Julia Mark '13 Leads Women's Track & Field to 2nd Place at Coast Guard Invite & 5th at AIC Invite - Named NESCAC POTW - Alexis Walker '16 Breaks LJ Record at UMass
Competing in the 11-team Coast Guard Invitational Sat., March 30, Wesleyan accumulated 102 team points to take second place, just six points behind first-place WPI. Leading the charge for the Cardinals was Julia Mark '13 (right side photo) as she captured first place in the 1500m event which Wesleyan dominated. Her time of 4:45.59 bettered the field by more than 18 seconds and was only nine second above the Wesleyan school record set 29 years ago. Wesleyan collected 24 team points in the race as Nicole Lepre '13 took third, Chloe Lalonde '13 grabbed fifth, Nellie Triedman '13 was sixth and Jessica Sherry '13 placed eighth. Sierra Livious '14 picked up first-place points in the shot put with a toss of 38-11.
Other placetakers for the Cardinals at Coast Guard included second-place finishes by Idara Foster '15 in the 100m, Lia Monti '13 in the 200m and Geneva Jonathan '15 in the 400m hurdles. Each of these athletes placed in another event as well as Foster was seventh in the 200m, Monti took third in the 100m and Geneva Jonathan snagged fourth in the 100m hurdles. Wesleyan got third-place efforts from Alexis Walker '16 (left side photo by SteveMcLaughlinPhotography.com) in the 200m and Kiley Kennedy '16 in the pole vault. Mark added fourth place in the 800m while Ceili Brennan '13 added fifth place in that race. Ashley Swan '13 was credited with fourth-place points in the hammer. Wesleyan also had a 4x400m relay squad get fourth-place points with Rebecca Winkler '16, Hannah Goodman '16, Brynn Hansson '15 and Kate Cullen aboard. The 4x400m relay squad of Monti, Melissa Luning '15, Sydney Cogswell '16 and Brennan took second place but was inadvertently unscored.
Next up for the team was a trip to AIC to compete in the Yellow Jacket Invitational Sat., April 6. There Mark again came away a winner, this time in the 5000m race with a solid time of 17:30.91. She better a field of 33 competitors, 14 of them from Division I college. For her effort, she was named NESCAC Track performer of the Week. Coming in second in the race was Hannah Zimmerman '13 (17:50.33). The 4x100m relay squad of Livious, Foster, Monti and Walker captured top honors in a time of :49.65. Walker gave the Cardinals another second-place posting with her 17-9 long jump effort. Kennedy grabbed fourth in the pole vault while Geneva Jonathan snagged fourth in the 400m hurdles. Foster placed fifth in the 100m dash and seventh in the 200m dash while Monti took seventh in the 400m race. Wesleyan's final point came from Swan in the hammer with her eighth-place toss. Wesleyan collected 55 team points to place fifth of 16 squads.
On Sat., April 13, the squad ventured to UMass Amherst for its Minuteman invitational. Seven teams in attendance were Division I. Wesleyan finished 14th of 19 teams, led by Walker, as she took third in the 100m dash with a time of :12.49. Her fourth-place long jump of 18-3 3/4 broke the Wesleyan record by more than half a foot. Wesleyan had three other place-taking efforts to round out its 17 team points as Swan snagged seventh in the hammer, Geneva Jonathan took eighth in the 400m hurdles and the 4x100m relay placed sixth.
Williams will host the annual Little Three meet on Sat., April 20, and that will be the next destination for the Cardinals.