Indoor victory raises teams to new heights

Although students at the College were on a break from classes and activities, the track and field teams did not take a rest from their seasons.

The women’s team competed in the 2008 NCAA Division III Indoor Track and Field Championships this past weekend at Ohio Northern University in Ada, Ohio.

Junior Stephanie Herrick was named the United States Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association Division III Indoor Athlete of the Year.

She also secured All-America honors thanks to her performances. Herrick captured seventh in both the one-mile run (5:05.20) and 800-meter race (2:17.46).

Junior Martine McGrath captured 12th in the 5,000 meters, clocking a time of 18:22.73. Junior Kristen Tricocci placed fourth in the long jump.

Tricocci achieved a season-best with a jump of 5.56 meters and also earned herself All-America honors.

Competing for the women’s distance medley team was freshman Meryl Wimberly, freshman Rochelle Prevard, sophomore Jianna Spadaccini and McGrath.

The relay team finished its combined effort in 12:29.86, putting it in 10th place.

At the IC4A Championships, held at Boston University on March 8, the men’s 4×400 relay team met an NCAA provisional time.

Junior Rob McGowan, sophomore DeShard Stevens, junior Pasquale DiGioacchino and senior Steve Murray combined for the effort with a finishing time of 3:17.15.

The other medley team, comprised of freshman Dennie Waite, senior Josh Krowicki, senior Brian Kopnicki and Stevens, competed in the distance medley relay and had an impressive time of 10:16.80.

During the opening day of the Eastern College Athletic Conference (ECAC) Championships hosted by Harvard University on March 7, both senior Brian Donatelli and McGrath met NCAA provisional standards in their events.

McGrath placed second in the 5,000-meter run with a personal-best time of 17:16.60. With a heave of 15.92 meters, Donatelli took third place in the shot put.

Also, on the first day of competition, junior Kristen Gerbehy finished sixth in the pentathlon with 2,606 points.

Stevens, who was a member of the two relay teams at the IC4A meet, placed second in the ECAC 500-meter race with a time of 1:05.93. In a time of 8:51.45, freshman T.J. Bocchino won his section and took 10th place overall in the 3,000 meters.

“We finished the season pretty strong and I’m extremely proud of all our accomplishments,” Bocchino said.”I have no complaints.”

At the completion of the ECACs the women’s team finished in fifth place with 40 points.

Stephanie Herrick contributed in a big way to this accomplishment. Herrick broke both her personal school records and set a meet record in the 1,000-meter run with a final time of 2:53.46.

The mile-relay team captured a second-place finish with a time of 3:57.72. Tricocci, Spadaccini, Wimberly and senior Jessica Bonelli ran the event for the Lions.

Spadaccini also contributed a third-place finish in the 500 meters in a time of 1:18.50, while Tricocci added a fifth-place finish in the long jump (5.26 meters).

Wimberly and Bonelli also competed in the 400 meters to place eighth (58.63) and 10th (59.52), respectively.

Additionally, sophomore Michelle Wallace captured ninth in the 3,000 meters, completing the race in 10:43.11.

For the field team, sophomore Ashley Krauss had a personal-best toss in the weight throw, which was 13.49 meters.

Now that the successful indoor track and field season has come to a close, the team looks toward the outdoor season to continue to build on a strong foundation.