Julie Rose, Staff Writer
On Saturday January 25th, the Mount Saint Mary’s University track and field team traveled to Pennsylvania for the Bucknell Gulden Relays. Both the men’s and women’s teams had amazing performances, with nine events that qualified for the ECAC/IC4A Championships.
The Mount’s men fought hard at the Relays to secure qualifications for the upcoming championship. Josh Poole finished fourth in the 500m run (1:06.14) and Julian Woods finished fourth in the 400m dash (49.81). Woods excelled in his second event of the day finishing fourth place in the 60m hurdles (8.26). Chris Eltringham ran a IC4A qualifying time of 1:55.92, finishing fourth in the 800m run. The men’s 4x800m relay team was made up of Sean Fritz, Eltringham, Tommy Gruschow and Kody Wilson. The relay team placed second with a mark of 7:53.76, an IC4As qualifying time. Pool, Woods, and Eltringham teamed up with Dan Santalla to finish fourth in the 4x400m relay (3:25.19). Coby Rosemier-Gussio placed fourth in the 60m dash (7.00).
The Mount women did not let the men’s teams show them up, as they secured many qualifying times themselves. Maria Borland, named most valuable performer of the meet, won the 800m run qualifying for the ECACs with a time of 2:14.85. Stephanie Borland also qualified, coming in second at 2:15.55. Jessica Whitmore broke the school record and qualified for the ECAC championship in the 60m dash, with her first place time of 7.58 seconds. Genamarie McCant placed third in the 500m dash with a time of (1:16.62). McCant also ran the 4x400m relay with Maria and Stephanie Borland, and Helena Leyrer. The team won first place and qualified for the ECACs (3:53.88). Leyrer also won the 60m hurdles with a time of 9.07. Corie Scharpf and Kristen Galligan also contributed to the day’s success. Scharpf placed third in the long jump and Galligan placed fourth in the 3,000m run.
The Mount men and Women did an incredible job at the Bucknell invites. Their many qualifying competitors are sure to perform well at the upcoming championships.