BY RACHEL WHERRY – STAFF WRITER
The Susquehanna men’s and women’s track and field teams hosted the Susquehanna Open on Feb. 20 to finish off their regular indoor season.
The competition on Saturday was their fourth-consecutive home meet this season and the athletes’ last chance to show off their skills before the Landmark Conference Championship on Saturday, Feb. 27.
For the second week in a row, senior Kwane Hayle and junior Armond Owens grabbed the top two times in the 60-meter dash finals with 6.99 seconds and 7.12, respectively. Hayle and Owens were also members of the winning 4×200-meter relay team alongside seniors Peter Kerns and Marcus Gabeau, who ran for a combined time of 1:32.59.
Junior Matt Gass earned the number seven spot in program history for his third-place time of 23.29 in the 200-meter dash. In addition, Gass placed fifth in the 400-meter run, recording a time of 51.98.
In the mile run, senior Colin Eberhardt crossed the finish line in 4:31.44 – a time that earned him fourth place out of 45 runners. A mere five seconds behind him was junior teammate Justin Skavery, who finished 12th place overall with a time of 4:36.90.
In the field events, sophomore Ryan Bertsch had a 12.54-meter mark in the weight throw to place him seventh while senior Teddy Linde finished 13th with a personal best of 11.94. Later in the day, Linde also took home fifth place in the shot put with his throw of 13.17, and Bertsch captured the 13th spot.
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In the jumps, senior Michael Stankus set a new career best in the high jump and moved into a tie for 10th in program history with a height of 1.88. Fellow senior Desmond Edwards went on to place third in the long jump with a mark of 12.78.
The women’s team performed equally as well on Saturday, setting several new personal records in the process.
Senior Renea Broscious moved up the ranks to fourth in program history in the weight throw event with a career-best 13.40-meter throw that earned her seventh overall. Broscious said she has high expectations of her entire team for the upcoming championship meet and has a personal goal of capturing the top three all-time spot in the event with a new personal record.
“We continue to work hard at practice, and, at this point, the only thing that matters is how we perform on Saturday,” Broscious said.
“We need to push ourselves beyond our limits so we can do the best we can.”
Sophomore Michelle Turnbach set a new career best in the 60-meter hurdle preliminaries for the second consecutive week with a time of 9.84. The time earned her a spot in the final heat of the event, where she placed fifth overall with a 9.95 mark.
In the mile, junior Amy Kaschak set a five-second personal record time of 5:25.94 to place fifth, and junior Megan Wright crossed the finish line just two places behind her in a time of 5:31.89, also a personal best.
The 800-meter run saw another close finish as sophomore Hannah Stauffer captured eighth place with fellow sophomore Kailyn Reilly right on her heels in tenth place. Both runners also set new career bests in the process with respective times of 2:28.69 and 2:29.51.
Susquehanna’s 4×200-meter relay team grabbed the winning spot with a time of 1:50.85. The event was the team’s lone relay of the day, consisting of senior Manouchka Paulemont and juniors Jadzia Erskine, Hannah Perkins and Jasmine Mitchell.
Paulemont said her team in the 4×200-meter relay is striving to break the program record in the event at conference championships with just two seconds to shave off of their time.
According to Paulemont, striving toward goals like these is achievable due to the championship mindset the entire team brings to practice day in and day out.
“Both teams are hoping to win championships, but, most of all, we are hoping to perform our bests and to have fun with what we do,” Paulemont said.