The College’s outdoor track and field teams participated in the Sam Howell Invitational on Friday and Saturday at Princeton University and had several stellar performances.
Coach Steve Dolan was pleased with the teams’ performances despite the inclement weather.
“It was not a great day for track and field with the cold and rainy weather, but we performed well,” Dolan said.
The Lions faced stiff competition by competing against several Division I schools.
“We do that a lot during the season, and we always compete real well with those schools,” Dolan said.
Junior sprinter/hurdler Kevin Semanick won the 400 hurdles in a time of 53.98.
“The meet went great,” Semanick said. “It’s early in the year, but it was good to get a good race in. We just keep trying to get better for Nationals.”
He hopes to improve upon his individual performance from the meet.
“I felt like I ran well, but I would still like to cut some time,” Semanick said.
Junior sprinters Jesse Mesina and Tim Wilson finished third and fourth respectively in the 400-meter run. Mesina had a time of 49.87 while Wilson finished at 49.99.
“The meet went pretty well,” Mesina said. “I did very well considering the weather. It was not as fast as my time last week, but it was cold and rainy.”
Mesina also took notice of the talent level of his competitors. “It was tough competition because we were going up against Division I schools,” he said.
Senior distance runner Nick Ricco finished third in the 5,000-meter run with an NCAA Division III qualifying time of 14:30.90.
The Lions finished fourth through seventh in the 1,500-meter run. Sophomore middle distance runner Matt Molski finished fourth at 3:59.39, senior middle distance runner Mike Armstrong took fifth at 3:59.45, sophomore middle distance runner Eric Gross was sixth with a time of 3:59.87, and senior middle distance runner Aaron Boucher took seventh by finishing at 4:00.86.
Junior distance runner Beth Vesey captured first in the 5,000-meter run with an NCAA provisional qualifying time of 17:50.68.
Freshmen sprinters Tiffany Clark and Brittny Boyd finished first and second respectively in the 400-meter run. Clark finished with a time of 56.95 while Boyd finished at 58.40.
Sophomore hurdler/sprinter Jaclyn Roesch came in third in the 400-meter hurdles with a time of 1:07.39. Freshman thrower Christine Solomon finished third in the discus with a mark of 35.03 meters.
Senior sprinter Irene Leidenfrost took third in the 100-meter run with a time of 12.81 seconds. Sophomore sprinter Johane Clermont took fourth in the same event with a time of 12.89 seconds.
The College hosted a multi-event track meet on Thursday and Friday which featured 10 competitors in the decathlon and eight in the heptathlon. The Lions’ two competitors in the decathlon, junior Chad Williams and freshman Matt Klemic, finished fourth and eighth respectively.
Williams finished with 6,039 points while Klemic finished with 5,721. Rutgers University sophomore Trevor O’ Grady won the event with a score of 6,316.
In the heptathlon, Lion freshman Lauren Detrick finished in seventh place with 2,173 points.
Senior Kam Lam was forced to withdraw after one event due to injury. University of Pennsylvania junior Kai Ivory captured the event with a score of 4,430 points.
The men’s and women’s squads will be participating in the University of Delaware invitational on Saturday at 11 a.m.