The UR women’s track and field team had another solid showing at Saturday’s Rochester Institute of Technology Tiger Invitational.

In the third non-scoring meet of the season, the team had two first-place finishers, as well as many other very strong performances.

Senior Effuah Alleyne placed fifth in the 55-meter dash with a time of 7.89 seconds. Alleyne improved upon her result in the 55-meter dash with a fourth-place finish in the 200-meter dash, which she ran in 28.62 seconds.

The 500-meter dash was one of the strongest events of the day for the team. Senior Katie O’Brien won the event with a time of 79.84 seconds. Freshman Stacie Woods finished in 1:23.15, earning third place in the event.

In the 1,000-meter run, freshman Louisa Slocum was fourth with a time of 3:21.21. Although no UR runner cracked the top five in the 3,000-meter run, sophomores Rebecca Hayes and Nora Craighead both had solid performances. Hayes and Craighead finished in sixth and seventh places, respectively.

Junior Jessica Van Binsbergen narrowly won the 5,000-meter run with a time of 19:00.52. Freshman Stephanie Holowacz placed third with a time of 19:50.06.

Three UR women qualified for the finals of the 55-meter hurdles. Freshman Michelle Andrews was fourth in the finals with a time of 9.20 seconds.

Placing fifth was sophomore Whitney Silkworth, who ran 9.39 seconds. With a time of 9.54 seconds, senior Anna Barbi was sixth. The relay teams were very consistent, as both the 800 and 1,600-meter relays earned second place.

After placing sixth in the 55-meter hurdles, Barbi posted a third-place finish in the high jump with a mark of 1.60 meters. Her mark of 4.87 meters in the long jump earned Barbi a fifth-place finish.

Freshmen Danelle McGinnis and Kathryn Knowles were fourth and sixth in the triple jump. McGinnis and and Knowles marked 9.69 and 9.46 meters, respectively.

Senior Grace Kraay placed second in the shot put with a mark of 11.51 meters. In the weight throw, senior Anne Baker marked 14.78 meters to earn second place. Sophomore Kate Odian marked 11.33 meters in the event to finish in fifth place.

It was a very good meet for the team, who received important contributions from many different people.

Based on the early results, the Yellowjackets appear to be very well-balanced in a variety of events this year.

This weekend, the team had intended to split up the squads to attend two meets – some members would have traveled to St. Lawrence University while others would have visited York University in Toronto.

However, due to a change in the date of the York meet, the team will not split. The entire UR women’s track team will be competing at St. Lawrence on Jan. 29.

Swidler can be reached at dswidler@campustimes.org.



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