BY MICHELLE MCGINNISS, STAFF WRITER
While the Landmark Conference Championships inch ever closer, the Susquehanna men’s and women’s track and field teams hosted their annual SU Invitational on Feb. 14, which saw both teams post positive results.
On the women’s side, freshman Jasmine Mitchell won the 60-meter dash with a career and school best of 7.90 seconds. Mitchell followed the first place finish with a second place finish in the 200-meter dash with a career best time of 26.72.
After the meet, Mitchell said: “You get exactly what you work for and exactly what you don’t. I’ve worked hard to reach my goals and set high expectations for myself in order to achieve them. I always push myself and expect to be better than I was before.” Mitchell was named Female Track Athlete of the Week for her performance.
The 4×200 relay team consisting of Mitchell, junior Thanida Sermsuwan, senior Jennifer Tims, and freshman Gabby Alguire finished first with a time of one minute, 52.60 seconds.
In the one-mile, sophomore Ashley West captured first with a career best time of 5:38.02, almost two seconds over Juniata’s Katrina Woods. In the 800-meter, junior Laura Alleva finished third with a time of 2:27.16, while freshman teammate Gabby Verruni finished 10th with a personal best of 2:34.91
Several Crusader athletes saw success in the field events as well. Junior Cam Weaver threw a career best of 12.65 meters in the weight throw and took third in the shot put with a distance of 12.00 meters. Senior Julie Scales won third in the pole vault with marks of 3.04 meters. Tims took fourth in the long jump (4.80 meters) and Sermsuwan had a career best triple jump with a distance of 10.83 meters.
The men’s team also had a memorable evening both on the track and in the field. The men’s 4×200 relay team consisting of freshman James Kunz, sophomore Marcus Gabeau, junior Michael Terwilliger and freshman Cedric Barfield took first place with a time of 1:32.84. The Crusaders 4×800 relay team also finished in first with the team of junior Austin Iovoli, freshman Torin McFarland, freshman Justin Skavery and sophomore Sage Weikel finishing in 8:42.58.
In the mile, junior Scott Sullivan finished in third with a career best time of 4:32.70 while freshman teammate Peter Lynch finished a couple spots behind in sixth with a time of 4:38.40.
The 60-meter dash was a success for sophomore Kwane Hayle who took first with a time of 6.97. Hayle also won the 200-meter dash with a time of 23.05. The Crusaders took over the 3000-meter race finishing 1-2-3 while setting new career bests in the process. Junior Paul Crowe finished first with a time of 8:54.97, sophomore John Crowe followed close behind in second with a time of 8:59.60 and sophomore Colin Eberhardt rounded it out in third with a time of 9:02.73.
In the field events, the high jump and shot put was the highlights of the day for the men’s team. In the high jump, junior Brian Etz, junior Trey Bailey and sophomore Jeremy Campbell finished 2-3-4 with a height of 1.83 meters. In the shot put, sophomore Tom Schetroma took third, setting a new personal record with a throw of 14.35 meters.
Both the men’s and women’s team will compete in one more tune-up meet, the SU Open Feb. 22 starting at 10 a.m., before competing in the Landmark Conference Championships on Saturday, March 1.