April 13, 2014
Lawrenceville, N.J. – The Lafayette track and field team had a strong showing at the Rider Invite on Saturday. The men’s team took third place, while the women placed fifth. The Leopards won both the men’s and women’s hammer and the men’s and women’s javelin.
Seniors Rachel Pena, Mac Maguire and Chris Luna powered the field athletes. Pena won the women’s hammer with a throw of 196’ 2”, and she also took second in the shot put with a toss of 39’ 3”. Maguire won the men’s hammer with a heave of 173’ 0”, while Luna won the men’s javelin with a mark of 179’ 1”, followed by sophomore Collin Owen with a throw of 178’ 5”. Freshman Jaimie Sheppard won her first collegiate event, throwing the javelin a personal best 116’ 0”.
Rachel Douglas led the way for Lafayette in the jumps, taking third in the high jump with a leap of 5’ 3”. In the men’s jumps, sophomore Colton Mitchell took fourth in the pole vault with a 14’ 9” mark, while freshman Austin Wiles placed fourth in the high jump with at 6’ 2 ¼”.
Both men’s and women’s 4 x 100m relay teams took second place. The men’s team consisting of David Robinson, Michael Smitelli, Marcus Vilme and Jarrel Bobb qualified for the IC4A Championships with a time of 41.74. The women’s team including Erin Keen, Haley Langton, Mara Blanchard and Devin Smith crossed the line in 48.24.
In the hurdles, the Leopards had a pair of personal bests, as Dejana Harris ran a 14.91 in the 100m hurdles for a third place finish and freshman Tessa Broholm finished the 400m hurdles in fourth place at 1:05.91. The men’s 200m saw the Leopards finish in third and fourth. Jarrel Bobb crossed in 22.35, followed by David Robinson at 22.43. The 400m hurdles also had a pair of Leopards finish in third and fourth. Tim Shaw took third (54.52), while Neil Franzese placed fourth (55.30).
Blanchard travelled to Lewisburg, Pa. Sunday with Elise Buffinton to take part in the pole vault at the Bucknell Outdoor Classic. Buffinton flew to a third place finish by clearing a height of 11’ 11 ¾”; Blanchard failed to register a height.
Chris Castello represented the Maroon and White in the Mondschein Multi at Kutztown University. After sitting in second place through the first five events of the decathlon with 3,405 points, the Hackettstown, N.J. native brought home a fourth place finish with 6,138 points.
The track and field squad is back in action next weekend at the Greyhound Invitational and the Larry Ellis Invitational.