Kiley Kennedy '16 Has Best-Ever Pole Vault, Sierra Livious '14 Adds Hammer Record to Credits
Hosting the Wesleyan Classic Sat., April 5 as the second of three home meets during the outdoor season, the Cardinals turned in some strong performances including two Wesleyan best-ever efforts. Those came from Kiley Kennedy '16 (photo insert lower left) and Sierra Livious '14 (main photo). Kennedy came up with a 10-8 3/4 leap in the pole vault, exceeding the outdoor 10-6 3/4 record set in 2001. Kiley owns the Wesleyan indoor pole vault record, set this past winter. Unfortunately, Kennedy's 10-8 3/4 performance is not a track & field record as the event was held indoors due to inclement weather. Livious added the hammer throw mark to her list of accomplishments as she produced a 151-4 toss to win the event. The previous Cardinal standard, set in 2005, was 147-1 1/4. This is the first season Livious, the Wesleyan indoor and outdoor shot put record holder, has been throwing the hammer. Her winning shot put at the Classic was 41-1 3/4, nine inches shy of her school record. Livious also won the 100m hurdle event.
Other first-place finishes came from Alexis Walker '16 in both the 100m dash (:13.05) and the long jump (17-8 1/4); Ellie Martin '16 in the 400m (:58.96); Caroline Elmendorf '17 in the 5000m (18:29.89); and two relays - Idara Foster '15, Walker, Melissa Luning '16,and Martin in the 4x100m (:49.90) and the 4x800m relay of Martin, Aidan Bardos '17, Nikita Rajgopal '17 and Sydney Cogswell '16 (9:52.16).
The Cardinals completed their home schedule Sat., April 12 with the Elmer Swanson Invitational. In that meet, Livious added another six inches to her hammer record with a winning throw of 151-10. She also captured the shot put and placed second in the 100m hurdles. Wesleyan's 4x400m relay of Martin, Bardos, Luning and Cogswell won in a time of 3:57.78. The quartet of Foster, Martin, Luning and Walker repeated as 4x100m relay champs, improving their time to :48.34, just 0.1 seconds above the Wesleyan record. Rajgopal won the 800m race with Bardos close behind in second. Cogswell took top honors in the 1500m race with Karley Dutra '14 winning the 5k event. Kennedy snagged first place in the pole vault. Orelia Jonathan '15 picked up a pair of runner-up finishes in the discus and hammer throw. Geneva Jonathan '15 was second in the 400m hurdles.
The squad gets back into scoring mode Sat., April 19, heading to Amherst for the annual Little Three meet.