Senior captain Robin Metcalf set a school record for the second week in a row in the pole vault, vaulting 2.91 meters at the Syracuse University Indoor Invitational Saturday. The old record was set at 2.89 meters.

“Robin gets more confident every day,” said women’s coach Barbara Hartwig. “I think the record will be broken a lot this year.”

Several athletes from each team produced great results in this demanding meet, many of which have had great performances in the past few weeks.

The women’s 4×400-meter relay team easily ran away from the competition with a time of 4 minutes 9.18 seconds.

“They were unchallenged most of the race and ran with an air of authority,” Hartwig said. “Confidence is the key to any good performance.”

Two of the women had personal best times, but did not win. Erika Wasserstein placed sixth in the mile, but recorded a time of 5:15.80. In the 800-meter run, Madeline Worsnopp won her heat with a time of 2:28.39, but finished seventh overall. Worsnopp, however, finished first among Div. III runners in the 800.

On the men’s side, sophomore Greg Dusek placed first in the long jump. Dusek leaped 6.47 meters to fend off freshman Mark Hedberg from RIT.

Senior Justin Lamontagne finished third in the 400-meter dash in 51.85. Lamontagne also finished fourth in the 55-meter hurdles with a time of 8.17 seconds.

The men’s 4×400-meter relay placed second behind Syracuse University in 3:24.44. Also, the men’s distance medley team placed second behind Geneseo, finishing in 10:39.84.

“I was very pleased with our performances this weekend,” said Hartwig.”

The meet included 12 teams from around the region, including the Rochester Institute of Technology and Alfred State. Unlike most meets in which only Div. III schools compete, the Syracus Indoor Invitational contained schools from Div. I, Div. II and Div. III.

This meet was also different in that each athlete competed individually, not contributing to an overall team total.

Next weekend, both teams travel to Boston to compete in a split meet Saturday, Feb. 9. Most of the team will be taking part in the Massachusetts Institute of Technology Coed Invitational at MIT. Meanwhile, the best from each team will participate in the highly competitive St. Valentine Invitational at Boston University.

“[The meet] at MIT should feature some of the best Div. III competetion in the area,” Hartwig said. “Performances could be off the chart again this weekend.”

Cupp can be reached at dcupp@campustimes.org.



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