Raider Girls Flex Muscle

Emily Rawdon

While the men took the week off, the Lady Raiders headed to Navy to start their outdoor track and field season. Competing in the dual scoring competition, Colgate split their results 2-2, defeating American and George Mason while falling to Navy and Maryland.

The ladies found success in three familiar faces. Senior Meaghan McAnaney finished the 10,000m in 38:46.42 that earned her second place. Adding three more second place finishes were sophomores Curry Knox and Rita Santibanez. Knox clocked the 100m in 12.18 while additionally finishing seventh in the 200m in 26.04. Santibanez competed in the javelin and discus. Her two silver medal performances were throws of 110’9″ and 111’9″, respectively. She also secured third in the shot put with a heave of 40’6″.

Competing in the discus and hammer throw was first-year Lauren Abuouf. There was no sign of her recent hamstring injury, as her throws of 107’6″ and 102’8″ earned her third and fourth, respectively.

“I think the key for me this weekend waslistening to my body and not forcing myself through some of my events,” Abuouf said. “I’m just trying my best to take things slow so that I’m ready and healthy for ournext meet.”

In the 5,000m the Raiders swept third, fourth and fifth. First-year Jennifer Bradely took third in 18:41.47, followed by junior Kathryn Marvel and first-year Susan Fortkiewicz in fourth and fifth, respectively.

Sophomore Jessica Keilty competed in the 2,000m steeplechase for the first time in her career and brought in bronze medal honors. She clocked the mile and a quarter at 8:02.89. Classmate Kristen Kiraly took a respectable fourth in the 1,500m in 4:47.89.

Rounding out the day was the 4x400m relay. The team rounded the track four times in 4:09.62. The time was good enough for third place.

“There were a lot of athletes who tried new events for the first time and performed well,” Abuouf said. “That was pretty inspiring.”

The team looks to keep the inspiration flowing as they head into the Ithaca Invitational on Saturday. The men’s team will also be back in action, traveling to Navy.