Monday, January 26, 2015

Community service at West Point


Thanks to senior Alexia Santiago for sharing these photos and this information, and for continuing to be a team leader (along with several others) in our community service initiatives.

On Sunday, January 25, a total of 21 Marist Track and Field members drove to the United States Military Academy at West Point with Marist softball, their “sister” team, to assist Wreaths Across America collect previously distributed holiday wreaths from 3,500 graves. And after, we all visited the West Point Museum.

Team members in attendance: Spencer Johnson, Ken Walshak, Saad Baig, Stefan Morton, Zach Toner, Charlie Asaro, Tyler Schwarz, Josh Siegel, Danielle Asaro, Jennifer Horner, Tim Johnson, Molly Weeks, Meaghan Gillespie, Cassandra Iacono, Kelly Nash, Joe Cafaro , Alex Cunningham , Brandon Heard, Fallon Quigley, Nate Lungarini, Alexia Santiago.

Racewalk victory: Kristi Licursi opens strong

Sophomore racewalker Kristi Licursi, who made USATF Juniors last year in the event, opened up her 2015 season with a victory at the USATF Adirondack All Comers meet at Union College in Schenectady last Friday night. The walk distance was 1,500 meters, but there appeared to be some confusion with the finish line, as Kristi explained in a text:

"The sheet my lap counter gave me says 7:42 but they messed up my finish because they didn't tell me where the exact finish was, so I stopped before the line and then was told to keep going so my real time was faster but that is what they recorded when I crossed the line!" Phew. Got that?

In defense of Kristi, the Union indoor track is a bit challenging. I recall racing there back in the 1980s. If it's the same facility now as then (and, judging by what I found at the Union web site, it is), it's a square track, probably in the 150- to 160-meter range, which makes start and finish areas for all distances rather chaotic. As this winter storm approaches, oh how we would love to have such a sub-standard facility on which to train (you know, like the one we used to have)!

Great job, Kristi, and here's hoping for bigger and better racewalking results as the semester progresses.

Winter Storm: Practice decision



The Winter Storm Warning for our area officially began at 1 p.m. today. It continues until 1 a.m. on Wednesday. Flurries began breaking out during the late morning. By a little after noon, the flurries became more consistent, into what most of us would refer to as “snow.”


This left us with a difficult decision. We were scheduled to travel to SUNY New Paltz for our indoor track workout. We travel in the athletic department vans. Sometimes our students drive these vans. And it was snowing. And, a big storm is on the way. The wheels in my head started spinning. Should we stay or should we go? It was a tough call, but we decided to play it safe and stay on campus for some North Field hills – a LOT colder than the fall versions of this practice … it was 19 degrees and snowing.

Could we have gone to New Paltz? Probably. The roads were mostly wet and passable. But you never know. And those vans are top-heavy and not the most reliable vehicles on snowy roads. We opted for the safe decision and our sprint athletes got their work in, all bundled up as you can see. Hopefully, the storm will be cleared out and we can dig out in enough time to venture back to New Paltz on Wednesday for some track work.

Winter storm: Early warning

Friday meets like the past two weeks afford me as a track coach the rare luxury of a weekend “off” from competition. It’s odd to get a glimpse of how the rest of the world spends their Saturdays. Such was the case a few days ago. After we swept away what will seem like mere nuisance snow (about 4-6 inches in these parts) compared to what’s coming, Heidi and I went to Sears to shop for new appliances. (Side note: We are totally renovating our kitchen and laundry room; our house is in utter disarray; but, the finished product should be worth the wait; if interested in the progress, I suggest you “friend” Heidi on Facebook as she has been chronicling the work on a near daily basis).


While shopping for said appliances, I got a text from Hild. Nothing unusual there, he is a regular texting correspondent. He knows full well that I am a Certified Weather Geek. However, even he took me by surprise with the text, time stamped 2:26 p.m.: “Apparently we could get 3-5 feet of snow next week?’’ My curt reply, as I was sifting through information on Kenmore dishwashers, was “Not that I’m aware.”

