The College’s men’s and women’s outdoor track and field teams enjoyed successful trips to the 2003 University of Delaware Invitational last Saturday.
The men’s team won the meet while the women finished fourth out of 13 competing schools.
Continuing their strong showings, the Lions held their own again with several Division I schools.
Head coach Steve Dolan said the experience should prove beneficial in later action this season.
“Here we’re fortunate enough to play good competition at good facilities and we do well against them,” Dolan said. “It helps people reach for their potential and seasons us for (New Jersey Athletic Association Conferences and Nationals).”
In addition to the positive team showing, several Lions won their personal events helping the overall effort.
“It’s a pure sport so there is always an emphasis on individual competition that brings with it a certain sense of accomplishment,” Dolan said.
Junior sprinter/hurdler Kevin Semanick won the 400-meter hurdles in 55.27 seconds, following last weekend’s first place finish at the Sam Howell Invitational at Princeton University in 53.98 seconds.
Sophomore sprinter Stephen Marshall was victorious in the 110-meter hurdles with a time of 15.28 seconds.
Freshman decathlete Matt Klemic wasn’t far behind, finishing third in 15.97 seconds.
“It was important for us to beat Army to do well in the hurdles because we were able to pick up a good deal of points between Matt and I,” Marshall said.
Freshman thrower Jeff Schwerdtman helped the College win the meet by taking home first place honors in both the shotput at 15.65 meters and the discus at 47.26 meters.
“I was really happy with the discus because I just got over a bicep injury,” Schwerdtman said. “That was the first time I threw competitively this season and after only a week’s worth of practice.”
Rounding out the sweep of the field events, junior thrower Ed Redmond won the javelin (52.82 meters).
The Lions also took third and fourth in the 5,000-meter run behind sophomore distance runner Rob Barger and freshman distance runner Mike Buttil in 16:10.93 and 16:43.88 respectively.
In the 800-meter run, sophomore middle distance runner Matt Molski took second place in 1:57.97, while senior middle distance runner Aaron Boucher finished third in 1:58.43.
The Lions’ relay teams fared well behind the NCAA provisional qualifying time of 48.40 seconds in the 4×100. Freshman sprinters Jen Furchak, Brittny Boyd and Tiffany Clark, along with sophomore sprinter Johane Clermont, were among the event’s winning group.
“It’s been very helpful to get such a quick impact from these runners and we have some standout sprinters here,” Dolan said.
Boyd won the 100-meter dash in 12.26 seconds followed by Clermont in 12.64 seconds.
“The next few meets set us up for Nationals and the good weekend helped to take some of the pressure off,” Boyd said.
In the 200-meter dash, Clark posted a time of 25.27 to take first place.
“It meant a lot to me doing this well running against Division I schools,” Clark said. “The motivation of good competition helped me get a new personal best.”
Sophomore middle distance runner Kara Horner finished second in the 1,500-meter run in 4:55.97.
The College’s freshman sprinter/jumper Alisa Vetter won the triple jump covering 10.86 meters.
In the 4×400 relay the Lions also won first place in 3:56.66.
The Lions will attend the N.J. Invitational at Lehigh on April 19.