The start of 2017 has brought an abundance of strong performances from men’s and women’s track and field through their first three meets of the calendar year.
Now, the team looks foward to the postseason with conference and state tournaments just around the corner.
The first in the teams’ trio of meets saw success for several Union athletes. On the women’s side, the team was led by Noemie Bechu ’17, a perennial standout, who had the top finish for the Dutchwomen with a second place finish in the 400-meter dash.
The Dutchmen were led by Claude-Luvier Bonnet ’18 with his first-place finish in the long jump and third-place finish in the triple jump.
Additionally, the Dutchmen added another second-place finish to their record with a strong team effort in the distance medley run by Will Fisher ’19, Adam Forti ’17, Colin Keally ’20 and Arden Kellner ’19.
In the second meet of the season, at Hamilton, both Union teams were able to find tremendous success, once again behind familiar faces in Bechu, Bonnet and Kellner.
Bechu led the women’s team with three wins; she earned top finishes in the 400-meter dash, 200-meter dash and a team win in the 4×200-meter relay with the help of Molly McDonald ’17, Saragrace Magre ’19 and Natalia Ciesielska ’17.
The Dutchwomen also saw strong outings from Maddie Samuell ’17 in the 3,000-meter run (she finished in third) as well as a first career win in the triple jump for rookie Anna Browne ’20.
The men’s team saw similar success against Hamilton with highlights coming from across the board.
Perhaps most impressive was the team’s 1-2-3 sweep of the 800-meter run with Kellner, Keally and Forti taking the top three spots, in that order.
Bonnet continued momentum from the first meet with another first place finish in the long jump and a second place finish in the triple jump.
Furthermore, Benjamin Mountain ’17 was strong in both the weight throw and shot put with second place finishes in both.
The third meet for both teams came this past weekend at Utica with less success than the previous two.
A top-three finish in the 800-meter dash by Keally and another second place finish in the shot put by Mountain highlighted the day for the men’s team.
For the Dutchwomen, Bechu once again led the way with a first place finish in the 400-meter dash (her third top-three finish in the event in as many meets) as well as another top-three finish from the women’s 4×200-meter relay team.
Looking ahead, both teams are eager to compete at the Liberty League tournament on Feb. 11 in Rochester where they will look to showcase their growth and improvement.
Soon after, members from both teams will have the chance to compete in the NYS, ECAC and NCAA Championships.