Sophomore Stephanie Herrick highlighted a solid performance at the Seamus McElligott Invitational for the Lions by establishing a new meet record in the 800 meters and an NCAA provisional cut with a time of 2:16.42 on Saturday.
“She just had an awesome race and looked real strong,” head coach Eric Mobley said. “This was her first individual 800 of the year. I just expect greater things from her for the remainder of the season.”
The Lions left Haverford College with six first-place winners in total – three each for the men’s and women’s teams.
“I thought we had a very good weekend,” Mobley said. “We’re coming together as a team and we’re getting ready for the remaining part of the season.”
Senior Dan Mitchell won the high jump by clearing 1.82 meters, while junior Brian Donatelli threw the shotput 14.34 meters to win the event.
Junior Brian Kopnicki and sophomore Megan O’Leary both took first in the 5,000 meters with Eastern College Athletic Conference (ECAC) qualifying times. Kopnicki crossed the finish line in 15:08.97, while O’Leary finished the race in 18:06.29. Sophomore Martine McGrath also finished with an ECAC qualifying time of 18:21.26 in the 5,000 meters by placing right behind O’Leary.
Sophomore Nicole Ullmeyer was the final Lion to win her event after running the 3,000 meters in 10:58.78.
For the men, 0.03 of a second is what separated freshman Lee Jones from winning the 55 meters, crossing the finish line in 6.69 seconds.
Four Lions earned ECAC qualifying times in the 3,000 meters, led by sophomore Christopher Guerriero with a time of 8:47.43 for fifth place. Also recording qualifying times were sophomore Kyle Alpaugh (8:57.62), junior Galen Johnson (8:58.23) and junior Steve Kinney (8:59.56).
For the women, freshman Priscilla Senya took second in the 55-meter dash (7.59 seconds) and the 55-meter hurdles, with an ECAC qualifying time of 8.76 seconds.
Junior Jessica Bonelli placed second in the 200 meters with an ECAC qualifier of 28.85 seconds.
Lions indoor track and field continues in New York City for the two-day New Balance Collegiate Invitational beginning on Saturday.