With 11 teams in attendance at the annual Elmer Swanson Invitational, named for former long-time track and cross-country coach Elmer Swanson, Wesleyan did itself proud with three top finishes, including several dominant running performances Sat., April 9 in Middletown.
Sierra Livious '14 (main photo), preparing for regional heptathlon qualification, threw the shot put a personal-best 38-10 1/2 to win the event. She stands just 11 inches shy of the 27-year-old school record of 39-9 1/2 set in 1984. Joining Livious atop a result page was Jess Levin '11 in the 800m, as she was timed in 2:23.87. Of the 17 entrants in the event, Wesleyan had four of the top five finishers, including first through third. Even more dominant was the Cardinal contingent in the 3k (photo insert lower left), led by Julia Mark '13 (far left), who won the event in 10:38.19. Four Cardinals hit the tape within a 10-second span to sweep the event with Hannah Zimmerman '13 (second from left) placing second, Nellie Triedman '13 (second from right) in third and Libby Lazare '14 (far right) in fourth. Again, 17 runners took part in the race.
Wesleyan collected a total of eight runner-up showings during the Swanson Invitational. Nicole Lepre '13 and Chloe Lalonde '13 came in second and third, respectivey, in the 1500m; Julia Frieze '12 was second in the 400m; Kathryn Kulowski '11 grabbed second in both the high jump and the 100m dash; and Ashley Swan '13 was second in the hammer throw. The quartet of Lia Monti '13, Frieze, Sydney Morgan '14 and Alissa Goldberg '14 provided the squad with a second-place performance in the 4x400m relay.
The Swanson Invitational did not feature team scoring.
The following week, Sat., April 16, Wesleyan competed in the Solomon Invitational hosted by Northeaster along with a plethora of college and club teams and unattached entrants. Wesleyan's top performances came in the 5k as Zimmerman, Lazare and Triedman took first, second and third, respectively, with Triedman placing over 15 seconds ahead of the fourth-place finisher. Zimerman's winning time was 18:15.87. Other strong efforts came in the 400m, in which Frieze took sixth (1:01.77); the triple jump, with sixth-place finisher Kathryn Kulowski (34-6 1/4); and 100m hurdles, with Zoe Broad '14 placing eighth (:18.48). Also, Ceili Brennan '13 and Nicole Lepre '13 took fifth (2:25.76) and seventh (2:29.84), respectively, in the 800m.
The Cardinals' next action will be at Amherst in the annual Little Three meet Sat., April 23.