The men’s and women’s track teams excelled at home in the College-hosted New Jersey Invitaional, as a handful of Lions won their events in a competition that included athletes from Divisions I and II.
For its part, the women’s team took home three first-place finishes in the 1,500-meter race, 3,000-meter race and 4×400 relay.
Senior runner Anginelle Alabanza paced all 25 runners in the 1,500-meters with a time of 4:43.89, more than five seconds ahead of the second-best finish, and senior Sarah Polansky placed fifth with a time of 5:00.16.
Junior Tara Nealon won the 32-person 3,000-meter race with a time of 10:07.23, while sophomore Marissa Lerit completed the race in 10:38.06 to place sixth.
In the 4×400 relay, junior Michelle Cascio, sophomore Kristen Randolph, freshman Nicole DeStefano and junior Katelyn Ary ran a time of 4:04.30 for a first-place finish, while the 4×800 relay team crossed the line in second place in 10:14.70.
Rounding out the top-three finishes, senior Bridgit Roemer tied for third in the high jump with a clear of 1.54 meters.
The men’s team picked up its fair share of accolades as well, including another tremendous result for senior Dominic Tasco.
Tasco, whose previous best in the 800-meter was 1:53.49, ran with a time of 1:52.09 to finish runner-up among 62 athletes. Freshman Alex Carry placed seventh in the race.
Sophomore Jake Lindacher impressed in the 100-meter hurdles, topping all Division III athletes with a time of 15.22.
It was a successful event for the field teams, as well. Senior Scott Lisa won the high jump with a mark of 1.95 meters, junior Juan Giglio cleared 4.70 meters in the pole vault for second place and two Lions — freshman Matt Rafferty and Lisa — finished in the top-five in the javelin throw.
This week, the Lions will travel to Princeton University for the Larry Ellis Invitational on Friday, April 18, and the Greyhound Invitational on Friday, April 18, and Saturday, April 19, hosted by Muhlenberg College.