Maroons place second in 4 x 100 relay at NCAA Finals

OSHSKOSH, WIS - Roanoke College women's track team ran 46.67 seconds to place second in the 4 x 100 relay in the NCAA Outdoor National Track Championship at the University of Wisconsin-Oshkosh. The Maroon relay team ran fast enough to set a new Roanoke College record and the fastest time ever run by an ODAC school-breaking the ODAC and Roanoke College records of 47.05 second set by the Maroons at yesterday's relay trials.

The quartet of freshman JaLeesa Osborne (Gloucester High, Va.), freshman Robin Yerkes (Broadneck High School, Md.), sophomore Kate Mason (Greely, Maine), and senior Tonya Phillippe (Lakeland Christian, Fla.) finished in second place behind City College of New York. Each of the relay team members earned All-America honors for the second place win.

In the 400 meter dash, Yerkes ran 57.12 seconds to place ninth. Soon afterwards, in the 200 meter dash, Yerkes ran 25.19 seconds to finish in fifth place and earn a second All-America honor.

"We were definitely the new kids on the block," Coach Finn Pincus said. "This was the relay team's first year together and they performed wonderfully." Pincus said City College of New York didn't pull ahead until the last 50-60 meters of the race.

Yesterday, in the heptathlon competition, junior Meredith Withers (Buffalo Gap High School, VA) completed the seven events with 4254 points and 15th place. In the very first event on Thursday, Withers was leading her heat in the 100 hurdles and stumbled after clearing the 8th hurdle, crashing into hurdle #9. She picked herself quickly and hurdled the 10th and final one. Although disappointed, Withers continued in the competition. She threw the javelin 106', her best of the season. In the last event, she sprinted the final straightaway in 2 minutes:28 seconds, near to her personal best.

On Thursday, cold rains and strong winds brought an early ending to freshman Dominique McCoy's (Bruton High, Va.) efforts in the long jump. In McCoy's first attempt of 5.48 meters (just over 18 feet) she placed 11th among the competitors. In her second attempt, she suffered an injury and was unable to continue. Team member JaLeesa Osborne finished in 13th.