Track: ‘Cats win several events at Widener

Corey Marine

If there is a word to describe the track team’s performance at the Widener Invitational this past weekend, that word would be “dominant.” The men and women shared great success in Chester, Pa., on April 18 and 19.

Three freshmen took first, second and third in the women’s pole vault. Colleen Knill brought home first place with a vault of 3.51 meters, while her teammates, Ashlyn Llerandi and Kelly Hannan, took second and third, respectively.

Junior Jordan Sarruda won her race handily, as she took first place in the women’s 400-meter hurdles with a time of 1:01.92, 2.19 seconds ahead of the second-place finisher.

Senior Christie Majkut took first in the women’s hammer throw with a distance of 42.15 meters.

In the women’s triple jump, junior Jacqueline Christie rose up to claim first with a jump of 11.09 meters.

Freshman Audrey Gariepy-Bogui also took first in her event – the women’s high jump – with a height of 1.67 meters. Gariepy-Bogui also took second in the 100-meter hurdles with 14.21 on the clock, 0.01 seconds behind West Chester’s Danielle Scardino.

The women also had several top five finishes at the end of the invitational as well. Freshman Mary Kate Phelan and sophomore LaTrina Bailey took second and fifth, respectively, in the women’s 100- and 200-meter dashes.

Senior Abby Smith took second place in both the women’s javelin throw and shot put. Freshman Erica Reijula was also among the great performers this weekend, taking second in the long jump with a jump of 4.88 meters.

On the men’s side, there was a total of six first-place finishes, all coming from different athletes. Senior Kevin Okolie sprinted his way to first in the 100-meter dash with a time of 10.69, followed by junior Austin Casey, who finished tied for second with a time of 10.93. Casey went on to win the 200-meter dash with his time of 21.82.

Stefan Goodridge won the 400-meter hurdles. Shane Loh’s height of 1.93 meters was good to win the men’s high jump. Matt Ratigan finished first in the hammer throw with a 42.59-meter throw.

Senior Marco Radocaj’s, also a linebacker on the football team, threw the javelin 63.50 meters to win the event.

Both the men and women’s teams will compete in the Penn Relays that are held today through Saturday at Franklin Field on the campus of the University of Pennslyvania.