Union’s Women’s Indoor Track and Field Team recently competed in meets against Hamilton and MIT. The Dutchwomen took to the road two weekends in a row, first heading west to Clinton, NY, then traveling east to Cambridge, Mass. a week later. Before these two meets, the girls opened up their season competing at Utica College in early January.
The Dutchwomen performed well at their first competition, the Hamilton Invitational.
Both Noemie Bechu ’17 and Natalia Ciesielska ’17 placed first in their respective races.
Bechu, who was named the Liberty League’s Indoor Track Performer of the Year last year, won the 200-meter dash with a lightning-fast time of 27.39. Bechu outran the 15 other girls competing against her, finishing five-tenths of a second ahead of ther closest competitor.
Additionally, Ciesielska snagged first place with an impressive time of 8.39 in the 60-meter dash.
Claire Kowalczyk ’18 placed second in the 500-meter dash, while Maddie Samuell ’17 earned third place in the 1000-meter run. Samuell finished the run with a time 42.523, trailing behind two sophomores from Hamilton who placed first and second in the race.
The team was able to come together during the 4×400 meter relay, with Hannah Barnes ’18, Kowalczyk, Bechu and Ciesielska getting the win.
When the girls headed to MIT to compete, they continued to work hard and reap the results.
Bechu, Kowalczyk and Barnes placed first, second and fourth, respectively, in the 400-meter dash.
Molly Casey ’19 placed third in the 600-meter dash with a time of 1:56.58 and Laura Shaffer ’17 earned fifth place in the 800-meter dash with a time of 2:53.03.
Also, the Dutchwomen won the 4×200 relay with a time of 1:54.54; the relay team consisted of Bechu, Molly McDonald ’17, Saragrace Magre ’19 and Catherine Nakato ’19.