Track and field compete at ECAC Championships

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Track and Field 1 Track and Field 2Select members of the men’s and women’s track and field teams participated in the ECAC Championships last week, held at the Jerry Gravel Track on campus at Westfield State University in Westfield, Massachusetts.
As per usual, standout senior Noemie Bechu ’17 had a say in the Dutchwomen’s fine afternoon on the track. Bechu set a new program-record by running the 400-meter dash in 55.39, good enough to win the competition and give her the sixth-fastest 400-meter dash time in all of Division III competition this season.
Bechu’s performance qualified her for the 400-meter dash competition at the NCAA Division III Outdoor Championships held in Geneva, Ohio from May 25-27. She also placed third in the 200-meter dash, finishing in 24.61, another new program record.
Bechu teamed with Molly McDonald ’17, Reid Nichols ’20 and Emma Marlow-Benedick ’20 for the 4×100 relay. The quartet finished fifth, setting another program-record with a time of 49.01.
The Dutchwomen earned three top-five finishes at the competition, and finished in 11th place out of 28 competing teams, compiling 20 points in total. Misericordia won the competition with a total of 101 points, followed by Moravian (84) and Penn State-Behrend (75).
The Dutchmen also saw success at the ECAC Championships. The 4×800-meter relay team of Colin Keally ’20, Will Fisher ’19, Arden Kellner ’19 and Adam Forti ’17 placed first in the competition, contributing 10 of Union’s 15 points on the day, finishing in 7:54.24.
The men’s team finished 17th out of 31 teams, compiling 15 points in total. Farmingdale State won the men’s competition by totaling 85 points. Stevenson (57) and Brandeis (54) followed in second and third place, respectively.
On day one of the two-day competition, Benjamin Mountain ’17 finished his Union career with a fourth-place finish in the hammer throw. Mountain was the only Dutchmen to compete on day one, and earned Union’s other five points with a toss of 46.08 meters.
Bechu’s race at the NCAA Division III Outdoor Championships marks the only remaining event for either the men’s or women’s outdoor track and field teams. Both return to action next spring.

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