Word did not really start circulating about this storm till midday Sunday. Now, the hype is out of control, and probably with good reason. They’re talking feet and not inches with this storm. Hild was ahead of the curve on this one. It pains me to admit when Hild is right (which is most of the time). Here we go again.

Be safe in the storm. Here’s hoping that you and/or loved ones do not lose power. Happy shoveling.

Friday, January 23, 2015

Metro Team Challenge: Women's results and splits

Kristen Traub was the big highlight, with her awesome ECAC qualifier and strong anchor leg of the DMR. There were several other notable performances:

--Senior captain Danielle Asaro's season-best in the 60 dash of 8.00 despite dealing with hamstring issue all week. Nicely done!
--Sophomore Jenn Horner with a fabulous double -- 800 and 4x400.
--Senior Siobhan Pokorney with a personal-best high jump -- she's having a great season!

Thanks to Nicki Nesi with excellent assistance with results and splits.

Metro Team Challenge
Friday, January 23, 2015
Armory Track and Field Center
Women’s results and splits
60-meter dash
16. Danielle Asaro 8.00
31. Ashley Haynes 8.29
49. Alexia Santiago 8.96
200-meter dash
24. Ashley Haynes 26.90
400-meter dash
39. Alexandra Hernandez 1:01.88
41. Courtney Cartwright 1:02.17
47. Cassandra Iacono 1:03.53
800-meter run
32. Jenn Horner 2:25.94
36, 73 (37), 1:52 (39), 2:25.94 (33.94)
43. Kelly Nash 2:35.40
35, 73 (38), 1:55 (42), 2:35.40 (40.40)
48. Lauren Traina 2:41.36
37, 75 (38), 1:57 (42), 2:41.36 (44.36)
1,000-meter run
4. Kristen Traub 2:56.11 *ECAC qualifier
34, 68 (34), 1:45 (37), 2:21 (36), 2:56.11 (35.11)
21. Bryn Gorberg 3:13.76
37, 74 (37), 1:52 (38), 2:32 (40), 3:13.76 (41.76)
24. Olivia Lappas 3:17.80
37, 76 (39), 1:57 (41), 2:37 (40), 3:17.80 (40.80)
Mile run
36. Brianna Freestone 5:35.12
41, 81 (40), 2:02 (41), 2:44 (42), 3:26 (42), 4:09 (43), 4:53 (44), 5:35.12 (42.12)
39. Brianne Vess 5:40.83
45, 86 (41), 2:07 (41), 2:51 (44), 3:33 (42), 4:17 (44), 5:00 (43), 5:40.83 (40.83)
44. Taylor Mueller 6:01.14
46, 86 (40), 2:08 (42), 2:53 (45), 3:39 (46), 4:25 (46), 5:13 (48), 6:01.14 (48.14)
3,000-meter run
28. Bianca Luparello 11:26.51
41, 85 (44), 2:08 (43), 2:52 (44), 3:34 (42)
4:20 (46), 5:05 (45), 5:51 (46), 6:39 (48), 7:27 (48)
8:15 (48), 9:04 (49), 9:54 (50), 10:41 (47), 11:26.51 (45.51)
Kilometer splits: 3:34, 3:53, 3:59.51
1,600-meter relay
18. Marist (Alex Hernandez 63.8, Jenn Horner 61.0, Olivia Jaquith 62.4, Courtney Cartwright 62.3) 4:09.77
Distance medley relay
5. Marist (Janelle Solviletti 3:50.5, Danisha Craig 61.1, Molly Weeks 2:28.8, Kristen Traub 5:05.9) 12:26.42
Janelle Solviletti: 36, 75 (39), 1:52 (37), 2:31 (38), 3:10 (39), 3:50.5 (40.5)
Danisha Craig: 29, 61.1
Molly Weeks: 34, 70 (36), 1:49 (39), 2:28.8 (39.8)
Kristen Traub: 36, 73 (37), 1:53 (40), 2:32 (39), 3:12 (40), 3:53 (41), 4:30 (37), 5:05.9 (35.9)
High jump
12 (tie). Siobhan Pokorney 1.50 meters (4 feet, 11 inches)
12 (tie). Fallon Quigley 1.50 meters (4 feet, 11 inches)

