By Ali Brustowicz
This past Saturday was senior day for the track team, and, with strong leadership, the team had some huge accomplishments while competing at RPI.
Seniors on the Men’s and Women’s Track and Field team include: Alex Papalian, Tosin Kazeem, Dylan Schuck, Josh Rose, Josh Davis, Cara Zimmerman and Rachel Gecelter.
Captain Papalian ’14 stated, “I think our seniors really showed up and had an awesome day. We all either PR’ed or came really close. We all competed hard and placed in our respective events.
“We have battled it out together the last couple of years, and we are really putting on a show these last couple of weeks!”
The men’s team did an impressive job, coming home with four event victories. The women’s team came home with one event victory and placed second in three other events.
During Saturday’s meet, the Union Men’s Track and Field team had a notable showing.
Captain Kazeem ’14 won the 200-meter dash, with a time of 21.88 seconds, and came in second place in the 100-meter dash, with a time of 10.96 seconds.
Ricco Pierre ’16 also ran the 100-meter dash, placing sixth with a season best time of 11.26 seconds. Rose ’14 ran the 400-meter dash with a time of 49.50 seconds.
Not only did this time win him first place in the event, but it was also a qualifying time for the ECAC championships.
Pierre, Kazeem, and Rose also participated in the 4×100-meter relay alongside Alex Dolcimascolo ’17. The team clinched first place with an impressive time of 42.91 seconds, a season best for the team.
Kazeem, Rose, Dolcimascolo and Adam Forti ’17 ran the 4×400-meter relay together, placing second with a time of 3:29.51.
Underclassmen held their own in the distance events. Jesse Coull ’16 ran the 1500-meter run, placing in fourth with a time of 4:02.57. Adam Forti ’17 ran the 800-meter with a time of 1:59.53, earning him fifth place. Justin Zorn came in seventh in the same event, with a time of 1:59.80.
Union came out strong for the men’s throwing events, winning first and second places in the javelin throw.
Captain Dylan Schuck ’14 took home first place with an incredible throw of 56.82 meters. The throw was not only the winning throw of the event but was also a qualifying mark for ECAC tournament.
Schuck tore his ACL this past fall while playing for Union’s football team, but clearly didn’t let his injury hold him back in his victory today.
Schuck commented, “After injuring my knee playing football in the fall, I didn’t think I would be able to compete in track again. Being able to compete with my teammates in front of my family and friends meant the world to me.
Winning the meet with a personal best throw was just the icing on the cake.”
Coming in second in the javelin was Michael Goldstock ’17, who will be accompanying Schuck at the ECAC tournament, having previously qualified. Goldstock threw a distance of 53.55 meters.
Papalian ’14 came in ninth place in the hammer throw with a personal best of 41.74 meters.
Union’s Women’s Track and Field team held its own, with an event victory and three second-place finishes.
Noemie Bechu ’17 ran an impressive time of 12.85 seconds in the 100-meter dash, earning herself first place in the event. She then competed in the 200-meter dash and just missed first place by .3 seconds, finishing in second place with a time of 25.72 seconds.
Bechu, alongside Madeline Frieze ’15, Leigh Barnhill ’17 and Molly McDonald ’17 ran the 4×400-meter relay, earning second place with a time of 4:17.34.
The same four competed together as a team in the 4×100-meter relay and placed fourth with a time of 52.44.
Maddie Samuell ’17 also held her own, placing sixth in the 5000-meter run with a time of 20:19.08.
Running the same event was Rebekah Williams ’15, who placed in eighth with a time of 20:37.64.
Katherine Pouliot ’16 threw javelin and came in big with a throw of 32.92 meters, earning herself second place in the event. Pouliot, who qualified for states this week, said, “Saturday’s meet was really just incredible. We have two strong teams this year and we’re making strides toward being a competitive team for states. I am so excited to see how this weekend turns out.”
All athletes that qualified will be competing in states this weekend at St. John Fisher.
Make sure to come out andsupport Union Track and Field!