TROY – The Vassar College men’s and women’s track teams headed to Troy, NY Thursday afternoon for the Eastern College Athletic Conference (ECAC) Championships, having a great day in multiple events.
The highlight of the day came from the women’s 4x400 meter relay team, which smashed the previous school record by recording a time of 3:52.55.
The team of Ariel Bridges, Heather Ingraham, Lucy Balcezak and Molly Crowell ran past the previous record 3:54.15, set last year. The time is currently the 23rd best in the nation after the run, as they team won their heat and finished second overall.
Freshman Alfredo Mazzuca ran one of the best races of his young career on Thursday, posting a third-place time of 32:03.85 in the 10,000 meter run. The time bested his previous school record of 32:11.18.
Sophomore Taylor Vann finished his first day of competition in the decathlon, posting the seventh most points with 3268.
Vann opened the event by smashing his personal-bests in the 100 meters with a 11.49, taking eighth. He would up his personal best in the long jump from 6.07 meters to 6.26 meters, finishing ninth.
Vann continued his consistent day by setting another personal-best in the shot put, tossing the pill a distance of 10.52 for eighth place.
High jump was next for Vann, and he came through with a huge performance, taking home third-place with a bound of 1.83 meters, just missing his school record of 1.84 meters. Vann finished the day by placing fifth in the 400 meters, posting a personal-best of 52 seconds, completing the first afternoon of competition in seventh place with 3,268 points.
Sophomore Sarah King finished her strong season in the 3000 meter steeplechase, placing 16th with a time of 11:36.76. Freshman Jemma Howlett competed in the 5000 meter run, and posted a time of 18:49.51, taking home 28th place in a highly competitive field.
Junior Cassidy Carpenter posted a 21st place finish in the 10,000 meter run Thursday, booking a time of 40:10.99.