By Gabe Sturges
As the temperature hovered in the single digits this past Saturday, the action inside Continental Fieldhouse in Clinton, New York provided a much-needed respite from the cold. The Union men’s and women’s track and field teams traveled to Hamilton College for the Continental Invitational to test their mettle against the league’s best, as well as the facility’s new track.
On the men’s side, sophomore Gabe Sturges started off the day in the 5000-meter, scoring a second-place finish amongst the field. In the 55-meter hurdles, rookie Jarryd O’Connell joined senior Phil Lambert, notching 10th and 12th, respectively.
Union packed the field for the 55-meter dash, as Lambert and O’Connell, securing third and 25th place finishes, respectively, were joined by junior Ryan Owen, rookies Nolan Hoenicke, Dylan Shuck, and Louis Aller, and sophomore Chris Labadini, respectively scoring 11th, 12th, 17th, 19th, 24th and 25th.
In the mile, Union’s distance contingent of sophomore Brian Solinsky, senior Pat Petty and rookie Alex Paolicelli turned in ninth, 12th, and 13th place finishes, respectively, with Solinsky setting a personal best in the process. In the 400-meter, senior Davis Barber won the race, while in the 800, sophomore Ethan Loew stopped the clock with a seventh place finish. Solinsky and Petty returned for the 3000 meters, notching 11th and 13th place, respectively, on the day.
The 4 x 400 relay team consisting of Owen, Loew, junior Max Balter, and freshmen Gabe Engvold recorded a second place finish, and Union’s 4 x 200 relay enjoyed a well-earned win as Owen, Barber and Lambert joined junior Kyle Bucklin. In the field events, Bucklin, Hoenicke, Schuck and Aller competed in the long jump, recording sixth, 20th, 24th, and 25th, respectively. In the triple jump, Engvold leapt to an eighth place finish.
On the women’s side, sophomore Beth Crowe started off the day with an impressive fifth place in the 55-meter hurdles. In the 55-meter dash, juniors Judy Horan and Jess Singer recorded sixth and 11th place, respectively, on the day. In the mile run, Union’s distance corps of rookies Cara Zimmerman and Keilah Creedon, juniors Jess Sherrod and Ramsey Steiner, and freshman Callie Aldrich had strong performances, notching fourth, ninth, 10th, 11th and 13th, respectively.
In the 400-meter, freshman Rachel Gecelter ran to a tenth place finish amongst the field. Union had a very solid showing in the 1000-meter as senior captain Michelle Richter and junior Kaleigh Moore finished first and third, respectively. In the 200, Horan and Gecelter were joined by senior Clarissa Odence, tallying sixth, 14th, and ninth place, respectively, on the day.
In the 3000-meter, Zimmerman, Sherrod, and Creedon returned to the oval earning second, fifth, and sixth places, respectively. The Union 4 x 400 relay of Crowe, Odence, Richter, and Horan recorded an early season win. Odence, Crowe, and Horan were joined by Singer in the 4 x 200 relay, sprinting to a third place finish.
In the field events, Singer and Horan placed well in the pole vault, with fifth and seventh places, respectively. In the weight throw, junior Katie Camilleri threw to a third place finish amongst the field and eighth place in the shot put. In the long and triple jump, Singer leapt to 10th and eighth place finishes,
This weekend, Union travels to Boston to compete at the MIT Invitational.