Tallman Leads W&L Men's T&F to Third at ODAC's
SALEM, Va. — Senior Zander Tallman (Grand Blanc, Mich./Cranbrook-Kingswood) was named the Athlete of the Meet at the ODAC Men's Track and Field Outdoor Track and Field Championship hosted by Roanoke on Saturday, as Washington and Lee finished third overall.
Lynchburg took the top spot with 162 points, Bridgewater was second (147) and the Generals finished with 133 points.
Tallman won two individual titles, was part of two winning relays and had a fourth-place finish. In all, he totaled 44 points for the Blue and White. The two event wins came in the 400m and the 800m.
In the 400m, Tallman crossed the finish line in an ODAC Championship record time of 47.66. It also tied Tallman's own school record he set in 2012. The previous meet record was 48.19 set by Kevin Smith of Lynchburg in 1999.
Also in the 400m, first-year Jack Jones (Lookout Mountain, Ga./McCallie School) placed third in 50.11 and senior Dillon Myers (Foxborough, Mass./Foxborough) claimed sixth with a time of 50.88. Tallman won the 800m with a time of 1:55.84, while Jones finished fourth in 1:57.58.
The 4x100m took first with a time of 42.13. The quartet consisted of seniors Agustin Kim (La Habra, Calif./Troy) and Cole Glasgow (Dallas, Texas/Jesuit College Prep), junior Aaron Jeong (Federal Way, Wash./Thomas Jefferson) and Tallman. W&L won the final race of the meet by finishing the 4x400m in 3:20.66. The foursome included Tallman, Jones, sophomore Charlie Zachariades (Chatham, N.J./Chatham) and first-year Isidro Camacho (Brooklyn, N.Y./Xavier).
Along with Tallman's victories and the relays, the Generals had two other event winners on Saturday. Senior Kevin Sullivan (Sandwich, Mass./Tabor) set the W&L, ODAC and ODAC Championship records in winning the javelin.
Sullivan finished with a mark of 63.76m (209'02.00"). It broke the previous W&L record of 61.03m (200'03.00") set by Dylan Mills '13 in 2011, the ODAC record of 61.41m (201'06.00") set by Phil Landis of Eastern Mennonite in 1987 and the ODAC Championship record of 59.25m (194'05.00") set by Peter Foxen of Roanoke in 2012. Sullivan's mark is the longest in Division III this season. Also in the javelin, Myers placed sixth with a toss of 50.48m (165'07.00").
The other event winner for W&L was first-year Ian McDonald (Richmond, Va./Douglas S. Freeman) in the 1,500m. He crossed the finish line in 4:07.70 to claim his first ODAC individual title. Senior Kane Thomas (Seattle, Wash./Shorewood) took sixth in the race with a time of 4:11.17.
In the pole vault, the Blue and White had three competitors score. Senior David Fishman (Westfield, N.J./Westfield) placed second with a leap of 4.31m (14'01.75"), first-year Robert Jones (Albany, N.Y./Albany Academy) claimed fourth at 3.96m (12'11.75") and Myers finished fifth with a vault of 3.21m (10'06.25).
Jeong had two Top 3 finishes on Saturday, as well as being a member of the 4x100m. He took second in the 100m with a time of 10.84, and third in the 200m in 22.09. Also in the 200m, Tallman placed fourth (22.22).
In the 400m hurdles, Myers claimed third in 55.74, and in the 5,000m, first-year Mac Strehler (Moseley, Va./Trinity Episcopal School) took fifth with a time of 15:21.19.
Cody Meadows was named the ODAC/Farm Bureau Insurance Scholar-Athlete, Bridgewater's Darin Council was the Rookie of the Meet and Lynchburg's Zach Haupt received the Coach of the Year honor.
All competitors that finished in the Top 3 of an event earned All-ODAC accolades. A select group of Generals will compete at the Liberty Twilight on April 30.
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