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Men’s Track and Field Remains Fifth in Regional Rankings

Men’s Track and Field Remains Fifth in Regional Rankings

NEW ORLEANS – After solid meets the past two weekends at the Armory Collegiate Invitational and the Ursinus Invitational, the men's track and field remains in fifth place in the latest United States Track and Field and Cross Country Coaches Association (USTFCCCA) South/Southeast Region rankings released on Wednesday morning.

Bridgewater is ranked second among Old Dominion Athletic Conference (ODAC) programs, with Lynchburg currently holding first place.

This past weekend at the Ursinus Invitational, a few members of the Bridgewater Eagles jumped into the regional rankings with their performances.

In the 60 meter hurdles, junior Daryus Beale finished in the top five to lead the way for the Eagles. With a time of 8.75 seconds, the Sterling, Va. native crossed the line in fifth place. In regional rankings, Beale has secured fourth place in the event. Fellow junior Ben Martindell also competed in the 60 meter hurdles and finished right behind Beale, placing seventh with a time of 8.84 seconds. In the region, the junior has secured the number seven spot.

Freshman Jairus Akanni was the top finisher for the Eagles, as well as the top non-Division I finisher, in the high jump event this past weekend. Reaching a height of 6 feet, 2 inches, the Manassas, Va. native took home the runner-up spot in the event and is tied for seventh place in the region.

In the shot put, senior Jacob Kroko threw for a measure of 44 feet, 7 ½ inches, finishing in third. He is ranked sixth in the region for that toss.

Bridgewater also has several other athletes who have secured regional rankings in their respective events.

Sophomore Luke Sohl's record-setting performances in the mile run and the 5,000 meter run places him in the region in both events. With a time of 4:20.48 in the mile, the sophomore is in second place, only a mere .18 seconds behind first place. In the 5,000 meter run, the Burke, Va. native ranks first, six seconds ahead of the runner-up, with a time of 15:05.16.  

The 4x400 meter relay quartet of Sam Gunther, Tim Wisniewski, Nevin Heckman, and Keith Lance is in fifth place with a time of 3:30.22

In the distance medley relay, Heckman, Gunther, Wisniewski, and Sohl sit comfortably in first place. They are 18 seconds ahead of second place, holding a time of 10:25.60.

Freshman Pete Monteleone is ranked second in the region in the long jump with a distance of 21 feet, 11 ¾ inches. The Shenandoah, Va. native is a mere inch out of first place.

Kroko is also ranked in the region in the weight throw for a toss of 47 feet, 3 ½ inches, placing the senior in the number six spot.

Bridgewater is back in action today at the Lynchburg College meet in Lynchburg, Va. Start time is set for 5:30 p.m.