STATEN ISLAND, N.Y. – The foursome of Olivia Weiss (Newton, N.J.), Emily Cluck (Johnson City, N.Y.), Jacklyn Sullivan (Plymouth, Mass.), and Melissa Lodge (Hopkinton, Mass.) won the women's distance medley relay and qualified for the IC4A/ECAC Championships as the Bryant University track & field program competed in the St. Thomas Aquinas Spartan Invitational on Friday at the Ocean Breeze Athletic Complex in New York.
COACH SWITZER'S COMMENTS:
"The Spartan Invite really gave us a good benchmark to go off of as we build towards championships in six weeks. It's tough to come off winter break, make a long trip and compete at a high level, but I am happy with how the team performed through the adversity. To walk away this early with two school records is a great sign of things to come"
TOP PERFORMERS (MEN)
- Junior Adam Winiarz (Norton, Mass.) ran to a top-place finish in the men's 200 meter, finishing in 22.91 seconds. Winiarz's time goes down as the 8th-best time in program history.
- Junior Evan Smith (Chester, Conn.) came in fifth place in the same event. Smith finished the 200 meter in just 23.90 seconds. Freshman Josh Pestana (Plymouth, Mass.) finished just one-hundredth of a second behind him, ending the race sixth.
- In the 1,000 meter, Jordan Dagrin (Providence, R.I.) finished second overall with a time of 2:39.07. Christopher Wrenn (Norton, Mass.) finished third, crossing the finish line at 2:42.06. Joseph Siuta (Unionville, Conn.) was fourth, finishing in 3:00.01.
- Senior Ryan Poholek (North Attleboro, Mass.) finished with a second-place finish in the mile. He finished in 4:20.12. Poholek secured the 8th-best time in program history with his performance at the Spartan Invitational.
TOP PERFORMERS (WOMEN)
- Weiss, Cluck, Sullivan, and Lodge won the women's distance medley with a time of 12:04.02. The time is the fastest in program history, breaking a time of 12:16.21 that was set in 2012. Currently, the Bulldogs' time ranks second in the nation.
- The squad of Sullivan, Weiss, Lodge and Shirley Carrington (Dorchester, Mass.) finished second in the 4x400 relay. The group finished in 4:12.03, second to only Rider and was the ninth-fastest time in program history.
- Junior Alexandra Watts (Clinton, Conn.) finished second in the pole vault, clearing a height of 3.2 meters. It is the second-highest in program history behind only her record of 3.25 meters.
- Cluck finished seventh in the 60 meter with a time of 8.12 seconds. Already holding the second-fastest time in program history, Cluck also earned the sixth-best time on Friday.
- Carrington finished two spots behind Cluck in the 60 meter and tied the ninth-fastest time in program history, finishing in 8.35 seconds. Carrington also finished fifth in the 200 meter with a time of 27.80.
- The meet was held at the Ocean Breeze Athletic Complex, the same site that will host the Northeast Conference Championships next month.
The Bulldogs are back in action on Friday, Jan. 19 when the team participates in the first day of the Bates Multi Invitational in Lewiston, Maine. The event runs two days, ending on Saturday, Jan. 20.