posted 2012-04-25 22:29:35

Women’s Track and Field Spring Season Takes off

Mahoney qualifies for ECAC Championships

Jacklyn Henderson

Contributing Writer

The windy conditions for the Wagner Invite on April 7 at Wagner College in Staten Island did not hold junior standout Lizzy Mahoney back from running an ECAC qualifying time of 18 minutes and 35 seconds. Mahoney finished the 12.5 lap race in second place overall.

“It was a lot of fun, I can’t wait to run again when the weather is better and I feel closer to one hundred percent,” Mahoney commented. The 2012 Spring Division III Eastern College Athletic Conference championships will be held on Thursday and Friday of May 17 and 18 in Troy, New York.

In the 400-meter dash, junior Shantel Peters finished fourth overall out of 19 women total with a time of 1 minute and 0.53 seconds. Sophomore Stephie-Anne Duliepre finished in eighth place overall and ran the race in 1 minute and 4.82 seconds. Duliepre also ran the 400-meter intermediate hurdles and the open 800 in 1 minute and 21 seconds and 2 minutes and 45 seconds, respectively.

Junior Lizzy Mahoney. Photo courtesy of Hunter Athletics.
“I feel like the Wagner invite was a good experience for all of us,” she said. “For once the weather was almost perfect and the competition was solid. For myself, it was nice to see my old competitors from the previous years and realize I am now much faster than they are. I’m really looking forward to the rest of this season,” she continued.

The Hunter College women’s team also participated in the 4x100 meter relay with Keiry Sierra, Ivanna Tellez, Avneet Ghuman and Alyssa Locknikar, finishing with a final time of 1 minute and 4 seconds.

“When I joined the track team I thought all I had to do was run around in a circle; easy enough. Man, was I wrong,” joked junior Lockinar. “I have never worked harder for something or been in better shape and I love it!”

In addition, the Hunter women competed in the 4x400 relay race with Jacklyn Henderson, Sarah McGovern, Mary Leong and Johanna Keilwitz, finishing in 5 minutes and 7 seconds.

Overall, the Wagner College Invitational was a great way for the athletes to see where they stand compared to some big-name teams. Senior captain Mehida Alexandre was proud of her team’s effort. “It was windy but we did great as usual,” she said. “I am so proud of Lizzy for qualifying for the ECAC championships. The track team has the most amazing and hard-working girls I have ever worked with. No matter how bad the weather is, each and every one of us strives for a personal best. I am so honored to be captain of this team.”

The Spring Track CUNY Championships will be held on May 6 at Icahn Stadium on Randall’s Island.