The men and women on the track and field team had a strong opening to their season this past weekend. Two men hit the provisional qualifying standard for the NCAA Championships, while three additional men and three women qualified for ECACS. The teams competed in Lexington, Va. at the Virginia Military Institute/ Washington & Lee Carnival.
Seniors Brian Lang and Dan Lane qualified for NCAAs in the 3,000-meter steeplechase event, with times of 9:09.01 and 9:19.57, respectively. They scored second and fourth in the event. Lang was only two seconds off from the automatic qualifying time.
Freshman Adam Pacheck and junior Jamie Vavra both qualified for ECACs in the 5,000-meter race with respective times of 15:06 and 15:12.
The women’s 4×400 meter relay, composed of senior Jackie Cinella, junior Sarah Hutchinson, sophomore Claire Crowther and freshman Abby Zabrodsky not only took first place over a field of eight teams, but also easily qualified for ECACs in 4:05.89. Senior Megan O’Connor qualified in the 10,000-meter run with a time of 40:03.52 to wrap up day one.
On day two of the Carnival, the Yellowjackets sported two more qualifying performances. In the 400-meter hurdles, Cinella qualified for a second time in 1:05.10, which earned her second place overall. She was followed shortly by Crowther (1:07.31) in third place.
The men’s 4×100 meter relay, made up of senior Justin Lyttleton, junior Nick Chisholm and freshmen Gene O’Hanlon and Kevin DeFranco, took third place with a time of 43.98 seconds to qualify.
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