posted 2011-03-09 13:00:09

Indoor Track Places 2nd at CUNYAC Championships

Indoor Track Places 2nd at CUNYAC Championships

Set CUNYAC records in process

Nancy Olisma

Staff Writer

On Monday, Feb 28, the Hunter College men and women Indoor Track and Field teams competed in the 2010-11 Indoor CUNYAC Championship at the New Balance Track and Field Center in New York City. Unfortunately, the Hawks did not bring the championship back to the Hawk nest. But the night was not a failure as they broke several CUNYAC and school records while recording many personal bests. Overall, both the men and women’s teams placed second among the senior colleges.

In the first race of the afternoon, the women’s distance medley relay (DMR) team, comprised of junior Jacklyn Henderson, freshman Jelisa Forde, senior Nancy Olisma and sophomore Lizzy Mahoney, soared away from the competition into first place with a time of 12:56.30, almost two minutes faster than the second place finishers. In addition, the women’s DMR team broke the Hunter College record for that event and qualified for the Eastern Conference Championships (ECACs).

The men’s DMR teamed followed in the women’s success as they, too, won gold. The men’s team, comprised of sophomore Chris Guerrero, senior Captain Gem Alegre, sophomore Jose Miranda and sophomore Joseph Papa, placed first in the event with a time of 10:57.87. Their time set a new CUNYAC record for senior colleges.

After running the 400m leg in the DMR, freshman standout Jelisa Forde returned to sprint the 400m dash. She placed second, qualifying for ECACs with a personal best time of 60.47.

Mahoney and Henderson dominated the distance runs in the 3000m and 1500m events, placing first and second, respectively, in both races. In the 800m, Olisma placed second among senior college women with a time of 2:35.65, while sophomore Anna Zynda ran a personal best time of 2:39.63, earning points for the Hawks as well.

Junior Mehida Alexandre earned a bronze medal in the 55m hurdles with a time of 10.52, while Sophomore Jennifer Fortune proved that hurdles were no obstacle as she scored points for the Hawks, placing 5th in her first CUNYAC Championship hurdle event.

In the field events, sophomore Melanie Boyce had an impressive showing earning bronze in the long jump and triple jump with her best jumps, 4.81m and 9.88m, respectively. Despite suffering an injury from her performance in the 55m hurdles, Boyce came back and dominated the high jump competition, earning gold after clearing 4’7”.

In the throwing events, Olisma earned bronze in the women’s shot put with a throw of 8.92m, while freshman Mia Carroll also earned points by placing sixth in the event.

In the weight throw, Olisma, Carroll and senior Heidy Rim all earned points, placing fourth, fifth and sixth, respectively.

On the men’s side, the Hawks conquered the distance events. In the 5000m, the Hawks earned the top three finishes as Guerrero, sophomore Alex Arslan, and Papa crossed the line one behind another with times of 17:12.55, 17:12.83, and 17:19.00, respectively.

In the 1500m, Guerrero again earned gold with a time of 4:19.17 while Miranda finished third with a time of 4:20.54.

At the end of the night, Guerrero was named CUNYAC Co-MVP for the men as he tied in points with CCNY’s Paul Dedewo.

In the field events for the men, sophomore Javier Levy placed second in the long jump with a personal best jump of 6.00m. Levy also competed in the 55m and 200m dashes, sprinting to third and fourth place finishes with a time of 6.43 and 23.34.

Freshman Evan Laccetti also scored points for the Hawks in the long jump and shot put, placing fourth and sixth in the respective events.

In addition, in the 55m hurdles, Laccetti and Junior Nick Rekhviashvili earned points for the Hawks, placing fifth and sixth, respectively.

The Hawks ended the night competing in the 4x400 relay. The 4x400 relay on the women’s team, ran by Olisma, Forde, Alexandre and Zynda, earned a bronze medal as they placed third among senior college women with a time of 4:22.04.

The men’s relay team of Miranda, Rekhviashvili, Levy and Alegre also earned a bronze medal among the senior college men with a time of 3:41.65.

Jelisa Forde, Lizzy Mahoney, Jacklyn Henderson and Nancy Olisma will continue their indoor season as they all qualified for the ECACs, which will take place at the 168 Street Armory beginning on Mar. 4.

The rest of the Hawks will now begin preparing for the 2011 Track and Field Outdoor Season, in which they hope to finish the year with a CUNAYC Championship.