Track and Field Hosts Elkin Invitational


Fordham’s track and field teams collected eight wins at the Elkin Invitaitonal. (Courtesy of Fordham Athletics)

Mike Messina, Contributing writer

Fordham Track and Field was ecstatic this past Friday, Jan. 10, when it was able to host the Robert Elkin Invitational right here in the Bronx. Students from Stony Brook, La Salle and Iona all packed into the Lombardi Center and tried to take down the Rams.

The Rams had a successful day, taking home wins in eight different events. Fordham ran the show in the relay department, winning three of the four relay events. The women’s 4×800 relay, including senior Sydney Snow, sophomore Helen Connolly, freshman Taylor Mascetta and freshman Alexandra Thomas won with a time of 9:51.88. Following their performance, the men’s 4×800 team which consists of junior Jack Keegan, sophomore Jeremiah LaDuca, junior Christopher Strzelinski and senior Sean Sullivan took home gold with an outstanding time of 8:00.42. To cap off a fantastic day of relays for the Rams, the men’s 4×400 team of junior Arthur Gooden Jr, junior Kyle Mack, junior Anthony Misko and freshman Erik Brown took home the win, clocking in at 3:22.79.

While the Rams had already made a statement throughout the day, this was not the end of their winnings. Senior Ryan Kutch, already a decorated athlete here at Fordham, took home first place in the mile run with an impeccable time of 4:18.11. Sophomore Zalen Nelson and junior Nikolas Reardon also took first place in their respective events with Nelson finishing the 800-meter run in 1:57.82 and Reardon with a distance of 23’4″ in the long jump. Continuing his success, Reardon added a second-place finish in the triple jump, coming in at 44’6″. Sophomore Alec Wargo finished second in both the weight throw and the shot put.

The women were no strangers to first and second place finishes. Junior Sarrinagh Budris competed in the 400-meter run, finishing in 59.46 seconds, while sophomore Helen Connolly ran in the 800-meter, coming in at 2:21.71. Freshman Radha Dooley was the next athlete to be showcased at the Robert Elkin Invitational, taking second place in the high jump, clearing 5’ 1 1/4”, where sophomore teammate Jane Dyer-Kennedy was the runner up in the triple jump. Fordham rounded out its day in the women’s 4×400 relay, where senior Gabrielle Schreib, sophomore Dominique Valentine and freshman Mary Kathryn Underwood took second place, finishing with a time of 4:06.43.

Fordham came in first out of five teams in the women’s competition with an outstanding 66 points. The men’s team also finished first, scoring 69.5 points, 22.5 points ahead of the second place La Salle team, which scored 47 points. Then came Manhattan in third place with 35.5 points, Stony Brook in fourth place with 34 points and Iona in fifth place with only 26 points.