Chandler, Scott, and Bendzinski smash records at ECACs

Reagan Cerney, Staff Writer

Impressive performances concluded the women’s track and field indoor season. After losing by only seven points to Boston University at the Indoor Patriot League Championship, the women’s track and field team redeemed itself at the ECAC Championships in Boston on March 5-6. 

Kate Scott ’17 started off the momentum for the women’s track and field team after breaking the 5,000-meter record. She crossed the finish line in seventh with a time of 16:47.79. This time beats the previous 31-year-old school record by almost 10 seconds. Chrissy Bendzinski ’18 also broke an old record, finishing the 3,000-meter run with a time of 9:39.92.

On the field, Sophia Nnadi ’16 placed 18th overall in the weight throw, skyrocketing a length of 51’9 ¾”. She also placed 15th in the shot-put, throwing 42’8 ¾”. Abigail Brundage ’16 placed eleventh in the event with 43’7 ¼”.

In the middle distance events, Sarah Chandler ’17 finished third in the 1,000-meter run, receiving an All-East title and crushing the school record with a time of 2:46.21. Her record beats out the old record set in 2013.

“Coach Donner told us to think of the ECAC meet as the first outdoor meet of the season so I really think that this past weekend was a great start. I was really happy with my race, and although some people struggled, we had people do really well,” Chandler said.

The 4×400 meter relay, made up of Allison Sharkey ’17, Laura Papili ’17, Jess Bridle ’16, and Jen Silvestri ’16, crossed the finish line with a time of 3:43.03. Their fifth-place finish earned them an All-East title.

“The 4×400 is always a fun relay to run at ECAC. The four of us were able to get out there and run fast for our last indoor race. Especially Jess! And now it’s time to focus on the outdoor season and look towards the next Patriot League Championship in May,” Silvestri said.

The women’s track and field team looks forward to its outdoor season, with its first meet at Susquehanna on March 26 for the Jim Taylor Invitational.

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