College grabs qualifiers for ECACs

The runners hand off the baton. (Photo Courtesy of the Sports Information Desk)

The men’s and women’s indoor track and field teams have excelled in their season as several members have hit ECAC qualifying marks and delivered shining performances at the Haverford Invitational on Wednesday, Jan. 23 and at the Thomson Invitational at the University of Delaware on Saturday, Jan. 26.

Sweeping the top three spots in the 60-meter high hurdles were freshmen Zachary Errichetti and Jake Lindacher, who each ran a time of 9.28, and sophomore Louis Fisher who ran a time of 9.29.

The women also performed well in the 60-meter high hurdles, having junior Katie Knight win with a time of 9.58 and freshman Christine Seddon take second with a time of 10.39.

“I am proud that I am making a good transition back into the track and field world and I can’t wait to keep making progress and eventually get back into full gear,” Seddon said.

Freshman Peter Okoh continued to deliver phenomenal performances by winning the 60-meter dash with a time of 7.16.

“It’s been a great experience so far,” Okoh said. “It’s different from high school with training methods that are more time consuming. It’s going to take some time to get used to, but I’m definitely getting the hang of it.”

The women’s team also had a strong performance in the 60-meter dash as four Lions crossed the finish line in a row. Roberts won the event with a time of 8.25 followed by Paciulli who ran a time of 8.37. Sophomore Michelle Cascio came in third, running a mark of 8.45, and sophomore Emily Hennessy finished behind with a time of 8.70.

On the women’s side, junior Erica Roberts won the long jump with a mark of 5.25 meters, qualifying her for the ECAC. Freshman Courtney Paciulli also had an ECAC qualifying mark, winning the triple jump with a mark of 10.89 meters. She also took second in the long jump with a mark of 5.06.

Sophomore Troy O’Connor took third in the long jump with a distance of 5.43 meters. The men’s 3,000-meter race also added another top-five performance with Scott Savage clocking in at 9:17.52 to take fourth.

Following in the footsteps of the Lions’ success, sophomore Liz Johnson took second in the mile, running a time of 5:29.17 and then later took third in the 800-meter with 2:29.03. Junior Emily Kulcyk finished just ahead of Johnson with a time of 2:27.38.

Saturday night also contained a terrific showing for the College with senior Mary Chismar leading the lady Lions to success. Chismar delivered an ECAC qualifying mark of 11.93 meters at the Thomson Invitational in the shot put, finishing in the top 10.

In addition, senior captain Steve D’Auitolo has continuously proven to be a strong asset for the Lions in the triple jump by winning the event on Saturday with a solid jump of 13.78 meters, qualifying him for the ECAC’s.

The men’s 4×400-meter relay also delivered a third place performance with a time of 3:29.34 on Saturday.

Freshman Laron Day was given the opportunity to run the relay with the upperclassmen and delivered a great performance.

“The team’s upperclassmen are very supportive,” Day said. “They always tell me to just do my best.”

Day hopes to continue running personal best times in order to make it to nationals.

The men had several other third place finishes, including sophomore Alex Brown as the top Division III finisher in the 500-meter with a time of 1:09.02. Sophomore Jamie LeRoy also followed in the third place finishes with a throw of 14.87 meters in the weight throw.

While in the men’s 5,000-meter race, three Lions finished in the top six. The trio included sophomore Andrew Wilson in fourth (15:47.24), senior Alex Matteson in fifth (15:50.17) and freshman Jonathon Stouber in sixth with a time of 15:54.17.

The Lady Lions’ 4×400-meter relay has also continued to impress as freshman Kristen Randolph, junior Emily Kulcyk, senior Brielle Doremus and sophomore Katelyn Ary took third on Saturday with a time of 4:09.98.

“We have so much fun together and our team chemistry makes the hard workouts a little easier to handle,” Seddon said. “I can’t wait to see where this season takes us.”