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College notebook: Wisniewski rewrites Bridgewater record book

BY STEVE DeSHAZO

THE FREE LANCE-STAR

Several former area track and field standouts descended on Lynchburg last weekend for the Liberty University Open. None had a better meet than Tim Wisniewski.

The senior from Mountain View High School set two Bridgewater College school records at the two-day meet. Competing against Division I, II and III athletes, he finished fifth in the 1,000 meters (2:33.80) and anchored the Eagles to a second-place finish in the 3,200 relay (8:00.27).

At the same meet, Christopher Newport junior Jenna Elliott (Massaponax) finished second in the women’s high jump (5–3), and teammate Ray Gamache (King George) was sixth in the men’s 3,000 (8:50.20), with Lynchburg’s Lawrence Minor (Spotsylvania) seventh (8:57.52).

Liberty seniors Roderick and Sherri Spruel (Chancellor) finished fifth in their respective 60-meter dashes: he in 6.99 seconds, she in 8.04. And Bridgewater senior Jacob Kroko (James Monroe) was ninth in the men’s weight throw (47–3).

MORE TRACK AND FIELD

Navy freshman Jeremy Granderson (Colonial Forge) finished second in the men’s high jump (6–6) as the Midshipmen beat Princeton, William & Mary and The Citadel in an invitational Saturday in Annapolis.

California (Pa.) junior Courtnee Whitaker (Mountain View) improved her Pennsylvania State Athletic Conference-leading time in the women’s 55 hurdles with an 11th-place finish (9.25) at Saturday’s SPIRE Midwest Open.

VCU junior Alex Hinton (Chancellor) was ninth in the men’s 800 (1:54.91) at Saturday’s Penn State National Invitational.

Junior Evan Morton (Massaponax) set a VCU school record in the heptathlon with a winning score of 4,429 points at the recent Captains Invitational in Newport News.

SWIMMING

Senior Caroline Simmons (Colonial Forge) anchored Tennessee’s winning 400 medley relay (1:38.71) as the Volunteers beat second-ranked Georgia in a dual meet Saturday. Simmons also placed fourth in the 50 free (23.10) and fifth in the 100 free (50.99).

William & Mary freshman Justin Barden (Orange) won the men’s 200-yard backstroke (1:52.44) and was third in the 100 back (51.90) in a dual-meet loss to Old Dominion Saturday. Both times were among the 10 fastest in school history.

East Carolina freshman Bailie Monahan (Colonial Forge) won the women’s 100 butterfly (57.24) and 200 fly (2:03.27) in a dual-meet win at UMBC Saturday.

Sophomore Eric Whalen–Kelly (Orange) won the men’s 200-yard backstroke (2:07.93) and finished second in the 100 freestyle (58.74) in Randolph-Macon’s dual-meet loss to Catholic Saturday.

Saint Francis (Pa.) senior Kathleen Lyon (King George) won the women’s 1,000 free (10:46.79) in a tri-meet victory over Siena and Radford Saturday. Radford freshman Mary Flinn (Brooke Point) was third in the 200 free (2:00.14) and fourth in the 200 back (2:14.14).

Washington and Lee sophomore Hannah Melkun (Stafford) won the women’s 100 breaststroke (1:12.51) in a tri-meet win over VMI and Ferrum Saturday.

WRESTLING

Redshirt freshman Justin Tribble (North Stafford) was named Limestone (S.C.)’s male athlete of the week after going 4–0 at 197 pounds at the Super Region I Duals in Newberry, S.C. He beat Pitt–Johnstown’s Nikos Garofola 10–2 and pinned Seton Hill’s Tyler Dombrowsky on Saturday, then topped Mercyhurst’s Tyler Landfried 12–6 and Shippenburg’s Marshall Hobbs 12–0 on Sunday.

Senior Oscar Huntley (Colonial Forge) earned a tiebreaking 197-pound victory by fall over Hayden Hrymack as Navy rallied to beat Rutgers 19–15 Saturday.

Bloomsburg sophomore Chris Smith (Chancellor) earned a 6–2 win over Patrick Jennings at 174 pounds Friday, helping the 19th-ranked Huskies beat No. 15 Edinboro 19–18.

VMI junior Ryan Goodsell (Orange) posted a 13–1 major decision over Davidson’s Matt Zarth Friday, helping the Keydets to their first dual-meet win of the year.

BASKETBALL

Freshman Brandi Holland (Colonial Forge) scored a career-high 17 points as Christopher Newport routed William Peace 76–37 Saturday to improve to 15–2.

Former Courtland standout Waverly Jackson blocked a career-high three shots and had nine points in 16th-ranked Oregon’s 81–76 win over Washington Saturday.

Junior Marquel Davis (Stafford) had five points and a career-best 10 rebounds in Pittsburgh’s 69–57 loss at Georgetown Saturday.

Redshirt freshman Taylor Danaher (Fredericksburg Christian) had career highs of eight points and six rebounds in Mount St. Mary’s 76–68 loss at Robert Morris Saturday night.

After scoring his 1,000th career point in December, Howard senior forward Mike Phillips (Riverbend) collected a combined 25 rebounds in two losses last week.

FOOTBALL

Richmond junior defensive end Kerry Wynn (Louisa) was named to the Virginia Sports Information Directors’ all-state second team after recording 4 sacks.

Steve DeShazo: 540/374-5443

sdeshazo@freelancestar.com

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