By Gabe Sturges
All across the North Country the snow swirled across the windswept plains, yet the goings-on within Newell Field House were anything but dreary. This past Friday and Saturday, the Union College men’s and women’s track and field teams sojourned to St. Lawrence University to complete their yearly pilgrimage. The cadre of talented athletes proved ready to test their mettle against top-shelf competition and impressively rose to the challenge, recording numerous personal bests in the process.
On the men’s side, senior Phil Lambert started the day by doubling in the 55-meter dash and the 55-meter hurdles. Lambert recorded a tenth place finish in the 55 with a time of 6.73 and fifth in the 55 hurdles, tying his personal best and qualifying for ECACs in the process. In the 5000 meters, sophomore Gabe Sturges placed 11th with a time of 15:39, setting an indoor personal best. In the 4×200 relay, the quartet of juniors Kyle Bucklin and Ryan Owen, along with Lambert and senior Davis Barber, tallied third with a mark of 1:32, an ECAC-qualifying mark. In the 400, Barber fought to a second place finish in a time of 50.96.
In the field, senior Danton Brewington placed 13th in the weight throw with a heave of 11.92 meters and sixth in the shot put with a toss of 13.98 meters. For the long jump, Bucklin was accompanied by junior Max Balter, as the pair finished third and seventh with leaps of 6.56 meters and 6.38 meters, respectively. Scoring his first championship points, freshman Nolan Hoenicke jumped 3.95 meters in the pole vault for a fifth place on the day. Senior Alex Coppola had an impressive third place finish in the triple jump with a leap of 13.09 meters.
For the women, the Distance Medley Relay team of freshman Cara Zimmerman, junior Kaleigh Moore and seniors Clarissa Odence and Michelle Richter combined to place sixth with a time of 13:24. The 4×200 meter relay team of sophomore Beth Crowe, juniors Judy Horan and Jess Singer along with senior Clarissa Odence placed eighth in 1:56. In the 800, senior Michelle Richter and Moore crossed the finish in ninth and 13th with marks of 2:30 and 2:37, respectively. For the 4×400 meter relay, Richter, Odence, Crowe and Horan joined together for an eighth place finish in 4:23.
Junior Katie Camilleri had a stellar performance in the field events recording a toss of 14.35 meters in the weight throw for third place and a berth at the ECAC championships. In the pole vault, Singer and Horan placed 11th and 12th among the field with vaults of 2.75 and 2.60 meters, respectively.
Those Union athletes who have qualified will travel next Saturday to the ECAC championships hosted by NYU.