The men and women’s track teams were in Kingston, R.I. to compete at the Atlantic 10 Indoor Championships. There both teams posted top finishes and broke numerous school and individual records.
The men’s team finished in seventh out of ten teams with 54 points. The team finished just behind Fordham, U-Mass Amherst and St. Joe’s who finished with 58, 56.5 and 55 points.
Justin Guerre was among the top finishers for La Salle. He contributed 11 points toward La Salle’s team total. The senior finished on the podium with a third place finish in the 60 meter sprint with a time of 6.85 seconds, breaking his previous school record of 6.89.
Guerre also finished fourth in the 200 meter finals, this time clocking in at 22.36 seconds. Freshman Ethan Cook also made the final where he finished eighth with a time of 22.81.
The men’s distance medley relay team finished in second place, just behind George Washington. The team of Luke Jaciw-Zurakowsky, Chase Campbell, Nick Smart and Nathan Gillis finished with a time of 9:59.75 to add eight points to the team total.
Anthony Hawthorne finished third in the 1000 meter race. He crossed the finish line with a time of 2:28.15, improving from a fourth place finish in the prelim.
Nathan Gillis continued an impressive sophomore season with a top five finish in the mile. Gillis clocked in with a time 4:09.75, just .01 shy of the podium.
Zakiyy Williams also had a fourth place finish in the Championship. The sophomore finished the triple jump in fourth with a mark of 13.92. Williams finished middle of the pack in the long jump. He jumped 6.61 for a seventh place finish in a field of fourteen.
Chris Sanders took sixth place in the 800 meter with a time of 1:54.44.
Freshman Dylan Burnett and sophomore Ache Hall competed the 60 meter hurdles. The two finished fifth and sixth in the prelim to qualify for the final. In the final, the two dropped down to sixth and seventh with times of 8.45 and 8.55, respectively.
The women didn’t fare quite as well at the Championship. The team finished in a distant tenth place with a total of 26 points throughout the competition.
Ifetayo Tyler paced the Explorers with a second place finish in the 1000 meter. The senior improved from a sixth place finish in the prelim to finish the final in second with a time of 2:54.86. Emily Ward also ran the 1000 meter for La Salle. She finished in 21st place.
A team comprised of Tyler, Amber Jenkins, Makayla Eberly and Grace Mancini finished in fourth place in the distance medley relay. The team finished behind teams from Richmond, George Mason and Dayton with a time of 11:59.01.
Kaleah Miller and Jessica Bryant each had a strong showing in the Championship. The two both recorded top five finishes in the long jump. Miller took third place with a 5.65 mark and Bryant finished fifth with a 5.54 meter jump.
Bryant earned La Salle another three points with a sixth place finish in the triple jump. The sophomore finished the event with a 11.52 meter jump. Miller finished in sixteenth a 10.87 meter jump.
Both teams return to Staten Island this weekend to compete in the Fastrack Last Chance Invite.
Helen Starrs, Editor