BRIDGEWATER, Va. - Here are a few BC sports nuggets from the past week.
Let’s start with the indoor track program where the Eagles have turned in some solid early-season performances.
This past week at Susquehanna’s Orange & Maroon Classic, both the men’s and women’s DMR teams set new BC records in the event.
Don’t be concerned if you have no idea what the DMR is. Head track coach Shane Stevens described the event as “the least publicized event in track.” Stevens explained that the DMR is essentially the “distance runner’s relay.”
DMR stands for distance medley relay. Each runner in the event runs a different distance. The first runner goes 1200 meters (three-quarters of a mile), followed by a 400-meter runner. The third runner covers 800 meters while the anchor runs a mile.
The men’s team – Nevin Heckman, Sam Gunther, Keith Thomas and Luke Sohl – ran the event in 10:34.47, shaving more than seven seconds off the previous best of 10:41.94. The old record was set in 2007 and featured Zach Noah, Jarus Cox, Stanley Peyton and Brandon Spalding.
Saturday’s time at Susquehanna currently stands as the sixth-best time in Division III this season.
Not to be outdone, the women’s DMR shattered the previous BC mark by more than 13 seconds. Running for the Eagles were Stephanie Breen, Emily Mellman, Morgan Keplinger and Olivia Mills. The team finished with a time of 13:17.17, besting the old mark of 13:30.80. The old record was set in 2010. Keplinger also ran on that team along with Whitney Fitzgerald, Katie Leonard and Molly Smith.
The women’s DMR team currently ranks 28th in the nation.
The Bridgewater jumpers are also performing well early in the season as three jumpers rank in the Top 40 in Division III.
For the men, freshman Pete Monteleone has a best of 21 feet, 11 ¾ inches in the long jump and currently ranks No. 29 in the country.
Two Eagles rank in the Top 40 in the women’s triple jump. Freshman Kristen Trice ranks No. 18 in the event with a best effort of 36 feet, 4 ¼ inches. Junior teammate Melanie Waters is currently No. 38 in the nation with a distance of 35 feet, 1 ¼ inches.
HOOPS ACTION - Bridgewater senior Katelyn Hottinger had a record-breaking performance Monday night when the Eagles defeated Frostburg State, 70-59, in non-conference women’s hoops action.
Hottinger blocked nine shots to set a new single-game record for the Eagles. Current Eagles volunteer assistant coach Rebecca Henderson held the single-game record with eight, a feat she managed twice during the 2007-08 season. Hottinger also pulled down a personal best 17 rebounds in the game to tie for the sixth-best single-game performance in program history. Shannan Thorne, Hottinger's teammate, holds the single-game record with 20 rebounds a year ago against Randolph College.
Hottinger’s final stat line of nine points, nine blocks and 17 rebounds fell just short of the third triple-double in program history. Tricia Weatherholtz recorded the first triple-double with 16 points, 10 rebounds and 10 assists against Eastern Mennonite on Feb. 14, 1992. Jordan Burkholder turned the trick on Feb. 1, 2011 when she finished with 15 points, 10 rebounds and 12 assists against Roanoke.
BC senior Jessica Mullen has taken over the scoring lead in the ODAC as she is now averaging 18 points per game. Against conference foes, she has taken it up another notch, averaging 21.2 points per game. Since scoring 11 points in 14 minutes during a blowout victory over Mary Baldwin, the senior guard has been on a tear. In five games since the Mary Baldwin contest, Mullen is averaging 23.4 points per game.
Mullen now has 1,130 career points and needs just 46 more points to move into the Top 10 on the Bridgewater career scoring list.
RIVALRY WEEK – This is rivalry week for the Eagles basketball teams as both the men and women will meet Route 42 rival Eastern Mennonite.
The men’s team will host the Royals Wednesday night in a game that will have an impact in the standings for both teams. Going into the game, Bridgewater is 4-4 in the ODAC and has a one-game lead over EMU in the standings. The Royals are currently 3-5 in the ODAC.
The BC women will travel to Yoder Arena on Thursday and that game will also have a big impact on the standings. EMU needs a win to keep pace with Guilford at the top of the standings as each has one ODAC loss. This year, the top four teams receive a bye in the first round of the ODAC tournament and the Eagles are in a tight battle for one of those top four seeds. Currently, the Eagles, Virginia Wesleyan and Lynchburg are tied for third in the standings, each with a 5-3 record. If the tournament started today, only two of those three teams would receive a bye in the first round.