Monday, May 22, 2017

A blessed weekend

During his college years, as a member of the track and cross country team (as well as the student body) at Marist College, he was known as “Matt” or “Matty” or “Janzo.” To those pictured here (his college friends and old coach), that’s what we still call him. But we’ll all have to slowly adjust to his new title: Father Jacob Bertrand Janczyk, O.P. It was a humbling honor and blessing to be in Washington, D.C., this past weekend to witness the ordination of Matt as a Roman Catholic Priest of Jesus Christ at St. Dominic Church, and also to be present for his first Mass as Father Janczyk, at St. Peter’s Church. This photo was taken at the Dominican House of Studies, where Matt lived, studied and worshipped for five years. It was a difficult decision to forego commencement at Marist on Saturday, but it was also wonderful to be there in DC for this blessed weekend. We are forever proud of Matt.

Alumni race report: Jillian peaks in Poconos

Extremely pumped and proud of Marist Running Alum Jillian Corley for her phenomenal marathon race at the Run for the Red Marathon in the Poconos this weekend. Jillian was second in the women’s race and 20th overall out of 569 finishers in a startlingly great time of 2:58:41 (6:49 pace). She ran negative splits, too: 1:29:56 for the first 13.1 miles and 1:28:45 for the second 13.1 miles. In the process, she proved that her Boston race in the heat (3:43:47) did not demonstrate her true fitness level. Nicely done, Jillian!

Alumni race report: Fitz sizzles in Brooklyn

Marist Running Alum Ryan Fitzsimons, now running for the Central Park Track Club, had a monster (86-second) PR at the Brooklyn Half Marathon on Saturday. Fitz ran 1:12:06, placed 32nd overall and 14th in his age group, out of a total of 27,440 finishers. He averaged 5:30 per mile for 13.1 miles, and check out these fancy 5km splits:

17:04
34:29 (17:25)
51:30 (17:01)
1:08:26 (16:56)

Good stuff, nicely done!

Thursday, May 18, 2017

Farewell week: Final senior selfie

On Thursday morning, I met with a group of graduating senior men for a few hours. I could have spent all day with them, and I didn’t want our time together to come to a close. I had a similar meeting with a group of graduating women on Wednesday afternoon. For the first time in recent memory, I won’t be at Friday’s or Saturday’s commencement; instead, I will be in Washington, DC, for the solemn ordination into Catholic priesthood of one of our former athletes. It is a special, one-of-a-kind event that I absolutely could not miss. Do I feel guilty about not “being there” for our athletes, after four or five years together? You bet I do. I will miss them greatly and dearly. While this one final selfie was indeed “neat,” saying goodbye to these men and women was far from it. We hope and trust they will stay in touch in the coming years and become loyal alumni. 

Farewell week: Who’s Who ceremony

The first of many celebratory events that we were aware of was on Tuesday afternoon, when several of our athletes were present to accept their entrance into Who’s Who In American Colleges and Universities. Among the track/xc athletes who were selected, the following are in this photo: Ashley Haynes, Bryn Gorberg, Molly Weeks, Brian Edsall. We are proud of them all.

Farewell week: Handing in the van keys

We’re getting toward the conclusion of Senior Week – the week of activities that culminates with the curiously named “Commencement Exercises,’’ also known as graduation, on Saturday (Friday for grad students). I get the idea of why it’s called “commencement” – yeah, you’re starting a new chapter in the rest of your life. I get that. It’s accurate. But a large part of me still yearns and longs for my college years at Marist, which concluded 31 years ago yesterday with my “commencement exercises” way back in 1986. So while it does “commence” the better part of the rest of your life, this is also a week of final farewells.

The first, and by far least meaningful, farewell was to our trusty track vans. Each year, the athletic department leases a fleet of vans. Three of them are assigned to our program. This year, we had a fancy Ford Transit van (Coach Erica usually drove that one), a standard issue white van (Toner was the main driver of that one, at least at 11 a.m. practice), and a curious looking gray van with a metal grate step up to the driver’s side door and another, sagging one, on the passenger side sliding door. This gray van had the most mileage on it and was the funkiest of the fleet. You guessed it, The Old Coach drove that one most days. In fairness? My creaky joints greatly enjoyed the metal grate step-up to the driver’s seat, so I put up with the annoying leather seats and the rather dubious interior odor.


On Wednesday morning, Coach Horton and I went by the Vassar Track one final time to pick up our hurdles. Upon returning to campus, I cleaned out all three vans. Included in the detritus of nine months of practices: Water bottles (empty, full, half-full), a lot of water bottles; granola bar wrappers; training schedule sheets; workout sheets; empty Ziploc bags from my go-to midday snacks of red peppers and celery; a stray sock; empty cups; snow rakes; a half-full gallon jug of water. Listen: From mid-August till mid-May, we spend most mornings and afternoons, and some weekends, driving these vans. They become part of our program. I’ve gassed them up more times than I care to remember; I have consumed (and spilled) my fair share of Stewart’s coffee; I’ve played Radio Woodstock, or WFAN, or more often been overruled for “better” music selections; countless bad puns have been uttered in those vans; seats have gotten sweaty, floors have gotten muddy; we’ve cleaned snow off the windshield and the roof. Basically, they have been OUR vehicles for nine months. So when I was done cleaning up, I handed in the keys and the snow rakes and thought to myself: It won’t be long before the next fleet of vans comes our way during preseason XC. 

