Lyons Claim Third at Towson Invite

Photo by Jason Choi
Photo by Jason Choi

TOWSON, Md. - The Wheaton College women's track & field team earned third place on Saturday with a total of 41.5 points at the Towson Invitational and tallied numerous personal best marks.

Junior Elizabeth Akindolie opened action in the triple jump with a big personal best of 11.10m for seventh place. She went on to debut in the long jump, already claiming a postseason qualifying spot with a 5.00m final.

Sophomore Cathryn MacGregor continued Wheaton's strong stride in field events when she recorded third place in javelin with a 37.03m final and a season best performance. Carrying on action in the high jump, junior Caren McCarthy (sixth) and senior Samantha Kaplan (seventh) placed respectively for the Lyons while sophomore Tara Rochefort notched a personal best in the hammer throw.

The 4x100-meter relay consisting of senior Kalah Thomas, senior Emily Gustavson, junior Raevyn Fontaine and first-year Briana Gausland earned a season-best performance and fourth place when they clocked in a final time of 48.21.

In the 100-meter hurdles, Fontaine earned seventh place in finals while senior Kelly Ludew registered a season best spot and Kaplan tabbed a personal best time. Junior Abby Epplett guided the Lyons in the 400-meter race with an eighth place finish at 1:05.50, also qualifying her to postseason competition.

Gustavson push Wheaton's momentum further when she recorded fifth place and a season best time of 25.29 in the 200-meter. Ludew and Thomas followed, both claiming season best times. In the 5,000-meter run, Wheaton was led by sophomore Rebecca Miceli, registering third place.

Closing out competition in the 3,000-meter steeplechase, first-year Abby LeBlanc (fourth) and first-year Katie LeBlanc (fifth) each dished out postseason qualifying times.

Wheaton travels to the Trinity Invitational to compete on Saturday for their last regular season meet, hosted at Trinity College.

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