The Red track program is thriving midseason, posting back-to-back dominant weekend performances against both local and Ivy League foes, most recently on Saturday against Brown and Harvard in Cambridge.
The men’s squad, led by junior Ryan Schmidt, who won the long jump and placed third in the triple jump, was overwhelming in this weekend’s meet, finishing with a score of 90.5. Brown finished with 53.5 points and Harvard scored just 23.0. Schmidt, along with seniors Tyler Kaune, and Jason Hart, as well as sophomore Vito Spadafino swept the long jump event.
“Each one of our captains does a good job of rallying the guys in his event area,” head coach Nathan Taylor said. “Leadership from the team’s captains is an important priority.”
Amid the successes of the day, a theme was the strong performances of the team’s freshmen, including Matt Strasberg, who won the 1000-meter, with an IC4A qualifying time. Kofi Ofori-Ansah won the triple jump with a jump of 15.23 meters, and David Pell took second in the high jump with a clearance of 2.06 meters. Senior captain Rahim Wooley won the 60-meter dash with a solid time of 7.00.
Keeping pace with the men’s blazing exhibition, the women’s squad failed to disappoint, topping Brown’s 38 and Harvard’s 24. The Red totaled 96 points for the day, including eight of 13 first-place finishes en route to the victory.
There were many bright stars to note from Saturday’s action, including Hannah Garrity, who took home first-place finishes in both the 200-meter and 60-meter dashes with times of 25.36 and 8.70 seconds, respectively.
In other track events, Sarah Coseo won the one mile with a 4:57.09 time, while Shonda Brown, Megan Statkewicz, and Linda Trotter netted the top-three finishes in the 400 with times of 56.66, 56.98 and 57.90, respectively. Jessica Brown finished first in the 800, with a 2:12.50 mark, while teammate Natalie Gingerich placed third. Stephanie King was second in the 60-meter hurdle, while Emily McCabe finished third in the 3000 with a time of 10:08.15.
The team will travel to Yale this upcoming week and continue to prepare for the Heps championship.
Archived article by Josh Fox