Women's Track & Field Hopes to Set Record Performances at MAAC's
POUGHKEEPSIE, N.Y. – The women’s track and field team will travel to the New York Armory to compete at the Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference (MAAC) Indoor Track Championships this weekend. The Red Foxes are one of eight teams set to participate in the conference title meet.
“At the MAAC meet, we simply hope to race hard and compete well in the events in which we have athletes, said Head Coach Pete Colaizzo. “And we hope to approach more record-setting performances where possible.”
The Red Foxes look to compete against last season’s MAAC championship winner, Saint Peter’s, as well as the remaining six conference teams, with the addition of Canisius, Monmouth and Quinnipiac to this year’s line-up. Last season, the Red Foxes finished in sixth place with 32 points, with sophomore Kristen Traub (Wayne, N.J.) qualifying for the ECAC Championships.
In the regular season, the Red Foxes have posted multiple personal best times and school records throughout their six meets.
“This has been an extremely challenging season for us in terms of training in and dealing with the winter elements, but we are proud of what our athletes have been able to accomplish under trying circumstances,” said Colaizzo. “As a result, having our athletes achieving school-record performances has been very satisfying.”
Junior Danielle Asaro (Pound Ridge, N.Y.) set the school record in the 60-meter dash at the Boston University Season Opener, while also tying her own record at the NYC Saturday Night Shootout and the NYC Metro Championships. She went on to break the same record at the Valentine Invitational, posting a time of 8.03.
At the NYC Saturday Night Shootout, freshman Molly Weeks posted a personal best time in the 400-yard dash, just missing the school record by .01 seconds. The following week, she shattered the school record in the 500-meter dash at the John Thomas Terrier Invitational. Weeks placed 13th with a time of 1:16.08. Freshman Bryn Gordberg (Princeton Junction, N.J.) ran her best in the 1,000 meter (3:10.53), and sophomore Brianne Vess (Middletown, Conn.) posted a personal best time in the mile run (5:37.08).
Also for Marist, sophomore Kristen Traub (Wayne, N.J.) ran a personal best in the 3,000 meter run, with a time of 9:55.30 at the Valentine Invitational.
Also at the John Thomas Terrier Invitational, freshman Olivia Lappas (Pearl River, N.Y.) claimed a personal best time in the 800-meter run (2:36.09), while sophomore Elizabeth Peper (Towson, Md.) posted a personal best 2:36.55 and Emily Franko followed suit with a time of 2:37.23 in the same event.
Also for the Red Foxes, the sprint medley relay claimed the school record, by just three seconds, at the NYC Saturday Night Shootout.
The MAAC Championship meet will take place at the New Balance Armory Track & Field Center on Friday, Feb. 21 at 3:45 p.m..