Leopards Earn Multiple Top-Five Finishes to Start Season
BETHLEHEM, Pa. – The Lafayette track and field team opened its indoor season with a strong all-around performance that bodes well for the rest of the season, getting excellent finishes from all facets of the team.
As the runners started today’s events off, Caroline Harmon took the top spot in the 1000m, finishing with a new personal record of 3:02.16. The women’s side kept things going in the 4 x 400m relays, as the Leopards earned two top five finishes in the event. The team of Emily Becker, Alexa Kwapinski, Amy Hewlett and Katie Mozzochi came in third place with a time of 4:10.39. Right behind them was the team comprised of Margaret Schiazza, Harmon, Crosby Speiss and Sophia Gardinier who crossed the finish line in 4:10.82.
Speiss had herself a day to remember as the sophomore claimed third place in the 500m with a time of 1:19.44 and came in eighth in the 200m, crossing the finish line with a new PR of 26.86 seconds. Katie Mozzochi added another top-five finish to the Leopards ledger on the day, coming in fifth in the 60m hurdles with a time of 9.44 seconds.
Not to be outdone, the field athlete’s on the women’s side turned in great performances as well. Freshman Katie Ullmann took third in the high jump, getting up to 5’ 1”. Fellow freshman Julia Knowles had a strong start to her collegiate career as well, coming in 8th in the long jump (16’ 11/2) and sixth in the triple jump (34’ ¼).
For the men’s runners, two Leopards claimed top-ten finishes in the 200m, as Justin Johnson came in fourth with a time of 23.11 seconds and Jacob Hubertus came in eighth with a time of 23.29 seconds. Brendan Carroll added a top-ten finish in the 500m, crossing the finish line in 1:07.22.
The Leopards absolutely dominated the men’s pole vault, claiming three of the top-five spots. Senior Michael Thorne won the event with a vault of 14’ 51/4. Harvey Situ finished in the second spot (13’ 111/4) and captain Sam Cutrone claimed fifth, reaching 13’ 51/4.
Freshman Jermaine Rhoden set a PR in the high jump, hitting 6’ 43/4. Senior Steve Young had a strong showing in the long jump, coming in third with a mark of 22’ 41/4.
Lafayette’s throwers put an excellent cap on the afternoon, as Dave McGriff and Sam Fishbein claimed third and fourth, respectively, in the shot put. McGriff’s mark was 50’ 93/4 while Fishbein hit 48’ 3”. Fishbein added another top five finish in the weight throw, setting a PR with a mark of 50’ 41/2.
The Maroon and White have close to a month off before their next competition on Jan. 6 at the Bucknell Tri-Meet.