Lions sprint to top four in Classic

Before the end of winter break, the College’s men’s and women’s indoor track and field teams finished in the top four at the Collegeville Classic hosted by Ursinus College on Jan. 19.

The women’s team placed third with 76 points, finishing behind Saint Joseph’s University (131.50) and Kutztown University (126.50) in the 13-team competition.

The men’s team finished nearly as well by placing fourth with 57 points. Cheyney University (138.50) came in first, followed by Kutztown Univeristy (77) and Millersville Univeristy (60.50) in the 12-team competition.

The men’s 4 x 200 relay team of freshmen Lee Jones and Mark Gardner and juniors Pat Flinn and Wes Friedman finished second with an Eastern Collegiate Athletic Conference (ECAC) qualifying time of 1:33.98.

The 4 x 400 relay team also took second as sophomore Rob McGowan, junior Otto Kat and freshmen Steve Murray and DeShard Stevens finished in 3:33.29.

The women’s 4 x 200 relay team took first with junior Jessica Bonelli, freshmen Priscilla Senyah, Jennifer Caratola and Kristen Tricocci completing an ECAC-qualifying time of 1:39.05.

In the individual track events, sophomore Megan Donovan won the 5K in 19:09.75, while sophomore Nicole Ullmeyer took third in 19:44.85.

Senior Angela Tecco took second in the 400-meter event in 1:02.30, while freshman Jianna Spadaccini was third in 1:02.60.

In the 200-meter race, Bonelli and Tricocci had identical times, 27.22, but Bonelli placed third while Tricocci took fourth.

Senyah had an ECAC-qualifying time in the 55-meter hurdles with a time of 8.75 seconds to take fourth.

Junior Brian Donatelli was third in the 800 meters, finishing in 2:01.65, while junior Galen Johnson finished third in the 5K in 16:31.79. Jones took third in the 55-meter dash with a time of 6.68 seconds, barely beating Friedman, who was fourth in 6.69.

In the field events, freshman Ariana Laferlita took fourth in the triple jump with a distance of 10.27 meters. Donatelli was third in the shot put with a toss of 14.64 meters. Senior Dan Mitchell cleared six feet in the high jump to take fourth place.

On Jan. 12, the Lions competed in the New York City Gotham Cup in Manhattan.

For the women, sophomore Martine McGrath won the 3,000-meter event with a time of 10:31.01, while sophomore Megan O’Leary came in fourth with a time of 10:34.05. Both recorded ECAC-qualifying times.

Sophomore Stephanie Herrick and Senyah earned ECAC-qualifying times. Herrick placed fourth in the one-mile run (5:11.79) and Senyah was 17th in the 60-meter hurdles (9.58).

The distance-medley relay team of Herrick, freshman Jennifer Caratola, Spadaccini and McGrath finished fourth with an ECAC-qualifying time of 12:34.12.

For the men, junior Brian Kopnicki won the 3,000 meters with an ECAC qualifying time of 8:22.73. Teammate sophomore Chris Guerriero finished in 13th with an ECAC-qualifying time of 8:53.45.

Senior Matt Randal finished in 13th place in the 5,000 meters for an ECAC-qualifying time of 15:31.53.

Lions indoor track continues on Jan. 24 at the Ursinus College Pentathlon in Collegeville, Pa.