At the second Wesleyan Indoor Invitational this winter, the team’s final indoor meet at Bacon Field House this season, the Cardinals tallied six victories and a number of other strong performances in the unscored meet. Agbon Edomwonyi ’16, Alexis Walker ’16, Andrew McCracken ’19, Kiley Kennedy ’16, and Allegra Fils-Aime ’19 continue to be stalwarts for Wesleyan in the field, picking up wins or second place finishes in their events. The women’s 400m runners impressed, taking three of the top-four spots in the open event and winning the 4x400m relay in dominant fashion.
The field events highlighted the Cardinals overall strong performance. Edomwonyi provided great success in the weight throw, tossing the sphere 54’ 1” to win by over two feet. The mark smashed his previous personal best by over two feet. Edomwonyi also took second in the shot put with a throw of 48’ 0.75”. McCracken eked out a win in the men’s pole vault, getting over 13’ 11.25” in his final attempt.
“I would categorize my performance yesterday as pretty decent with room for improvement,” McCracken said. “It shows consistency which is good, but I hope to see some improvement in the coming weeks as we draw closer to the championship meets.”
On the women’s side, Fils-Aime got the win in the triple jump with a mark of 36’ 4”, a season-best. Walker jumped 17’ 1.25” to tie for the leading mark in the long jump. In the pole vault, Kennedy finally made it over the 10’ 6” bar this season in a second-place effort. Colleen O’Neil ’18 also competed in the pole vault, where she surpassed the 9’ 0.25” bar, a result that was good for fifth overall. Katie Maehl ’19 tied for the third highest jump at 4’ 11.75”, but was given fifth place based on misses at lower heights.
The women’s long sprinters and middle distance runners again captivated the crowd this week. Ananya Subrahmanian ’18 got her first individual win of the year with a mark of 1:00.12 in the 400m run.
“I was happy with my performances,” Subrahmanyan said. “I think in light of the fact that our team has gone through a lot of changes like a new coach and a lot of amazing athletes leaving our team, it has been a more difficult season than last year but I am happy that I’ve been able to work to this point regardless of that.”
Sarah Swenson ’18 and Alexandra Dibrindisi ’19 were not far behind their teammate, coming in third and fourth at 1:00.88 and 1:00.99, respectively. Those three plus Jenny Aguiar ’19 combined for the 17-second demolition in the 4x400m relay, crossing the line with a time of 4:03.89. This strong group of runners plus Ellie Martin ’16 will look to break the 4x400m record for a second consecutive season come outdoors.
“I love our new 400m runners Jenny [Aguiar] and Alex [Dibrindisi],” Subrahmanyan said. “They are both amazing athletes and people, along with Sarah Swenson, who I got to run with last year too. I think the three of them definitely have made the 4×400[m] team so much stronger, and once Ellie Martin is fully recovered to run the 4×400[m], I think it will do really well.”
Sydney Cogswell ’16 ran solo for nearly the entire 800m race, pacing her way to a first place finish in 2:25.09. Claudia Schatz ’19 tangled with the chase pack, eventually coming through in fifth with a time of 2:32.86. In the 600m run, Aida Julien ’18 captured third place with a time of 1:42.17. Nikita Rajgopal ’17 ran hard in the 1000m event and was rewarded with a third place finish in 3:16.79.
The men had fewer entries, but those who raced made the most of it with quality performances. In the 400m, Albert Fang ’18 battled for a sixth place finish with a time of 52.80. Austin Dhillon ’18 came second in his heat with a time of 1:26.63, a speed good enough for sixth place in the 600m race.
“Being able to focus and shut out all the distractions of the chaotic mass of people moving about and just focusing on the next jump, race or throw is a key factor for all events,” McCracken said. “I think that our team has a strong force in the field events and contribute to a good amount of our teams performance overall.”
Moving to the 800m, Colin Mahoney ’18 captured second place in 2:04.63, a huge improvement over the 2:11.39 mark he put up a few weeks ago at the Little Three Meet. In his first race since the cross country season, Dontay Downer ’19 ran in the mile and came through in 4:46.61 for a sixth place finish.
In the sprints, Walker could not quite match her performance last week at the Tufts Stampede Invitational where she ran a 7.92 for second in the 60m dash. She still had a solid third place showing with a time of 8.01. In her track debut for this season, Martin ran the 60m dash as well, touching the line in sixth with a time of 8.39. Lastly, Tess Holland ’18 had an 18th place finish in the 200m event with a time of 28.78.
On the men’s side in the 60m dash, Fang came through in 7.57 for 18th, while Drew Trotman ’18 crossed the line in 7.61 for 21st.
Up next, the Cardinals will travel to Cambridge to compete in the Gordon Kelly Invitational at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology on Saturday, Feb. 13, where they will face strong competition from a number of schools across New England.