Track and field: College gears up for Colonial Relays at Fred Hardy Invite
Written by Vansh Bansal|
March 28, 2016
In preparation for the upcoming Colonial Relays, William and Mary had a strong showing at the Fred Hardy invite in Richmond, Va. this past weekend. The men posted 102 points and finished fourth overall behind Norfolk State, Fordham and Virginia. The Cavaliers topped the Tribe by a mere two points, despite the College selecting athletes for events in which they would not normally compete. The women finished second, scoring 143 to finish just 10 points behind the host Richmond.
Sophomore Preston Richardson began the weekend’s proceedings by earning a lifetime best hammer throw of 49.46 meters, placing him fourth in the event and recording the 12th best mark in school history. Richardson also took fifth place in discus, throwing for a distance of 45.70 meters. Fellow sophomore Dylan Anderson recorded a lifetime best in 110-meter hurdles, claiming twelfth in school history with a time of 15.33 seconds.
The College placed first and second in the pole vault, with junior Lucas Wraschko clearing 4.70 meters and redshirt junior Greg Gallagher clearing a height of 4.45 meters.
The College placed first and second in the pole vault, with junior Lucas Wraschko clearing 4.70 meters and redshirt junior Greg Gallagher clearing a height of 4.45 meters. Freshman Vlad Castillo posted a strong 14.47-meter result in shot put Friday, claiming third place.
On the women’s side, senior Breanna Burkalo set the track ablaze, crossing the finish line in 1:01.11 in the 400-meter hurdles. The mark ties teammate Ashley Woodards’ May 2015 school record. Burkalo has now qualified for the ECAC championships with her performance over the weekend.
Sophomore Leia Mistowski continued the strong meet for the College, maintaining her unbeaten run by tossing a 52.26-meter in hammer throw Friday. Redshirt junior Rochelle Evans also participated in hammer throw, grabbing third place and setting a lifetime best throw of 46.83 meters, pushing herself to seventh in school history. Sophomore Jacqueline Meeks also rose to seventh in school history in Richmond, recording a 3.65 meter result in pole vault.
The ladies dominated the high jump event, with sophomore Minna McFarland and freshman Grace Becker tying for the second-highest jump of the meet. Both achieved jumps of 1.60 meters, although Becker finished fourth on number of attempts. Sophomore Abby Jones finished fifth with a height of 1.55 meters.
Sophomore Leia Mistowski continued the strong meet for the College, maintaining her unbeaten run by tossing a 52.26-meter in hammer throw Friday.
The Tribe earned bronze medals in both relays over the weekend. The all-freshmen group of Sarah Goodrich, Anna Wasko, Rachel Snyder and Natalie Marcotullio finished third in the 4×800-meter relay with a time of 10:08:39. Freshmen Serena Hooker and Lindsay Schott teamed with sophomore Kacey Wheeler and senior Claire Tito to run in the 4×400 meter relay. The quartet ran a season-best time of 3:59.01.
Both the men and women will now look forward to this weekend’s 51st annual Colonial Relays, held in WiIliamsburg, Va, at Zable Stadium and the Dan Stimson Throwing Area.