POUGHKEEPSIE, New York – The Marist men’s and women’s outdoor track and field teams are back in action on Friday and Saturday as both teams compete in the Sam Howell Invitational at Princeton University on Friday and the Rider Invitational at Rider University on Saturday.

The men are coming off a performance at the Colonial Relays that saw one school record broken and two individuals qualify for the ICAAAA Championships, as well as a bevy of career-best performances, at the Colonial Relays, held Thursday through Saturday at the College of William and Mary’s Zable Stadium.  

In the 6,000-meter (4x1500-meter) relay, the team of Saad Baig, Zach Ropes, Steven Rizzo and Stefan Morton obliterated the previous school record with a fourth-place performance in 16:00.59. The previous mark, set in 2014 at the same meet, was 16:17.39.

In the 10,000-meter run, junior Dietrich Mosel qualified for the ICAAAA Championships for the second consecutive spring, placing sixth in 30:43.90 – a career-best time by more than 30 seconds. He will be joined at the championships by sophomore Mike Kennedy, who also qualified with a time of 31:21.15 – a career-best mark by more than one minute. In the same event, sophomore Matt Baffuto lowered his career-best by 20 seconds, racing to a time of 31:40.60.

On the women’s side, two school records were broken and numerous career-best performances were achieved as the Marist College women’s track team enjoyed a successful weekend at the Colonial Relays, held Thursday through Saturday at the College of William and Mary’s Zable Stadium.

In the 200-meter dash, senior captain Ashley Haynes continued her rampage on the school-record board, taking down the 8-year-old record in that event. Haynes sprinted to a time of 25.78, eclipsing the old mark of 25.84 set by Holly Burns in 2009.

On the 6,000-meter (4x1500-meter) relay, the team of Christine GambellEmily BurnsShea Bohan and Mara Schiffhauer placed fourth overall and topped the previous mark, set in 2014, by more than four seconds. The team covered the relay in 19:00.29; the old mark was 19:04.69.

Following the two meets this weekend, the women travel to the Mt. Sac Relays in Walnut, CA, while the men compete at the Wolfie Invitational in Stony Brook, NY.