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W&L Gold Medalists

In advance of the upcoming London Olympics, two members of the Washington and Lee community recently captured their own gold medals–in track and field competition on the master’s level.

Competing earlier this month in the USATF East Region Masters Championships at Howard Community College, in Columbia, Md., Roger Crockett, professor of German, won the long jump in the 60-64 age division with a jump of 4.62 meters. With that effort, Roger now ranks fifth in the nation in the current outdoor season. He finished second in the triple jump with a leap of 9.12 meters.

Roger will try to capture another national title in August, when he competes in the 2012 USA Masters Outdoor Track & Field Championships at Benedictine University, in Lisle, Ill. Back in 2008, his first year in the 60-64 age group, Roger won the national indoor championships in Boston and was ranked No. 1 in the nation in both the long jump and the triple jump during the indoor season.

Meanwhile, W&L’s former dean of students, David Howison, won the 800-meter race in the men’s 70-79 age group at the Virginia Commonwealth Games, in Roanoke. David, 70, ran a time of 3:21.54. He ranks 10th nationally in the 800 meters and is third-ranked in the mile run in the 2012 outdoor rankings.