The Track and Field teams took their talents to the Liberty League Championships this weekend, hosted by St. Lawrence University. Numerous athletes had season-best and even career showings, in particular sophomore Michaela Burrell, first-year Eileen Bequette, and junior captain Ben Martell.
On the women’s side, Bequette kicked things off with two wins in the pentathlon. Bequette went on the win the pentathlon and take first overall in four of five total events. She also advanced the 60-meter hurdles finals with teammate Kylee Bartlett.
In the prelims of the 60-meter dash, Burrell ran a 7.83 seconds, a personal record, which was good enough for the 25th fastest in the Division III national rankings and first place at the meet. Burrell also won the 200-meter dash outright with a time of 26.07 seconds.
Junior Alice Freese had a personal record of her own in the 400-meter race, finishing in 1:02.57 seconds.
In the women’s 5K, junior Rachel Bargabos, senior Ayumi Yuasa, first-year Aasha Krishnan, and junior Samantha Tetef finished third, sixth, seventh, and 10th, respectively. The women’s distance medley relay finished third, composed of first-year Kristen Lodato, junior Siobhan Seigne, first-year Elisabeth Rott, and sophomore Jordan Hurlbut. Junior Brianna Loughran finished fifth in the mile, coming in at 5:15.82 seconds.
On day one of the field events, junior Kylee Bartlett finished second in the long jump, while sophomores Lonnie Garrett and Hannah Duttweiler finished sixth and eighth. Bartlett also finished sixth in shot put with first-year teammate Grace Messina finishing eighth.
Bartlett still wasn’t finished. On day two, She placed second in the 60-meter hurdles, fourth in the high jump, and sixth in the 200-meter dash. Bequette finished in fifth in the 60-meter hurdles and first-year Colette Anikwue finished sixth in the high jump. Teammates Hurlbut and Loughran finished sixth and seventh in the 800-meter while Bargabos secured a fifth-place finish in the 3k. The 4×400 relay finished second to round out the performances, composed of Burrell, Bequette, Bartlett, and Freese.
For the men’s team, Martell ran a personal best in the mile. He finished in 4:22.29 and placed fourth in the meet. Sophomore Ethan Colton had an impressive showing in the heptathlon, ending the first day in third. He won the long jump, finished second in the shot put, got sixth, and seventh in the long jump and 60-meter dash. Colton went on to finish sixth in the heptathlon after the second day. Another captain on the team, senior Adam Sorrentino, had a strong showing in the weight throw, finishing fourth on the weekend and sixth in the shot put. Sophomore Mark Westman brought home a sixth place finish in the 400-meter, finishing in 51.66 seconds. Four men were able to reach the podium in the 800-meter race. Senior Wesley Clayton, junior Chris Dalke, first-year Dan Allara, and sophomore Leo Orsini finished fourth, fifth, sixth, and seventh, respectively. The Men’s distance medley relay also managed a fifth place finish, composed of Orsini, Allara, Dalke, and junior Wells Coalfleet. The men’s team finished fifth overall.
Both sides will have multiple athletes competing next week at the All-Atlantic Regional Championships as the ‘Jackets look to continue their strong season.