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By Steve DeShazo
BY STEVE DeSHAZO
Several local athletes got off to fast starts as the college indoor track and field season opened last weekend.
Twins Roderick and Sheri Spruel (Chancellor) posted strong times in the 60-meter dash for the home team in the Liberty Kickoff Meet in Lynchburg.
Roderick finished third in the men's meet at 6.91 seconds, qualifying for March's IC4A Conference meet in Boston and matching the No. 4 time in school history. Sheri was fourth (7.78), tieing for the Flames' 10th-fastest time ever.
Meanwhile, VMI freshman Pete Reed (Colonial Forge) had a strong debut at the YSU Icebreaker in Youngstown, Ohio. Reed was third in the long jump (22-3) and seventh in the 60 (7.12).
Florida State sophomore Josh Friedel (Mountain View) won the men's 200-yard backstroke in a career-best 1:43.14 Sunday at the Georgia Tech Invite in Atlanta. Two days earlier, Friedel was second in the 200 individual medley (1:49.43) after qualifying in a personal-best 1:48.62.
Columbia sophomore Michael Fox-Moles (Riverbend) was eighth in the men's 100 back (51.72) at Saturday's Brown Invitational.
Sophomore Corey Kreiter (Orange) set a Randolph-Macon school record with his second-place finish in the 50 freestyle (21.86) at Saturday's Yellow Jacket Invitational in his home pool.
Freshman Patrick Holloway (Stafford County/Paul VI) set a career high with 17 points in George Mason's 69-62 loss to Maryland Sunday at the Verizon Center.
Freshman guard T.J. Jones (North Stafford) scored 21 points to help St. Thomas Aquinas (N.Y.) beat Dowling 82-80 Saturday for its first win. Jones also had 26 in a 71-63 loss at Washington Adventist Thursday.
Senior forward Derek Mosley (Mountain View) had 23 points and 11 rebounds Saturday as Messiah (Pa.) beat Elizabethtown 71-61 to improve to 2-0 in the Commonwealth Conference.
Junior guard Dajon Daniel (Mountain View) had 11 points and four steals in Eastern Mennonite's 82-76 win at Roanoke Saturday.
Senior forward Mike Phillips (Riverbend) had 11 points and eight rebounds in Howard's 58-50 loss to Hampton on Saturday.
Junior forward Dameon Turner (Stafford) had 12 points and nine rebounds in Mount Aloysius' 76-52 victory over Medaille Saturday.
Junior Avery Green (Courtland) scored 15 points in Shenandoah's 68-55 win at Marymount Wednesday.
In his final college game, South Alabama senior linebacker Jake Johnson (Stafford) made nine tackles in Saturday's 23-7 loss at Hawaii.
Randolph-Macon freshman Andrew Oakes (Courtland) was named to the all-Old Dominion Athletic Conference men's soccer team after scoring a team-high six goals and adding an assist.
The ODAC's fall sportsmanship teams included Randolph College freshman men's soccer player Jacob Lusczek (Chancellor) and R-MC senior football tight end Dan Crouch (Riverbend).
Steve DeShazo: 540/374-5443