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Outdoor Track Ready for ODAC Championships

Danyelle McGrady appears in the top 10 in the ODAC in each of the throwing events.
Danyelle McGrady appears in the top 10 in the ODAC in each of the throwing events.

WINCHESTER, Va. - The Shenandoah University men's and women's outdoor track & field teams enter this weekend's ODAC Championships looking to best a pair of top six finishes achieved at the 2017 indoor championships.

Those indoor finishes build upon a fourth place showing for the women and a fifth place spot for the men at the 2016 outdoor championships.

The Hornets had three ODAC Champions last spring – Shelby Shrader in the steeplechase, Danyelle McGrady in the hammer throw and Ansel Borhauer in the 400 meters.

All three athletes return to defend their titles this weekend.

Borhauer's 49.42 seconds in the 400 at the Liberty Invitational is second best in the league and his 22.30 in the 200 is the fourth fastest time in the ODAC this spring.

In the jumps, Chris Smith has the third best performance in the ODAC in both the long jump and triple jump at 6.80 (22'3.75") and 13.52 (44'4.25") meters, respectively.

Matthew Horton leads a trio of men in the steeplechase with the fourth best time in the ODAC (9:53.47) set at the Battleground Relays that places him squarely in the hunt for an All-ODAC showing. Justin Mehrer (6th) and Matthew Gussiaas (8th) are right on Horton's heels.

Marquaye Jackson and Anthony Banks round out the men's top marks with top five showings in the throws. Jackson has the fifth best mark in the hammer throw, 42.56 meters (139'7"), while Banks' 45.59 meter (149'7") javelin toss is fourth best in the league this season.

McGrady has possibly the best chance of earning an ODAC championship as she appears in the top 10 in each of the throwing events with her 40.87 meter (134'1") javelin throw at the Dr. Jack Toms Invitational the 11th best throw in the nation this season in addition to being the top mark in the ODAC.

The senior has the top hammer throw, 47.29 meters (155'2"), the No. 2 discus, 40.34 meters (132'4"), and the No. 10 shot put, 10.54 meters (34'7").

Sophomore Shamyra Wilkerson appears three times in the top six in the league with a third in the 100 (12.44 seconds), fifth in the 400 (1.00.26) and sixth in 200 (25.78 seconds).

Shrader is the defending champion in the steeplechase and her 12:05.27 is No. 4 in the league this year but teammates Emily Miller and Aislynn Smith are right behind with the eighth and ninth best times, respectively, in the league this year.

Batres Maku and Delia Mack round out the top performers with a Nos. 5 and 7 rankings in the high jump. Maku's fifth place showing of 1.48 meters (4'10.25") is just 1.5 inches better than Mack's 1.47 meters (4'9.75").

For those fans unable to attend the event, live stats and video are available. The links for both can be found on the schedule page.

Wilkerson Leads Track
May 18, 2017 Wilkerson Leads Track
McGrady Wins Discus
May 15, 2017 McGrady Wins Discus
McGrady Paces Track
May 3, 2017 McGrady Paces Track
Track Strong at TCNJ
April 29, 2017 Track Strong at TCNJ
Smith Wins Steeplechase
April 28, 2017 Smith Wins Steeplechase
Track Wraps at Liberty
April 8, 2017 Track Wraps at Liberty
Track Opens at Liberty
April 7, 2017 Track Opens at Liberty
McGrady Named All-Region
March 6, 2017 McGrady Named All-Region
Women's DMR Leads Indoor Track
February 26, 2017 Women's DMR Leads Indoor Track
Indoor Track Preview
February 24, 2017 Indoor Track Preview
Indoor Track Posts Two Wins
February 11, 2017 Indoor Track Posts Two Wins
Women Compete at Navy
February 9, 2017 Women Compete at Navy
Track Finishes at Liberty
January 21, 2017 Track Finishes at Liberty
McGrady Paces Track
January 20, 2017 McGrady Paces Track
Track Sets Two School Marks
January 13, 2017 Track Sets Two School Marks
President's List Announced
January 9, 2017 President's List Announced
Academic Honors Announced
January 5, 2017 Academic Honors Announced
Happy Thanksgiving
November 24, 2016 Happy Thanksgiving
Happy Fourth of July!
July 4, 2016 Happy Fourth of July!
Web 101
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