Track Teams Running Strong In Spring Season

Conor Fitzgerald

Last weekend, the Colgate men’s track and field team had some strong individual performances at Princeton’s Sam Howell Invitational and the Penn Invitational, while the women’s team placed fifth out of 10 teams at the Delaware Invitational.

Sophomore Mike Hanlon had a superb showing for the Raiders at Princeton, placing 11th in the 5,000m run despite running against some of the best competition in the Northeast. Hanlon’s time of 14:32.44 was a personal best and the second-best time in Colgate history. Hanlon’s time also qualifies him for the IC4A Championships, which will take place in May.

The rest of Hanlon’s teammates traveled to Pennsylvania, where sophomore Scott DeRoo led the way by placing fourth in the 3,000m steeplechase with a time of 10:01.60. DeRoo’s fourth-place finish was the highest for the Raiders at the Penn Invitational.

Colgate’s 4x100m team of junior Dan Ellis, sophomore Alden Ellis and first-years Terrance Dilworth and Andy Holway came in fifth place at Penn with a time of 43.61.

Holway also placed eighth in the 400m dash by turning in a time of 50.31. Dilworth and Ellis also ran the 100m event as individuals, finishing in 12th and 13th place, respectively.

Junior Alex Fuller Young placed ninth in the 400m hurdles with a time of 56.49. Classmate Luke Merkel ran the 1,500m run for the Raiders in a time of 4:05.90.

Colgate’s jumpers were also in action at Penn, with Ellis competing in the long jump and first-year Jon Crossett competing in the triple jump. Ellis placed 12th, leaping 6.23m for the Raiders. Crossett, meanwhile, earned sixth place honors with a jump of 13.22m.

The Raider women had four athletes place in the top three at the Delaware Invitational, as the team earned 42.5 points – good enough for fifth place. The Raiders once again edged out Patriot League foe American, who scored only three points in the competition.

Sophomore Rachel Pettengill was the top finisher for the Raiders, placing second in the 3,000m steeplechase. Pettengill turned in a time of 12:27:16, a personal best.

Classmates Hannah Failing and Nicole Christoforo and junior Lisa Germain all achieved third place finishes for Colgate. Failing ran a time of 4:51.28 in the 1,500m event in route to her third place finish. First-year Abby Chapman also participated in the event for the Raiders, finishing in seventh place with a time of 4:56.00. Christoforo ran the 400m dash in a time of 58:98, earning five points for the Raiders.

Germain placed third for the Raiders in the long jump, recording a jump of 18’0.25″. Germain also ran in the 100m dash and finished in fifth place for the Raiders, clocking a time of 13.04.

Sophomore Meagan McAnaney represented the Raiders in the 5,000m event, finishing in fifth place with a personal best time of 18:58.21.

The women’s team will travel to Lewisburg tomorrow for a meet at Patriot League foe Bucknell, while the Raider men’s team will compete at Albany.