Track and Field Teams Have Successful First Meet at Oiler Opener
Dec. 8, 2012
CINCINNATI- The track and field teams finished their first meet of the indoor season on Saturday in Findlay, Ohio at the Oiler Opener. The Musketeers were led by first place finishes from senior captain Rachel Clark in the 800-meter and freshman Caterina Karas in the one mile run. Junior Nick Kobunski was the highest finisher for the men's side, finishing third overall in the 800-meter run and junior Evan Betts had a near career day in the 60-meter hurdles.
The women's team finished early and often in several events Saturday, including the 800-meter, one mile, and the 3000-meter run. In the 800-meter run, after Clark's first place time of 2:21.17, junior Madison Riethman finished fourth with a time of 2:25.14, freshman Emily Wolery ran a personal-best 2:27.82 to finish seventh, and sophomore Carrie Kurish finished 13th with a career-best time of 2:45.40.
The one mile event was handled by all underclassmen. Following Karas' first overall finish with a time of 5:29.43, classmate Victoria Ciotti finished fifth with a time of 5:48.89 in her first collegiate race and sophomore Emily Kuhn finished with a career-best time of 6:13.15 to finish eighth. Freshman Sarah Mazzei finished third overall in the 3000-meter run with a time of 11:07.94 and sophomore Samantha Birchfield broke the school record in the 600-meter run with a time of 1:40.55, earning her athlete of the meet for the women's side.
In the field events, freshman Onya Edwards finished fourth overall in her first collegiate event of her career with a distance of 10.89 meters (35-8.75) in the triple jump to go with a seventh place finish in the long jump with a distance of 5.19 meters (17-00.50). Fellow freshman Anyssa Juarez leaped 4.46 meters (14-07.75) in the long jump finishing 15th overall while also finishing sixth in the triple jump with a distance of 10.05 meters (32-11.75). Juarez initially broke the school record of 32-11.25 only to see Edwards break that record less than a minute later.
On the men's side, Kobunski was the highest finisher for the men's side with his third place finish in the 800-meter run with a time of 2:02.63 while freshman Bart Denham finished 10th with a time of 2:07.88 in his first collegiate race. Senior Matt Coniglio finished 12th in the 3000-meter run with a time of 9:26.53 in his return from injury that kept him out of running during the cross country season. Sophomore Matt Orlando finished two spots behind Coniglio, finishing 15th with a time of 9:34.36.
Betts was a stand out in the hurdles Saturday afternoon, qualifying for the 60-meter with a time of 8.55 and came within .02 seconds of his career-best time in the finals, finishing sixth with a time of 8.51. Freshman Randall Mitchell also qualified for the final with a time of 9.43 and finished 12th in the finals with a time of 9.01, a career-best in his collegiate debut.
Senior David Gibson finished with a time of 7.17 in the 60-meter dash after qualifying with a career-best time of 7.13. Sophomore Ryan Konstanzer finished 30th in the qualifying heat with a time of 7.29, a career-best in the event. Konstanzer also finished fifth in the 300-meter dash with a time of 36.63, also a career-best. Betts finished sixth in the 300-meter dash with a time of 37.08.
To conclude the first meet of the indoor season, Konstanzer, Betts, Kobunski, and sophomore Alex Baumgart ran the 4x400-meter relay, and although finishing 10th, Betts ran his leg in just 52.3 seconds, earning him the men's athlete of the meet honor.
The Musketeers take a breather in preparation for the upcoming finals week and holiday season and get back on track on January 18th and 19th of the New Year at the Gladstein Invite in Bloomington, Indiana.