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Track and field attend invitational and championship meets

Between Feb. 9 and Feb. 25, both the men’s and women’s track and field teams competed at several meets. They travelled to the Valentine Invitational at Boston University (BU), the Gordon Kelly Invitational at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), the Wheaton Invitational at Wheaton College and the UAA (University Athletic Association) Indoor Championships at New York University (NYU).

First, some Judges attended the Valentine Invitational while others attended the Gordon Kelly Invitational. At the Valentine meet, TJ Carleo ’26 came 52nd out of 300 runners with a time of 1:51.58 in the 800-meter. Ori Slotky ’24 ran a huge personal record (PR) in the 400-meter with a time of 53.16, Dean Carey ’25 ran a PR in the 200-meter with a time of 23.03 and Matthew Yue ’26 ran a PR in the same distance with a time of 23.20. Additionally, the relay team of Carleo, Slotky, Carey and Samuel Kim ’24 ran a time of 3:27.37 in the 4×400-meter relay, the new sixth-best time in the conference. Also at the Valentine meet, Hannah Bohbot-Dridi ’25 PR’d in the 400-meter after running a 59.87 and Olivia Zarzycki ’24 PR’d in the 400 too, with a time of 1:00.40. Also, Shaniece Nugent ’26 PR’d in the 200 with a time of 26.67 and Alya Campbell PR’d in the 60-meter hurdles with a time of 9.37 that also earned her sixth place.

At the Gordon Kelly Meet, Danny Krigman ’25 ran his first 400-meter race that wasn’t part of a relay, netting a time of 55.83 and 13th place. Additionally, Cam Peirce ’25 and Lin Lin Hutchinson each competed, throwing 11.61 meters in the shotput and leaping 11.60 meters in the triple jump respectively. Smiley Hunyh PR’d in the 60-meter preliminaries and then did it again in the finals, running for 8.26 and then 8.24 seconds. Alisha Anderson ’26 also PR’d in the 60-meter race with a time of 8.98 seconds. Natalie Liapis ’27 ran a time of 1:05.45 in the 400-meter, good for a PR and a heat victory too. Huynh matched her previous pole vault PR of 3.55 meters, earning fourth place. Kirsten Man ’25 and Ifigenia Oxyzolou ’26 both competed in the triple jump, with Man placing sixth with a distance of 10.42 meters and Oxyzolou PRing with a distance of 9.37 meters.