Monday, May 15, 2017

Updating the board, May 2017

With the outdoor track season complete, it's time to exhale and send a list of updated school records to the company that updates our record board in the McCann Center. Our invoice will happily be a bit more expensive, as a total of 10 new records were established (seven in women's track and three in men's track). Combined with our seven records indoors (five in women's track and two in men's track), that's a total of 17 school records established in 2016-2017. A fantastic tribute to the hard-working women and men in our program. Here are the updated outdoor track records, as sent to the company for production, for 2017.

Women
100-meter dash: Ashley Haynes 12.44 2017
200-meter dash: Ashley Haynes 25.78 2017
400-meter dash: Danisha Craig 57.83 2017
3,000-steeplechase: Nicki Nesi 10:36.48 2017
4x100 relay: A. Haynes, C. Forrest, D. Boerke, D. Craig 48.76 2017
4x800 relay: S. Bohan, E. Burns, J. Robinson, D. Grohn 9:06.60 2017
4x1500 relay: C. Gambell, E. Burns, S. Bohan, M. Schiffhauer 19:00.29 2017
Men
400-meter hurdles: Joe Cafaro 54.93 2017
4x800 relay: B. Henderson, D. Burns, S. Morrison, S. Morton 7:37.37 2017
4x1500 relay: S. Baig, Z. Ropes, S. Rizzo, S. Morton, 16:00.59 2017

Sunday, May 14, 2017

ECAC Championships: Day 2 results and splits



What a fitting way to cap a record-setting 2016-2017 school year for track and cross country – with another school record! This time, it was our outdoor 4x800 relay team of Shea Bohan, Emily Burns, Jenna Robinson and Denise Grohn that shattered the previous school mark by 3.31 seconds and earned two points with a seventh-place finish at the ECAC meet. The splits were fabulous: Shea led off with a stellar 2:15.51, Emily was next in 2:17.46, Jenna had a monster 2:15.57 and Denise anchored with 2:18.07. Even better? The class years for this particular relay combo = sophomore, sophomore, junior, freshman. Now, that’s neat! Two scoring spots in the meet – Nicki Nesi in the steeple and this relay – means we finished the meet with 4 points. For those keeping score at home, that’s tied for 42nd place. Again, very neat. A great way to head into the summer months.

ECAC Championships, Day 2
Sunday, May 14, 2017
William Weaver Track Stadium
Princeton University
Princeton, New Jersey
400-meter hurdles
35. Debbie Boerke 1:03.83
3,200-meter relay

7. Marist (Shea Bohan 2:15.51, Emily Burns 2:17.46, Jenna Robinson 2:15.57, Denise Grohn 2:18.07) 9:06.60 *school record, old record 9:09.91 by Jenn Horner, Kristen Traub, Jenna Robinson, Janelle Solviletti in 2015

IC4A Championships: Men's results and splits, Day 2

The wonderful career of senior Stefan Morton came to a close with a career-best time in the 1,500-meter run at IC4As. Stefan placed 20th out of 40 entrants and improved his personal-best in the event by about 1.25 seconds. As you can see from his splits, he ran an even and tough race. We are not ready to see his career end, but alas all good things must come to an end. This weekend’s meet, in which we had the largest contingent in school history, is as much about the future as it is the present and the past. The majority of our athletes – including all runners in both 4x800 relays – return for at least one more season, in some cases more than that. And although our men’s relay had a mishap in which third leg Zachary Ropes dropped the baton, it was a good run for the year for our middle-distance crew – of which Stefan was a bit part. We will miss him greatly, but he left an indelible mark on the team.

IC4A Championships, Day 2
Sunday, May 14, 2017
William Weaver Track Stadium
Princeton University
Princeton, New Jersey
1,500-meter run
20. Stefan Morton 3:54.87
Coach Pete splits, from start line: 62.2, 2:05.5 (63.3), 3:08.4 (62.9), 3:54.87 (46.47)
Official race splits, from finish line: 46.99, 1:49.68 (62.69), 2:53.07 (63.40), 3:54.87 (61.81)
3,200-meter relay
11. Marist (Brian Henderson 1:55.10, Drew Burns 1:54.41, Zachary Ropes 2:03.21 (dropped baton), Steven Morrison 1:55.71) 7:48.42

Saturday, May 13, 2017

ECAC/IC4A UPDATED schedule for SUNDAY

IC4A/ECAC Updated Time Schedule
Weaver Stadium, Princeton
Sunday, May 14, 2017
All events final on time, slow to fast
All athletes must check in four events prior, and get hip numbers 30 minutes prior
Clerking has been moved to tunnel by the finish line
Rolling schedule starting at 9:30 a.m.
ECAC 4x100 relay
IC4A 4x100 relay
ECAC 1500
IC4A 1500: Stefan Morton
IC4A 110 hurdles
ECAC 100 hurdles
ECAC 400
IC4A 400
ECAC 100
IC4A 100
ECAC 800
IC4A 800
ECAC 400 hurdles: Debbie Boerke
IC4A 400 hurdles
ECAC 200
IC4A 200
ECAC 3000
ECAC 4x800 relay: Marist team of Shea Bohan, Emily Burns, Denise Grohn, Jenna Robinson
IC4A 4x800 relay: Marist team of Brian Henderson, Drew Burns, Zachary Ropes, Steven Morrison
ECAC 4x400 relay
IC4A 4x400 relay

ECAC/IC4A meet POSTPONED today

Because of impending heavy rain and wind, the majority of today's Day 2 of the IC4A/ECAC meet has been postponed until Sunday. The only events being contested today are the hammer throw and the men's pole vault (moved inside). All track events will be run as a final on time, rolling schedule starting at 9:30 a.m. on Sunday. All of our athletes -- Debbie Boerke in the 400-meter hurdles, Stefan Morton in the 1,500-meter run, and our men's and women's 4x800 relays -- will be racing on Sunday now. More details to follow ...

