NEWPORT NEWS, Va. — Logan Harrington toppled her third Capital Athletic Conference record in just over a week, while Jonathan Graham broke his own mark in the pole vault to headline a tremendous performance by the Christopher Newport track & field teams during the Vince Brown Invitational on Saturday at the Freeman Center.
In her final tune-up before the CAC Championships, Harrington added another conference record to her historic season. After setting the 800 and Distance Medley Relay records last weekend, the third-year standout took down the mile mark on Saturday. During the event, she crossed the line in 5:05.67, which shaved over a full second off Jessica McClelland’s record of 5:06.73 set in 2014. That effort also moved Harrington to second on CNU’s all-time performance list.
Not to be outdone, Graham also made history during the men’s pole vault. The freshman won the event while eclipsing his own school and conference record with a height of 4.65 meters. That topped his previous record-setting PR of 4.61 meters set during the CNU Triangular on January 15.
Although Harrington and Graham made the biggest splashes on Saturday, several other Captains checked in with all-time efforts during the meet, including five additional distance runners. In the men’s mile, Billy Rabil placed third overall with a time of 4:16.36, which stands as the second-fastest ever by a Captain. Meanwhile, Jeff Dover crossed the line in 4:16.40 and Zach Campbell completed the event in 4:18.44. Those clockings rank third and sixth all-time, respectively.
On the women’s side, Briana Stewart and Alexa Tabackman added their names to the history books in the 3000. Stewart placed third overall in 10:43.54, which moved her to sixth in CNU history. Tabackman was close beyond in fourth after finishing in 10:46.78. That ranks ninth all-time.
Rounding out the history-makers, Ryan Long moved to sixth all-time at CNU in the shot put after he fired a 13.88-meter toss. Ryan Scott also matched his personal best in the 200 after coming in fourth with a time of 22.43. That equals the fifth-fastest mark in program history.
Among other elite performances on the men’s side, Wesley Shrieves had an eventful day after finishing fifth in the long jump (6.54 meters) and sixth in the high jump (1.88 meters). Robert Graham also came in third in the weight throw with a 14.95-meter heave, while Michael Agyeman registered a fourth-place finish in the triple jump with a 13.52-meter distance. Khiry Weaver came in fifth in the event after posting a 13.18-meter leap as well.
For the women, Jennifer Westerholm and Molly McCabe both starred in the 60-hurdles. Westerholm came in third overall with a time of 9.42, while McCabe finished fifth in the finals with a 9.60 clocking. Westerholm also came in fifth in the triple jump (10.50 meters), while Karissa Love posted a pair of top-10 efforts. She led the way in the sprints after finishing sixth in the 400 (1:01.26) and eighth in the 200 (26.81).
“It was a pretty balanced effort overall with nice breakthroughs in every event group,” said head coach Tyler Wingard. “In fact, there were very few events where the team did not earn a PR today. We missed on a few opportunities, but I think the team walked away from this meet feeling pretty good heading into Conference in two weeks.”
Christopher Newport will return to action on February 21 when the Captains host the CAC Championships at the Freeman Center.