Duke, Michigan and North Carolina State … these are just a handful of the mammoth collegiate programs the Lions shared a track with this past weekend in Durham, N.C. at the Duke Invitational.
“It was a little intimidating competing against D1 opponents but I did not let it ruin my focus,” senior Priscilla Senyah said. “But I just kept telling myself to just do what I went down there to do and have fun.”
The Lions’ relay teams had the best showings of the weekend. The foursome of juniors Tiffany Etheredge, Meryl Wimberly, Miriam Khan and Senyah raced to a fifth place overall finish in the 4×100 meter with a time of 48.63.
“The competition was high in most races, but as a team, the college always puts on a respectable showing, and we continue to demonstrate our ability to compete with D1 and D2 schools,” freshman Andy Gallagher said.
Sophomores Chris Medina and Rob Jiggetts, junior Kyle Gilroy and freshman Kyle Magliaro busted the tape at 3:27.16, good enough for 18th place in the 4×400 meter race.
Jiggetts, Medina and Magliaro also ran the 100-meter dash. Jiggetts finished in 22nd with a time of 11.23. Medina posted a time of 11.38 while Magliaro crossed the line at 11.46.
Gilroy competed in the 110-meter hurdles recording a 20th place finish at a time of 15.44.
Apart from her relay team performance, Priscilla Senyah competed in the 100-meter hurdles and crossed the finish line eighth place overall with a time of 14.43. Senyah’s eighth place finish was something special as she was the only Division III runner to reach the finals.
Senior Jianna Spadaccini posted a ninth place finish with a time of 57.71 in the 400-meter sprint.
Wimberly also competed in the 400 meter sprint finishing just behind her counterpart in 12th place at 58.23.
The Lions take to the track again this upcoming weekend when they will host the New Jersey Invitational.
“I’m just really excited to run at home in front of friends and family,” Senyah said.