By Gabe Sturges
The April showers that have so long plagued the northeast finally gave way to brilliant sunshine and lovely warmth this past Saturday. The marked change was much welcomed by the Union track and field teams, who traveled to cross town rival RPI for the Capital District Classic. Facing strong competition from fellow DIII, as well as DII and DI squads, the Dutchmen and Dutchwomen showed fine form in the week before the championship season as well as an impressive showing on Senior Day.
On the women’s side, junior Jess Sherrod started the day with the women’s steeplechase, earning second place in the process. In the 1500 meters, the duo of junior Ramsey Steiner and freshman Cara Zimmerman placed tenth and 20th, respectively.
In the 100 meter hurdles, sophomore Beth Crowe sprinted to a sixth place finish on the day. For the 400, senior Clarissa Odence and freshman Rachel Gecelter ran well, pacing themselves to respective third and eighth place finishes.
In the 800, five athletes toed the line, as senior Michelle Richter, Steiner, Zimmerman, junior Kaleigh Moore and freshman Cristina Cusano tallied ninth, tenth, 11th, 13th and 20th place finishes, respectively. In the 400 hurdles, Crowe returned, securing a fifth place finish. For the 200, Odence, Gecelter and Moore returned to action, scoring eighth, 12th and 15th, respectively. In the 4 x 400 relay, the Union contingent took first among the field.
For the field events, junior Jess Singer took first in the pole vault as well as an eighth place finish in the long jump. In the hammer, junior Katie Camilleri and freshman Carolyn Niedzwiecki claimed second and tenth, respectively. Niedzwiecki returned for the discus, recording seventh place overall.
On the men’s side, sophomore Connor Gagliardi stepped to the line in the steeplechase, recording a solid fourth place finish. In the men’s 4 x 100 relay, the Union sprint contingent placed second among competitors. In the 1500, sophomore Brian Solinksy and senior Pat “Tiny” Petty ran well, placing 22nd and 34th, respectively. In the 110 meter hurdles, senior Phil Lambert bounded to a sixth place finish on the day. For the 400, senior Davis Barber fought for a second place finish amongst the field. In the 100 dash, senior Ryan Owen, freshman Nolan Hoenicke and sophomore Marty Cole tallied third, sixth and eighth place, respectively. For the 800, sophomore Ethan Loew joined Petty, with the two athletes taking 11th and 20th place on the day, respectively.
For the 400 meter hurdles, the indefatigable Lambert returned, taking a fourth place finish among the field. Union stacked the field in the 200, with Barber, Hoenicke, Owen, junior Max Balter and Cole taking fourth, seventh, eighth, 11th and 13th, respectively. In the 5000, sophomore Gabe Sturges and freshman Peter Donnelly placed fourth and tenth, respectively. In the 4 x 400 relay, Union’s ‘A’ squad took first place overall on the day.
In the field, freshman Gabe Engvold took sixth in the triple jump. In the pole vault, Hoenicke leapt to a fifth place finish in the field. In the throwing events, senior Danton Brewington secured 11th in the hammer throw as well as third in the shot put. In the long jump, junior Kyle Bucklin was joined by Balter and Engvold, placing first, fourth and 16th on the day.
Union returns to action next week for the NYSCTC Championships hosted by RPI. All Union students are highly encourage to attend.