Friday, May 12, 2017

ECAC Championships: Women's results and splits

Nicki Nesi ended her remarkable career in red and white with a scoring place in the ECAC steeplechase. She admitted to feeling a bit flat and off her game, and her usual fluidity over the barriers was not there on this night. But she was still able to race tough and race well, charging into the scoring pack and earning two points for the team. She graduates with the school record in the event, as well as three of the four fastest times recorded in school history. Wonderful! In the 10,000-meter race, senior Elizabeth Wasserman concluded her strong long-distance career with a solid effort at ECACs. We thank her for her many contributions to the program throughout her three years here after transferring in. This was her second consecutive appearance in the ECAC 10km race.

ECAC Championships, Day 1
Friday, May 12, 2017
William Weaver Track Stadium
Princeton University
Princeton, New Jersey
3,000-meter steeplechase
7. Nicki Nesi 10:40.46 *ECAC All-East scoring placement
709, 2:42 (83), 4:08 (86), 5:34 (86), 7:01 (87), 8:29 (88), 9:55 (86), 10:40.46 (45.46)
10,000-meter run
20. Elizabeth Wasserman 37:10.55
85, 2:51 (86), 4:18 (87), 5:44 (86)
7:13 (89), 8:41 (88), 10:09 (88), 11:37 (88)
13:05 (88), 14:34 (89), 16:02 (88), 17:32 (90)
19:02 (90), 20:33 (91), 22:04 (91), 23:33 (89)
25:04 (91), 26:37 (93), 28:09 (92), 29:41 (92)
31:13 (92), 32:44 (91), 34:14 (90), 35:43 (89)
37:10.55 (87.55)
5km splits: 18:17, 18:53.55
1600m splits: 5:44, 5:53, 5:55, 6:01, 6:08, 6:02

IC4A Championships: Men's results and splits

Our three men in the 10km battled gamely and had mixed results. Sophomore Mike Kennedy ran a strong and tough PR, going out aggressively and hanging on for a career-best time by five seconds. A great way to end what has been a positive second year of collegiate running. Neat. Dietrich Mosel went out with the lead pack, whose pace proved to be a bit too peppy for him and he paid the price. Live and learn. Palmer Weimann ran his second 10km in six days and literally suffered through it. Unbeknownst to all of us watching, Palmer felt a pull and a grab in his calf just five laps (5 laps!) into the 25-lap race. He winced and grimaced his way to a remarkable finish, considering this. Note that he actually INCREASED his pace AFTER his injury. He showed great toughness in gutting through this race.

IC4A Championships, Day 1
Friday, May 12, 2017
William Weaver Track Stadium
Princeton University
Princeton, New Jersey
10,000-meter run
14. Mike Kennedy 31:16.81
73, 2:32 (79), 3:44 (72), 4:56 (72)
6:10 (74), 7:24 (74), 8:38 (74), 9:54 (76)
11:07 (73), 12:21 (74), 13:38 (77), 14:53 (75)
16:05 (72), 17:19 (74), 18:33 (74), 19:50 (77)
21:07 (77), 22:24 (77), 23:40 (76), 24:57 (77)
26:14 (77), 27:30 (76), 28:48 (78), 30:04 (76)
31:16.81 (72.81)
5km splits: 15:30, 15:46.81
1600m splits: 4:56, 4:58, 4:59, 4:57, 5:07, 5:07
19. Dietrich Mosel 31:37.16
72, 2:32 (80), 3:42 (70), 4:53 (71)
6:05 (72), 7:17 (72), 8:30 (73), 9:43 (73)
10:57 (74), 12:10 (73), 13:26 (76), 14:43 (77)
16:00 (77), 17:18 (78), 18:33 (75), 19:55 (80)
21:15 (80), 22:33 (78), 23:52 (79), 25:13 (81)
26:32 (79), 27:52 (80), 29:10 (78), 30:25 (75)
31:37.16 (72.16)
5km splits: 15:21, 16:16.16
1600m splits: 4:53, 4:50, 5:00, 5:12, 5:18, 5:12
20. Palmer Weimann 31:44.97
74, 2:33 (79), 3:46 (73), 5:00 (74)
6:16 (76), 7:32 (76), 8:47 (75), 10:03 (76)
11:19 (76), 12:34 (75), 13:49 (75), 15:03 (74)
16:17 (74), 17:31 (74), 18:46 (75), 20:02 (76)
21:20 (78), 22:36 (76), 23:55 (79), 25:16 (81)
26:33 (77), 27:54 (81), 29:12 (78), 30:28 (76)
31:44.97 (76.97)
5km splits: 15:40, 16:04.97
1600m splits: 5:00, 5:03, 5:00, 4:59, 5:14, 5:12

Thursday, May 11, 2017

IC4A/ECAC Championships: Athletes entered, schedule

We head down to Princeton on Friday for the ECAC and IC4A Championships this weekend. We have what we believe to be our largest contingent of qualifiers for the meet – four individual men and a relay, and three individual women and a relay. The schedule of events is listed below; you’ll note the dubious nature of the schedule (25 minutes allotted for the women’s 10km?), but that’s how it was presented to us. The weather looks horrendous, at least on Saturday – heavy rain, wind and chilly temperatures. Is spring ever going to arrive for good? We’ve been shivering through Little League games and track meets for weeks now – and it’s not just me! I see other parents huddled under blankets or watching games from the warmth of their cars. Come on, man. Anyway! We are proud of our entrants and we are hopeful to extend our stay in Princeton through Sunday. It won’t be easy, but that’s the GOAL. OK!

