This weekend, the men's and women's track and field teams head to Williamsburg, Va. to compete in the Colonial Relays. The meet will begin on Thursday, April 4 with the women's hammer throw, and will continue thru Saturday, April 6. The throwing events will take place at the Stimson Throwing Events Area, while all the track events will be held inside Zable Stadium on the campus of William and Mary.
SO FAR THIS SEASON: The Mountaineers started off the season looking good at the Wake Forest Open. Helena Leyrer finished the 400-meter hurdles with a time of 1:02.39, ending the meet as the top collegiate runner in the field. Heather Juhring placed second in the javelin throw while Chantel Lipkins earned a fifth-place finish in the long jump and Genamarie McCant took 15th in the 200m dash. On the men's side, Chris Swisko was 16th in the 800m run with teammate Kody Wilson placing 19th in the field.
The Mount also competed in Maryland Invitational this past weekend. Jessica Whitmore won the 100m dash with a time of 12.04 seconds. After her strong performance on Saturday, Whitmore was named NEC Rookie of the Week. Megan Kinsella placed sixth in the 3000m steeplechase with a time of 11:21.63.
Swisko took home 16th in the 800m while teammate Kody Wilson followed closely behind him in 19th place. Jon Fernandez placed fifth in the javelin with a toss of 63.94m
LAST YEAR AT THE COLONIAL RELAYS: Quinton Huguley finished in fifth place in the long jump for the Mountaineers, qualifying for the IC4A Championships with a leap of 7.13m (23' 4.75"). Dylan Bernard also earned an IC4A qualifying mark in the 5,000m run (14:35.51), one of the best times in Mount history. Coby Rosemier-Gussio finished in second for the 200m dash with a time of 21.32 seconds.
On the women's side, Megan Kinsella broke the school record in the 3,000m steeplechase with a time of 11:17.80. Heather Juhring broke her own record with a javelin throw of 44.29m, earning second place. Madelein Midles finished sixth in the hammer throw and Morgan Ostasewski in seventh.
Chantel Lipkins was ninth in the champions long jump while Teika Robinson was third in the university division long jump.
On the second day, Huguley, FitzSimons, Tim Nickas and Rosemier-Gussio finished in fifth for the men's 4x100m relay with a time of 42.33 seconds, qualifying them for the IC4A Championships.
FitzSimons also tied for second in the pole vault while Scott Rice placed fourth after his teammate. A. J. Coulson earned a fourth place finish in the discus.
ABOUT THE COLONIAL RELAYS: This will be the 48th Colonial Relays with the first-ever meet being held in 1963. There are 28 women's teams and 26 men's teams in the field, including Northeast Conference members Fairleigh Dickinson, the Mount, Robert Morris, St. Francis Brooklyn and Saint Francis (Pa.). Other Division I schools in the field include Bucknell, Duquesne, Fordham, George Mason, Georgetown, Hampton, High Point, Loyola (Md.), Maryland, Michigan, Pittsburgh, Rutgers, Villanova, Virginia, Virginia Tech and William and Mary.
UP NEXT: The Mountaineers travel to the George Mason Spring Invitational on April 13.