This past weekend, the men and women of the UR track and field teams dominated the show at the four-team meet hosted by Roberts Wesleyan College. The men took six of the 18 events, while the women took seven of their 18. The women also managed to snag one NCAA mark and three ECAC qualifiers. The Yellowjackets competed against RIT, Houghton College and Roberts Wesleyan at the non-scoring meet in North Chili.
Senior Yaneve Fonge, Division III National Runner-up during the Indoor Track season for the 20-lb weight throw, hit the NCAA provisional mark with a throw of 48.47 meters in the hammer throw. She also took first in the shot put with a 11.69-meter throw, landing her an ECAC spot. She added a second-place finish in the javelin and third in the discus.
Senior Jackie Cinella had her second ECAC-qualifying performance of the season in the 400-meter intermediate hurdles, with a time of 1:04.97. Cinella, who enjoyed an NCAA appearance indoors, also ran on the winning 4×400-meter relay with a time of 4:20.75.
Juniors Sarah Hutchinson and Kaily Abott and freshman Lauren Gabriel joined Cinella in the relay.
Sophomore Carina Luck had a personal best in the triple jump, leaping 11.13 meters and earning the women yet another ECAC-qualifying mark.
Senior Brian Lang took the one ECAC qualifying time for the men, with an impressive performance in the 5,000-meter run (15:12.44). Lang was followed by junior Jason Zayac in second, who ran a highly-respectable 16:02.28.
The 800-meter run was dominated by the Yellowjackets, who took the first six spots. Junior Andrew Fleisher led the charge with a time of 1:58.98 and was followed shortly by junior Greg Hartnett and freshman Yuji Wakimoto. The three ran as a pack from start to finish and clocked in times which were less than a second from one another.
“In the middle distances, it’s best to stay relaxed for the first half,” Wakimoto said. “The second lap you just have to try to pull it in — to keep shrinking the distance. Then, at the end, you have to kill it. That’s what I did, and I’m happy with the result.”
Penney is a member of
the class of 2012.