Goldey-Beacom College’s track & field teams announced Feb. 17 their 2020 schedule.
Things open for the Lightning on March 27-28 at the prestigious Danny Curran Invitational, held at Widener University. Other highlights early in the campaign include a stop April 4 at the Eastern Shore Challenge in Salisbury, Maryland, April 8 at the York College Twilight Meet and April 11 at the Towson Invitational.
GBC then is scheduled to take part in the Penn Relays, which annually brings the world’s elite athletes to Franklin Field in Philadelphia. The same week, the squads are scheduled to take part in the Paul Kaiser Classic in Shippensburg, Pennsylvania.
The Central Atlantic Collegiate Conference Championship once again will be at Georgian Court University in Lakewood, New Jersey, but starting this year will be a two-day affair, May 2-3.
Among the elite on the men’s side, senior Jacob Smeltzer, of Merchantville, New Jersey, was a standout in the previous season in many races and again looks to make an impact. He achieved personal-best times of 2:21.3 in the 800-meter run at the Eastern Shore Challenge and 4:48.58 in the 1,500-meter run. Smeltzer also ran 37:49.52 in the 10,000-meter run for his best time at the CACC Championship.
Senior Jono Hooper, of Brisbane, Australia, recorded five top-10 finishes over his six meets, including second in 11:14.28 in the steeplechase at the Golden Ram Invitational and sixth in the 5,000-meter run in 16:21.82 at the Eastern Shore Challenge.
Freshman Zach Landvik-Larsen, of Stroudsburg, Pennsylvania, closed eighth at the CACC Championship and second at the GBC Fall Classic.
The women’s unit gets a lift from junior Tamia Davis, of New Castle, a William Penn grad, who once again will be a solid contributor in the discus throw and the shot put. She took sixth place at the CACC Championship in the discus throw by covering 30.93 meters and third in the shot put at 10.57 meters during the Golden Ram Invitational.
Junior Cara Jones, of Wilmington, a Mount Pleasant grad, who has been a major factor for both track & field and cross country during her time in Pike Creek. She took 10th in the 1,500-meter run at the Eastern Shore Challenge in 5:30.43 and ran 21:50.78 during the 5,000-meter run at the Paul Kaiser Classic.
Sophomore Shawnae’ Sykes, of Wilmington, a William Penn grad, recorded in spring 2019 one of the college’s top-10 finishes over her five meets. She was part of the 4x100-meter relay squad that closed second in 53.26 seconds and was sixth in 1:15.14 during the 400-meter hurdles, both at the Golden Ram Invitational.
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