Men and Women Finish Fifth at Patriot League Championships
May 5, 2012
WORCESTER, Mass. - A pair of Athlete of the Meet awards highlighted two fifth place finishes for the Lafayette men's and women's track and field teams at the Outdoor Patriot League Championships. Jerome Rudolph's Male Track Athlete of the Meet and Joelle Neilson's Female Field Athlete of the Meet recognitions capped the two-day event.
Of the eight participating teams in the men’s and women’s competition, Lafayette placed fifth with 72 and 79 points, respectively. The overall men’s team title went to Bucknell, which racked up 167 points to edge out second-place Navy (153). The Mids took home the women’s crown, scoring 156.5 points.
Following Saturday’s top qualifying time of 10.59 seconds in the 100 meter dash, Rudolph ran a 10.50 on Sunday to capture a victory in the finals. The senior coupled that effort by winning the 200 meter dash after breaking the line in 21.57 seconds. Behind Rudolph in the 200 was classmate Nick DeRosa (second, 21.67) and junior Nick Hepp (fourth, 21.88).
The trio was also part of Lafayette’s winning 4x100 meter relay team, along with sophomore David Robinson. The group clocked in at 41.37, just ahead of Bucknell’s foursome by 7/100ths of a second.
Individually, Hepp won an event of his own, placing first in the 400 meter dash. Hepp finished the race in 48.00 seconds, setting a new personal best in the process. Chris Parker’s fourth place effort in the 800 meter run gave Lafayette four points after the junior crossed the line in 1:51.78.
In the field events, Nick Henderson came away with a third place finish and six points with a vault of 15’ 3”. Junior Nick Orzol was fifth in the triple jump, leaping 45’ 2 ¼’’. Mac Maguire and Kevin Seery each contributed a point to the final total with sixth place performances in the hammer and javelin, respectively.
With their performances, Rudolph (100m, 200m), Hepp (400m) and the 400 relay team took First Team All-Patriot League honors. DeRosa recieved Second Team laurels in the 200.
For the women’s squad, Neilson’s long jump distance of 19’ 4’’ and her triple jump total of 38’ ¾’’ helped her to victories in each event. Neilson’s two titles each earned her First Team All-Patriot League accolades.
Erika Stasakova won the 3,000 meter steeplechase and was a First Team honoree after clocking in at 10:52.78, the only time under 11 minutes in the event.
Sophomore Rachel Pena was Lafayette’s other representative on the First Team with her toss of 180’ 8’’ in the hammer throw. Pena also took fifth in the shot put with a personal best throw of 40' 11 1/2''.
In the pole vault, Elise Buffinton cleared 12’ 1 ½’’ to finish third. Chelsea Marone took fourth and set a new career best (1:03.42) in the 400 meter hurdles while senior Lauren Kelly crossed the line in fifth in the 10,000 meter run with a time of 37:17.37. Freshman Brittany Powell took third behind Neilson in the triple jump, measuring in at 37’ 4 ½’’. Also coming in third in the heptathalon was Stephanie Hazlett, who set a new personal best with 4,513 points.
Gwen Steckel’s personal best of 147' 6" in the discus was good for a fourth place finish and four points. The junior also ranked fifth in the hammer throw, tossing the hammer 166’ 2’’. Allyx Hunsberger’s fourth place finish in the javelin measured in at 135’ 5’’.