By Ronald Hanaki
ESU’s Track and Field team had 16 first-place finishes at the 18th annual DeSchriver Invitational held inside the newly renovated Koehler Fieldhouse last Sunday.
There were many outstanding performances. One of the most impressive was by senior Erin Brady. Brady won the 600-meter run in 1:38.06, setting a new school record for the Warriors.
In 2015, Brady had set the school record in the 600-meter run with a time of 1:40.47, but teammate Kaylyn West broke Brady’s record at last year’s DeSchriver Invitational with a time of 1:40.39.
It was a monumental day for the Warriors. In only the second event of the day, junior Dan Buccino won the men’s 5,000-meter run in a time of 15:43.94. That was the first of many outstanding performances for the Warriors.
Junior Christian Castro won the men’s 55-meter hurdles in 7.88 seconds.
Sophomore Patrick Monahan won the men’s 55-meter dash in a blistering 6.54 seconds.
Senior Alec Lederer won the men’s 1-mile run in 4:27.32.
Sophomore Khai Samuels won the men’s 600-meter run in 1:23.37.
Junior Samantha Young crushed the field in the women’s 1,000-meter run with a time of 3:06.96. The runner-up was almost 10 seconds behind her.
Freshman Darnell Randall won the men’s high jump by clearing 1.95m.
Freshman Sarah Smith won the women’s triple jump by jumping 11.21m.
ESU’s super-sophomores went one-two in the women’s 55-meter dash. Sophomore Marissa Flim won in 7.22 seconds, and sophomore Aspen Gaita was the runner-up in 7.36 seconds.
Gaita won the women’s high jump by clearing 1.69m.
ESU’s relay teams were outstanding. The Warriors captured the women’s 4×200 meter relay, the men’s 4×200 meter relay, the women’s distance medley, the men’s distance medley, the women’s 4×400-meter medley and the men’s 4×400 meter medley.
ESU’s Track and Field team will return to compete in the Fast Track National Qualifier on Staten Island tomorrow.
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