Gillis breaks own school record in Iowa State Classic

The men’s and women’s track teams were back in Staten Island this week to compete at the Fastrack National Invitational.

Nick Smart was the sole top five finisher for La Salle in the competition. He finished fourth in his heat and fourth overall in the 800 meter with a time of 1:52.43.

Bradley Heuer finished eighth in the mile. The senior crossed the finish line with a time of 4:14.68. Seniors Dylan Titon and Andrew Gorsuch also competed the mile. The two finished in 23rd and 25th place, respectively.

A pair of Explorers competed in the 400 meter. Senior Cris Hunter finished 31st out of 60 runners, clocking in with a time of 51.24 seconds. Freshman Myles Penny finished in 52nd with a time of 53.21. Hunter finished second in his heat and Penny finished his heat in fourth place.

A group of Explorers also traveled to Ames, I.A. to compete at the Iowa State Classic. There, they competed against runners from all over the country.

La Salle sent only three runners to the classic, all of which ran in the 800 meter. Nathan Gillis broke his own school record in the competition. He finished the race with a time of 1:50.65 for a 17th place finish. Gillis previously set the school record at the Penn State National Invitational back on Jan. 26th. There he finished in fifth place with a time of 1:50.93.

Anthony Hawthorne also competed in Iowa. He finished the 800 meter with a time of 1:51.62 to finish in 32nd place.

Finally, Chris Sanders finished the 800 meter race in 44th place in a field of 58 runners. The senior crossed the finish line with a time of 1:53.27.

The women also competed at the Fastrack National Invite.

Desirae Osley competed two events for the Blue and Gold. The sophomore ran in both the 200 and the 400 meter, recording a top ten finish in the former. She finished the 200 meter in 10th place with a time of 26.21. She also ran the 400 meter where she finished 27th in a field of 66 runners. Osley clocked in with a time of 59.8 seconds.

Ifetayo Tyler also competed for La Salle. The senior finished the 800 meter with a time of 2:12.83 to finish in 10th place.

Finally, freshman Allana Powlette finished the mile in 40th with a time of 5:18.63.

The two teams will be in action this weekend at the Atlantic-10 Championships. The teams will look to improve from last year as the men finished in seventh place and the women took ninth.

Helen Starrs, Editor