Friday night distance races
5:20 p.m., ECAC steeplechase: Nicki Nesi
6:20 p.m., ECAC 10,000-meter run: Elizabeth Wasserman
6:45 p.m., IC4A 10,000-meter run: Dietrich Mosel, Mike Kennedy, Palmer Weimann
Saturday events
10:50 a.m., IC4A 1,500-meter trials: Stefan Morton
1:25 p.m., IC4A 4x800 relay trials: Brian Henderson, Drew Burns, Zachary Ropes, Steven Morrison
5:05 p.m., ECAC 400-meter hurdle trials: Debbie Boerke
5:45 p.m., ECAC 4x800 relay trials: Shea Bohan, Emily Burns, Denise Grohn, Jenna Robinson
Sunday events
TBA, based on qualifiers from Saturday

Tunnel of love: Bell lap for an awesome career

The "practice tunnel" has become an on and off tradition for the men's team. When a graduating senior is completing his last interval of his final track workout of his senior year, his teammates form a tunnel at the finish and cheer him (or them) on. This year, because of disjointed schedules last week, we weren't able to continue this tradition for our seniors. But yesterday, as our IC4A-qualifying athletes were doing their final workout of the season, they were able to form a small but meaningful "tunnel" for graduating senior Stefan Morton. As I said in the senior dinner last week, Stefan was a true winner in our program. Every time something special happened on our team in the past four years, Stefan always seemed to be in the middle of it -- closing out a surprise or historic team finish in XC, being part of (or filling in for) the best track relay teams in school history, making IC4As as an individual in the 1,500 two years in a row (I believe no one else has ever done that!). So this tunnel of love was a fitting practice finish to a true heart-and-soul team member for the past four years, a dude we will miss greatly for sure. OK!

Tuesday, May 9, 2017

MAAC Outdoor Championships: One more time

After five loyal years, one more time with this great group of super, super seniors. With love and affection. OK!

Sunday, May 7, 2017

MAAC Outdoor Championships: Men's results and splits, Day 2

The men's team had some strong scoring performances, highlighted by the 4x800 relay team that placed 2nd overall. Our men were leading for much of the race but hung on for a solid runner-up finish in a great time for these conditions. Good stuff. Overall, a positive championship for the men with contributions from many areas of the program. OK!

MAAC Outdoor Track Championships
Sunday, May 7, 2017
Rider University, Lawrenceville, NJ
Day 2: Men’s results and splits
100-meter dash
8. Tim Johnson 11.47
1,500-meter run
6. Stefan Morton 3:59.08
67, 2:11 (64), 3:10 (59), 3:59.08 (49.08)
10. Steven Rizzo 4:01.03
68, 2:11 (63), 3:12 (61), 4:01.03 (49.03)
5,000-meter run
9. Dietrich Mosel 15:10.65
71, 2:24 (73), 3:40 (76), 4:53 (73)
6:07 (74), 7:22 (75), 8:33 (71), 9:46 (73)
10:58 (72), 12:13 (75), 13:24 (71), 14:36 (72)
15:10.65 (34.65)
11. Mike Kennedy 15:15.20
74, 2:26 (72), 3:42 (76), 4:54 (72)
6:07 (73), 7:22 (75), 8:35 (73), 9:46 (71)
10:58 (72), 12:12 (74), 13:25 (73), 14:37 (72)
15:15.20 (38.20)
15. Saad Baig 15:24.46
74, 2:28 (74), 3:42 (74), 4:55 (73)
6:09 (74), 7:25 (76), 8:36 (71), 9:51 (75)
11:05 (76), 12:21 (76), 13:37 (76), 14:53 (76)
15:24.46 (31.46)
20. Steven Rizzo 15:34.33
72, 2:24 (72), 3:40 (76), 4:53 (73)
6:09 (76), 7:25 (76), 8:33 (78), 9:46 (73)
11:01 (75), 12:20 (79), 13:38 (77), 14:56 (78)
15:34.33 (38.33)
22. Joe Miller 15:40.66
72, 2:27 (75), 3:42 (75), 4:55 (73)
6:09 (74), 7:25 (76), 8:42 (77), 10:00 (78)
11:17 (77), 12:34 (77), 13:52 (78), 15:06 (74)
15:40.66 (34.66)
23. Alex Hogue 15:41.36
75, 2:29 (74), 3:45 (76), 4:59 (74)
6:14 (75), 7:28 (74), 8:45 (77), 10:01 (76)
11:18 (77), 12:37 (79), 13:54 (77), 15:08 (74)
15:41.36 (33.36)
110-meter hurdles
4. Josh Taylor 15.10
400-meter hurdles
4. Joe Cafaro 55.59
8. Sean Patterson 57.78
400-meter relay
4-Marist (Joe Cafaro, Josh Taylor, Sean Patterson, Tim Johnson) 43.39
1,600-meter relay
5. Marist (Sean Patterson 52.5, Joe Cafaro 50.0, Stefan Morton 54.1, Tim Johnson 52.5) 3:29.32
3,200-meter relay
2-Marist (Brian Henderson 1:56.84, Drew Burns 1:56.15, Zach Ropes 1:55.10, Steven Morrison 1:56.41) 7:44.51
Men’s final team standings
1-Monmouth 225, 2. Rider 194.5, 3. Manhattan 169.5, 4. Iona 94, 5. Canisius 41, 6. Marist 36, 7. Siena 31, 8. St. Peter’s 27


MAAC Outdoor Championships: Women's results and splits, Day 2

The final day of the MAAC meet at Rider featured mostly horrendous weather -- overcast and chilly, with spitting rain at times. Definitely not conducive to championship performances, but the meet had its exciting moments, for sure. As with all MAAC meets, it's an oddly sad experience as our three-season run for the entire team comes to an abrupt halt. Oh sure, we have ECAC/IC4As this coming weekend, but the majority of the team is done now, which comes with sadness.