The Judges then traveled to Wheaton College to compete in the “Pre Post-Season” meet, and netted several event wins and more than 30 PRs. In his second college-level track race, Garret Rieden ’26 PR’d with a time of 1:55.00 in the 800-meter, winning the event. Adam Rieden ’26 and Jonathan Wey ’27 both competed in the 800 too, with PR times of 2:00.45 and 2:00.92. Dashiell Janicki ’25 came second in the mile with a time of 4:31.00, edging Lucas Dia ’25 and Henry Nguyen ’24 each earning PR’s with their times of 4:32.00 and 4:33.00. Dylan Zhao ’26 also ran the mile with a PR time of 4:50. In jumping events, Yue, Slotky and Hutchinson leaped 6.20 meters (a PR and second place), 5.85 meters (fifth place) and 5.58 meters (11th and a season best), respectively. Yue also came fourth in the 60-meter with a PR of 7.22 seconds as Jordan Colon ’24 came in sixth with a time of 7.27 seconds and Danny Krigman came in ninth with a time of 7.30 seconds. Sam Krause ’27, TJ Showstead ’26 and Kevin Wright ’27 also ran the 60-meter, with times of 8.10 seconds, 8.95 seconds (a PR) and 8.99 seconds respectively. In the shotput, Peirce came fourth with a distance of 11.91 meters and Krause placed seventh with a distance of 11.43 meters. In the weight throw, Wright placed sixth with a throw of 12.06 meters and Peirce PR’d with a distance of 10.06 meters. In addition, Man and Zarzycki placed first and second in high jump with heights of 1.51 meters each, and Nugent won the triple jump event with a distance of 10.59 meters. In the same event, Alisha Anderson ’26 PR’d in the triple jump with a distance of 10.40. Hunyh won the pole vault event with a height of 3.40 meters and Anderson PR’d in the pole vault with a height of 3.25 meters, good for third place. The relay team of Bohbot-Dridi, Zarzycki, Nugent and Liz Korn ’24 won the 4×400 meter relay with a time of 4:07.00. Anna Batelli ’25 PR’d in the 3000-meter with a time of 10:51 while Kyra Au ’25, Zada Forde ’25 and Lizzy Reynolds each competed in the mile with times of 5:29.14 (a PR), 5:29.25 (another PR) and 5:39.00 (good for a heat victory). Also, in the 60-meter dash, several Judges competed: Hunyh earned a PR and fourth place with a time of 8.19 seconds, Campbell earned a PR and seventh place with a time of 8.25 seconds, Man earned 11th place with 8.43 seconds, Hailey Crane ’25 earned a season best with a time of 8.61 seconds, Emma Liu ’26 earned 19th place with a time of 8.96 seconds and Diane Meyer ’26 earned 21st place with a time of 9.64 seconds. Campbell also earned a PR in the 60-meter hurdles with a time of 9.34 seconds, a season best that earned her second place. Liapis earned a PR in the 400-meters with a time of 1:05.00, Zarzycki earned a PR in the 800-meter with a time of 2:24.00, and Ella Warkentine ’26 ran a time of 2:29.00. In the 200-meters, Campbell earned a time of 26.76 seconds (good for fourth place and a season best), Liapis earned a time of 28.49 seconds (good for a PR and 11th place), Crane earned a time of 29.96 seconds (good for a season best and 15th place) and Oxyzolou earned a time of 29.61 seconds (good for a PR and 18th place). In the long jump, Nugent earned second place with 5.13 meters and Sophie Segal ’27 PR’d in third place with a 6.68 meter jump. Meyer threw for a season best 8.94 meters in the shotput.

On the first day of the UAA Championships this past weekend, many Judges did well enough to earn a spot in the second day’s events. Campbell ran a time of 9.29 in the 60-meter hurdles, a season best. Bohbot-Dridi earned a PR with a time of 59.55 in the 400-meter and Korn’s time of 60.49 in the same race was a season best, while Liapis’ time of 64.00 was a PR. Anderson PR’d with a height of 3.36 meters in the pole vault, while Campbell and Nugent both competed in the 200-meter with times of 26.44 and 26.82. Shayna Zevell ’27 ran a PR in the 5000-meter and Liu came 10th in the weight throw with a distance of 12.92 meters. In the long jump, Hunyh and Man both PR’d, with distances of 5.17 and 4.92 meters respectively. In addition, Carleo ran in the 800-meter with a time of 1:52.8 (the Judges’ only All-UAA performance of the meet and good for second place), while Rieden PR’d with a time of 1:54 and Kim netted a time of 1:55.00. Additionally, Nguyen ran a huge 11-second PR in the 5k with a time of 15:31, while Slotky, Young Wang ’24 and Deandrea Williams ’27 ran times of 52.90 (a PR), 53.05 seconds (another PR) and 54.91 (a season best). Yue PR’d in the long jump with a distance of 6.34 meters and Peirce PR’d in the weight throw with a distance of 10.32 meters.

In the final races of the meet, Carleo ran the 600-meter in 1:52.37, and finished the season ranked 17th in all of NCAA’s Division III, making him likely to compete in the upcoming NCAA championship. He also earned All-UAA honors for the second time in his career. Additionally, Bohbot-Dridi PR’d with a time of 59.32 seconds in the 400-meter finals, earning seventh place in the event.

Next up, both the men’s and women’s teams will go to Tufts University on March 2 for the Tufts Last Chance Meet, before the NCAA Divison III Championship in Virginia on March 9.

Editor’s Note: Sports editor Calli Morvay, who is a member of the track and field team, did not contribute to the writing or editing of this article.

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