Track & field kicks off indoor season at Roanoke

Shawn Gmurek runs in a relay race holding a baton.

Salem, Va. -- Lynchburg College track & field freshman Azavier Kirtley (Roanoke, Va.) began his collegiate career with a bang on Saturday, zipping to a win in the 200-meter dash and second in the 400-meter dash at the Bast-Cregger Indoor Invitational at Roanoke College.

Kirtley finished the 200 in 23.06 seconds to win by more than two-tenths of a second, and his 400 time of 50.32 was one of just five sub-50-second times in the field.

Endasia Mitchell (Perry Hall, Md.) highlighted the day for the Hornet women. The junior took fourth in the 400 (1:03.93), winning her section, and second in the 600-meter run (1:47.13).

Shawn Gmurek (Parkton, Md.) also took a win for LC on the day. The sophomore's 600 time of 1:28.77 edged out the field.

Lynchburg's corps of throwers also enjoyed the start of the indoor season Saturday. On the women's side, sophomore Sammi Woods (Fredericksburg, Va.) was fourth in the shot put (36-11 ¼), and junior Rachel Murray (Chesapeake, Va.) took fifth in the weight throw at 39-4 ¾. For the men, senior Evan Griffey (Mechanicsville, Va.) flung the shot 43-6 ¾ for fifth place, while junior Dalton Hoppe (Buchanan, Va.) placed fifth in the weight throw (43-11 ½).

The Hornets will travel to Christopher Newport's Holiday Open next Saturday in Newport News for their last event of 2017.