Lions make a dash toward Nationals

In their final meet prior to the championship season, the members of the track and field teams continued to outshine their best performances.

The Rider-Lafayette Invitational was held at the 168th Street Armory in New York City and mainly featured NCAA Division I competitors.

Senior Brian Kopnicki had a ninth-place finish and an Eastern College Athletic Conference (ECAC) qualifying time of 4:16.31 in the mile.

Freshman Tom Bocchino also had a strong showing in the mile race, finishing in a time of 4:28.17.

Additional men’s highlights came from junior Kyle Alpaugh in the 5,000-meter race and freshman Peter Gallo in the 60-meter high hurdles. Alpaugh claimed a ninth-place finish and an ECAC-worthy time of 15:26.74.

Gallo achieved a personal-best time of 9.01.

“It was good to get a solid time in right before the conference meet,” Gallo said.

In the field events, senior Brian Donatelli had an ECAC toss in the weight throw. He finished ninth and threw 15.63 meters.

Members of the women’s team also achieved many outstanding performances. In the 3,000-meter run, senior Erin Enderly placed 10th, meeting ECAC standards in a time of 10:40.22. Sophomore Kristen Wallace crossed the finish in 17th place, running a 10:54.02 in the same event.

Junior Julie Ullmeyer placed 19th overall in the mile, finishing the race in 5:18.98, just missing out on an ECAC time.

Freshman Alexandra Tomaselli also slightly missed an ECAC-qualifying time in the 400 meters, crossing the finish line in 61.64 seconds.

The College had two runners finish in the 60-meter hurdles. Sophomore Priscilla Senyah completed the race in 9.58 seconds, meeting an ECAC standard, while junior Kristen Gerbehy crossed in 9.71 seconds.

For the field events, sophomore Ashley Krauss was 13th in the weight throw with a toss of 12.50 meters. Freshman Sarah Wehrhan took 16th place in the event with a heave of 12.00 meters.

Krauss also achieved a personal-best performance in the shot put with a throw of 11.28 meters.

The Lions head to the New Jersey Athletic Conference Championships Monday at 3 p.m., where both teams have previously swept all 10 titles since the championship began.

“The team is well prepared,” head coach Eric Mobley said. “Anything can happen at these meets but the team is more than ready to tackle these obstacles.”