BY RACHEL WHERRY, ASST. SPORTS EDITOR
Eleven Susquehanna throwers took to the field at the Dickinson Twilight Track and Field Meet April 17.
Displaying their strength and talent, four men and three women placed in the top 10 of the shot put, discus and javelin events. Four of those finishers proved superior to most of their competition, placing in the top three of their respected events.
Freshman Gabrielle Alguire proved that her young age is not an obstacle for her as she led the way for the Susquehanna women, placing first in the javelin with a throw of 41.06 meters.
Junior teammate Cameron Weaver and fellow freshman Renea Broscious followed up Alguire’s first-place mark, both finishing within the top eight in the shot put. Weaver placed second with a throw of 11.95 meters and Brown launched the shot put to a mark of 9.18 meters to take eighth.
Weaver and Broscious placed eighth and ninth, respectively, in the discus with throws of 31.40 meters and 29.22 meters.
On the men’s side, sophomore Tom Schetroma and junior Jared Minori placed second and ninth, respectively, in the shot put. Schetroma’s throw was a career-best 14.77 meters (48.45 feet) — a mark that now leads the Landmark conference in the event by over three feet.
Schetroma explained that he felt very sluggish and tired while warming up for the event and turned to some of his favorite music to rev himself up for a big throw.
“To get some energy, I just started jamming to bands like Korn, Nonpoint, Rage Against the Machine and some others to get the blood flowing,” he said. “After jamming for a decent amount of time, I went from sluggish to pumped up and felt much more confident before the event even started.”
Schetroma attributes his success in his collegiate career thus far to his coaches and teammates who help push him each day to make the best of every practice. With the conference championships one week away, he has high hopes of winning all three men’s throwing events at the meet and would like to see Susquehanna win the conference overall.
Minori proved his dominance in the javelin throw with a toss that surpassed the second-place mark by over seven meters, winning the event for the Crusaders with a final throw of 59.87 meters.
Senior Dylan Gavin followed up with a heave of 49.95 meters to clinch third place in the event, while sophomore teammates Dallas Husar and Connor Flynn finished tenth and eleventh place, respectively.
As the lone finisher for Susquehanna in the discus, senior Seth Landgraf narrowly missed a place in the top ten in the event. Landgraf finished eleventh overall in the discus with a mark of 36.51 meters.
After showing outstanding performances throughout the 2014 season, five women and nine men on the Susquehanna Track and Field team were chosen to represent the Crusaders in the Penn Relays on April 24-26.
The women’s 4×400 relay team, consisting of junior Laura Alleva, senior Jen Tims, junior Eryn Spangler and sophomore Ashley West, competed Thursday evening in the event with hopes to best their previous time of 4:23.09 at the Crusader Outdoor Classic.
Alguire will also be competing for Susquehanna in the women’s javelin throw Friday afternoon.
For the men, a fast-paced team including sophomore Kwane Hayle, freshman Armond Owens, freshman Cedric Barfield and junior Michael Terwilliger are scheduled to compete in the 4×100 meter relay Friday afternoon.
Following their teammates on the women’s team, the men are also scheduled to compete in the 4×400 relay with a core four made up of sophomore Peter Kerns, freshman Jeremy Motsko, and seniors Brendon Albaugh and Matt Erford.
As the final participant for the Susquehanna men, Minori will take the field Saturday morning in the discus throw to conclude competition for the Crusaders.