TORRANCE, California -- Three members of the Marist women's track team competed at the prestigious Mt. Sac Relays on Thursday evening on the campus of El Camino College. This marked the greatest number of female track athletes to qualify for the event in the same year.  The women competed in the Collegiate 3000m Steeplechase heats at Murdock Stadium and battled through cool and windy conditions.  Leading the way for the Red Foxes was fifth-year senior Nicki Nesi who finished 7th in her heat and 23rd overall in a time of 10:44.51. Following Nesi was sophomore Emily Burns (37th overall) in 11:08.27 and freshman Ali Bartolotta (38th overall) in 11:08.82. 
The time for Nesi was a personal best time in the event and qualifies her for the 2017 ECAC Outdoor Track Championships to be held at Princeton University. Nesi's time also ranks her first in the MAAC conference in the event during the outdoor season, while Bartolotta and Burns are currently ranked 2nd and 4th respectively. "Nicki ran a very smart and strong race in pretty windy conditions" said women's distance coach Chuck Williams. "She worked her way up in the heat each lap and really finished strong. It was a great effort and her best races are yet to come. All three women represented our program at the highest level and we are very proud of them all."
The remainder of the women's track team will be in action Friday and Saturday at the Bison Outdoor Classic at Bucknell University in Lewisburg, PA.