By Jordan Washington
The track team hosted the annual Lions Invitational this past weekend while some team members were able to attend the Penn Relays, a high honor for a track and field team. Due to heavy rain, the Lions Invitational had to be held on just one day, as it was previously scheduled to take place on both Friday, April 26 and Saturday, April 27.
The women’s track team has been dominant all season and is now 12th in national rankings after its many victories. Senior Erin Holzbaur competed in the 3000-meter steeplechase event, where she came in at 10:50.75. Fellow senior Natalie Cooper was also invited to the Penn Relays, as she ran in the 5000-meter and came blazing in with a time of 17:14.30.
The 4×400-meter relay team consisting of freshmen Megan Gasnick, Alli Uhl and Victoria Vricella, as well as sophomore Emily Hirsch, finished with a time of 3:59.41. The 4×100-meter relay team, which included freshmen Ashlyn Maclure and Maria Grill, junior Ally Zelinski and sophomore Dana Deluca, also attended and finished with a time of 50.37.
Freshman Kassidy Mulryne stole the show, as she placed fifth in the long jump, which marks the first time in 10 years that someone has medaled in Penn Relays from the College. Mulryne continued her busy weekend by winning the 400-meter hurdles at the Lions Invitational with a time of 1:06.99. Junior Sam Gorman had a great day, as she placed second in the 400-meter race with a time of 58.09. In the same event, Uhl took fourth place and sophomore Shannon Lambert took fifth. In the field, senior Stephanie Wolfer placed fourth in the javelin throw at 37.04 meters.
On the men’s side, sophomore Robert Abrams placed third in the 1500-meter event with a time of 4:03.34. Junior Evan Bush competed in the 5000-meter race and took fourth at 15:56.84. Sophomore Anthony Lorenc placed fourth in the 200-meter race with a time of 22.47.
In the field, freshman Jaiden Elliot took third in the triple jump with a jump of 13.97 meters. Both Lions teams look to dominate next week, as they will attend the New Jersey Athletic Conference Championship in Galloway, New Jersey from Saturday, May 4 to Sunday, May 5.