By Nicole DeStefano
The College’s track and field teams traveled to Pomona, N.J., for the Stockton Invitational on Saturday, March 26. The team’s first meet of the outdoor season was filled with first-place victories, top performances and personal bests.
The women had a strong showing with five first-place finishes and several top performances. Senior Kristen Randolph sprinted to a first-place finish in the 400-meter hurdles. She clocked in with a time of 1:07.72.
“I was very happy with my performance this weekend,” Randolph said. “Having not been able to run in the outdoor season last year due to injury, I was anxious to get back out there and race the hurdles. I had no expectations heading into the race — I was just hoping to get a solid start to the season.”
Senior Joy Spriggs put forth a first-place victory in the 400-meter race, finishing with a time of 59.65.
On the field, senior Courtney Paciulli landed a first-place finish in the long jump with a leap measured at 4.96 meters, while freshman Erin McHugh threw a distance of 37.14 meters, placing first in the javelin in her collegiate debut.
“I think the women’s team has set themselves up for a great outdoor season,” Randolph said. “The conditions were less than ideal this weekend with a lot of wind and chilly temperatures, but everyone had a great attitude and went after their events and the competition.”
On the men’s side, freshman Noah Osterhus dominated the 400-meter race. He finished in first place with an impressive time of 49.72.
“My goal coming into the meet was to win the 400 — I just had to go out and compete and do it,” Noah said. “I feel really good about my performance in the 400-meter race. To get a personal best in my first meet is awesome and I’m excited for the rest of the season.”
Senior Laron Day added another top finish for the Lions, securing the win in the 400-meter hurdles with a time of 57.73.
Noah also contributed to a first-place victory in the 4×400-meter relay alongside his freshman twin brother, Nathan Osterhus, and classmates Kamal Williams and Day. The Lions clocked in with a time of 3:22.
“I feel good about the 4×400-meter relay performance,” Noah said. “We always go for the win and we got that and I’m excited for more relays. It’s awesome being on the same relay team as my brother. You don’t see a lot of track twins on the same relay, especially in college.”
After the performances this past Saturday, the men’s and women’s track and field teams are off to a promising outdoor season.
“Our team focus was less focused on times or place for this meet and more on getting a feel for how outdoor meets will run and getting back into the swing of competition,” Randolph said. “But we had some great performances and I am looking forward to seeing what we all can do at our next meet and throughout the season.”