Wesleyan captured top honors in eight of the 18 events held during the Mini-Meet Invitational, hosted by the Cardinals on the refurbished Anderson Track Sat., March 22. Seven wins came in individual events with four on the track and three in field events. Wesleyan also won the 4x400m relay. Ellie Martin '16 (right side of photo insert, lower left) had a solid run in the 200m, winning the event in a time of :26.11, followed closely by Melissa Luning '15 (left side of photo insert, lower left) (:26.95). Sydney Cogswell '16 (photo insert upper left) helped Wesleyan sweep the top three spots in the 800m event with her winning clocking of 2:21.10. Caroline Elmendorf '17 and Molly Schassberger '17 made it a one-two punch in the 5000m with Elmendorf securing first place in 19:43.80 with Schassberger 11.48 seconds behind. The 400m title went to Geneva Jonathan '15 in a time of 1:07.70. Sierra Livious '14 (main photo) won the shot put and the hammer throw with 40-7 and 142-2 efforts, respectively. Livious also was second in the 100m hurdles. Alexandra Bacchus '17 gave Wesleyan its seventh title with a 33-8 1/2 triple jump. The combination of Becca Winkler '16, Hannah Goodman '16, Nikita Rajgopal '17 and Luning wrapped up a first-place performance in the 4x400m, timed in 4:13.70.
In total, Wesleyan amassed 17 top-three finishes during the meet.
Up next for the squad was a trip to New London, Conn. Sat., March 29 for the Coast Guard Invitational. There Cogswell repeated as a champion, this time in the 400m as one of three Cardinals to place in the event. Her time was a solid :59.82. Luning was second and Aidan Bardos '17 fifth. Livious again placed in three events, taking second in the hammer, third in the shot and fifth in the 100m hurdles. In total, the Cardinals had 12 place-winning finishes to collect 63 team points and finish fifth among 13 teams.
Ahead for the team is the Wesleyan Classic Sat., April 5 at home.