By Ryan Atkins
The Union Indoor Track team traveled to RIT for the NYSCTC Championship last Friday. The men and women competed in several events in the tournament.
For the men, Justin Zorn ’17, Timothy Woods ’18, Jesse Coull ’16 and Adam Forti ’17 finished in ninth for the distance medley relay finals.
Ricco Pierre ’16, Ethan Strauss ’18, Alex Dolcimascolo ’17 and Rodney Mosley ’17 also came in ninth in the 4×200 meter relay finals.
Strauss competed in the 400 meter preliminaries as well, finishing in 11th.
Noemie Bechu ’17 and Natalia Ciesielska ’17 were standouts for women’s indoor track, finishing second with a time of 58.95 and seventh at 61.24, respectively for the 400 meter dash. Both qualified for the 400 meter finals on day two.
In addition, Maddie Samuell ’17, Shannon Bennett ’17, Alex Reardon ’16 and Jen Ventrella ’16 placed 10th in the distance medley.
The second and final day of the NYSCTC Championship took place the following morning.
Benjamin Mountain ’17 was the leading Union field performer on day two, tossing 12.95 meters in the shot put event to place ninth.
Zorn, Woods, Coull and Arthur Schutzberg ’17 finished seventh for the 4×800 meter relay, with a time of 8:17.07. Coull also competed in the one-mile run, setting a personal record of 4:21.99. He took fourth place, which qualified him for next week’s ECAC Championships.
The men finished in 12th place overall, with a total of seven points. For the women, Bechu, Ciesielska, Bennett and Bonnie Deyo ’16 ran in the 4×400 meter relay finals and came in eighth place.
Bechu and Ciesielska also ran in the 400 meter finals, finishing in first and eighth, respectively. Bechu dominated the race, not only winning by 0.72 seconds, but also setting a new Union record for the event.
The women placed in 12th overall as well, with 12 total points. Bechu will compete individually in the 400 meter in the ECAC Championship, and will be joined by Ciesielska, Madeline Frieze ’15, and Hannah Najar ’15 for the 4×200 meter relay event.
The ECAC Championship takes from Friday, March 6, to Sunday, March 8, at Boston University.