MAAC Outdoor Track Championships
Sunday, May 7, 2017
Rider University, Lawrenceville, NJ
Day 2: Women’s results and splits
400-meter dash
5. Danisha Craig 58.43
5,000-meter run
9. Mara Schiffhauer 17:57.21
87, 3:01 (94), 4:30 (89), 5:51 (81)
7:13 (88), 8:36 (83), 10:00 (84), 11:28 (85)
12:51 (93), 14:20 (89), 15:50 (90), 17:17 (87)
17:57.21 (40.21)
21. Elizabeth Wasserman 18:39.05
88, 3:02 (94), 4:31 (89), 5:52 (81)
7:16 (84), 8:46 (90), 10:18 (88), 11:50 (92)
13:21 (91), 14:53 (92), 16:27 (94), 17:56 (89)
18:39.05 (44.05)
22. Annie Gould 18:42.00
88, 3:02 (94), 4:32 (90), 5:53 (81)
7:21 (88), 8:49 (88), 10:18 (89), 11:50 (92)
13:21 (91), 14:53 (92), 16:27 (94), 17:58 (91)
18:42.00 (44.00)
24. Brianne Vess 19:00.43
89, 3:03 (94), 4:33 (90), 5:59 (86)
7:27 (88), 9:00 (93), 10:32 (92), 12:04 (92)
13:38 (94), 15:11 (93), 16:46 (95), 18:19 (93)
19:00.43 (41.43)
29. Hannah Albert 19:23.90
89, 3:03 (94), 4:34 (91), 6:02 (88)
7:34 (92), 9:07 (93), 10:41 (94), 12:16 (95)
13:50 (94), 15:27 (97), 17:02 (95), 18:38 (96)
19:23.90 (45.90)
1,600-meter relay
4. Marist (Molly Weeks 60.8, Debbie Boerke 59.5, Jenn Horner 60.88, Danisha Craig 59.15), 4:00.68
3,200-meter relay
5. Marist (Shea Bohan 2:20.31, Denise Grohn 2:23.68, Emily Franko 2:21.51, Emily Burns 2:24.35) 9:31.57
High jump
11. Fallon Quigley 1.50 meters
Women’s final team standings
1-Monmouth 267, 2. Rider 139.5, 3. Manhattan 131, 4. Quinnipiac 101, 5. Iona 71, 6. Marist 34, 7. Siena 31, 8. Canisius 16, 9. St. Peter’s 14.5, 10. Niagara 11

Saturday, May 6, 2017

MAAC Outdoor Championships: School record, two medals ... neat!

You know. The women's steeplechase was such a noteworthy event that it's worth yet another post. Nicki Nesi and Ali Bartolotta earned top-three medals (Nicki was 2nd in her school-record time and Ali was 3rd with a blazing last-lap kick). Kind of cool that the fifth-year senior (Nicki) has set a new standard for the freshman (Ali Bartolotta) to chase in the future. By the way, Nicki obliterated her previous PR and the wonderful school record by Britt Burns. She'll give it one more go at ECACs next Friday night. For now, let's savor a job well done on Saturday at Rider. OK!
3,000-meter steeplechase
2. Nicki Nesi 10:36.48 *ECAC qualifier, **school record, old record 10:43.41 by Brittany Burns in 2011
87, 2:59 (92), 4:30 (91), 6:02 (92), 7:33 (91), 9:01 (88), 10:24 (83), 10:36.48 (12.48)
3. Ali Bartolotta 10:51.99
87, 2:59 (92), 4:31 (92), 6:04 (93), 7:38 (94), 9:13 (95), 10:42 (89), 10:51.99 (9.99)

MAAC Outdoor Championships: Women's steeple bonanza!

We knew we'd have a good chance at a big day in the women's steeplechase. And by golly, we sure did! We achieved four scoring places, highlighted by Nicki Nesi's stellar 2nd-place finish and school-record performance. Nicely done, ladies!

3,000-meter steeplechase
2. Nicki Nesi 10:36.48 *ECAC qualifier, **school record, old record 10:43.41 by Brittany Burns in 2011
87, 2:59 (92), 4:30 (91), 6:02 (92), 7:33 (91), 9:01 (88), 10:24 (83), 10:36.48 (12.48)
3. Ali Bartolotta 10:51.99
87, 2:59 (92), 4:31 (92), 6:04 (93), 7:38 (94), 9:13 (95), 10:42 (89), 10:51.99 (9.99)
5. Jordan Casey 11:06.56
87, 3:00 (93), 4:32 (92), 6:08 (96), 7:45 (97), 9:21 (96), 10:55 (94), 11:06.56 (11.56)
6. Emily Burns 11:14.35
87, 2:59 (92), 4:31 (92), 6:08 (97), 7:47 (99), 9:25 (98), 11:01 (96), 11:14.35 (13.35)

