Track & Field in Hamilton College invitational meet

Annie O’Donnell, Staff Writer

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Kaitlin Close ’19 racing at Hamilton. Courtesy of Ross Ladue.

On Friday, January 18, the men’s and women’s Union College Indoor Track and Field competed in the Hamilton College Invitational. The meet was non-scoring but both teams posted three top-five finishes and several other promising performances.

Kaitlin Close ’19 had a good effort in the 800 meters, placing second in the 15-runner field with a time of 2:27.28.

She was matched by Amanda Ashman ’21 in the 1,000 meters, as the first-year runner clocked in with a personal-best 3:21.63 to also place second. Samantha Miller ’19 also posted a top-five finish in the 3,000 meters, placing fourth with a time of 11:54.82. Other top-10 finishes for the Dutchwomen in the track events included junior Abby Valachovic ’20, who placed eighth in the 1,000.

Ashmen’s got a personal-best time and 7th place in the mile, and Steph Heiberger’s ’22 eighth-place finish in the finals of the 60-meter hurdles. Anna Browne ‘20 and Annie Gee ’21 again led Union in the field events, with Browne leaping a team-best 4.00 meters to place eighth in the long jump and Gee taking sixth in the triple jump with a top distance of 9.39 meters.

Will Fisher ’19 and Colin Keally ’20 both led the Dutchmen with second-place finishes in mid-distance events.

Keally finished the 800 meters in 2:03.15, while Fisher completed the 1,000 in a personal-best 2:40.44 to both earn a runner-up result.

Arden Kellner ’19 also picked up a top-five finish with a time of 9:22.32 in the 3,000 meters, good for a fifth-place finish, while junior Phil Brown’s ‘20 time of 53.80 seconds in the 400-meter dash placed him fourth in a field of 13.

In addition, Colin Czerpak ’21 took six seconds off his previous personal best in the 1,000 meters with a time of 2:47.70, while Charles Ahern ’22 posted personal-best times in the 60-meter dash and 200-meter dash.

Union added three more top-three results in the field events. Patrick Glennon ’20 placed first in the triple jump with a mark of 12.33 meters and third in the long jump with a leap of 5.68 meters, while classmate Tony Campedelli ’20 tossed the shot put a personal-best 12.78 meters to also place third.

The Dutchmen and women will return to the track next Saturday at Utica College’s Pioneer Open at 10:30 a.m..