By Mark Barroso
The College’s men and women’s indoor track team made an impact Saturday during the Princeton Relays at Princeton University.
There was plenty of tough competition at the relays, which hosted teams from all three collegiate levels of athletics.
“The world record holder for the decathlon was there,” senior and two time NJAC indoor track athlete of the week Kyle Gilroy said. “He goes to Oregon (Division I) and is by far the best athlete I have ever seen.”
The men’s team achieved success with several high rankings.
Gilroy, who had an impressive day, finished third in the 60-meter high hurdles with a NCAA provisional time of 8.28 seconds.
“My goal this year is to break the eight second barrier,” Gilroy said. “I want to run the 60-meter high hurdles faster than eight seconds.”
Gilroy, who holds the College’s all-time record in 60-meter high hurdles, was also part of his favorite event: the 4×400 relay. Gilroy’s team consisted of freshmen Kevin Mulcahey and Michael Spekhardt, and sophomore Steve D’Aiutolo and finished with an ECAC qualifying time of 3:24.42.
Freshman Scott Lisa came in first place in the high jump after clearing 1.95 meters, an ECAC standard.
D’Aiutolo was third best in the triple jump with a distance of 14 meters, which was another ECAC qualifying mark. Junior Chris Medina placed second in the 60-meter race with an ECAC qualifying mark of 7.03 seconds.
The College’s women’s indoor track and field team also has College all-time records. The entire roster had a strong showing.
Freshman Brigit Roemer, the College’s record holder for triple jump, won the high jump with an ECAC qualifying height of 1.65 meters. Senior Miriam Khan placed second in the 60-meter dash with a NCAA provisional time of 7.74 seconds.
The 4×400 relay team of freshmen Micheaux Ferdinand and Emily Kulcyk, along with seniors Meryl Wimberly, and Alexandra Tomaselli finished fourth with an ECAC qualifying time of 4:06.
Wimberly placed fourth in her section of the 500-meter with an ECAC qualifying time of 1:18.58. Kulcyk also finished fourth in her section of the 500-meter with an ECAC time of 1:21.35.
The Lions next event will be he McElligott Invitational on Jan. 29.
Gilroy is looking forward to the TCNJ/Rider Dual hosted by the Lawrenceville School on Feb. 6.
“Rider is our rivalry,” Gilroy said. “We have to get some good practices indoors because the snow has been holding us up. We have to get the team ready to go.”