By Tommy Keeler Jr.
Alyssa Bane (Strasburg '11) continues to put her name all over the Eastern Mennonite University record books.
The junior track and field standout broke the school record in the indoor track weight throw on Jan. 17 in the Liberty Open in Lynchburg. Last year, Bane broke the outdoor track record in the hammer.
Bane's throw of 39-8.75 topped the previous record of Clair Thomason (39-4.5) from 2002.
The meet was only the second of the season for the Royals.
In the first meet of the season at the Liberty Kickoff meet in Lynchburg on Dec. 5, Bane threw a toss of 36-11.75 for fifth place, and to qualify for the Old Dominion Athletic Conference Indoor Championship meet. The ODAC meet is held on March 2 at Hampton.
Bane also participated in the Captains Invitational on Jan. 25, and finished seventh in the weight throw, the top finish by a D-III competitor. She threw a 39-6.5.
The Royals are back in action Saturday in the JDL Fast Track Invitational in Winston-Salem, N.C.
MILESTONE SEASON: Randolph College's women's basketball team is closing in a record for wins in a season, and Jensen Hoover (Central '11) has plenty to do with that success.
Hoover has started all 17 games for the WildCats and is averaging 10.1 points per game, which is third on the team.
She is averaging a team-best 8.6 rebounds per game, and is shooting a team-best 60.2 percent from the field (74-for-123). Hoover is also averaging 23.9 minutes per contest.
Randolph snapped a six-game losing streak on Jan. 25 as the WildCats defeated Emory and Henry 60-53. Hoover had nine points and 14 rebounds for the WildCats.
The win moved the WildCats (9-8, 3-5 ODAC) to within one victory of the winningest season in school history, which was set in 1997-98. The WildCats started off 8-2, before going into a slump.
FRESHMAN SPARK: Aaron Miller (Sherando '13) hasn't been getting a ton of minutes in his freshman season at Concord University, but he's certainly making the most of them.
Miller is averaging 6.0 points per game, which is seventh on the team, and second-best of the non-starters. Miller is averaging 9.4 minutes per game.
He is shooting 52.4 percent from 3-point range (11-for-21) and 52.5 percent from the field (21-for-40).
In a 100-72 loss to Wheeling Jesuit University on Jan. 6, Miller led the Mountain Lions with 15 points on 5-for-6 shooting from beyond the arc in 17 minutes of play. Miller also had four rebounds in the game. Miller has played in nine of the Mountain Lions' 18 games. In a 103-92 loss to Glenville State College on Jan. 25, Miller had six points in eight minutes. The Mountain Lions are 5-13 and 2-10 in the Mountain East conference.
JUMP START: Dylan Shirley (Stonewall Jackson '12) is off to a strong start for Kent State University in the indoor track season.
On Jan. 25, Shirley won the long jump with a leap of 23-5.25 in the Gladstein Invitational at Indiana University.
On Jan. 11, Shirley finished third in the long jump (21-10.25) in the Doug Raymond Invitational held at Kent State.
Shirley also won the long jump (22-5.25) in the Golden Flash Gala held at Kent State on Dec. 7.
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