Nearly tripling their team scoring from a year ago, the Cardinals collected 43 points at the annual NESCAC meet hosted by Bates Sat., April 28, to placed eight with 10 of those points coming from 10k champion Hannah Zimmerman '13 (right side photo). Her time of 38:25:23 was almost four second ahead of the runner-up in the race. A year ago, Zimmerman was fourth in the event.
Wesleyan's next highest individual finish was turned in by Idara Foster '15 in the 100m dash as she came in fourth while Heidi Hirvonen '15 took fifth in the 400m hurdles. A week after setting the school record in the 4x400m relay, the squad of Julia Frieze '12, Hirvonen, Geneva Jonathan and Kimora Brock '15 whittled nearly two seconds off their time with a second-place effort, timed in 3:59.11.
As a result of their fine finishes, Zimmerman and the members of the 4x400m relay all earned all-NESCAC honors during the meet.
The rest of Wesleyan's points was a result of the sixth-place finish of Sierra Livious '14 (left side photo) in the long jump, 100m hurdles and shot put; the seventh-place performance of Frieze in the 400m; and the eighth-place runs of Julia Mark '13 in the 5k, Foster in the 200m and Geneva Jonathan in the 400m hurdles. Wesleyan also had a seventh-place finish in the 4x100m relay with Lia Monti '13, Hirvonen, Geneva Jonathan and Foster on board.
Up next for the squad was a trip to MIT Fri.-Sat., May 4-5 for the New England Div. III meet where Wesleyan entered just three individuals. Livious made it a memorable occasion by collecting 4100 points in the heptathlon to capture the title by a mere six points. She defeated 14 other entrants by placing first among the competitors in both the 100m hurdles and shot put while ranking second in both the long jump and 200m dash. Her 10 team points placed Wesleyan in a tie for 20th among 29 scoring teams.
Wesleyan returned to MIT for the New England Open Championships Thur.-Sat., May 10-12. Zimmerman knocked more than a minute off her 10k clocking by winning the race with a time of 37:21.01. She beat a field of 14 other runners with a winning margin of 10 seconds. She was the only Cardinal to place in the meet as her 10 team points put Wesleyan in a tie for 23rd place among 35 scoring teams.
Wesleyan closed out its action for 2012 at RPI in the ECAC Div. III Championships Thurs.Fri., May 17-18. Livious was the lone Cardinal scorer with another placing in the heptathlon, capturing sixth with 4099 points. The three team points put Wesleyan in a tie for 45th of 55 scoring teams.
Following the season, the USTFCCCA announced the Division III All-Academic Squads with 137 teams meeting the criteria of a 3.10 GPA for the year. Wesleyan, with a 3.48 team GPA, tied for 23rd natonally and was fourth among the nine NESCAC squads to make the list.