Lions finish in top 10 at ECACs

The College took 10th place overall at the Eastern College Athletic Conference (ECAC) Indoor Track & Field Championships, hosted by Wesleyan University in Middletown, Ct.

The Lions were led by the women’s 4×400 relay team, who finished in first with a time of 4:00.02. The team was comprised of senior Angela Tecco, junior Jessica Bonelli, freshman Jianna Spadacinni and freshman Kristen Tricocci.

Sophomore Martine McGrath added to the College’s winning ways, as McGrath finished the 3,000 meters in second place. McGrath’s time of 10:14.53 led three other Lions runners in the race, including junior Erin Enderly, senior Jenna Prendergast and sophomore Nicole Ullmeyer, who finished 12th, 16th and 17th, respectively.

The women’s success did not end there as three runners placed in the top 15 in the 5,000-meter run. Sophomore Megan Donovan concluded the race in 10th place, notching a time of 18:32.84, while fellow sophomore Megan O’Leary earned a time of 18:39.67, notching a 12th-place finish. Senior Christine Nystrom finished in 15th place with a time of 19:12.93.

The women’s distance medley relay team finished third with a time of 12:12:69. Junior Megan Miller and freshman Susan Crum each finished in the top 20 in the 500 meters. Miller finished with a time of 1:21.72, while Crum clocked in at 1:22.19.

Senior Allyson Krayl finished the one-mile race in 10th place at 5:21.96. Freshman Priscilla Senyah cracked the top 15 in the large field of 55-meter hurdles, finishing in 15th with a time of 8.93 seconds.

Led by sophomore Kyle Alpaugh, the men’s track and field team placed 32nd in the championships. Alpaugh ended the 3,000-meter race with a third-place finish in 8:48.44.

“It was nice to conclude the indoor season with a good showing in the 3,000, “Alpaugh said. “As for the team, there were many strong performances this past weekend, but it is during this time and the upcoming weeks that serve as a transitional period from the indoor to outdoor season.”

The men’s 4×800 relay team broke into the top five in their event, notching a time of 8:01.36. The effort was comprised of sophomores Greg Bull and Josh Krowicki, freshman Rich Nelson and junior Galen Johnson. Johnson also participated in the one-mile run, earning the 10th- place spot at 4:26.71.

Freshman Lee Jones missed the cut for the finals in the men’s 55 meters, finishing ninth with a mark of 6.53. Jones also took 12th place in the 200 meters with a time of 22.95 seconds.

Junior Wes Friedman finished in 14th at 6.57. Junior Brian Donatelli turned in two 13th-place finishes, as he recorded 13.81 meters in the shotput and 15.23 meters in the weight throw, respectively.

The men’s distance medley team rounded out the team effort, finishing in 11th place with a time of 10:34.63.

Lions indoor track and field continues at the NCAA Division III Championships at Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology in Terre Haut, Ind., on March 9.