This past weekend, Fordham Track and Field competed in the Hopkins Loyola Invitational in Baltimore, Maryland. Fordham turned in a series of strong performances, including an event win and several top finishes.
The men’s team had several finishers in the top 20. Sophomore Ryan Riviere came in fifth in the pole vault event with a vault of 14’ 4.75”, a season best for him. Junior Ryan McGann finished 17th in the 1500m with a time of 4:02.07, and also finished 44th in the 400m with a time of 56.06. Sophomore Michael Campbell placed 17th in the 400m with a time of 52.35 and then placed 22nd in the 1500m with a time of 4:03.70. Freshman Jared Benn came in 13th in the 200m dash with a final time of 22.68, while also placing 18th in the 100m dash in 11.43 seconds. Fellow freshman Andre Guthrie, Jr. placed 16th in the 200m dash with a time of 22.95 seconds, while finishing 24th in the 100m dash in 11.49 seconds. Finally, sophomore Fritz Heinrich came in 20th in the 800m run with a time of 1:57.46.
The women’s side saw just as much, if not more, success. Senior Danielle Rowe finished fourth in the 400m run with a time of 57.37, while also finishing 15th in the 200m dash with a time of 26.36 seconds. Freshman Kate McCormack placed fourth in the 800m run with a season best time of 2:15.11, while junior Shanna Heaney finished fifth in 2:16.23. Sophomore Brynna Harum finished ninth in 2:19.27 and freshman Aidan Moroz finished 15th in 2:20.63. Graduate student Brianna Tevnan came in eighth in the 1500m with a time of 4:43.46. Freshman Morgan Menzzasalma placed eighth in the 200m dash with a time of 25.86 seconds and 11th in the 100m hurdles in 16.46 seconds. Finally, classmate Maiya Larsen came in 20th in the 1500m run with a time of 4:51.07.
Besides these results, there were a few finishers who came in at the very top of their races.
For the women, sophomore Merissa Wright came in third in the 400m run with a finishing time of 57.34 seconds, a season best. Freshman Mary Kate Kenny placed fourth in the 100m dash with a time of 12.55 seconds, while also placing fifth in the 200m dash with a time of 25.46 seconds, both of which were season best times for her. The one relay that raced in the meet was the women’s 4x100m relay, which consisted of freshman Mary Kate Kenny, freshman Morgan Menzzasalma, sophomore Kylie Farrell and sophomore Christina Perrier. The relay team placed third in a time of 50.07 seconds, another season best time.
For the men, sophomore Louis Santelli won first place in the 400m run with a time of 49.30, a season personal best time for him. Santelli’s race was a close one, as he won gold by just 0.27 seconds.
The past few weeks have been especially tedious for the team, given the rainy, muggy weather it has encountered during its practices and meets. With warm and sunny weather on the way, the future looks bright for the track and field teams.
“This weekend’s meet at Johns Hopkins was great because we got in a good mid-season race in nice weather,” said junior Shanna Heaney. “The weather was great, especially after the last few weeks which have been pretty rainy and chilly for the bulk of our races. We’re looking forward to our whole team getting a chance to race this week at Stony Brook.”
The Rams are back in action this weekend on Saturday, April 23. They will be competing in the Wolfie Invitational at Stony Brook University.