Proving that Ivy League track & field is no push-over, the women’s distance medley team withstood a barrage of competitors from the nation’s top conferences to win at the highly competitive Sea Ray Relays last weekend in Knoxville, Tenn.
The crew of junior Lena Mathews (1200 meters), freshman Hannah Garrity (400), and seniors Meredith Freimer (800) and Kim Chatman (1600) crossed the line in a time of 11:27.73 for the victory.
“The DM team ran really, really well,” lauded head coach Lou Duesing.
Duesing offered some advice to Mathews before her 1200 leg, telling her to be patient, not grab the lead too early and let the race come to her.
“She followed her instructions,” Duesing said.
Following Mathews, Hansgate ran a personal best in the 400, clocking 56.7. Then after Freimer’s 800, Chatman also broke her personal record, running 4:47 for the 1600.
However, Duesing noted that the team has not fulfilled its true potential.
“All of them walked away [saying], ‘We can go faster,'” he explained.
The women’s 4×800 relay —