Track and Field Makes their Mark at Mason Invitational
The women’s track and field team saw their times continue to drop as they took on the field at the Mason Spring Invitational Sunday.
For the third time this season, Davidson junior Anna Davis lowered the bar in the 400-meter hurdles, leaning across the line in first place with a time of 1:01.16. Freshman Chloe Davis moved into second all-time, behind Anna, with an impressive third place, 1:01.75 performance. Chloe also pushed out her long jump best, stretching the tape 5.32 meters (17’5.5) on her first attempt of the meet.
The ‘Cats opened the day on the track with another record, snapping the 14-year-old 4×100-meter relay record. The team of Cassandra Blau, Kate Carnevale, Meghan Corso and Kierra Marshall raced the baton around the track in 47.70 seconds, snapping the former program best by just seven one-hundredths of a second.
Carnevale later moved into third all-time with an impressive 12.44 second dash in the 100 meters. Classmate Cassandra Blau (12.57 seconds) and freshman Kierra Marshall (12.64) also jumped into the top 10 with their sprint performances Sunday.
Junior Bianca Nolde-Lopez nearly broke her own record in the 400-meter run, stopping the clock at 55.67 seconds, the first collegian to cross the line and second overall. Classmate Marquia Humphries (57.23) and sophomore Rachel Horowitz (58.20) finished in the top 10 and elevated their standings among the all-time top 10 at Davidson.
Nolde-Lopez then anchored the winning 4×400-meter relay team, joining Humphries, Sophia Ackerman and Rachel Horowitz to stop the clock at 3:51.10.
The half milers posted a strong showing on the track. Senior Eleni Daughters finished among the leaders, stopping the clock at 2:11.23. Classmate Grace Loehr posted a personal best with a 2:13.56, as did sophomore Kelsey Troutman at 2:15.30.
Senior Caroline Willis placed second and lowered her best in the 3000-meter steeplechase by a big margin, crossing the line at 11:24.94. She moved into a top-three spot all-time.
The men’s track and field team overcame a lengthy weather delay and posted some strong performances Sunday at the Mason Spring Invitational.
Davidson junior Paul Mullinax broke a 33-year-old record in the hammer throw, stretching the tape 46.83 meters (153’8). Sophomore Dylan Lageman (38.50m) and freshman Jack Stajos (37.81m) moved into the top10 all-time with strong performances from the cage.
Wildcat sophomore Owen Drometer claimed the win in the 1500-meter run, stopping the clock at 3:48.77. Classmate Joe dosReis was second in his section with a time of 3:55.97.
The sprinters added three newcomers to the 100-meter dash top 10 performers list. Sophomore Nick Tompkins led the trio with a time of 11.00 seconds, while freshman Chinedu Okeke (11.07 seconds) and junior Cameron Clark (11.21) also jumped onto the list.
Freshman Josh Hardin took second in the 400-meter run and fifth in the 200-meter dash. Hardin stopped the clock at 48.81 seconds and 21.94 seconds, respectively. Tompkins took seventh in 22.16 seconds, while Clark leaned across the line in 22.47 seconds, further disrupting the sprinting top performers.
Before the weather arrived, junior Raphael Oettl stopped the clock at 1:53.18 in the 800-meters.
On the runway, sophomore Dylan Ameres took fifth, stretching the tape 13.54 meters (44’5.25) on his fifth of sixth attempts. Senior Langston Stephens took seventh, marking an attempt of 12.78 meters.
Davidson returns to the track Saturday, Apr. 17 at the USC Open hosted by the University of South Carolina.