STONY BROOK, NY – Opening the outdoor portion of the 2017 schedule, the Iona track and field program turned in solid performances to commence a new part of the season.
Gerom Solis led the effort for the men’s team with a first place and second place showing in the sprint events. The winning time came during the 200 meter with a time of 23.01. A clocking of 11.41 earned second place within the 100-meter event during his outdoor debut for the Gaels.
The Maroon & Gold men also put forth a pair of 1-2 finishes in the 1,500 and 3,000-meter races. Andrew Tario earned his first collegiate career victory with an 8:20.63 finish in the 3,000 meter. Tario finished just ahead of teammate Gilbert Kirui at 8:20.71. In the 1,500 meter, Johannes Motschmann finished less than a second ahead of Jac Hopkins with respective times of 3:58.95 and 3:59.52.
A couple of second place finishes on the track highlighted the women’s team’s day. Gemma Nuttall debuted in the outdoor season with a second place 2:19.61 time in the 800 meter for Iona, ahead of a 2:24.81 fifth place showing from Helena Keenan. Kara McKenna also turned in a second place finish for the Gaels, taking second in the 1,500 meter behind a 4:45.81 clocking.
The Maroon & Gold claimed third through sixth place in the women’s 3,000 meter, led by Cassandra Gill and an outdoor personal best of 10:08.86. Kaitlyn Ohrtman landed in fourth by just a second at 10:09.23 while a 10:13.31 time from Rachel Garn placed her fifth. Julia Kearley was just outside the top-five at 10:14.12.
In the field, Tamantha Pizarro earned second place in the long jump with a distance of 5.03 meters. Meanwhile, Keenan also took part in the discus to earn third place at 12.55 meters. Danielle Hansen also added third place points in the shot put with a throw of 6.53 meters. In the men’s discus, Chartt Miller earned third place ahead of a fifth toss from Alex Carter with respective distances of 15.94 and 13.27 meters. Ross Wightmann added fifth place in the shot put at 6.52 meters.
Rounding out the top results for Iona, the women’s 4x800 meter relay team earned second place with a combined time of 9:41.14
Looking ahead, the Gaels return to competition on Saturday, April 1 with the Mark Young Invitational/Multi Duals meet at Yale University in New Haven, CT starting at 9:00 am.