Tuesday, March 27, 2012

More W&M Invitational News

On Saturday, the weather was not on our side as we had to call the meet short as most teams were weary of having their athletes compete in such rainy conditions.  Before the weather became too bad, we had several strong performances. In the discus, Natalie Baird won the event with an ECAC-qualifying throw of 45.47 meters (149-2).  Natalie now owns fourteen of the top sixteen throws in school history. Baird came back to take second in the hammer throw with a toss of 47.12m (154-7).  Erin Challis took eighth at 38.99m (127-11), a personal-best by 7.5 feet.  Baird finished off a full-day when she placed second in the shot put at 12.87m (42-2.75).

In the triple jump, Lynnie Bresnahan PRed with a jump of 11.33m (37-2.25) to take third.  She is now sixth on the all-time athletes list.  Grace Oxley was fourth with another PR of 11.14m (36-6.7) to put her ninth in school history.  Freshman Sydnee Pierce ran 12.60 seconds to take third in her first collegiate 100m dash.  She is now tied for 10th in school history.  Also moving herself into tenth all-time was Maggie Gutierrez in the 400m dash.  She took fifth in 57.97 seconds.  In the 1500m, we had three women finish in the top five.  Katie Buenaga led the way in second, running a PR of 4:36.94, Michelle Britto PRed to take third place in 4:38.45, and Avery Mattingly took fifth in 4:45.36.

On the men’s side, Ben Katz had an outdoor PR in in the long jump at 6.96 meters (22-10) to take the win.  He is now ranked eleventh in school history outdoors.  In the 100m dash, freshman Michael Monti ran 11.52 seconds to take second overall, and Ben Katz was right behind him in 11.54 for third.  David Gunnerson won the 1500m run with a time of 3:58.17 and freshman Ian MacFawn took fourth in 4:03.03.  As the track began to flood with rain, we backed off and controlled the men’s effort in the 3,000m run.   Zach Tennant, Jack Anderson, Josh Mercado, and Andrew Ryan all came through at 9:30. 

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