posted 2012-04-06 03:58:08

Women’s Indoor Track Championships

Hawks place third at CUNYAC

Jacklyn Henderson

Contributing Writer

Photo courtesy of Hunter College Atheltics.
Sophomore Lizzy Mahoney was named CUNYAC Indoor Performer of the Year.

The ten women who make up Hunter’s indoor track team ran, jumped, sprinted and hurdled to score third place in the 2012 winter CUNYAC championships on Feb. 26 at New Balance Track and Field Center in Washington Heights. Despite a team with several newcomers and a record number of injuries, the Hawks earned a bronze medal and learned a great deal from their experiences on the track.

The Hunter effort was highlighted by junior standout Lizzy Mahoney, who went home with two gold medals. She finished in first place in the mile with a CUNY record time of 5 minutes and 28.73 seconds and won the 3,000-meter run with a time of 11 minutes and 9.2 seconds.

Discussing her team, Mahoney spoke of the Hawks’ talent and their ability to improve. “There is a lot of potential on our team, we just need to work hard to get ready for this next season,” she said.

Also medaling for the Hawks was were junior Shantel Peters and senior Jackie Henderson. Peters battled an injury during the season but still ran strong, securing second place and a silver medal in the 400-meter dash with an impressive time of 1 minute and 1.62 seconds. Henderson earned a silver medal in the 3,000-meter event with a time of 11 minutes and 27.23 seconds. She also added a bronze medal in the mile with a time of 5 minutes and 32.23 seconds.

Despite some success, there is no doubt that injuries plagued the Hawks campaign. First year runner Avneet Ghuman, who competed in the 3,000-meter event at the championships, credited her team for fighting through the problems. “This season was rough because so many people were injured at the same time, but I feel a lot of us still worked through the pain and did a good job.”

“We definitely worked through our difficulties as a team,” sophomore Stephie-Anne Duliepre added. “I would say that champs showed me how much undeveloped potential we have as a team. We still have a way to go and I think if we find that balance between hard work and team support we’ll be unbeatable in outdoor and all of our following seasons.”

Duliepre impressively won the women’s 800-meter run with a personal best time of 2 minutes and 27 seconds. In addition, she also ran the 800-meter leg for the distance medley relay and the 3,000-meter event, where she finished in fourth place.

The women’s distance medley tam was unfortunately disqualified, as runners who had not competed in the event during the season were scheduled to run at champs. The rule states that athletes must compete in an event during the season in order to be eligible for champs.

Freshman Mary Leong, who ran the 400-meter leg in the discounted race with a personal-best split of one minute and six seconds, commented, “I feel that we worked with what we had to the fullest. Besides being disqualified for unfair reasons, I had fun running and cheering for my teammates and being cheered for as well. We tried our hardest and I’m glad to be a part of this team. I believe we will place better than third place during outdoors.”

Two more freshman runners, Alyssa Locnikar and Jackie Tuohy, achieved personal bests at the CUNYAC championships. Locnikar ran the mile with a personal best time of 6 minutes and 59 seconds. Tuohy competed in the 60-meter dash with a time of 9.25 seconds and finished in 11.42 seconds in the 60-meter hurdles, good enough for fifth place.

Senior and captain Mehida Alexandre finished in fourth place in the 60-meter hurdles with a time of 10.60 seconds to top off her final indoor season. Junior Melanie Boyce also scored points for Hunter with final jumps of 1.47 meters in the high jump, 4.35 meters in the long jump, and 10.17 meters in the triple jump.

The women are currently continuing their training for the spring season, determined to display better results for their hard work and preparation.