Bobby Tuzzio ‘20
Chief Sports Editor
On Saturday, Feb. 8, the men’s and women’s track and field teams traveled to the University of Rhode Island to compete at the URI Coaches Tribute.
On the men’s side, sophomore TJ Duggan placed third in the pole vault, posting a mark of 4.35 meters. Junior Dan Dempsey cleared 1.86 meters to place seventh in the high jump. On the track, the men’s team put together some solid performances. First-year Kyle Vandermak placed ninth in the 3,000 meter run, clocking a time of 9:00.94. Sophomore JT Leland finished right behind Vandemark, placing tenth and running 9:02.35.
The middle distance runners also posted strong performances. First-years Gray Nichols and Kyle Culley ran 2:01.09 and 2:01.21, respectively, in the 800 meter race. Their times put them at 11th and 12th in the meet. For the sprinters, sophomore John Gnibus was 12th in the 500 meter run, running a time of 1:09.77. Senior Garrett Fortin was 14th in the prelims of the 60 meter dash in a time of 7.34 seconds.
On the women’s side, there were several solid performances across the board. First-year pole vaulter Annie Linberger won the pole vault, clearing an ECAC-qualifying and personal-best mark of 3.71 meters. Junior Abbie Mokwuah won the shot put with a mark of 13.67 meters. That was not her only highlight of the day, as she tossed an ECAC-qualifying mark of 16.27 meters in the weight throw to place third. Sophomore Meah Austin was seventh in the high jump, clearing 1.55 meters.
On the track, first-year Laura Turner placed 12th in the 200 meter dash in a time of 27.15 seconds. Sophomore KC Grady was tenth in the 60 meter dash, running a PR of 8.14 seconds. Sophomore Kelsey O’Hara placed first in the 500 meter run with a time of 1:18.41. Junior Riemke Bouvier was sixth in the 500 meter run in a time of 1:21.54. Junior Hailey Mulville and sophomore Sam Carroll finished in a tie for sixth place in the 400 meter dash, in which they both ran 1:02.10. Junior Marina MacKinnon and sophomore Grace Hoelscher teamed up with Mulville and O’Hara for a 4×400 meter relay, in which they placed third in a time of 4:10.00.
Junior Aly Walsh placed tenth in the one mile run in a time of 5:25.82. Sophomore Paige Davis (2:26.38) finished ninth in the 800 meter run, while freshman Carly Robinson (2:28.44) placed tenth.
As for the distance squad, juniors Cricket Richter (10:40.09), Caitlin Tzimorotas (10:40.34) and Mackenzie Jordan (10:44.76) finished third, fourth, and fifth, respectively in the 3,000 meter run.
Both the men’s and women’s teams will return to action this Friday and Saturday for the David Hemery Valentine Invitational at Boston University.