By Mark Barroso
The College of New Jersey men’s and women’s indoor track and field teams had an impressive showing at the annual Seamus McElligot Invitational in Haverford, Pa.
The College’s women’s team won events and set a few records too.
Senior Miriam Khan won the 55-meter dash by posting a meet record and NCAA provisional time of 7.17 seconds and the 200-meter with an ECAC qualifying time of 25.84 seconds.
Freshman Brigit Roemer, another top finisher, scored a meet record for the triple jump with a NCAA provisional distance of 37 feet, 4 1/2 inches.
Roemer finished fourth in the 55-meter high hurdles posting an ECAC qualifying mark of 8.99 seconds. Roemer’s classmate, Katie Lindacher, also earned an ECAC qualifying mark in the 55-meter high hurdles with a fifth place time of 9.04 seconds.
Senior Alexandra Tomaselli won the 400-meter with a time of 61.39 seconds.
Senior Meryl Wimberly finished third in the 800-meter with an ECAC qualifying time of 2:19.78.
The men’s team also left their mark by winning several events. Senior Kyle Gilroy provided The Signal with a description of the Alumni Field House.
“The track at the McElligot Invitational is traditionally slow for any race over 55 meters and this is due to the track’s shape,” Gilroy said. “The turns are tight.”
Gilroy won the 55-meter hurdles with an ECAC qualifying time of 7.80 seconds, the 200-meter with a time of 23.05 seconds, and was third in the 55-meter dash posting a time of 6.71 seconds. Gilroy isn’t even used to these events.
“The McElligott meet is where coach (Justin) Lindsey had me work on raw speed,” Gilroy said. “I don’t normally do a 200 or 55-meter.”
Junior Chris Medina won the 55-meter dash with an ECAC qualifying time of 6.62 seconds and finished fourth in the 200-meter.
In field events, junior Colin Gold took home first place and met ECAC standards in the pole vault by clearing a meet record height of 15 feet, 3/4 inches.
Sophomore Steve D’Aiutolo won the long jump clearing a distance of 21 feet, 6 1/4 inches, or over seven yards.
The Lions head to Lawrenceville on Sunday, Feb. 6 to compete against rival Rider University in the TCNJ/Rider Dual Meet. According to Gilroy, the College and Rider have been rivals for years.
“We see them at local meets throughout the year and we match up with them pretty closely,” Gilroy said. “I think we’re more than capable of winning the dual meet.”
Gilroy isn’t sure what events he will be competing in, but he said he will most likely be running the open 400-meter, the 4×200 and the hurdles.
“We’re fearless and we’re coming for Rider,” Gilroy said. “Our men are more than ready.”