Track Teams Dominate at Coast Guard Invitational
The men’s and women’s track teams headed to the Coast Guard Invitational on Saturday, April 2, in New London, Conn. Facing some good competition, namely fellow NESCAC rivals Connecticut College and Trinity, both the men’s and the women’s teams excelled.
On the women’s side, this was one of the most successful meets, as Wesleyan placed second out of a field of twelve. Co-captain Jessica Levin ’11 set a personal best in the 1500m, where she placed first in a group of 32 entrants with a time of 4:52.29. Following behind her, in third place, was Julia Mark ’13, who was racing for the first time this season (4:58.00). Capturing another first-place victory, Sierra Livious ’14 beat out 18 competitors in the shot put (38-7 ¼).
Lia Monti ’13 also had a superior day, placing in four individual events. She was third in the 200m (:28.03) and 400m (1:02.37) as Wesleyan’s top finisher in both races. In addition, she was fourth in the shot put and sixth in the javelin, racking up 20 team points in the process. Nicole Lepre ’13 also helped add some points by placing third in the 800m (2:29.16). It was no shabby day for the Cardinal women, earning a total of 89 team points to tie host Coast Guard for runner-up status.
“I am very thrilled with the team’s progression this season,” said Levin. “Everyone is racing aggressively and with focus. I cannot wait to dominate at our home meet this coming weekend.”
The men’s team also had some top performances this weekend. Five second-place finishes helped push the men’s team to fourth place at the meet. Austin Cotant ’13 earned second place in the 1500m with a time of 4:04.55. Paulie Lowther ’13 stormed to a second-place time of :11.45 in the 100m dash and a fifth-place clocking in the 200m (:23.45). He was also part of the 4x100m relay that finished second (:43.58). Another runner-up was Alex Iwamoto ’12 in the long jump (20-10 1/2). Sam Roth ’13 also helped put some points on the board by finishing 3rd in the 800m (1:57.72).
Three Wes men also traveled to the annual Sam Howell Invitational at Princeton on Friday night. Charlie Lang ’11, Bryan Marsh ’13 and Skyler Cummins ’13 ran against Division I teams such as Princeton, Dartmouth, and Columbia. Lang’s 14th-place time of 30:57.67 in the 10k qualified him provisionally for the NCAA Division III Championships. He was fourth among the 17 Division III runners to finish in a field of 26 entrants. Marsh also ran well with a 5k time of 14:52, and Cummins finished 30th in the 10k (31:48.43).
Next weekend is the annual Elmer Swanson Invitational hosted by Wesleyan this Saturday, April 9.