Track and Field teams take home honors

The College kicked off the championship season this past weekend with the New Jersey Athletic Conference (NJAC) Indoor Track and Field Championships.

The first portion of the meet, the weight throw competition, was held on Friday.

Senior Brian Donatelli defended his championship title and was named a Gerrity Award winner as the Most Outstanding Male Athlete. Donatelli hit an Eastern College Athletic Conference- (ECAC) qualifying throw of 16.14 meters.

Also finishing within the top 10 for the men were sophomore Zach Goldstein (12.85 meters), freshman Alexander Necovski (12.23 meters) and sophomore Steve Liccketto (11.78 meters).

The women also produced impressive results. Freshman Sarah Wehrhan placed second, producing an ECAC-qualifying mark on her final attempt of 13.82 meters.

Taking fourth place in the event was sophomore Ashley Krauss with 13.11 meters, while teammates freshman Cristina D’Amato (11.28 meters) and sophomore Danielle Kedzierski (10.27 meters) placed eighth and ninth, respectively.

On Monday, the College won its 11th consecutive NJAC championship. The men finished 31 points ahead of second-place Ramapo College.

Freshman Kyle Gilroy placed fifth in the men’s 55-meter hurdles (7.91) and junior Rob McGowan took second place in the 400 meter (50.74).

Junior Pasqual DiGioacchino brought home the gold in the 800 meter in 1:58.60. Freshman Dennie Waite (4:19.57) and senior Brian Kopnicki (4:21.67) posted a 1-2 finish in the mile.

Junior Chris Guerriero, junior Kyle Alpaugh, freshman TJ Bocchino and sophomore Brandon Rodkewitz all placed among the top five finishers in the 3,000-meter run. Guerriero also won the 5,000-meter run (15:19.19).

The women blew away the competition with a 184-point victory.

Junior Stephanie Herrick won the mile run in 5:00.87, both an NJAC record and an NCAA provisional time. She also won the 800 meter (2:23.34). Herrick was also named a Gerrity Award winner for Most Outstanding Female Athlete.

Additionally in the 800 meter, the College had a 1-2-3 finish. Behind Herrick were teammates freshman Meryl Wimberley (second, 2:23.47) and sophomore Jianna Spadaccini (third, 2:25.02).

The women also had an impressive showing in the mile run. With Herrick’s victory paving the way, junior Martine McGrath placed second in 5:02.93. Senior Heather Garleb was fourth (5:29.81) while junior Julie Ullmeyer took fifth (5:29.82).

Three athletes finished from the College in the 55-meter hurdles. Sophomore Meghan Miller took second place in 8.86. Sophomore Priscilla Senyah captured fourth (8.92 seconds), while junior Kristen Gerbehy was sixth (9.08).

In the 200-meter dash, junior Kristen Tricocci placed third in 26.93 seconds. Tricocci also won the women’s long jump (5.26 meters). Senior Jessica Bonelli ran a 1:00.86 in the finals of the 400-meter dash to capture second place while freshman Alexandra Tomaselli placed fourth in 1:02.33.

The track teams will compete again on Friday in New York at the New York University FasTrack Invitational.