By George Tatoris
After just seven days of holding the College’s hammer throw record, senior Joan Hales lost it — to herself.
“It wasn’t anything spectacular, again,” Hales said.
On Saturday, April 25, at the Lions’ Invitational, perhaps the largest track event hosted by the College, Hales posted a distance of 47.26 meters, a little less than a half of a meter farther than her distance of 46.82 meters posted last week. The distance netted Hales a third place overall finish and a first-place finish among Division-III athletes.
Last week, the athlete had stated she did not know the throw had broken a record because she said the form was not what it could’ve been.
Evidently, she’s improved that.
One of the factors Hales said led to the improved distance was being able to get across the circle that she throws the hammer from “smoother.”
Hales says that even this week’s record-breaker was not perfect and that she still can improve a great deal.
“But I’m kind of happy about that, because that means I could do so much better once I straighten it all out,” Hales said.
Two other seniors, Michelle Cascio and Katelyn Ary, also gave spectacular performances. Cascio finished first in the 200-meter dash with a time of 25.27, while Ary blazed through the 400-meter hurdles into first with a time of 1:02.32.
Cascio also finished second in the 400-meter, posting a season-best time of 56.69. Fellow senior Joy Spriggs was mere fractions of a second behind, posting a time of 57.45 for a fourth place finish.
In long distance, fellow senior Megan Stack took fourth, posting a time of 4:43.07, the second fastest Division-III finish out on the track.
On the field, senior Bridgit Roemer placed third in the high jump with a height of 1.62 meters and third in the long jump with a distance of 5.29 meters. Meanwhile, freshman Chloe Yelle took seventh in discus with a distance of 37.47 meters.
On the men’s team, the star of the meet was freshman Dale Johnson, whose stringent efforts in the 1,500-meter roped him a third place finish with a time of 4:00.26, a personal record. Just behind in sixth, senior Jeremy Garrell posted a time of 4:03.72, and in 11th, junior Roberto Guiducci posted a time of 4:06.91.
“Going out as fast as he did really tired him out, and most people would not have been able to finish the race, let alone PR, which he did,” sophomore Brandon Mazzarella said of Johnson.
Mazzarella also ran a solid race in the 800-meter, finishing in seventh with a time of 1:56.34.
On the field, senior Juan Giglio was the top Division-III athlete in the pole vault, clearing a height of 4.50 meters. Giglio was third overall.
In the discus throw, senior Abayomi Arowolo set a personal record in his final Lions’ Invitational, throwing the discus 44.57 meters for a seventh-place finish.
The Lions’ Invitational is the largest meet hosted by the College — more than 1,000 athletes from over 50 institutions attended this weekend’s meet. The audience was even larger.
“The bleachers are filled, and there are people on top of the parking garage looking down cheering everyone on,” Mazzarella said.