Mills Named Co-Athlete of the Meet At ODAC Championships; Women Place Fourth Overall
LYNCHBURG , Va. - Bridgewater College sophomore Olivia Mills won two events Friday at the ODAC Indoor Track & Field Championship Meet and was named the Co-Athlete of the Meet along with Roanoke standout Carmen Graves.
Mills placed first in two distance events, winning the mile with a time of 5:19.21 and the 5000 with a time of 18:22.49.
Overall the Eagles won four individual events and finished the meet in fourth place with 64 points. Lynchburg won the title with 161 points, followed by Roanoke with 124 and Washington and Lee with 77. Following the fourth-place Eagles were Virginia Wesleyan with 21 points, Guilford with 14 points and Eastern Mennonite with 3.
Morgan Keplinger, the 2010 champion in the 800 meters during the outdoor season, added the indoor 800 title Friday with a winning time of 2:23.77. Keplinger broke the BC record in the event of 2:24 set earlier this season by Mills.
Senior Christina Rhodes won the pole vault with a best effort of 11 feet, 9.75 inches to meet the NCAA provisional qualifying standard in the event. Rhodes won the indoor pole vault title in each of her four seasons as an Eagle. Teammate Jenna Stacy finished in sixth place in the pole vault.
Also scoring points for the Eagles were Katie Cummings with a second-place effort in the shot put and Melanie Waters with a fourth place in the long jump and a sixth place in the triple jump. Cummings put the shot 38 feet, 7.75 inches while Waters had a best of 16 feet, 5.75 inches in the long jump and 24 feet, 11.75 inches in the triple jump.
Lynchburg received two of the major conference awards as Doug Thomasey was named Coach of the Year and Ashley Allen was named the Scholar-Athlete of the Year. Virginia Wesleyan's Courtney Mebane was named the Freshman of the Year.