For the Books

Longwood says goodbye to 3 record breakers

As Longwood’s athletics programs continue to climb the ranks in Division I, the decades-old records of legendary Lancer athletes continue to fall. Three Longwood student-athletes in the Class of 2015 rewrote the record books this year and leave the university at the top of several prestigious lists:

Malin Allgurin, a business administration major from Varnamo, Sweden, the two-year No. 1 singles player on the women’s tennis team.

Megan Baltzell, a sociology major from Stafford, the All-American and home-run slugging backstop on the softball team.

Aaron Myers, a physics major from Newport News, the right-handed ace of the baseball team.

All three broke longstanding Lancer records in their senior seasons that had stood since long before they stepped foot on the Longwood campus.

Allgurin broke the school’s Division I wins record in 2015 after compiling a four-year record of 59-50 to become Longwood’s first 50-match winner in the Division I era. That record-setting career, which finished just five wins shy of Longwood’s all-time wins record, came despite playing at the No. 1 slot in her final two years, where she faced the opposition’s top player every time she stepped onto the court.

Baltzell finished as the owner of 15 school records, most notably the most home runs (76), RBIs (230), hits (256), doubles (57), runs scored (242) and walks (166) of any Lancer in school history. Even more remarkable is the fact that she set five Big South records even though only three years’ worth of her statistics counted toward those marks. (Baltzell’s freshman stats did not count because Longwood was not a member of the Big South that year.) Her accomplishments include the most home runs (67), RBIs (195), walks (141) and runs scored (195), and highest career batting average (.421) in Big South history.

Myers made his mark on the school record books following a four-year career in which he became the school’s all-time strikeouts (319), innings pitched (338.0) and saves (17) leader while finishing with the second-lowest ERA (2.91) in the history of Longwood’s storied baseball program. Myers set the strikeout record trifecta as a senior, adding to his career strikeout mark by setting the school’s single-season mark (115) and tying the single-game mark (14).—Chris Cook