Fast times at Princeton University

The Lions continued to improve upon their strong season this past Saturday at the Princeton University Relays.

In the early onsets of the indoor track and field season, the team has been posting plenty of ECAC-qualifying marks. They continued this trend at Saturday’s meet, as well as adding three NCAA provisional marks.

The performances on the women’s end this past weekend were especially strong. Junior Stephanie Herrick captured two NCAA provisional times in both the mile and the 800-meter. Herrick took first place in the mile with a time of 5:00.91. In the 800-meter, she crossed the line in fifth place with a finishing time of 2:16.83.

The other NCAA provisional mark came from junior Kristen Tricocci. She was second in the long jump with a distance of 5.48 meters.

Tricocci also placed seventh in the 200-meter dash (26.85).

Junior Martine McGrath met an ECAC standard in the 3,000-meter. She placed first and achieved a personal record in a winning time of 10:07.42.

Freshman Meryl Wimberley also met an ECAC-qualifying time in the 800-meter. Wimberley placed 10th (2:22.49).

“There is always room for improvement, but we had a lot of good performances,” McGrath said. “These meets are always good indicators of things people are going to do throughout the season.”

In the throwing events, freshman Sarah Wehrhan took fourth in the shot put with an ECAC distance of 11.79 meters. Freshman Cristina D’Amato placed seventh in the event with a throw of 10.71 meters.

Sophomore Ashley Krauss met an ECAC-qualifying mark in the weight throw, placing sixth with a throw of 12.30 meters.

The men’s performances were equally as impressive. Junior Rob McGowan had an ECAC-qualifying time in the 400-meter. He won the race in 50.57 seconds.

Additionally, McGowan was part of the third place 4×400-meter relay team. The team ran an ECAC-worthy time of 3:25.11. Joining McGowan in the effort were sophomore DeShard Stevens and seniors Pat Flinn and Steve Murray.

In the 3,000-meter run, junior Kyle Alpaugh took home the gold with a time of 9:07.12. Other ECAC standards were met in the long jump by senior Andy Lim and freshman Matt Rosana.

Lim finished second, sailing 6.62 meters, while Rosana was right behind him with a leap of 6.61 meters (third place).

“It’s nice to be able to contribute to the team,” Rosana said. “I really enjoy the level of competition.”

Senior Brian Kopnicki finished fourth in the mile (4:18.83), while junior Chris Guerriero was fifth (4:19.34). Both met ECAC standards.

Two additional ECAC marks were met in the 1,000-meter. Freshman Dennis Waite took sixth in 2:32.04 while senior Galen Johnson finished the race in 2:35.40 to take the 10th-place spot.

In the throwing events, senior Brian Donatelli captured fifth in the weight throw, throwing a distance of 16.29 meters and meeting an ECAC standard.

Donatelli also placed eighth in the shot put with a throw of 14.84.

“The team is hungry to push forward in order get to the next level,” head coach Eric Mobley said. “Everyone’s on the same page. We are dedicated to becoming stronger and better each week.”

This Saturday, the College will head to Haverford College to compete at the McElligot Invitational. The competition is slated for an 11 a.m. start.