MAAC Outdoor Championships: Women's results/splits, Day 1

MAAC Outdoor Track Championships
Saturday, May 6, 2017
Rider University, Lawrenceville, NJ
Day 1: Women’s results and splits
100-meter dash
12. Ashley Haynes 12.83
14. Candhace Forrest 12.94
20. Lauren Adams 13.13
200-meter dash
9. Ashley Haynes 26.13
18. Lauren Adams 26.93
400-meter dash
6. Danisha Craig 58.90 *qualified for finals
14. Jenn Horner 1:00.81
15. Molly Weeks 1:01.39
19. Olivia Gage 1:02.72
800-meter run
12. Alyssa Hurlbut 2:28.14 (first lap = 71.53)
1,500-meter run
15. Denise Grohn 4:44.10
76, 2:32 (76), 3:49 (77), 4:44.10 (73.15 last 400m)
16. Shea Bohan 4:44.85
75, 2:31 (76), 3:49 (78), 4:44.85 (74.13 last 400m)
17. Jenna Robinson 4:45.08
72, 2:31 (79), 3:48 (77), 4:45.08 (74.87 last 400m)
21. Emily Franko 4:46.24
74, 2:33 (79), 3:49 (76), 4:46.24 (74.58 last 400m)
22. Christine Gambell 4:48.55
74, 2:33 (79), 3:49 (76), 4:48.55 (76.95 last 400m)
23. Bryn Gorberg 4:49.24
75, 2:33 (78), 3:50 (77), 4:49.24 (77.24 last 400m)
25. Boushra Belkhir 4:54.02
80, 2:38 (78), 3:52 (74), 4:54.02 (79.33 last 400m)
400-meter hurdles
9. Debbie Boerke 1:04.17
19. Courtney Cartwright 1:10.56
20. Alexandra Hernandez 1:10.63
3,000-meter steeplechase
2. Nicki Nesi 10:36.48 *ECAC qualifier, **school record, old record 10:43.41 by Brittany Burns in 2011
87, 2:59 (92), 4:30 (91), 6:02 (92), 7:33 (91), 9:01 (88), 10:24 (83), 10:36.48 (12.48)
3. Ali Bartolotta 10:51.99
87, 2:59 (92), 4:31 (92), 6:04 (93), 7:38 (94), 9:13 (95), 10:42 (89), 10:51.99 (9.99)
5. Jordan Casey 11:06.56
87, 3:00 (93), 4:32 (92), 6:08 (96), 7:45 (97), 9:21 (96), 10:55 (94), 11:06.56 (11.56)
6. Emily Burns 11:14.35
87, 2:59 (92), 4:31 (92), 6:08 (97), 7:47 (99), 9:25 (98), 11:01 (96), 11:14.35 (13.35)

MAAC Outdoor Championships: Men's results/splits, Day 1

Along with several qualifiers for Sunday's final, the big highlight from Day 1 was Palmer Weimann's stellar 10km debut -- he qualified for the IC4A Championships! He will join teammates Dietrich Mosel and Mike Kennedy at the meet next Friday in Princeton. Here are the Day 1 numbers.

MAAC Outdoor Track Championships
Saturday, May 6, 2017
Rider University, Lawrenceville, NJ
Day 1: Men’s results and splits
100-meter dash
8. Tim Johnson 11.65 *qualified for finals
200-meter dash
11. Tim Johnson 23.09
800-meter run
9. Steven Morrison 1:55.11 (first lap = 54.94)
10. Zachary Ropes 1:55.31 (first lap = 57.15)
12. Drew Burns 1:55.74 (first lap = 57.79)
15. Brian Henderson 1:56.37 (first lap = 55.39)
20. Nate Lungarini 2:00.55 (first lap = 58.05)
24. Tanner Senius 2:02.42 (first lap = 57.88)
28. Josh Siegel 2:04.38 (first lap = 59.22)
1,500-meter run
1-Stefan Morton 3:57.88 *qualified for final
64, 2:09 (65), 3:13 (64), 3:57.88 (58.77 last 400m)
4. Steven Rizzo 3:58.61 *qualified for final
64, 2:10 (66), 3:14 (64), 3:58.61 (58.97 last 400m)
14. Saad Baig 4:03.42
66, 2:12 (66), 3:16 (64), 4:03.42 (63.42 last 400m)
19. Anthony Colasanto 4:08.47
66, 2:11 (65), 3:17 (66), 4:08.47 (67.41 last 400m)
10,000-meter run
5. Palmer Weimann 31:21.84 *IC4A qualifier
75, 2:31 (76), 3:45 (74), 4:58 (73)
6:14 (76), 7:30 (76), 8:45 (75), 10:00 (75)
11:15 (75), 12:31 (76), 13:46 (75), 15:01 (75)
16:17 (76), 17:34 (77), 18:49 (75), 20:05 (76)
21:22 (77), 22:37 (75), 22:54 (77), 25:10 (76)
26:25 (75), 27:43 (78), 29:02 (79), 30:13 (71)
31:21.84 (68.84)
5km splits: 15:39, 15:42
1600m splits: 4:58, 5:02, 5:01, 5:04, 5:05, 5:03
14. Chris Rivas 32:21.15
76, 2:32 (76), 3:48 (76), 5:04 (76)
6:22 (78), 7:38 (76), 8:54 (76), 10:11 (77)
11:29 (78), 12:45 (76), 14:03 (78), 15:20 (77)
16:39 (79), 17:57 (78), 19:16 (79), 20:34 (78)
21:53 (79), 23:11 (78), 24:30 (79), 25:48 (78)
27:06 (78), 28:25 (79), 29:45 (80), 31:04 (79)
32:21.15 (77.15)
5km splits: 16:00, 16:21.15
110-meter hurdles
8. Josh Taylor 15.55 *qualified for finals
400-meter hurdles
3. Sean Patterson 55.39 *qualified for finals
4. Joe Cafaro 55.82 *qualified for finals
3,000-meter steeplechase
11. Riley Hughes 9:55.78
80, 2:41 (81), 4:03 (82), 5:26 (83), 6:51 (85), 8:10 (89), 9:45 (85), 9:55.78 (10.78)
14. Alex Hogue 10:08.29
83, 2:44 (81), 4:07 (83), 5:34 (87), 7:02 (88), 8:30 (88), 9:56 (86), 10:08.29 (12.29)

