By Gabe Sturges
Competition is the basic essence of athletics; it beckons us with a challenge to test our mettle against our fellow brothers and sisters in sport and, most importantly, ourselves. This past Saturday, Union’s men and women’s track and field teams traveled to Hamilton College to vie for the Liberty League Championship.
On the women’s side, sophomore Beth Crowe placed third in the 55-meter hurdles with a time of 9.30. Junior Judy Horan placed seventh in the 55-meter dash recording 8.14. Union’s distance contingent toed the line for the mile, with freshmen Cara Zimmerman, Keilah Creedon and Callie Aldrich placing sixth, ninth, and 12th, with times of 5:38, 5:55 and 6:38, respectively.
Union packed the 800, with senior Michelle Richter and junior Kaleigh Moore joining Zimmerman and Creedon, who recorded fifth, 11th, 12th and 16th, with times of 2:29, 2:34, 2:35 and 2:46, respectively. In the 200, Crowe, senior Clarissa Odence, Horan and Gecelter placed seventh, eighth, ninth and 13th, with marks of 28.78, 28.79, 29.08 and 30.99. In one of the highlights of the day, the team of Odence, Richter, Crowe and Horan nabbed second in the 4 x 400, recording 4:20. With three distance runners among its ranks, the 4 x 200 team of Gecelter, Creedon, Zimmerman and Moore placed fourth in a time of 2:06.
In the field events, junior Jess Singer and Horan placed third and fifth in the pole vault, with marks of 2.90 and 2.75 meters, respectively. In the weight throw, junior Katie Camilleri placed second with a heave of 14.08 meters. Camilleri returned in the shot put, matching her previous second-place finish with a mark of 9.29 meters. For the men, senior Phil Lambert placed fourth in the 55-meter hurdles, with a time of 8.05. Lambert returned with junior Ryan Owen in the 55 dash, placing fifth and eighth, with times of 6.82 and 6.89, respectively.
Union packed the men’s mile, as sophomores Connor Gagliardi and Brian Solinsky were joined by senior Pat Petty and rookie Alex Paolicelli to place eighth, tenth, 11th and 12th, with marks of 4:45, 4:50, 5:06 and 5:23, respectively. In the 200, Lambert placed fifth, with a time of 23.66. In the 5000, sophomore Gabe Sturges placed seventh with a mark of 15:50. The men’s 4 x 400 team, consisting of Owen, Lambert, and juniors Max Balter and Kyle Bucklin, placed third in a time of 3:31. In the 4 x 200, the all freshmen team of Hoenicke, O’Connell, Dylan Schuck and Louis Aller placed fourth with a time of 1:40.
In the field events, Hoenicke returned to compete in the pole vault, recording a mark of 3.65 meters, good for sixth place. Senior Danton Brewington captured a fourth place finish in the weight throw with a heave of 12.89 meters and a second place finish in the shot put, with a toss of 13.86 meters.
Union’s jumpers showed great form as Bucklin, Balter, Schuck, senior Alex Coppola and Aller placed second, third, 12th, 16th and 20th, with leaps of 6.45, 6.40, 5.81, 5.58 and 5.29 meters, respectively. Coppola, Bucklin and Schuck returned for the triple jump, recording third, seventh and tenth with marks of 12.74, 12.30 and 11.72 meters, respectively.
Union returns to action in two weeks at the NYSCTC Championships at St. Lawrence.