Bobby Tuzzio ’20
Chief Sports Editor
The men’s and women’s track and field teams have had several meets to start the semester. So far, both teams have performed exceptionally well, and have put themselves in good positions for the upcoming championship meets.
At the John Thomas Terrier Classic at Boston University a couple of weeks ago, both teams had strong performances against some of the nation’s best. Sophomore Corey Kumamoto led the men’s side, running an IC4A-qualifying time in the 1000m, in which he ran 2:28.23, good for 11th place. That was not the only strong middle distance performance that day, as sophomore Will Hornyak ran a personal best 1:54.54 in the 800m, posting a New England-qualifying time. Junior Gabe Piepergerdes ran two personal bests in the 200m and 400m, running 22.63 and 49.50, respectively. On the field side, freshman Chris Wallace placed 11th in the triple jump with a mark of 13.59 meters.
On the women’s side, senior Caroline Frey placed 5th in the 400m with a school record and ECAC-qualifying time of 55.78 seconds. Senior Allie Smiley won the long jump, leaping 5.85 meters, just short of her school record, and qualifying for the ECAC Championships. Junior Christa Jay Moore placed 2nd in the pole vault, clearing an ECAC standard at 3.85 meters. That was not the only strong performance in the pole vault for the Crusaders, as first-year Annie Lineberger placed seventh, also reaching an ECAC-qualifying mark at 3.65 meters. Sophomore Jordyn Shubrick placed 7th in the weight throw, posting an ECAC-qualifying mark of 16.14 meters. Junior Abbie Mokwuah had a New England-qualifying throw of 12.88 meters in the shot put, placing eighth.
It was also a strong day on the track for the Crusaders. First-year Cymeria Robshaw won the 60 meter dash in a time of 7.93 seconds. Junior Marina Mackinnon and sophomore Grace Hoelscher finished 8th and 24th respectively in the 500 meter run, both running New England standards. Sophomore Kelsey O’Hara ran 2:14 in the 800m, finishing 28th and qualifying for New Englands. Frey, Mackinnon, junior Riemke Bouvier and freshman Laura Turner teamed up to run a time of 3:54.64 in the 4×400 meter relay, placing eighth. Senior Allie McArdle qualified for New Englands with a time of 2:56.36 in the 1,000 meters. On the distance side, senior Jenna Gasparrini ran a time of 9:59.70 in the 3,000 meters to place 31st and qualify for New Englands. Sophomore Michaela Halloran also posted a New England-qualifying time at 10:17.11.
Just one week later, both teams had strong showings at the New England Championships at the Reggie Lewis Center in Boston. On the men’s side, Hornyak placed 7th in the finals of the 800 meter run, clocking in at 1:56.89. Senior Garrett Fortin ran a season-best 22.41 seconds in the 200 meter dash to finish 17th in the prelims. On the distance side, sophomore Karter Seitz and senior Bobby Tuzzio ran 15:30.05 and 15:31.57, respectively, in the 5,000 meter run.
On the women’s side, several strong performances took place on the track. Senior Jenna Gasparrini was 3rd in the 5,000 meter run, clocking an ECAC-qualifying time of 17:16.84. Allie McArdle took fifth place in the mile, running a time of 5:00.33. Caroline Frey ran an ECAC-qualifying time of 56.01 in the 400 meter dash, placing 3rd in the finals. Sophomore Kelsey O’Hara was third in the finals of the 1,000 meters, running an ECAC-qualifying 2:53.70. Grace Hoelscher was right behind her in fourth, finishing with an ECAC time of 2:54.25. Both times were personal bests for the sophomores. Marina Mackinnon finished in 4th place in the finals of the 800 meters, running an ECAC-qualifying time of 2:12.79. Allie Smiley advanced to the semifinals of the 60 meter dash, running a time of 7.87 seconds, while Cymeria Robshaw also advanced with a time of 7.91 seconds. The next day, Robshaw advanced to the finals of the 60 meter dash with a time of 7.86 seconds in the semifinals; in the finals she placed 5th, clocking in at 7.84 seconds. In the relays, sophomores Paige Davis, Gabrielle Harmon, Sophia Maynard and Emily Koufos teamed up to place fifth in the distance medley relay, recording a time of 12:07.20. Allie McArdle, Emily Koufos, Sophia Maynard and sophomore Sam Carroll placed 6th in the 4×800 meter relay, running an ECAC-qualifying time of 9:20.03.
On the field side, Christa Jay Moore placed third in the pole vault, clearing an ECAC standard of 3.85 meters. Junior Sydney McDonald cleared 1.66 meters in the high jump to place eighth.
Jordyn Shubrick had an ECAC-qualifying mark of 16.34 meters in the weight throw, placing ninth.
The men’s and women’s track and field teams will return to action this weekend at the Rhode Island Coaches Tribute at the University of Rhode Island.