Metro Team Challenge: Men's results and splits

Thanks to Nicki Nesi for providing great assistance with split-taking duties today. She was excellent. Here are the results ... not too many highlights ... Spencer Johnson and Brian Edsall with solid PRs. Full complement of entries next week at Terrier.

Metro Team Challenge
Friday, January 23, 2015
Armory Track and Field Center
Men’s results and splits
60-meter dash
23. Tyler Schwarz 7.35
34. Brandon Heard 7.53
37. Joe Cafaro 7.70
200-meter dash
27. Tyler Schwarz 23.80
400-meter dash
31. Tim Johnson 52.07
42. Zach Berzal 52.59
800-meter run
11. Steven Morrison 1:58.29
27.4, 55.9 (28.5), 1:26.0 (30.1), 1:58.29 (32.29)
26. Nestor Taylor 2:00.78
28, 57 (29), 1:28 (31), 2:00.78 (32.78)
1,000-meter run
17. Mark Vuono 2:40.15
31, 64 (33), 1:36 (32), 2:08 (32), 2:40.15 (32.15)
18. Nate Lungarini 2:40.17
31, 65 (34), 1:37 (32), 2:09 (32), 2:40.17 (31.17)
20. Joe Miller 2:42.50
32, 63 (31), 1:37 (34), 2:09 (32), 2:42.50 (33.50)
Mile run
19. Spencer Johnson 4:26.37
34, 66 (32), 1:48 (32), 2:11 (33), 2:44 (33), 3:17 (33), 3:52 (35), 4:26.37 (34.37)
35. Steven Rizzo 4:34.47
34, 66 (32), 1:48 (32), 2:12 (34), 2:47 (35), 3:23 (37), 3:58 (35), 4:34.47 (36.47)
3,000-meter run
11. Brian Edsall 9:00.25
34, 70 (36), 1:46 (36), 2:22 (36), 2:57 (35)
3:33 (36), 4:09 (36), 4:45 (36), 5:20 (35), 5:57 (37)
6:34 (37), 7:11 (37), 7:48 (37), 8:25 (37), 9:00.25 (35.25)
Kilometer splits: 2:57, 3:00, 3:03.25
17. Dietrich Mosel 9:06.35
34, 70 (36), 1:46 (36), 2:22 (36), 2:58 (36)
3:34 (36), 4:12 (38), 4:49 (37), 5:28 (39), 6:04 (36)
6:42 (38), 7:19 (37), 7:56 (37), 8:31 (35), 9:06.35 (35.35)
Kilometer splits: 2:58, 3:06, 3:02
1,600-meter relay
11. Marist (Tim Johnson 52.4, Nestor Taylor 53.6, Nate Lungarini 53.2, Zach Berzal 51.6) 3:31.08
Distance medley relay
7. Marist (Kyle Hannafin 3:16.4, Mark Vuono 53.6, Josh Siegel 2:06.3, Stefan Morton 4:31.9) 10:48.46
Kyle Hannafin: 31, 65 (34), 1:38 (33), 2:10 (32), 2:43 (33), 3:16.4 (33.4)
Mark Vuono: 26, 53.6
Josh Siegel: 29, 60 (31), 1:33 (33), 2:06.3 (33.3)
Stefan Morton: 29, 61 (32), 1:35 (34), 2:10 (35), 2:44 (34), 3:20 (36), 3:56 (36), 4:31.9 (35.9)
Long jump
27. Brandon Heard 5.14 meters (16 feet, 10.25 inches)