Sophomore Stephanie Herrick set a College record in the 800 meters at the Rider-Lafayette Invitational at the Armory in New York City.
Herrick completed the race in 2:12.97 and recorded an automatic qualifying time for the NCAA Division III Indoor Track and Field Championships. Herrick also earned an NCAA provisional cut of 4.00.10 with the 4×400 team that included junior Jessica Bonelli, freshman Jianna Spadaccini and freshman Kristen Tricocci.
“I think it has a lot to do with the base I built over the summer and during cross country by running lots of miles and doing longer workouts,” Herrick said about her success in the 800 meters. “I also tried to work out hard during winter break in order to help me run faster. I also think that (assistant coach) Phil (Jennings) puts together workouts that really help and make you feel confident.”
“Steph has come a long way in terms of her training,” Jennings said. “This past summer she put a lot of work into it and improved her endurance, and that’s helped her in the 800.”
Bonelli also had an Eastern College Athletic Conference (ECAC) mark in the 400 meters in a time of 58.99, while freshman Priscilla Senya grabbed ECAC marks in the 60-meter high hurdles (9.59) and the 200 meters (26.99).
The Lions piled up on ECAC qualifying marks as Spadaccini continued to turn in a solid performance in the 800 meters with a time of 2:21.41. The 4×800 relay team recorded an ECAC qualifying mark of 10:06.89 with a team of sophomore Megan Donovan, freshman Justine Carneval, freshman Valerie Bonczek and senior Allyson Krayl.
Both sophomore Nicole Ullmeyer and senior Jenna Prendergast recorded ECAC qualifying times in the 3,000 meters. Ullmeyer finished second in 10:37.64 and Prendergast was seventh in 10:41.18.
The College also had a pair of runners grab ECAC qualifiers in the 500 meters, as freshman Meghan Miller was 10th in 1:21.70 and junior Susan Crum was 14th in 1:23.56.
For the men, sophomore Rob McGowan won the 400 meters with an ECAC qualifying time of 49.21.
In the one-mile run, sophomore Chris Guerriero finished third in 4:19.57 and junior Galen Johnson was sixth in 4:21.08, as both runners recorded ECAC qualifying times.
Freshman Lee Jones and junior Wes Friedman earned ECAC times in the 200 meters as Jones placed eighth in 22.26 and Friedman took 10th in 22.50. Both also picked up ECAC times in the 60 meters, as Jones finished in 7.10 for sixth place and Friedman was eighth in 7.16.
The ECAC qualifiers also included junior Steve Kinney and freshman Brandon Rodkewitz, who finished the 3,000 meters in 8:59.36 and 9.00.06, respectively.
The 4×800 relay team of sophomore Josh Krowicki, Johnson, freshman Brian Toms and sophomore Greg Bull ran for an ECAC time of 8:03.61.
Sophomores Megan O’Leary and Martine McGrath both posted ECAC qualifying times in the 5K at the St. Valentine’s Invitational at Boston University on Saturday. O’Leary finished in 17:54.14, while McGrath completed the race in 18:34.01.
Next up for the Lions is the New Jersey Athletic Conference Championships in Toms River, N.J., on Feb. 19 at 3 p.m.