Strong Showing For Indoor Track Teams

The Colgate track teams hit the road this weekend as the women placed third at the St. Lawrence University open while the men faced powerhouse Army at the Black Knight Invitational and had four finishers in the top three. The Raider women were led by several impressive performances, as sophomore Hannah Failing, classmate Nicole Christoforo, first-year Sarah Miller and junior Lisa Germain each won their individual events. Failing blew away the competition in the 1,500m, beating her closest opponent by 10 seconds with a time of 4:39:55. Failing’s time converts into a 5:01:35 mile time, which would place her fourth on the Raider all-time list. Failing was back for a second 1,500m run in the distance medley relay, in which she ran the anchor leg and brought the Raiders back from a 70-yard deficit to win. “Sarah had a fantastic double performance with only an hours break,” head coach Laura Nardelli said. “She dropped 20 seconds from her time to set a new personal record.” Failing’s performance was good enough to qualify her for the Eastern College Athletic Conference (ECAC) Championship at a very early point in the season. Failing was also named the Patriot League Female Track Athlete of the Week for her impressive performances in the medley relay and the 1,500m.Christoforo ran one of the top-10 1,000m races in Colgate history with a 3:01:24 time, which placed her first. “Christoforo ran a great race all alone [in] setting a personal record,” Nardelli said. Miller won her first collegiate race with a time of 10:56:80 in the 3,000m. Sophomore Meaghan McAnaney finished third, four seconds behind Miller with a time of 11:00:84.Germain, Colgate’s all-time record holder in the triple jump, outdistanced the competition with a leap of 34′ 2″ to earn first place honors in the triple jump. As a team the Raiders dominated the 800m event, as they placed three runners in the top five. Junior Sarah Hildebrand edged out her teammate, first-year Abby Chapman, by 0.1 seconds to earn third place with a time of 2:23:41. Chapman finished fourth while first-year Elizabeth Kennedy ended up right behind her with a time of 2:23:98. In the 5,000m, first-year Kathryn Marvel turned in the fourth best time in Colgate history with a time of 18:11:23, placing her second. “Marvel had a strong performance and a terrific time in the 5,000m,” Nardelli said.Fellow first-year Genisa Babb also earned a spot in the Colgate record books with a 7.77 time in the 55m dash, good enough for ninth in the meet and 10th all-time for Colgate. Nardelli, for one, has high hopes for this season. “Its really exciting,” she said. “We have already had one person qualify for the ECAC’s and our middle distance team is looking really strong. We could hopefully send two really teams to the ECAC’s; we just need to stay healthy.”The Colgate men traveled to face Patriot League powerhouse Army at the Black Knight Invitational. The men recorded 77 points thanks to a strong performance from their sophomore class and placed fourth in the meet. Sophomore John Gillespie was Colgate’s top individual finisher, with second place accolades in the 1,000m event. Gillespie had a time of 2:33:45 and finished just a half-second behind the winner. Sophomore Don Boyajian placed third in the 400m dash with a time of 51.27, while classmate Geoffrey Bean also finished in third place in the 60m dash with a time of 7.05. Sophomore Mike Hanlon was the fourth Raider finisher in the top three when he placed third in the 3,000m run with a time of 8:44:22. Colgate’s first-year sprinters had an impressive performance in 200m dash, in which Terrance Dilworth placed sixth with a time of 23:33 and Osato Ukponmwan was right behind him with a time of 23:39. Bean placed ninth in the event with a time of 23:36, just behind Ukponmwan. Both the Raider men and women travel to Ithaca tomorrow, when they will compete in the Upstate Challenge.