Green and Gold posts strong showing in first outdoor meet of 2024

Saturday, March 16, William and Mary track and field hosted the Dan Stimson Memorial Invitational at Walter J. Zable Stadium at Cary Field in Williamsburg, Va.

The Tribe saw impressive performances across the board during its first home meet of the season.

The Green and Gold swept the top three places in the women’s 2,000-meter steeplechase. Sophomore distance runner Catherine Garrison took first with a time of 6:45.24, followed by junior middle distance/distance runner Lucy Young in second and junior middle distance/distance runner Annika Griggs in third.

The Tribe swept the first two places of the women’s 1,500-meter run. Senior distance runner Kyra Holland led the Tribe with a time of 4:33.78, followed by junior distance runner Arianna DeBoer, who recorded a time of 4:38.81.

Junior Emily Ervin led the women’s 400-meter dash with a time of 56.25 seconds. Ervin holds the third-best time in program history of 54.69 seconds, and with this victory, she is on track to beat this record this season. Ervin also won the women’s 200-meter dash, recording a time of 24.43 seconds, which puts her 14th overall in program history. Other notable finishes include freshmen sprinters Jamison Gilmore and Katriel Amoyaw, who finished in sixth and eighth places, respectively.

In the women’s 100-meter hurdles, the Tribe placed third, fourth and fifth. Amoyaw led the Tribe with a time of 15.38 seconds, followed by freshman jumper/sprinter Aurora Schwaner and junior jumper Elizabeth Dupras.

As for the women’s 400-meter hurdles, junior sprinter/hurdler Clare Howard placed first with a time of 1:03.50, followed by freshman hurdler Evelyn Brantley in second. Howard’s time places her 13th in program history for the women’s 400-meter hurdles.

The Tribe swept the women’s 800-meter run, taking the top six places. Freshman distance runner Rebecca Harkness led the Tribe with a time of 2:15.19, followed by senior distance runner Kyra Holland, sophomore distance runner Lydia Wallis, sophomore distance runner Jennifer Tsai, senior middle distance runner Hannah Holland and senior middle distance runner Jenny Gerson.

For the women’s 4×400-meter relay, the Tribe placed first and third. In first place was the team of Gilmore, Howard, Brantley and Ervin. Harkness, Wallis, Tsai and Gerson comprised the third-place team.

The Tribe swept the top three places in the women’s 3,000-meter run. DeBoer took the lead, followed by graduate student distance runner Heidi Fortin and senior distance runner Emily Sell. The Tribe also placed fifth with sophomore distance runner Kelly Ann Sutterfield, seventh with sophomore distance runner Tessa Dobrinski, eighth with freshman distance runner Taylor Gibson and ninth with graduate student distance runner Olivia Haller.

As for the field, fifth-year thrower Keeley Suzenski led the Tribe in the women’s hammer throw with a distance of 53.08 meters. Sophomore thrower Talia Anderson recorded a third-place finish of 46.32 meters.

In the long jump, senior jumper Megan Heidebrecht placed first with a distance of 5.54 meters, followed by Dupras in fifth and Schwaner in seventh. Heidebrecht also finished first in the women’s triple jump, recording a distance of 11.91 meters.

In the women’s shot put, sophomore thrower Ella Carlson placed second for the Tribe with 13.33 meters. 

As for the women’s pole vault, the Tribe swept the top four places with freshman pole vaulter Elizabeth Strobach in first with 3.97 meters, followed by senior pole vaulter Elizabeth Upright, junior pole vaulter Sophie Fernandez and junior pole vaulter Fiona Basewitz. Strobach’s impressive performance made her the third woman in Tribe track and field history to clear 13 feet and set a freshman program record.

On the men’s side, notable performances in the 1,500-meter run include a fourth-place finish by sophomore distance runner Lucas Thompson and a ninth place finish by junior middle distance/distance runner Owen Lipps. Thompson and Lipps recorded times of 3:59.59 and 4:13.07, respectively.

In the men’s 2,000-meter steeplechase junior middle distance/distance runner Luke Ellwood led the Tribe with a time of 6:02.71, followed by sophomore distance runner Luke Henkel in sixth.

In the men’s 110-meter hurdles, junior sprinter/hurdler Gabriel Albers placed second with a time of 15.18 seconds. As for the men’s 400-meter Hurdles, freshman hurdler David Seekford placed second, recording a time of 55.03 seconds.

For the men’s 400-meter dash, sophomore distance runner Jonathan Kumer placed third with a time of 50.02 seconds, followed by fifth-year middle distance/distance runner Stephen Larson in sixth with a time of 51.44 seconds. 

In the 200-meter dash, freshman middle distance runner Jacob Robinson placed first with a time of 21.61 seconds, followed by sophomore sprinter Austin Rice in seventh.

In the men’s 4×400-meter relay, the Tribe placed second and third. In second place was the team of Rice, Kumer, junior jumper/sprinter Cole Harris and Larson. In third was the team of Robinson, Seekford, freshman jumper Brian Walsh and junior sprinter/hurdler Gabriel Albers.

In the men’s 3,000-meter relay, senior distance runner Sam Pritchard placed second, recording a time of 8:22.29.

The Tribe posted multiple dominant performances in field events.

Sophomore thrower Jason Nwosu placed first in the men’s hammer throw with a distance of 50.65 meters, beating his own personal record of 50.41 meters set last season. He also finished first in the men’s discus throw with 44.65 meters and the men’s shot put with 17.20 meters.

Freshman jumper Brian Walsh finished in second in the men’s long jump with a distance of 6.85 meters, followed by senior sprinter/jumper Ethan Buenviaje in third. Albers placed fifth, and Harris placed 12th. 

Walsh also placed first in the men’s pole vault, recording 4.25 meters.

In the men’s javelin, freshman thrower Raiden Lafortune finished in first place with an impressive distance of 57.50 meters, over 14 meters farther than the second-place finisher.

The Tribe will compete next Friday, March 22 at the Fred Hardy Invitational at the University of Richmond’s Fred Hardy Track in Richmond, Va.


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