The Men’s and Women’s track and field teams have had stellar success in competition since coming back to school for the Spring semester.
On Jan 20. at the Bucknell Gulden Invitational in Lewisburg, Pa. Mount St. Mary’s swept the 60m dash titles as first-year sprinter Kayla Barnes and sophomore Justin Kimble each took home first place with times of 7.81 and 6.90 respectively. Barnes also won the 200m dash title with a time of 25.73. In the 400m dash, junior Mariah McLane claimed second place (58.43) while sophomore Chardane Logan placed fifth in the 500m dash (1:18.97).
Meanwhile, on the same day at the Maryland Terrapin Invitational in Prince George’s County, Md. sophomore Rachel Finn pole vaulted her way to an Eastern College Athletic Conference (ECAC) qualifying time with a height of 3.65m, also claiming the pole vault title along her way. Junior Erin Sample also qualified for the ECAC meet in March in the shot put with a mark of 13.76m, good for second place.
A week later, the Mount took two road trips: one up north to compete in the prestigious Penn State National Invitational; the other down south to the Patriot Games in Fairfax, Va.
At Penn State, Barnes once again dominated the competition in the open 200m dash with a first-place finish and an Intercollegiate Association of Amateur Athletes of America (IC4A) qualifying time of 24.93. Her time is second on the Mount’s all-time list for the indoor 200m. Barnes then capped her day off with a 13th place finish in the 60m dash (7.80). In the pole vault, both Finn and senior Moriah Fitzgerald cleared a height of 3.50m, however, after tiebreaker rules were followed, Fitzgerald would place third and Finn sixth. For the men, senior Chris Gabor pole vaulted his way to a season’s best mark of 4.50m, good for sixth place. Kimble placed third in the open 200m dash with a time of 22.08. In the long jump, senior D.J Workcuff led the way for the Mount with a second-place mark of 7.03m.
At George Mason University, the Mount had three IC4A qualifiers. Senior Brenden Chavis took home the weight throw title (17.13m) (IC4A) while Sample took home the shot-put title (13.63m) (IC4A). Junior Benjamin Finnigan placed fifth in the mile run (4:15.14) (IC4A), and first year Isaac Kole ran 2:30.75, just off the IC4A standards, in the 1000m. Also taking home a title was sophomore Chelsea Wright in the high jump (1.60m). In the 3000m, the Mount captured second and third place. North Carolina State University transfer and first-year, Will Merritt, narrowly beat out fellow teammate, junior Nicolas Fransham’s time of 8:46.80, with a time of 8:46.46.
Junior Zachary Delker threw a personal best 15.03m in the shot-put to earn second place while senior pole vaulter Colin Waitzman, earned third with a vault height of 4.45m. Fellow sophomores, Maddie Kole, Jesslyn Manni and Emily Wood also earned top 5 finishes in their events. Kole placed fourth in the 800m (2:24.93), Manni placed third in the weight throw (13.49) and Wood fourth in the shot-put (11.13m).
Both teams will again compete on Feb. 3 at the Akron Invitational and Heptathlon, and at the SU Challenge.