MAAC Outdoor Championships: Sunday schedule and qualifiers

MAAC Outdoor Track Championships
Rider University, Lawrenceville, NJ
Time schedule, order of events and Marist entries
Sunday, May 7
10:00 a.m., women’s high jump: Fallon Quigley
12:00pm 4x100m (W): Marist A
12:05pm 4x100m (M): Marist A
12:10pm 1500m (W): No entries
12:17pm 1500m (M): Stefan Morton, Steven Rizzo
12:30pm 100m Hurdles (W): No entries
12:40pm 110m Hurdles (M): Josh Taylor
12:55pm 400m (W): Danisha Craig
1:00pm 400m (M): No entries
1:15pm 100m (W): No entries
1:20pm 100m (M): Tim Johnson
1:30pm 800m (W): No entries
1:35pm 800m (M): No entries
1:50pm 400m Int. Hurdles (W): No entries
2:00pm 400m Int. Hurdles (M): Sean Patterson, Joe Cafaro
2:10pm 200m (W): No entries
2:15pm 200m (M): No entries
2:25pm 5000m (W): Hannah Albert, Annie Gould, Mara Schiffhauer, Brianne Vess, Elizabeth Wasserman
2:50pm 5000m (M): Saad Baig, Alex Hogue, Mike Kennedy, Joe Miller, Dietrich Mosel, Steven Rizzo, Palmer Weimann
3:10pm 4x800m Relay (W): Marist A
3:25pm 4x800m Relay (M): Marist A
3:40pm 4x400m (W): Marist A
3:55pm 4x400m (M): Marist A

MAAC Outdoor Championships: Schedule and Marist entries

We are on the bus down to Rider for the MAAC Outdoor meet. Here is the time schedule, order of events and Marist entries. We will update this later tonight to reflect who advanced from today's trials into Sunday's finals. Hope to see you there. OK!

MAAC Outdoor Track Championships
Rider University, Lawrenceville, NJ
Time schedule, order of events and Marist entries
Saturday, May 6
2:15pm 1500m (W) Trials: Boushra Belkhir, Shea Bohan, Emily Franko, Christine Gambell, Bryn Gorberg, Denise Grohn, Jenna Robinson
2:30pm 1500m (M) Trials: Saad Baig, Anthony Colasanto, Stefan Morton, Steven Rizzo
2:50pm 110m Hurdles (W) Trials: No entries
3:00pm 100m Hurdles (M) Trials: Josh Taylor
3:10pm 400m (W) Trials: Danisha Craig, Olivia Gage, Jenn Horner, Molly Weeks
3:20pm 400m (M) Trials: No entries
3:30pm 100m (W) Trials: Lauren Adams, Candhace Forrest, Ashley Haynes
3:40pm 100m (M) Trials: Tim Johnson
3:55pm 800m (W) Trials: Alyssa Hurlbut
4:10pm 800m (M) Trials: Drew Burns, Brian Henderson, Nate Lungarini, Steven Morrison, Zachary Ropes, Tanner Senius, Josh Siegel
4:25pm 400m Int. Hurdles (W) Trials: Debbie Boerke, Courtney Cartwright, Alexandra Hernandez
4:40pm 400m Int. Hurdles (M) Trials: Joe Cafaro, Sean Patterson
4:55pm 200m (W) Trials: Lauren Adams, Ashley Haynes
5:05pm 200m (M) Trials: Tim Johnson
5:20pm 3,000 M Steeplechase (W): Ali Bartolotta, Emily Burns, Jordan Casey, Nicki Nesi
5:35pm 3,000 M Steeplechase (M): Alex Hogue, Riley Hughes
5:50pm 10,000 M Run (W): No entries
6:30pm 10,000 M Run (M): Chris Rivas, Palmer Weimann
Sunday, May 7
10:00 a.m., women’s high jump: Fallon Quigley
12:00pm 4x100m (W): Marist A
12:05pm 4x100m (M): Marist A
12:10pm 1500m (W): TBA
12:17pm 1500m (M): TBA
12:30pm 100m Hurdles (W): No entries
12:40pm 110m Hurdles (M): TBA
12:55pm 400m (W): TBA
1:00pm 400m (M): No entries
1:15pm 100m (W): TBA
1:20pm 100m (M): TBA
1:30pm 800m (W): TBA
1:35pm 800m (M): TBA
1:50pm 400m Int. Hurdles (W): TBA
2:00pm 400m Int. Hurdles (M): TBA
2:10pm 200m (W): TBA
2:15pm 200m (M): TBA
2:25pm 5000m (W): Hannah Albert, Annie Gould, Mara Schiffhauer, Brianne Vess, Elizabeth Wasserman
2:50pm 5000m (M): Saad Baig, Alex Hogue, Mike Kennedy, Joe Miller, Dietrich Mosel, Steven Rizzo, Palmer Weimann
3:10pm 4x800m Relay (W): Marist A
3:25pm 4x800m Relay (M): Marist A
3:40pm 4x400m (W): Marist A
3:55pm 4x400m (M): Marist A

Vassar Twilight Meet: Men's results and splits

For you split geeks (I'm one of you!), the clipboard went AWOL for awhile but it did return in time for the 5km and 10km. Thanks to Saad Baig for making sense of things in the frenetic 5km and recording accurate splits there for everyone. 

Final collegiate races for Omar Perez, Zach Toner and Jake Hensler. They went out with smiles and tears and surrounded by their best friends. It’s why we love this meet. Some excellent springboard races for the returning guys – should provide plenty of motivation to Be Better, this summer and beyond. And a strong and earnest effort by freshman sprinter Santosh Krishnan in the 200-meter dash. All around … very neat!

