Men’s track and field finishes 12th, women’s 18th at championships in Boston

Doug Hendry, Senior Writer

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The track and field teams completed their indoor season with championships in Boston from March 4–5. The men competed at the IC4A Championships, finishing tied for 12th out of 43 teams, while the women competed at the ECAC Championships, tying for 18th place out of 44 teams.

Seven Bison men were awarded All-East accolades. Will Carter ’17 led the charge, taking sixth in the long jump at 23-04.75 for his first career All-East citation in addition to finishing fourth in the 200-meter dash finals with a time of 21.52.

Luke Giugliano ’17 and Nicholas Lombardo ’18 also excelled in their individual events. In the final indoor event of Giugliano’s college career, he took seventh in the 5,000-meter run with a time of 14:23.07. It was his career-best time and second consecutive season earning an All-East honor. Lombardo earned his fourth All-East citation after finishing third in the long jump with a distance of 23-11.00, a new personal best.

Rounding out the All-East honors for the Orange and Blue was the 4×800-meter relay team of Kyle Adams ’18, Sean Conway ’20, Jordan Jackson ’17, and Scott Gulizio ’19, who finished fifth overall with a time of 7:34.03, a top-10 performance in program history.

The Bison women also secured All-East honors in four events during ECAC competition. Christine Bendzinski ’18 and Colleen Buckley ’19 both competed in the 3,000-meter run and finished third and fourth, respectively. In the mile, Sarah Chandler ’17 took seventh place with a time of 4:55.39.

Two different relay teams also earned All-East recognition. The 4×400-meter relay of Allison Sharkey ’17, Emily Ryan ’18, Margaret Sliney ’20, and Elyse Pettaway ’17 finished sixth with a time of 3:46.68, another top-10 program record.

“It was so rewarding to see the hard work we have been putting in since August pay off, especially at such a high caliber meet. As the final women’s event of the weekend, earning All-East honors was a great way to cap off an extremely successful indoor season for the program,” Ryan said.

Additionally, the distance medley relay team of Kathleen FitzGerald ’17, Laura Papili ’17, Jenna Farmer ’19, and Margaret Thomson ’19 finished eighth with a time of 11:49.40, the seventh-fastest time in school history in the event. Finally, Lauren Gronbeck ’20 set a personal best with a 17:01.16 time in the 5,000-meter run, good for the fourth-fastest time in program history.

Overall, the men earned 20 points, improving from 14th place at last year’s event to 12th this season. The women earned 17 points, improving from 22nd in last year’s championships to 18th place this season. The Bison women’s team has won both the cross-country league championship and the indoor track and field league championship this year, and look to complete the “Triple Crown” with an outdoor league championship in the spring.

“Often times, people think that track is an individual sport, but on this team, that couldn’t be farther from the truth. The camaraderie that this group of girls has is incredible and continually inspires me to dig deeper in every race,” Gronbeck said. “The races that everyone ran at this past meet should set us up nicely for outdoor, where we hope to win the third and final championship of the Triple Crown.”

With the conclusion of their indoor schedule, the track and field teams resume outdoor competition on March 25. The men’s team will travel to Selinsgrove, Pa. for the Jim Taylor Invitational while the women’s team will travel to Raleigh, N.C. for the Raleigh Relays.

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