April 2, 2012
EASTON, Pa. -
The Lafayette men's and women's track and field teams earned first and second place finishes, respectively in the Lafayette 7-Way Meet at Metzgar Fields on Sunday afternoon. Other competing teams at the meet were Lehigh, St. Joseph's, Monmouth, Rider, East Stroudsburg and Muhlenberg.
Lafayette claimed the top three spots in the men's 100 meter dash, highlighted by Jerome Ruolph's time of 10.59, which qualified him for the IC4A Championships and was 1/100 of a second off his personal best. David Robinson took second in the race, clocking in at 10.81 and was followed closely by Nick Hepp at 10.87. Robinson's time also meets the criteria for IC4A qualification.
In the 200 meter dash, Nick DeRosa crossed the line first in 21.74 before Hepp, who was second with his time of 21.88. DeRosa and Hepp combined with Robinson and Rudolph to earn the win in the 4x100 meter relay. The foursome finished in an IC4A qualifying time of 41.19 which was the fastest in the Patriot League and a season's best.
Junior Chris Parker set a new personal record with his first place finish in the 1,500 meter run, clocking in at 3:57.27. Josh Sadlock also took the top position in the 3,000 meter run, completing the race in 8:40.07.
In the field events, Nick Henderson won the pole vault, clearing 15' 6 ¼''. The triple jump witnessed Nick Orzol take second with a total of 44' 10 ¼''.
For the women's team, sophomore Rachel Pena finished in the top four in three events, including a victory in the hammer throw with a toss of 52.16 meters, qualifying her for the ECAC Championships. In the shot put, Pena's best effort was her distance of 12.14 meters and slotted her second overall. She also competed in the discus, taking the fourth spot (37.89 meters).
Other first-place finishers included Allyx Hunsberger in the javelin, Elise Buffinton in the pole vault and Kelly Senters in the 400 meter hurdles. Hunsberger threw 39.68 meters, which was more than two meters better than second place. In the vault, Buffinton eclipsed 3.55 meters while Senters finished the hurdles in 1:06.08.
Lafayette hosts Lehigh in dual-meet action on April 7, beginning at 11:30 a.m.