Freshmen Shine as Track & Field Hosts First Home Meet of 2013
March 30, 2013
EASTON, Pa. -The Lafayette track and field team hosted its first home event of the 2013 outdoor season on Saturday afternoon. The women placed second with 105 points, while the men placed third with 86.5.
Both the men and women throwers had a successful day. On the women's side Rachel Pena took first in the shot put (42' 1.25"), second in the discus (122' 1"), and 1st in the hammer throw (181' 11"). Teammate Gwen Steckel notched a first place finish in the discus (138' 1") and second in the hammer throw (163' 11"). Freshman Sarah Talmadgerounded out the throws with an eighth place finish in hammer throw (127' 4") and ninth in discus (104' 7").
Sophomore Brittany Powelltook second in both the long jump and the triple jump, with distances of 17' 5.5" and 37' 5.75", respectively.
Wrapping up the field events was Rachel Douglas, who tied for fifth place in the high jump, with a leap of 5' 1.25".
The sprinters and middle distance runners picked up right where they left off from the indoor season. Freshman Stephanie Benkoran the 1500m in 4:44.95, good for sixth place.
Two Leopards gained points in the two hurdle events as well. Dejana Harris placed fifth in the 100m hurdles with a time of 15.06, and Chelsea Maroneplaced fourth in the 400m hurdles after running 1:06.11.
Devin Smith (56.83, first place) and Erin Keen (25.77, sixth place) ran the 400m and 200m dashes, respectively. The sprinters competed in the two relay events as well. The 4x100m relay team took second place with a time of 48.49. Other members of that team included Brittany Powell and Casey O'Brien. The 4x400m relay team took home first place with a time of 3:54.07. Chelsea Marone and Megan Matuskywere the other two legs.
For the men, Mac Maguire placed fourth in shot put (42' 4.75") and second in hammer throw (165' 7"). Juannell Rileytook the top spot in hammer throw with a toss of 166' 6". Riley's first place finish was the only one for the men on the day.
Fellow freshman Colton Mitchellrecorded a second place finish in the pole vault, with a jump of 13' 9.25".
In the long jump, Nick Carboni took second (21' 2") and Chris Castello took fourth place (20' 5.25"). Teammates Jarrel Bobb (46' 9.5") and Nick Orzol(45' 5.25") recorded second and fifth place finishes in the triple jump. Bobb's jump is a new personal record, and is also good for ninth in Lafayette history.
Orzol also recorded a sixth place finish for the men in the 110m hurdles, with a time of 15.58. In the 400m hurdles, Ryan McVeigh ran 55.36, good for third, and Neil Franzeserecorded a fourth place finish with a run of 55.70.
To wrap up the day, the 4x100m relay team placed third in a time of 41.86. Relay team members included David Robinson, Jarrel Bobb, Jordan Roses, and Nick Hepp. In the last event of the meet, the 4x400m relay team finished fifth after running 3.20:12. Ryan McVeigh, Jarrel Bobb, Bill Leonard, and Nick Heppmade up that team.
Lafayette will next be in action on April 6 in Easton, when they will host the Lehigh Dual. Events are slated to start at 11:30 a.m.