Men’s and women’s track and field inch toward the Patriot League Championships

Clara McCormick, Contributing Writer

On Friday and Saturday, the Bison women’s and men’s track teams competed in the Doug Raymond Invitational in Kent, Ohio – one of their final tune-ups before the Patriot League Championships.

On the women’s team, Bison Katie Salisbury ’20 had a very successful weekend, setting her personal best in the 200m. She now has the third-best time for this event in University history. She also placed sixth in the triple jump.

In the 5000m, four Bison were in the top half; Emily Deschler ’22 got second place, Mia Bellucci ’23 got fifth, Hope Beyer ’20 got sixth and Jamie Falla ’22 earned a twelfth place finish.

Throwers Delia Sipe ’21 and Daija Misler ’21 were both in the top 20 for their event, placing 19th and 20th. Sipe also placed top 10 in the shot put event.

Gi Macones ’22 placed seventh out of 28 in the long jump event, as well as seventh for the triple jump right behind teammate Salisbury. Sam Lopes ’22 also placed ninth for her performance. Bison pole vaulters Lia Zavattaro ’22, Caroline McGann ’22 and Anna Kender ’23 also placed in the top 10 during their event.

“This past weekend was really good for me both mentally and physically. I’ve been hit with a lot of injuries this season, and I’m coming back from not being able to train over the summer,” Salisbury said. “I didn’t think it’d affect me as much as it has, but I’m breaking through in my events now just in time for leagues. I’ve definitely been down, but by no means am I out.”

In the mile, Karly Forker ’22 achieved her personal best, earning second place in the event; meanwhile, teammates Tara Lyons ’22, Nora Bennett ’22 and Kaitlin Ryan ’21 placed fifth, sixth and 10th, respectively.

Jessie Castellano ’23 and Valerie Fischer ’23 also had a successful weekend, as they both placed individually in the open 400m, as well as earned fourth in the 4×400 alongside teammates Bridget Lalonde ’23 and Becca Rooney ’20.

There was a tie for third place between Alexandra Butz ’21 and Michaela Bracken ’22, with teammate Lexy Forrestal ’20 placing ninth in pole vaulting.

Overall, the women had a successful weekend, further preparing themselves for the Patriot League Championships.

The men’s track team also had a successful weekend. In the 5000m, Bison Connor McMenamin ’21, Dom Campagna ’23, Evan Minor ’21, Noah Martin ’23 and Ryan Miele ’22 all placed in the top 10 for the event, earning second, third, fourth, sixth and tenth, respectively.

First place was awarded to the distance medley squad consisting of Nick Pacelli ’20, Sean Conway ’20, Robert Dessoye ’21 and Owen Chase ’20. Chase also placed second in the mile while teammate Brendan McGill ’20 placed fourth. Thrower CJ Falcioni ’20 placed ninth in the weighted throw event, and hurdles runner Jack Memoli ’22 placed eighth in the 60m hurdles.

In the long jump event, Micah Sims ’20 placed 13th and Ian Lawrence ’22 placed 22nd. Stefone Moore-Green’s ’20 400m time is tied for second in the entire Patriot League while teammate Brendan Bodisch ’21 placed seventh in the event this weekend.

Four Bison athletes placed in the 800m: Sean Conway ’20 earned sixth and teammates Dessoye, Dylan LoPresti ’23 and Brett Zatlin ’22 also placed.

Brendan O’Toole ’22 earned fourth in the 3000m, and earned third was the 4×400 team consisting of Steve Rizio ’20, Bodisch ’22, Terryl Ferrell ’20, and Conway. Pole vaulter Nick Marino ’21 placed sixth and triple jumper Jaden Rouse ’22 placed 11th.

Both the women’s and men’s track teams will be playing at the University’s tune-up on Feb. 21 before traveling to the Patriot League Championship.

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