BY RACHEL WHERRY – STAFF WRITER
The Susquehanna men’s and women’s track and field teams competed in Bucknell’s two-day Bison Outdoor Classic the weekend of April 16 and April 17.
On April 16, senior Jared Minori opened the meet for the Crusaders with his third-place throw in the javelin. Minori’s throw of 65.30 meters was the top collegiate athlete mark and was just shy of his personal best of 65.84 meters.
Capturing fifth place in the event was sophomore Alex Messick with his career-best throw of 62.20 meters.
In the men’s triple jump, senior Desmond Edwards posted a mark of 12.64 meters, earning him 20th place overall.
Out on the track, junior John Skavery ran the 1500 in a time of 4:10.60 and senior teammate Colin Eberhardt finished 39th in the steeplechase with his time of 9:46.29.
Placing in the top half of the 5000 for Susquehanna was senior John Crowe, who posted a time of 15:19.05 to earn 50th place out of 112 runners.
Junior Mark Harrel and senior Dan Isenberg followed with personal-best times of 15:46.57 and 15:47.02, respectively.
Harrel commented on how much he has witnessed the team improve over the course of the season and added that he is anxious to see where it lands them in the Landmark Championship meet.
“I know a lot of my teammates are putting a lot of effort into improving their results from the indoor championships in hopes to beat the guy who previously beat them or to reclaim their spot on top of the podium,” Harrel said.
The men’s team displayed impressive performances in the Classic’s final events again on April 17.
The Crusaders had four runners compete in the 800, three of whom set new career-best marks. Freshmen Ciaran Fisher and Kaleb Waiwada finished neck-and-neck with respective times of 2:01.86 and 2:01.99
The 4×100 relay team, consisting of seniors Kwane Hayle, Peter Kerns, Marcus Gabeau and junior Matt Gass, placed 13th in the finals with a combined time of 44.05.
Gass later went on to place 11th out of 60 runners in the 400 with a career-best time of 49.25. Hayle ran to a 10th place finish in the 100 with a time of 10.92 and later placed 19th overall in the 200 for his time of 22.27.
In the field events, senior Tom Schetroma was the top Division III finisher in the shot-put with a throw of 15.89m—a mark just shy of his personal best of 15.95. While in the long jump, Edwards posted a mark of 5.48 meters.
Susquehanna’s women’s team displayed equally impressive performances on the track during the second day of competition.
In the 800, senior Ashley West crossed the finish line in a time of 2:12.28 for eighth place overall. Three other Susquehanna runners set new personal-best times in the event-sophomores Kailyn Reilly and Hannah Stauffer posted times of 2:21.75 and 2:24.14, respectively. Senior Gabby Verruni finished in a time of 2:30.73.
Coming off the weekend, Reilly said she is just shy of hitting her goal for the season in the 800 and is excited to see what comes of the rest of her sophomore season.
“I would like to get my 800 time down to 2:20 or faster,” she said.
“A goal I always like to set going into the season is to not have any regrets after finishing a race. If you leave everything on the track, then you should be happy with your performance at the end of the day,” Reilly added.
Junior Hannah Perkins finished in a time of 1:01.59 in the 400, while sophomore Jasmine Mitchell finished with a time of 12.76 in the 100, earning 15th overall.
Mitchell later went on to post a time of 26.85 in the 200.
Sophomore Michelle Turnbach placed 41st in the 100 hurdles, setting a career-best time of 16.59.
The Crusaders will return to competition on Saturday, April 23 at East Stroudsburg.
The Crusaders have four meets remaining until the Lankmark Championships, which will take place on May 7 at Juniata.