Matthew Vassar Twilight
Vassar College, Poughkeepsie, NY
Friday, May 5, 2017
Men’s results (and some splits)
200-meter dash
12. Santosh Krishnan 23.78
400-meter dash
9. Matthew Hawker (unattached) 55.14
800-meter run
3. Mark Cappuccitti 2:01.41
1,500-meter run
11. Eamonn Beers 4:15.00
17. Zach Toner 4:21.21
5,000-meter run
3. Spencer Johnson (unattached) 15:03.43
70, 2:22 (72), 3:35 (73), 4:47 (72)
6:00 (73), 7:12 (72), 8:25 (73), 9:38 (73)
10:51 (73), 12:04 (73), 13:17 (73), 14:30 (73)
15:03.43 (33.43)
13. Brian Edsall 15:56.61
75, 2:34 (79), 3:50 (76), 5:06 (76)
6:21 (75), 7:39 (78), 8:55 (76), 10:13 (78)
11:28 (75), 12:46 (78), 14:04 (78), 15:20 (76)
15:56.61 (36.61)
15. Elias Platanias 15:58.29
74, 2:32 (78), 3:47 (75), 5:02 (75)
6:18 (76), 7:36 (78), 8:50 (74), 10:06 (76)
11:25 (79), 12:44 (79), 14:03 (79), 15:23 (80)
15:58.29 (35.29)
16. Conor Stack 15:59.42
72, 2:32 (80), 3:47 (75), 5:02 (75)
6:18 (76), 7:36 (78), 8:55 (79), 10:11 (76)
12:52 (81), 14:12 (80), 15:27 (75), 15:59.42 (32.42)
18. Will Esposito 16:00.50
75, 2:35 (80), 3:50 (75), 5:06 (76)
6:22 (76), 7:41 (79), 8:58 (77), 10:18 (80)
11:38 (80), 12:58 (80), 14:17 (79), 15:28 (71)
16:00.50 (32.50)
20. Dan Hillman 16:02.71
74, 2:32 (78), 3:47 (75), 5:02 (75)
6:19 (77), 7:38 (79), 8:55 (77), 10:13 (78)
11:34 (81), 12:53 (79), 14:11 (78), 15:27 (76)
16:02.71 (35.71)
22. Omar Perez 16:09.15
74, 2:32 (78), 3:47 (75), 5:02 (75)
6:19 (77), 7:38 (79), 8:55 (77), 10:13 (78)
11:31 (78), 12:53 (82), 14:13 (80), 15:32 (79)
16:09.15 (37.15)
10,000-meter run
3. Will Duggan 34:04.39
81, 2:43 (82), 4:03 (80), 5:24 (81)
6:44 (80), 8:04 (80), 9:25 (81), 10:45 (80)
12:06 (81), 13:27 (81), 14:48 (81), 16:10 (82)
17:31 (81), 18:52 (81), 20:13 (81), 21:35 (82)
22:57 (82), 24:20 (83), 25:44 (84), 27:07 (83)
28:31 (84), 29:56 (85), 31:20 (84), 32:44 (84)
34:04.39 (80.39)
3,000-meter steeplechase
2. Jake Hensler 11:02.64

Vassar Twilight Meet: Women's results

With the exception of freshman sprinter Abby Smith (who nearly missed her race, thinking the scheduled alumni/faculty mile was going to be held! … but ultimately put in a solid effort), this was a senior-fest. Kerri Flynn, Jackie Bunce and Kim Schwartz ran their final collegiate races. Brie Vess ran her eyebrow-raising -- but ultimately harmless -- penultimate college race (yeah, she broke 70 in the 400, as was her GOAL), with the MAAC 5km to close out her career. Redshirt Janelle Solviletti set the table for what we anticipate will be a great fifth year in track with a dominant win in the 5km. And alum Kelley Gould, now a strong half/full marathoner, ran a strong and steady 5km race. Off to Rider for MAACs now. OK!

Matthew Vassar Twilight
Vassar College, Poughkeepsie, NY
Friday, May 5, 2017
Women’s results
400-meter dash
3. Abby Smith 1:05.70
4. Brianne Vess 1:07.68
1,500-meter run
14. Kerri-Anne Flynn 5:25.75
19. Jackie Bunce 5:41.71
5,000-meter run
1-Janelle Solviletti (unattached) 18:05.92
19. Kelley Gould (Marist Alumni Racing Team) 19:51.89
25. Kim Schwartz 21:22.66

Friday, May 5, 2017

Vassar Twilight Meet: Misty-eyed on our "home" track

The ominous forecast turned out to be a dud -- this is a great thing! -- as the weather for tonight's last-ever Matthew Vassar Twilight track meet was nearly perfect for the athletes -- overcast, damp, cool, no wind. It did start misting and raining during the final event of the night, the men's 10km. But otherwise! The conditions were nearly ideal for the runners and most of the field events. The misty end to the evening was fitting, as this meet always proves to be another melancholy moment for our graduating seniors -- some of whom ran their final collegiate races in the red and white at Vassar. In some ways, finishing their careers on this track is more poignant than going out with a final race at the MAAC meet at Rider. How many mornings and afternoons have we spent here on our "home" track, doing workouts? How many van rides have we made over to Hooker Avenue? Way too many to count. We had some stellar final performances, and some of our younger athletes really ended their seasons on a positive note as well. A great finish to their seasons, and a good start to our weekend. I've often said this is one of my favorite track nights of the year, and tonight was no different. We'll miss this meet greatly. Results are not yet available. I will post them later or in the morning.