posted 2011-04-06 13:00:12

Outdoor Track Beats the Chill

The Hawks placed fourth in the hurdles. (Photo Courtsey of Hunter Athletics Dept.)
Hawks placed fourth in the hurdles. (Photo Courtsey of Hunter Athletics Dept.)
Outdoor Track Beats the Chill

Hawks place well despite frigid conditions

Nancy Olisma

Staff Writer

On Saturday, Mar. 26, Hunter College’s men and women’s track team traveled to Farmingdale, Long Island to compete in the Farmingdale Invitational. With 18 top-five finishes on both the men’s and women’s side, the Hawks soared high, proving that 30-degree weather and windy conditions were no obstacles.

On the women’s side, the Hawks were led by sophomore Melanie Boyce. Boyce won the high jump with a mark of 1.39 meters, placed third in the long jump with a mark of 4.28 meters and placed fifth in the triple jump with a best jump of 9.49 meters.

In the 800-meter contest, senior Angelique Restrepo placed sixth out of 16 competitors with a time of 2:45.09. Freshman Stephie-Ann Duliepre, performed well in the 1500-meter placing fifth out of 15 with a time of 5:51.87.

In the throwing events, Freshman Mia Carroll continued her impressive campaign in the discus throw, placing third with a best throw of 29.92 meters. Senior Heidy Rim and newcomer Maria Loor also competed in the discus and placed fifth and seventh respectively.

In the hammer throw, Rim won with a best throw of 20.78 meters. Carroll followed her, placing second with a mark of 19.83 meters. In the javelin, Carroll again led the Hawks, placing second with a throw of 18.82 meters. Rim and freshman Caitlin Smith placed third and fourth in the javelin as well, with best throws of 14.00 and 12.41 meters respectively.

On the men’s side, senior James McArdle placed seventh out of 16 competitors with a time of 2:07.60. Sophomore Jonathan Martinez crossed the line not too far behind McArdle with a time of 2:16.79, good enough for twelfth place. In the 1500-meter, sophomore Christopher Guererro led all division three competitors, placing second behind Matthew Badamo from Molloy College (division two) with a time of 4.20.93. Sophomore Jose Miranda, who also competed in the 1500-meter, placed third with a time of 4:24.20.

In the 110-meter hurdles, junior Nikoloz Rekhviashvili led the Hawks, placing fourth with a time of 18.62 seconds. Freshman Evan Laccetti was not too far behind Rekhviashvili and placed sixth with a time of 22.22 seconds. Laccetti also competed in the 400-meter hurdles, sprinting to a sixth place finish with a time of 1:06.84.

In the throwing events, freshman Hunter Lackowitz led the Hawks. Lackowitz placed thirteenth in the shot put with a personal best throw of 8.95 meters. Newcomer Rudy Chauca competed in the shot put as well, placing sixteenth with a throw of 8.25 meters.

In the Discus throw, Lackowitz placed eleventh overall with a throw of 27.18 meters. Lackowitz and Chauca also placed sixth and seventh in the hammer throw with respective throws of 23.24 and 17.54 meters.

Then in the javelin, fellow teammates Eduard Garilov and senior captain Gem Alegre joined Lackowitz and Chauca in the competition. Lackowitz had the Hawks’ highest finish in the javelin with a throw of 30.15 meters. Alegre, Garilov and Chauca placed behind Lackowitz with best throws of 28.05, 25.93,and 25.12 meters respectively.

Finishing the day, the men had some in-house competition in the 4x400-meter Relay. Miranda, Laccetti, Alegre and sophomore Javier Levy composed the men’s “A” team, which crossed the line in 3:45.36, placing fifth overall. Rekhviashvili, Martinez, McArdle and junior Ben Chateauvert made up Hunter’s “B” team in the same competition. They placed sixth with a time of 4:04.80.

The Hawks return to action on Apr.2, when they travel to Staten Island for the Wagner Invitational.