By: Kate Wiggins
This past weekend, the men’s and women’s track-and-field team participated in the UB Team Invitational hosted by the University at Buffalo. The men’s and women’s team both took home fourth place team finishes.
For the women, fifth-year student Leah Wardner earned herself first place in the 800-meter run, crossing the finish line with a time of 2:20.00. Wardner now holds the third all-time record for the event. Junior Olivia Moran secured a seventh-place finish in the 800-meter with a time of 2:27.91. Moran also had a seventh place finish in the 1,500-meter event finishing with a time of 4:55.00. Along with Moran in the 1,500-meter run, senior Libby Benzer took third place, crossing the finish line at 4:44.42. Sophomore Jules Jones finished the 5,000-meter run with a time of 18:51.67, to earn fourth place.
In the 100-meter hurdles, sophomore Stephanie Seyfang finished in fifth place with a time of 17.38, and in the 400-meter hurdles, sophomore Katie Gawronski secured a third-place finish with a time of 1:08.51. Junior Marissa Silba earned herself a first-place finish in the 3,000-meter steeplechase, crossing the line with a time of 11:20.87. The team consisting of freshman Madison Serapilio, senior Bailey Pierce, Wardner and Gawronski took home first place in the 4x400-meter relay, with a time of 4:23.87.
Starting off for the men, juniors Tom Appenheimer and Andrew Perreault had a first- and second-place finish in the 5,000-meter run, with the respective times of 14:40.32 and 14:45.00. Sophomore Thomson Chew finished with a time of 15:43.99 in the event, with a fifth-place finish. Fifth year student Turner Dirrigl had a time of 4:00.80 in the 1,500-meter run, earning fifth place. Sophomore Kevin Board crossed the finish line with a personal-best time of 4:06.18 to take seventh place in the event. The team of freshman Jacob Raichel, sophomore Ronan McDonald, Board and Dirrigl finished in second place with a time of 3:33.30 in the 4x400-meter relay.
This Thursday, April 28, the Golden Griffs will head to Philadelphia, Penn. to compete in the Penn Relays, hosted by the University of Pennsylvania.