April 2, 2007
EAST STROUDSBURG, PA - The Saint Joseph's men's and women's track and field teams combined to finish first in seven events at the Lafayette 6-Way Meet in East Stroudsburg, PA on Saturday, March 31. Seniors Julie Lentz, Erin Kelly, and Teddy Meyers took first place in their events, while graduate student Mike DiDio also took top honors in the 800m. The Hawks also won two relay events. There was no team scoring at the competition.
For the SJU women, co-captain Lentz took first place in the 400m with a time of 58.31. She also ran the anchor leg of the first-place 4x400 relay squad, combining with freshmen Caitlin McGrath and Nicole McMullen and senior Amanda Guthridge to run a 3:57.27 in the event. Lentz also teamed up with McMullen, senior co-captain Valerie Ramirez, and junior Jordan Teuber to place second in the 4x100 relay. Kelly took the 800m crown with a 2:19.01, putting her near the top of the list in the conference early in the season. McMullen won the long jump event, leaping a conference-best 18' 1".
Also turning in strong performances for the Hawks were Teuber, McGrath, and freshman Kristin Pierce. In addition to her relay performance, Teuber took third in the 200m (25.79) and fourth in the 100m (12.60). She also placed third in the triple jump, pacing all Hawk entrants with a leap of 36' 1-1/4". McGrath ran on the fifth-place 4x100 relay squad, and was second behind Lentz in the 400m (59.04). Pierce was a solid finisher in the hurdling events, placing second in the 400m hurdles (1:06.72) and third in the 100m hurdles (15.45).
On the men's side, Meyers ran a 3:58.98 to pace the field in the 1,500m. He also finished fourth in the 3,000m with a time of 8:34.60, just behind junior teammate Will Rowland's 8:31.71 third-place time. DiDio's time of 1:54.06 in the 800m is half a second faster than the previous conference-best this season. Also taking first was the men's 4x400 relay squad, turning in a time of 3:20.69.
Running well for SJU were seniors Chris Kessler, Mike Tatara, and Joe Witiw, junior Rich Ryan, and freshmen Drew Brandt, Christopher Caranante, and Steven Philbrook. Kessler finished fourth in the 400m with a 50.65. Co-captain Witiw was fifth, turning in a 51.08. Fellow captain Tatara ran a 58.90 in the 400m hurdles to place fourth, while Philbrook was a hair behind him in fifth at 58.94. Brandt and Caranante pulled double duty, running both the 100m and 200m. Brandt recorded a time of 11.73 in the 100m and placed sixth in the 200m with a 22.78. Caranante turned in a 12.89 in the 100m and a 26.05 in the 200m. Senior Matt McClure was eighth in the shot put with a distance of 12.60m (41' 4") and placed seventh in the discus with a throw of 35.11m (115' 2-1/4").
The Hawks will travel to Durham, NC this week for the Duke Invitational on Friday and Saturday.