Track & Field compete in Liberty League Championship

Annie O’Donnell, Columnist

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This past weekend, on February 22 and 23 The Men’s and Women’s Indoor Track teams competed in the Liberty League Championships at Ithaca College.

On Day 1 of the Championship meet, the distance medley relay teams were the highlights for the Dutchmen and women.

Both Union teams were in sixth place with four points after day one. The Ithaca men’s team had 72.5 points to hold a lead after seven events, while the Ithaca women garnered 112 points to also place first after eight events.

The women’s distance medley relay quartet of seniors Samantha Miller ’19, Molly Casey ’19, Kaitlin Close ’19 and sophomore Amanda Ashmen ’21 finished in 13:03.43, which was good for fifth place overall and also qualified the team for the All-Atlantic Regionals next week.

Freshman Steph Heiberger ’22 posted a time of 10.79 seconds to place 17th in the prelims of the 60-meter hurdles, while senior McKenna Palczak ’19 took 13th in the 60-meter dash with a time of 9.45 seconds. Palczak also placed 14th in the long jump, clearing 4.02 meters. She was joined in the field events by freshman Alesandra Campedelli ’22, who took 18th place in the shot put with a distance of 9.00 meters.

The Dutchwomen picked up three more points on day two to finish in sixth place at the conclusion of the Liberty League Championships.

The Dutchwomen’s points on Saturday came in the 4×400 relay where Casey ’19, Close ’19, Anna Browne ’20 and Amanda Ashmen ’21 picked up three points by finishing in 4:31.54.

Close also earned a top-10 finish individually in the 800 meters, crossing the line in 2:25.94 to finish 10th. She was joined in the event by Ashmen, who placed 17th in 2:31.00.

Miller ’19 placed 15th in the 3,000 meters, crossing the line in 10:48.64, followed by junior Abby Valachovic ’20 in 11:25.47 (21st place).

In the field events, freshman Annie Gee ’22 took 13th place in the triple jump by leaping 9.95 meters and was followed by classmate Heiberger in 16th place at 9.77 meters

On the men’s side, Arden Kellner ’19, Will Fisher ’19, Colin Keally ’20 and David Bates ’21 combined to finish the distance medley relay in 10:38.81, which was good enough for a top-five result.

Dante Scott ’21 also posted a top-10 finish in the long jump, leaping 6.35 meters on his first attempt.

Phil Facey ’22 was the team’s top finisher in the mile, crossing the line in 4:39.15 to place 14th overall, followed by Nick O’Toole ’22 in 4:47.10. Steven Cohen ’19 also chipped in a 17th-place finish in the 5,000 meters, finishing in 17:07.94. Mickey Shea ’22 and Charles Ahern ’22 finished the 60-meter dash in 7.81 seconds and 7.96 seconds, respectively. Phil Brown ’20 and Patrick Barry ’22 competed in the 400-meter dash finishing in 55.27 seconds and 55.28 seconds, respectively.

In the shot put, junior Tony Campedelli ’20 placed 19th with a toss of 11.26 meters , followed by freshman Alec Traktovenko ’22 in 20th place

The Dutchmen had four podium finishes on the second day of the championship meet. They finished the meet in 6th place with a total of 22 points.

Dante Scott ’21 soared to a second-place finish in the triple jump with a top leap of 13.63 meters in his fifth attempt, qualifying him for the All-Atlantic Regionals in the process. Patrick Glennon ’20 also earned one point with an eighth-place finish, posting a top distance of 12.99 meters.

Another podium finish came in the 800 meters from sophomore Bates, who traversed the track in 1:57.22 to finish sixth out of 23 runners and qualify for the All-Atlantic Regionals.

Fisher and Keally both earned top-15 finishes as well, with Fisher’s time of 1:59.13 good for 13th place and Keally’s time of 1:59.63 placed him 15th. Colin Czerpak ’21 also finished in 2:08.04 as well in the event.

Kellner had a near record-setting time in the 3,000 meters, as his time of 8:39.82 qualified for regionals with a sixth-place finish and was less than a second away from the school record set by Chris O’Donnell ’86 in 1985. Facey finished the 3,000 in 9:21.46 as well.

The Dutchmen picked up three more points with a sixth-place finish in the 4×400 relay, as Bates, Fisher, Keally and Barry combined for a time of 3:38.62.

Brown and freshman Ahern represented the Dutchmen in the 200-meter dash, with Brown grabbing 14th place in 23.59 seconds and Ahern taking 17th in 26.94 seconds.

The Dutchmen and women return to Ithaca again next weekend for the All-Atlantic Region Championships, held on Friday and Saturday.