PRINCETON, NJ – A pair of first place finishes for the women’s team of the Iona College track & field program led the Gaels at the Princeton University hosted Sam Howell Invitational this evening.
Kaitlyn Ohrtman earned the first victory of the night for the Maroon & Gold during the 1,500 meter, leading the top six finishes of the race from the first heat with a finish of 4:32.37 for a new personal record. Gemma Nuttall finished seventh in the same heat and eighth overall with a clocking of 4:41.62.
The second winning time came during the 10,000 meter as Cassandra Gill recorded a six-second victory and personal best of 35:41.33 for Iona. Gill claimed the lead following the 4,000 meter mark over Maryann Gong of MIT, who finished in second. The Gaels also claimed fifth and sixth place in the event as Orlaith Moynihan and Shannon O’Hehir ran to times of 37:11.62 and 37:18.83
Helena Keenan notched a personal best during the 800 meter event, running to a 2:20.49 time to earn 11th place. The clocking was .01 seconds behind teammate Natalie Holder who put forth a season debut in the event of 2:20.48 for 10th place. On the men’s side of the 800 meter, Edward Hayfron earned 16th place at 1:57.19. Meanwhile, Christian Alberico raced to 11th in the 10,000 meter with a time of 31:22.54.
On the schedule next week for the Gaels is the Metropolitan Championships at Rutgers University in Piscataway, NJ. The two-day event is scheduled for a 10:00 am start on Friday, April 14.