Lions sprint out of gate at first outdoor invitational

Both the men’s and women’s track and field teams had solid performances at the Danny Curran Invitational at Widener University this past weekend.

Junior hurdler Al Woneshsaid, “Even though it was cold and pretty windy, we still managed to run awesome times. We opened the season up this year much better than we usually do.”

Sophomore Alexander Necovski won the shot put event for the Lions with a throw of 13.52 meters and placed second in discus with a toss of 43.21 meters. He said, “I started off this season better than I had hoped, and I look forward to each of my upcoming meets so that I can push myself to build off of this past weekend.”

Sophomore Tim Blashford cleared a height of 4.25 meters in pole vault, earning a second-place finish, while Wonesh placed third in the 400-meter hurdles with a time of 56.90 seconds.

“I opened up the season two seconds faster than usual so I’m hoping this means that there are must faster times than usual to come as the season progresses,” Wonesh said.

Two teams represented the College in the men’s 4×400 meter relay, claiming second place with 3:20:63 and third with a time of 3:24:34. The women’s team won the 4×400 relay with a time of 3:59:78.

In the 100-meter high hurdles, junior Priscilla Senyah finished second for the Lions at 15.24 seconds. Sophomore Alexandra Tomaselli placed third in the 400-meter hurdles in 66.64 seconds.

Tomaselli said, “I was very happy with my performance. I ran my best time ever in the 400 hurdles, so I have really high expectations for myself this season.”

Senior Stephanie Herrick placed fourth in the 5,000 meter run at 17:56:88 while junior Jianna Spadaccini finished fourth in the 400 meters running a time of 58.03 seconds.

In the discus, sophomore Cristina D’Amato claimed fifth with a toss of 34.13 meters. Classmate Meryl Wimberley placed seventh for the Lions in the 800-meter run at 2:18.60.

“Like any meet we go to, we have athletes who do great, and some who wish they had done better,” Blashford sad. “That’s what next weekend is for, to do better than you did the previous meet. Overall we had some great performances from the team. I think there are big things happening, it is only a matter of time.”

Next the Lions will compete in the Sam Howell Invitational, beginning on Friday.

The strong performances of Necovski, Blashford and Herrick will be instrumental if the Lions want to succeed at this challenging meet.