By Gabe Sturges
With the rain frenetically directed across the verdant fields by sweeping gusts of wind, the day seemed less than ideal for a mid-spring athletic competition. Regardless, this past Saturday, the dedicated contingent of Union’s track and field teams traveled to Hamilton College to confront the clime. Despite the meet’s rather relaxed atmosphere, the Dutchmen and Dutchwomen showed top form, sure to bode well for the approaching championship season.
On the men’s side, Union’s sprint contingent stacked the 100-meter dash, as junior Max Balter, senior Ryan Owen, sophomore Marty Cole and freshman Dylan Schuck placed first, second, fourth and fifth, respectively. In the 200, senior Davis Barber, along with Balter, Cole and Owen, took first through fourth, respectively. Barber returned for the men’s 400, claiming first place among the field. In the 800, sophomore Ethan Loew and senior Pat Petty tallied third and sixth place, respectively.
In the 1500, sophomore Brian Solinsky placed third on the day. In the 5000, sophomore Gabe Sturges and rookie Peter Donnelly nabbed first and second place in the field. In the 110 and 400-meter hurdles, senior Phil Lambert tallied two first place finishes against the competition. Sophomore Connor Gagliardi followed Lambert’s winning ways, taking first in the 3000-meter steeple. In the 4 x 400 relay, the team of Barber, Balter, Lambert and junior Kyle Bucklin won the event.
In the field events, Balter, Bucklin and Schuck performed well in the long jump, claiming first, second and fourth place, respectively. In the javelin throw, Schuck returned for another event, notching a throw good enough for first place. In the hammer throw, senior Danton Brewington placed fourth and tallied a second place in the shot put.
For the women’s team, senior Clarissa Odence, junior Jess Singer and freshman Rachel Gecelter placed second, fourth and seventh, respectively. In the 400, Odence and Gecelter returned to action, achieving first and sixth place, respectively.
For the 800 meters, senior Michelle Richter, junior Kaleigh Moore and Cristina Cusano ran well, placing fourth, fifth and sixth, respectively. In the 1500, junior Ramsey Steiner crossed the line to nab a second-place finish. In the 4 x 400 relay, the Union contingent of Richter, Odence, Moore and Gecelter placed second.
In the field events, freshman Carolyn Niedzwiecki placed second in the discus. Katie Camilleri had an excellent day in the ring, notching first place in the shot put and hammer throw, enough for a provisional qualifying measurement and possible berth into the NCAA Championships.
The team travels this coming weekend to RPI for the Capital District Classic. This meet will be Senior Day for the track and field program, and as such, everyone is encouraged to attend and show support for Union’s athletes, especially this year’s senior class.