By: David Spiegel
POUGHKEEPSIE – The Mount Saint Mary College outdoor track and field teams combined for a total of 12 new program records at the Matthew Vassar Twilight Invitational, hosted by Vassar College on Friday.
Senior Opeyemi Ifafore closed out her collegiate career with a bang, setting one new record and placing highly in five different events. She took second in the hammer throw with a toss of 37.28 meters, a new Mount record. She took second in the 100-meter dash with a time of 13.55 seconds. She finished first in the discus throw with a distance of 35.91 meters. She also took the top spot in the shot put with a toss of 11.19 meters. She capped off her day by anchoring the women’s 4x100 relay team to a third-place finish.
Freshman Brigitte Leyva ran a season-best 2:32.63 to claim a new school record in the 800-meter run. Sophomore Aimee Caron took third in the pole vault at 2.03 meters. Senior Tori Wresilo had a big day, taking third in the 100-meter hurdles with a personal best time of 18.23 seconds, second in the 400-meter hurdles at 1:14.14, and helped the 4x400 relay team of senior Jenny Angileri, sophomore Jennifer Boyle, freshman Amanda Pecorella and her to a second place finish with a new record of 4:24.17.
Sophomore Amber Stevens set a personal best time of 13:39.78 in the women’s steeple chase, while sophomore Breanna Scott set a new school record in the javelin with a toss of 26.14 meters. Angileri improved her 400-meter dash record with a time of 1:03.71, while senior Jess Cowell became the first Knight to break 20 minutes in the 5K with a record time of 19:56.97.
Not to be outshined, the men turned in a solid day as well. The men’s 4x400 relay team of freshman Adam Al-Haraizeh, senior Scott Colello, senior Daryl Collymore and freshman Ignazio Comparetto won the event with a school record time of 3:32.47.
Freshman Mateusz Prusaczyk set a new school record in the high jump with a height of 1.83 meters. Senior Ian Brink smashed his own school record in the 3,000-meter steeplechase with a time of 11:01.49. The men’s 4x100 team improved their record to 46.11 seconds to take third place. Al-Haraizeh also set a new record in the 800-meter run with a time of 2:04.18. Sophomore Peter Greco was first in the men’s hammer throw among college athletes at the event with a hurl of 39.06 meters.
This meet concluded what was certainly a historic season for the Mount Saint Mary College track and field teams. Records were set weekly for the young program, and many different athletes left their mark on the program’s record books.