STAC SPORTS NEWS: Outdoor ECC Track and Field Championship

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By Dylan Bestler


Seven Teams traveled up to Rochester, New York last weekend for the 2016 Outdoor Track and Field meet hosted by Roberts Wesleyan University.

Those teams included Roberts Wesleyan, Daemen, Molloy, Queens, LIU Post, District of Columbia and of course St. Thomas Aquinas. Roberts Wesleyan’s men and women team’s won for the second straight year, and sixth straight season, having won cross country and both indoor and outdoor the past two years. Leading  the way for the women were individual winners Rachel Hutchinson (1500 meters), Chelsea Hayward (100 and 200 meters), Brianna Calderon (400 hurdles), and Kristina Button (javelin throw). Their 4×100 meter relay team of Button, Hayward, Danielle Budd and Kathleen Amstad placed first as well. The men’s team dominated the field events once again, and leading the way was senior Aaron McGinnis, who won the long, triple and high jump. Other winners for Roberts were Jonas Gage in the 110 hurdles and Malcolm Shaw in the javelin. Here were the overall standings from the meet on Saturday:


Women’s Results Men’s Results

  1. Roberts Wesleyan- 192 pts. 1. Roberts Wesleyan- 221
  2. District of Columbia- 122 pts. 2. Molloy- 112
  3. St. Thomas Aquinas- 101 pts. 3. St. Thomas Aquinas- 100 pts.
  4. Queens- 84 pts. 4. Queens- 98 pts.
  5. Damen- 73 pts. 5. Daemen- 63 pts.
  6. Molloy- 49 pts. 6. LIU Post- 37 pts.
  7. LIU Post- 19 pts.

STAC’s men’s and women’s team both placed third which is an improvement from last year where both teams finished 4th. The women’s third place finish was the highest outdoor finish in school history. The women’s team had multiple girls contributing as much as ten points and even more finish with all-conference honors. Individual winners included Gabriela Sloezen in the 800, Cecelia Pfleging in the steeplechase, Katherine Mollohan in the shotput and the 4×800 meter relay team of Kristen Borriello, Sloezen, Meaghan Ventarola and Patricia Nersten. All of the following girls earned all-conference honors:

Kristen Borriello– 1500, 800, 4×800 Gabriela Sloezen– 800, 4×800

Patricia Nersten– 4×800, 800(2nd team) Katie O’Grady– 10k

Katherine Mollahan– Shot put Meaghan Ventarola– 4×800, 400 hurdles (2nd team)

Cecelia Pfleging– Steeplechase Kelsey Barnes– Discuss (2nd team)

Breanna Lyn– Triple Jump (2nd team)

The men’s team also had a lot of great performances. Individual winners included Winslow Dorsainvil in the 100, St. Jacob Diodonet in the 400, Dylan Bestler in the 400 hurdles, the 4×100 meter team of Travis Abelard, Dorsainvil, Ricardo Reid and Diodonet and the 4×800 meter relay team of Bestler, Joe Lipari, Vincent Vasquez and Ryan Gasser. All of the following men received all-conference honors:

Winslow Dorsainvil, 100, 4×100 St. Jacob Diodonet– 4×100, 200, 400

Dylan Bestler– 400 hurdles, 4×800 Justin Brown– Triple Jump

Jamer Linares– 10k (2nd team) Joe Lipari– 4×800

Ricardo Reid– 4×100, 400 (2nd team) Travis Abelard– 4×100

Ryan Gasser– 4×800 Vincent Vasquez– 4×800

Frankie Schiavone– Pole Vault, 400 hurdles (2nd team)

Overall it was a very successful meet for everyone competing. There were a total of fourteen meet records broken, including three that were broken by the Spartans. Diodonet broke the 400 meter record running a time of 48.99. The 4×100 meter team of Abelard, Dorsainvil, Reid, and Diodonet ran a time of 42.92 and the 4×800 relay team of Borriello, Sloezen, Ventarola and Nersten ran a time of 9:51.59 which broke meet records. This wrapped up the season for most of the team but some of the Spartans will compete at Penn Relays this weekend.



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