Track teams look strong at home meet

The College’s men’s and women’s outdoor track and field teams made the most of home-field advantage this weekend with several NCAA qualifying times and personal bests. The College played host to the New Jersey Invitational, a four-team scored meet also featuring Rider University, Monmouth University and Lehigh University.

Junior Tiffany Clark won the 400-meter run in an NCAA automatic qualifying time of 54.94. She also won the 200-meter dash with a provisional qualifying time of 25.00 and was part of the Lions’ 4×100 relay, which won the race with an NCAA provisional qualifying time of 47.57. Clark was joined in the relay by sophomore Khriselle Manuyag, freshman Jessica Bonelli and junior Brittny Boyd.

Boyd won the 100-meter dash with a time of 12.41, while also taking second in the long jump with her leap of 5.63 meters, which is an NCAA provisional mark. Her third-place finish in the 200-meter dash earned her another NCAA provisional mark.

For the men, junior Jeff Zodda won the 800-meter run with a time of 1:54.17, while freshman Pat Flinn posted a personal best time in the 400-meter run with a time of 51.66.

Junior Jeff Schwerdtman finished in second place in the shot put with his mark of 15.59 meters, good enough for an NCAA provisional throw.

The men’s and women’s track and field teams will compete in both the Penn Relays at the University of Pennsylvania and the Lions’ Invitational at the College this weekend.