Team spirit propels Lions at McElligott Invitational

The Lions had another strong outing Saturday as they competed at the McElligott Invitational hosted by Haverford College.

The College claimed the top two spots in the men’s 55-meter hurdles. Senior Andy Lim ran a winning time of 8.25 seconds, while freshman Pete Gallo finished second in 8.52 seconds.

“We had a strong showing as a team with good all-around performances on both the men’s and women’s sides,” Gallo said. “I was just excited to be on the track and able to contribute to the team.”

In the 200-meter dash, junior Rob McGowan ran an Eastern College Athletic Conference (ECAC) qualifying time of 23.09 seconds to place second. Junior Pasquale DiGioacchino captured third in the 800 meters (1:58.53). Also in the 800 meters, freshman Dennie Waite was fifth in 1:59.52.

In the 3,000-meter run, three Lions boasted ECAC-worthy times. Senior Brian Kopnicki was second in 8:37.09, while junior Chris Guerriero followed Kopnicki’s lead to take third in 8:37.74. Freshman Tom Bocchino completed the trio, running 8:57.20 and placing 16th.

Freshman Oluwaseye Akele jumped 6.30 meters in the long jump to place second. Senior Galen Johnson placed sixth in the mile, with an ECAC time of 4:22.74. In addition, sophomore Martin Brown threw a personal best of 12.29 meters in the shot put, taking eighth place.

For the women’s team, junior Martine McGrath took home the victory in the mile with an ECAC mark of 5:08.11.

In the 400 meters freshman Meryl Wimberly won the race with a time of 1:00.57, while junior Stephanie Herrick was second, clocking in with a time of 1:00.90. Wimberly also placed fourth in the 200 meters with a time of 27.55 seconds.

The final first place victory came from junior Julie Ullmeyer in the 3,000 meters (10:53.62). Sophomore Priscilla Senyah had a strong day, sprinting to second place in the 55-meter dash (7.76 seconds) and the 55-meter hurdles (8.97 seconds).

Junior Kristen Gerbehy placed in all three of her jumping events. In the long jump she had a distance of 4.74 meters, which gave her second place. Gerbehy was third in both the high jump (1.45 meters) and triple jump (9.05 meters).

Additionally, sophomore Danielle Kedzierski threw 9.05 meters in the shot put to place third.

The College also sent a number of throwers to compete at the Thomson Invitational, hosted by the University of Delaware.

Once again, senior Brian Donatelli led the men in the weight throw and the shot put. Donatelli met an ECAC standard in the weight throw, throwing a distance of 16.46 meters for first place, while he tossed the shot put 13.17 meters for second place.

Also, freshman Alex Necovski threw 13.14 meters in the shot put for third place.

In the pole vault, freshman Tom Blashford cleared a height of 4.05 meters.

For the women, freshman Sarah Wehrhan had a throw of 12.65 meters in the weight throw for third place as well as a distance of 11.00 meters in the shot put for second place.

Also placing in the weight throw were sophomore Ashley Krauss, finishing with a distance of 12.06 meters for sixth place, and freshmen Cristina D’Amato tossing 11.63 for eighth place.

“One of the main things that I enjoy about the team,” Bocchino said, “is that everyone is always cheering for each other. Whether it’s a sprinter cheering for a distance runner, or a distance runner cheering for a thrower, I believe we come together well as a team to unite and motivate one another.”

The team will continue its efforts this Friday and Saturday at Boston University for the St. Valentine’s Day Invitational.