Friday, Jan. 26, the Elizabethtown College women’s track and field members headed to Franklin & Marshall College to participate in a relatively small meet with a select number of field event athletes. Senior Alexa Feduchak won the weight throw for the second time in the past two meets.
Feduchak has been exceptional, adding one meter to her personal record from last meet.
She furthered her record to 14.43 meters, .19 meters away from the school record.
The Blue Jays also entered five athletes into the shot put event, with three making it to the finals.
Junior Nicole Boyd took sixth place with a new personal record of 10.18 meters.
Junior Abby Drumheller took fifth with a 10.40 meter throw, earning a new personal record. Junior Leah Gamber took second with a 11.57 meter throw.
Etown also had a few athletes place in the pole vault including sophomore Natalie Nye, who placed second with 2.34 (8’11-3/4″).
Leading up to this performance, Nye said that because Etown does not have an indoor facility, the vaulters hold practices during open swim time in the pool to improve. Before the meet, the team “brought a pole into the water to practice our form on our swing.”
The men’s track and field team also competed the next day at the Seamus McElligott Invitational and finished with two wins and a new personal record.
Sophomore Samuel Gerstenbacher took first in the mile race, finishing in 4:24.71. Sophomore Derek Bosworth won the 60-meter hurdle race, finishing with a time of 9.16.
Senior Brad Vasilik earned second in the 60 meter dash with a time of 7.40. Senior Mitch Schlegel also earned second place in the 200 meter sprint with a time of 23.47.
In addition to these accomplishments, senior Tommy Fitzgerald earned third place in the 800 meter with a time of 1:59.52.
Sophomore Malcolm Sykes also earned a third place finish in the triple jump at 12.56 meters.
This jump is the seventh best jump in Etown program history and moved Sykes from ninth best to seventh best all-time.
The men’s and women’s teams will be back on the road next Saturday, Feb. 3 at 9 a.m. at Susquehanna University to compete in the S.U. Challenge.