Familiar Faces Succeed at PL Championships

Emily Rawdon

For the running Raiders of the Colgate track team, this weekend was the real deal. Traveling to Army for the Patriot League Championships, both the men and women looked to some familiar faces to lead them.

The performance of the weekend came from sophomore Rita Santibanez in the shot put. After dominating during the regular season, Santibanez raised the bar once more, claiming her first Patriot League title with a throw of 14.6m. This awarded her a fist-team all-league place.

Senior Liz Crowley also turned in another strong meet performance. Her times of 5:06.84 and 3:00.33 secured third in the mile and fourth in the 1,000m, respectively.

“The team had some great individual performances,” Crowley said. “It was really great to see some of the younger girls step up.”

Right on Crowley’s heels in the mile was classmate Hannah Falling, who claimed fourth place with a time of 5:07.84.

Rounding out the performances for the women’s team were sophomore Curry Knox, whose 7.86 sec. 60m time earned her fourth, and the 4x800m relay, which placed fourth with a time 12:35.37 of thanks to seniors Failing, Nicole Christoforo, sophomore Kristen Kiraly, and freshman Ashley Niness.

Senior Michael Hanlon once again led the Colgate men. He came home with two silver medals; one in the 3,000m and 5,000m. With times of 8:18.51 and 14:22.55, Hanlon also received all-Patriot League second-team honors.

In the 400m, it was junior Thomas Dilworth finishing in third place, crossing the tape in 49.99. Seniors Geoff Bean and Scott DeRoo also did well in their events. Bean captured fourth in the 60m sprint in a time of 7.10, while DeRoo’s time of 2:31.74 in the 1,000m secured him sixth.

Both the men’s and women’s teams placed seventh overall. The running Raiders will conclude the indoor season in Boston for the IC4A Championships, to be held March 2-4.

“We don’t have the same kind of depth in our roster as some of the other Patriot League schools,” Crowley said, “butwe look to build through indoor and always have our biggest goals set for the outdoor track season.”