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Lafayette Track Continues Strong Spring

April 20, 2014

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Larry Ellis Results
Larry Ellis Multis Results
Greyhound Invite Men's Results
Greyhound Invite Women's Results

Easton, Pa. –
The Lafayette track and field team took part in the Larry Ellis Invitational at Princeton and the Greyhound Invitational at Moravian on Friday and Saturday. The team continued its strong season against some elite competition at the Larry Ellis Invitational.

On the women’s side, Lafayette had some strong performances at both events. Sophomore Stephanie Benko broke the Lafayette record by ten seconds in the 3000 meter steeplechase finishing in 10:40.71. Her time was a personal best by 17 seconds, qualified her for the ECACs and is the best time in the Patriot League this season.

A pair of seniors, Elise Buffinton and Rachel Pena continued their impressive senior seasons. Buffinton tied her own school record in the pole vault with a jump of 12’ 5 ½” to win the event at the Greyhound Invite. Pena finished second in the shot put at the Larry Ellis Invitational behind the number one thrower in the country. Her throw of 206’ 8” is a personal best and ranks Pena seventh in the East Region and 11th in the NCAA.

The women’s 4 x 400 meter relay team consisting of Haley Langton, Drew Davis, Erin Keen and Devin Smith finished fourth at the Larry Ellis Invite, qualifying them for the ECACs with a time of 3:51.66, the fifth fasted time in Lafayette history.

At the Greyhound Invitational, Elizabeth Troisi finished third in the 5000 meter with a personal best 18:34.55. Jamie Sheppard also finished third in the javelin (115’ 3”), while Mara Blanchard took fourth in the pole vault (10’ 11 ¾”). Brittany Powell had a pair of fourth place finishes in the long jump (17’ 6 ¼”) and the triple jump (35’ 11 ¼”), while Sarah Talmadge took fifth in the shot put (38’ 8 ¼”) and sixth in the hammer (146’ 9”).

On the men’s side at the Larry Ellis meet, Juannell Riley was eight in the hammer with a personal best 179’ 1”. Jarrel Bobb had a pair of ninth place finishes in the long jump (21’ 10 ¾”) and the 200 meter dash (22.08). Thomas Day and Neil Franzese had personal bests in the 3000 meter steeplechase (9:21.93) and the 400 meter hurdles (54.71), respectively.

At the Greyhound Invite, Kevin Smith topped his personal best in the 3000 meter steeplechase by 20 seconds, finishing in 9:40.79 for third place. Andrew Warshauer also ran a personal best in the 5000 meter, finishing in fourth place with a time of 15:11.27. Marcus Vilme placed sixth in the 200 meter dash at 23.14.

The Leopards are back in action Thursday-Saturday at the Penn Relays in Philadelphia, and the Lehigh Games in Bethlehem on Saturday.