Track beats the heat, obtains qualifiers

This past week showcased some of the best performances from the College’s track and field team that we have seen all year. At the Sam Howell Invitational held at Princeton University on Saturday, April 6, the College’s female athletes performed well and continue to look stronger each time they take to the track.

The women focus on pacing themselves. (Photo courtesy of the Sports Information Desk)

There were many standout performances, such as sophomore Erica Roberts’s long jump of 5.52 meters. This was recorded as the eighth best distance in the long jump in the nation for Division III competition.  Roberts finished fourth in this competition and placed within ECAC qualifying distance.

In the 100-meter hurdles, junior Katie Knight posted a finishing time of 15.62, while junior Anginelle Alabanza finished at 4:48.39 in the 1,500-meter race. They both attained ECAC qualifying runs with these times.

In the high jump, junior Brigit Roemer reached 5’ 1” and also made a qualifying cut, as did sophomore Tara Nealon and junior Sarah Polansky, who ran 10:17.95 and 10:56.42, respectively, in the 3,000-meter run.

The men’s track and field team also looked very strong at the Sam Howell Invitational, with several of them attaining ECAC qualifying times.

In the 4×100-meter relay, the Lions’ team of freshman Jake Lindacher, junior Scott Lisa, junior Michael Spekhardt and senior Kyle Magliaro finished ninth with a time of 43.25, putting them within that qualifying time.

In the 400-meter, sophomore T.J. Kelly placed 29th overall with a time of 50.00, while Kyle Magliaro placed 22nd with a time of 11.57 in the 100-meter.

In the triple jump, senior Steve D’Aiutolo reached 45’ 10”, placing sixth out of 11 opponents. In the long jump, he placed 10th, reaching 21’ 1.75”. Senior Andy Gallagher finished with a time of 9:47.04 in the 3,000-meter steeplechase.

Another ECAC qualifying time was posted by the 4×400-meter relay team of sophomore T.J. Kelly, junior Dominic Tasco, D’Aiutolo and Spekhardt, who posted a time of 3:21.56.

In the 1,500-meter run, Tasco attained a time of 4:06.55 while his teammates, junior James Seyfartt, sophomore Jeremy Garrell and senior Michael Berti posted times of 4:06.17, 4:07.98 and 4:13.33, respectively.

This upcoming week, the College’s track and field teams will host the New Jersey Invitational on Saturday, April 13.