Lafayette Competes in Princeton New Year's Invitational
Dec. 12, 2010
PRINCETON, N.J. - The Leopards opened the the 2010-11 indoor track and field season with some outstanding performances at the Princeton New Year's Invitational on Saturday.
Junior Matt Piazza led a the Leopards in a top-three sweep in the men's 1000m run. Piazza finished with a time of 2:36.53 with sophomore Dayne Mosconi right behind at 2:36.55. Chris Parker was third at 2:36.95. While Piazza was the lone winner for the Leopards, there were some other fine performances by both the men's and women's teams.
On the men's side, the 4 x 400m relay team of Nick Hepp, Bill Leonard, Ryan McVeigh and Neil Franzese placed fifth in 3:27.76. Junior co-captain Michael Thompson finished sixth in a highly competitive pole vault with an indoor personal best of 15'3". Junior teammate, Nick Henderson, finished right behind with a jump of 14' 9" for seventh place.
The women's team had a number of outstanding performances. Junior Joelle Neilson was fourth in the long jump with a jump of 18' 1/4". Senior co-captain Kerriann Borke finished fifth in the triple jump with a mark of 36' 7 3/4". Senior co-captain Kelly Clyde ran two outstanding races in the 60m dash, finishing sixth overall. Clyde clocked a 7.93 in both the trials and finals of the race. It was a personal best by a tenth of a second.
Sophomore Kelly Senters ran 1:41.33 in the 600m for a sixth place finish, while junior Adedayo Adu was seventh in the 300m with a time of 42.80.
Freshman Rebecca Slotkin has an outstanding debut in the pole vault with a jump of 10'10" for an eighth place finish. Lafayette throwers Gwen Steckel and Rachel Pena both qualified for the finals in their respective events. Steckel was eighth in the 20lb weight throw with a personal best of 45' 5 1/4" while Pena also finished eighth in the shot put at 38' 5".
Competing teams included: Princeton University, Rutgers University, Monmouth University, St. Joseph University, Towson State University, Rider University as well as a mixture of Division II and III institutions.
The Leopards will have month's break before returning to action January 15th for the Saturday night Collegiate Series at the New York City Armory.
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