Most Roanoke College students have packed up and left campus for the summer, but several athletes have important reasons to stay in Salem.
They include the men’s lacrosse team, the women’s softball team and several track athletes. The sports season for these students is not yet over.
On Wednesday, May 8, the men’s lacrosse team faces Centre College at 4 p.m. at Roanoke’s Donald J. Kerr Stadium. This is the first round of the NCAA Division III Men’s Lacrosse Championship, and Roanoke is ranked 7th, according to the latest U.S. Intercollegiate Lacrosse Association poll. The Maroons won the ODAC Championship last Sunday.
Roanoke’s softball team is another group to watch in post-season play. The NCAA Division III Softball Committee announced this week that the Roanoke team will join 62 others in the Division III Softball Championship Regionals later this week.
The Maroons will host the first round of games at the James I. Moyer Complex in Salem on May 9-12, which is a double elimination tournament. Roanoke will play Christopher Newport University in its first game on Thursday, May 9 at noon.
While the lacrosse and softball teams are battling it out on the home front, members of Roanoke’s track and field team are preparing to represent the College at the national level. Several runners have their sights set on competing in the NCAA Division III Outdoor Track & Field Championship, which is May 23-25 in Lacrosse, Wis.
This Thursday, May 9, they will compete at the Roanoke College/Virginia Tech Twilight Meet at Roanoke to improve on their chances for NCAA qualification. The meet starts at 3 p.m.
Track and field athletes will find out in the next week and a half if they qualify for the national meet. Several have good chances of making the cut, said Finn Pincus, Roanoke’s head track and field coach.
They include Carmen Graves (800), Alexis Janney (400), the 4X100 team of Esther Prempeh, Brianna Hood, Alease Kinney and Janney and the 4X400 team of Graves, Janney, Kinney and Jess Mejia.
Cheer on these Maroon athletes this month as they make Roanoke proud!
-By Kayla Fuller ’14