Track and Field records podium finishes ahead of NCAAs

By JORDAN HOWELL

The Panthers recently participated in the Tufts National Qualifying Meet on Saturday, Mar. 7. The non-scoring meet featured quite a few impressive performances.

Both the men and the women’s squads competed hard. In the 800-meter run, Nicole Johnson ’22 captured second and Emily Bulczynski ’22 captured fourth. Other impressive performers were Meg Wilson ’20, Katie Glew ’21, and Katelyn Pease ’22. The women’s 4 X 400-meter relay “A” team captured first.

“I am so proud of how we did as a team this weekend,” said Grace Desmond ’23, a member of the 4 X 400 “A” team. “We went out and competed hard and were able to drop over 5 seconds from our time at D3 New England’s. We had our eyes on NCAAs and just wanted to go out and do our best!”

On the men’s side, Will Meyer ’20 came in sixth place in the 1-mile run. Jonathan Fisher ’20 placed second in the high jump event and Nathaniel Klein ’21 got sixth in the shot-put event.

“High jump didn’t go quite as well as I had wanted, but it was still a solid performance,” said Fisher. “I had put together a string of really good practices and meets…and was hoping to set a new personal best.”

Up next will be the fated NCAA Championships which will take place on Friday, Mar. 13 and Saturday, Mar. 14. “The team is looking forward to nationals with great anticipation,” said Fisher. “Though only a few of us are going to compete, we will all be watching and cheering on our teammates from campus. We also have a number of first-time qualifiers, which is always exciting to see and bodes well for the team in the future.”

“We are all so excited for the upcoming NCAA Championships!” said Desmond. “I think we will just continue to do some fine tuning this week, making sure we are taking care of the small details to gear up for Friday night!”