JOHNSON CITY, Tenn. –
All-Americans Jesus Ortega and Jesus Ortega, along with
All-Conference honorees James Frierson and Davion Lambert, line the
rich history of the Virginia Commonwealth University men's track
and field program.
Junior Antonio Norvell (Portsmouth, Va.) is doing his best to be in that discussion when his career comes to a close as the third-year standout posted another outstanding performance for the Rams, this time at the Niswonger Invitational, hosted by East Tennessee State University.
Norvell won the collegiate 60-meter dash with a time of 6.89, just .07 off a 15-year old school record. He then went on to place fourth in the 200-meter dash with an IC4A-qualifying time of 21.97, and earned a top-10 finish in the long jump with a mark of 23' 2 ½", another IC4a-qualifying mark.
"As a coaching staff, we've always known Antonio was a special talent, that's why we brought him here," Head Coach Julian Spooner said. "He started to show more and more of his potential last year and this year is no different. He continues to gain confidence in his abilities each week."
Junior Axel Mostrag (Krasnik, Poland /Fork Union) also continued his strong debut season with the Black & Gold, blowing away his competition in the mile with a time of 4:15.61.
"Axel is a great addition to our roster this year," Spooner said. "He's a very gifted athlete that works extremely hard and will be a valuable point scorer for us, come time for the conference meet."
Juniors Kyle Jones (Richmond, Va.) and Donnie Seward (Richmond, Va.) also earned IC4A-qualifying times in the 200-meter dash with Jones finishing in 22.22, just ahead of Seward at 22.23.
The Rams return to the track next week when they travel north to compete in the Penn State Invitational.