posted 2011-02-23 13:00:46

Hawks Indoor Track Teams Face Top Competition

Lizzy Mahoney killing the competition. (Photo: Adam Straney)
Lizzy Mahoney killing the competition. (Photo: Adam Straney)
Hawks Indoor Track Teams Face Top Competition

Standout Sophomore Lizzy Mahoney Qualifies for ECAC Championships

Nancy Olisma

Staff Writer

The Hunter College men’s and women’s track and field teams pulled a double shift on the weekend of Feb. 11 as they each competed in two meets. Winding down on the season, the Hawks had to step their game up as they faced tougher competition and prepared for the upcoming CUNYAC Championships on Feb. 28.

On Friday, Feb. 11, the Hawks traveled uptown to the 168th street Armory to compete in the Lafayette/Rider Winter Games. Aside from facing other colleges within Division III, the men and women track and field teams also faced Division I and Division II schools.

Sophomore Lizzy Mahoney highlighted the day as she soared high above her competition, placing seventh out of 19 runners in the 5K race. She crossed the line at 18:10.45, beating her previous personal-best time by 30 seconds. In doing so, she qualified for the ECAC Championships.

In addition, the 4x400 relay team of junior Mehida Alexandre, freshman Jelisa Forde, sophomore Jennifer Fortune and senior Nancy Olisma crossed the finish line with a season-best time of 4:20.72.

Then, the Hawks wasted no time as they travelled to Middletown, Conn. the next day to compete in the Collegiate Track Championships at Wesleyan University. Both the men and women teams placed in the top 15 with several outstanding performances throughout the day.

On the men’s side, sophomore Javier Levy got things started for the Hawks as he raced through the 55-meter dash with a time of 6.85 seconds to place 11th out of 26 competitors. Hunter junior Nikoloz Rekhviashvili was the first CUNYAC competitor to cross the line in the 55-meter hurdles with a time of 8.70 seconds. Finally, sophomore Christopher Guerrero had the team’s highest individual finish as he placed fourth in the 5K run with a time of 16:05.61.

On the women’s side, the DMR relay team composed of Henderson, Forde, Olisma and Mahoney had the team’s highest finish of the day, placing second with a time of 13:16.37. The 4x200 relay team of Sophomore Melanie Boyce, Alexandre, Olisma and Forde continued the Hawks’ relay success as they placed seventh with a time of 1:54.99. In the final race of the day, sophomore Jennifer Fortune joined Henderson, Forde and Olisma in the 4x400 relay to cross the line 4:24.75 and win their heat.

In addition, the Hawks had several solid individual performances. Alexandre recorded a season personal best in the 55-meter hurdles with a time of 10.47 seconds. Boyce placed first among all other CUNYAC competitors in the triple jump with a best jump of 9.58 feet.

Overall, both the men and women placed in the top 15 teams at the end of the day. The Hawks will now compete in their last meet of their regular indoor season on Sunday, Feb. 20. Then on Monday, Feb. 28, the Hawks will compete in the 2010-11 Indoor CUNYAC Championships, again at the 168th street Armory. The meet is scheduled to start at 5pm and both the men and women teams will look to bring championships back to the Hawk nest.