Men’s and Women’s Track Finish in Middle of the Pack

Emily Rawdon

With two weeks remaining until the Patriot League Championships, men’s and women’s Track completed two more notable meets this season. The men finished in third place out of six teams at the Holy Cross Quad Meet last Saturday. Holy Cross won the event. At the Bucknell Outdoor Heptagonal, the women posted a fourth-place finish as sophomore thrower Rita Santibanez once again broke the shot-put record. Penn State finished first place at that meet.

In the 100m at Holy Cross, the duo of senior Geoff Bean and junior Terrence Dilworth finished second and third respectively. Their times were 10.88 and 11.14.Later, they combined with junior Thomas Dilworth and sophomore Mike Walden to win the 4x100m relay in 42.25. Thomas added another gold medal to his collection in the 400m dash, covering the single lap in 49.52.

“Even though our team had poor handoffs, we still ran our fastest time of the season and won the event,” Walden said. “This makes me feel really good going into Patriots.”

The Raiders finished in second, fifth, and sixth place positions in the 800m. Claiming second was senior John Gillespie with a time of 1:54.18. Finishing in fifth and sixth were by junior Sean Bauman and first-year Lyle Toli, who finished in 1:57.07 and 1:57.63. Gillespie and Bauman teamed up with Walden and Thomas to secure third in the 4x400m relay with a time of 3:26.46.

Other notable Colgate finishes included senior Sean Field’s first-place hammer throw of 49.55m and first-year Charles Green’s third placejavelin throw of 50.71m.

At Bucknell, it was the sophomore duo of Santibanez and Curry Knox leading the way. For the second week in a row, Santibanez broke her own record, this time with a fifth-place throw of 13.57m. She also finished second in the javelin by throwing it 40.50m. Knox grabbed second in the 100m and fourth in the 200m with times of 12.24 and 25.55, respectively.

Seniors Liz Crowley and Nicole Christoforo rounded out the top finishes with a silver and bronze. Crowley clocked a time of 4:35.69 in the 1,500m. Christoforo ran a 2:13.18 race in the 800m.

This Saturday, the Raiders will head to the Penn Relays for a final chance to improve before the Patriot League Championships the following week.

“Coming into the Patriot League Championships, we look to get as many athletes in scoring positions,” Crowley said. “Although we are one of the smaller squads in the league, we have a lot of talent and potential to score in many events.”