-20 William and Mary time and recorded a personal best performance.

Composed of junior Lucy Young, sophomore Lydia Wallis, freshman Becca Harkness and senior Emily Sell, the women’s distance medley relay team placed first, winning with a time of 12:13.29.

Freshman distance runner Wyatt Townsend and junior mid-distance runner Arianna DeBoer competed in the men’s and women’s 3,000-meter runs, respectively. Townsend placed sixth overall on the men’s side, recording a personal best of 8:32.26. Placing third in the women’s 3,000-meter run, DeBoer ran a time of 9:44.66.

Saturday, DeBoer ran 4:54.76 in the women’s mile, finishing 12th while recording a season best time.

Freshman mid-distance runner Jacob Robinson set a freshman record, running 21.93 in the men’s 200-meter dash while placing eighth overall. Rice ran 22.20 in the same event, recording a top-16 program finish.

Sophomore distance runner Jonathan Kumer ran a personal best of 1:50.35 in the men’s 800-meter run, placing second and recording a school top-10 time.

The Tribe also posted several program and personal records in field events.

On Friday, freshman jumper Katriel Amoyaw placed ninth in the long jump, recording 5.81 meters and marking a top-10 performance. 

Sophomore thrower Jason Nwosu threw the 13th farthest throw in program history, recording a distance of 17.55-meters in the weight throw event.

Saturday, senior jumper Megan Heidebrecht tied the eighth best performance in school history with a 12.5-meter mark in the women’s triple jump.

Tribe track and field will compete next at the Darius Dixon Memorial Invitational Friday, Feb. 9 and Saturday, Feb. 10 at Liberty University in Lynchburg, Va.


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