BLACKSBURG, Va.- The Spiders indoor track and field team took home a combined twelve top-ten finishes and shattered two women's school records at the Virginia Tech Invitational this weekend.
"This was a great start to the year highlighted by the 2 school records in the 4x400M and the 300M." said head coach Lori Taylor. "Our teams competed with intensity and that's what we wanted to see as a staff."
Freshman Mary Allen turned in a fifth place finish and new school record time of 40.01 in the 300m to highlight a solid weekend for the Spider women on the track. Allen broke Jasmine Cottle's 2009 record by a second and a half. She also secured ninth place in the 200m posting a time of 24.96.
Allen combined with freshman Jade Gregory, sophomore Amber Young, and sophomore Deborah Fajuyigbe in the 4 x 400m earning a sixth place finish and breaking the school record with a time of 3:52.06. Allen started the relay off recording the team's fastest split of 57.2
The previous record was 3:54.74 set in 2007 by Tara Markey, Monqiue Hawkins, Jessica Young, and Megan Nay.
In the field events Janel Francis continued her freshman campaign in the triple jump with a jump of 10.57m to capture tenth place.
On the men's side, Matthew Groff clocked a 2:29.45 to open his indoor season with an eighth place showing in the 1000m. The time was a personal best for Groff.
Groff took home a fifth place finish in the 800m(1:57.77). Teammate Justin Keefe earned sixth place (1:59.69) behind Groff, followed by Jason Skipper in eighth place (1:59.72). The trio swept heat two of the event.
Ryan Lee secured an eighth place finish in the 5000m with a time of 14:51 83.
The Spiders return to action next weekend when they travel up to Fairfax, Va., for George Mason's annual Patriot Games on January 26 and the women travel to Annapolis for the Navy Classic.