Franciscan Track & Field Has Strong Day at Westminster

Franciscan Track & Field Has Strong Day at Westminster

WESTMINSTER, Pa. – The Franciscan men's and women's track and field teams had an excellent day at the Westminster Invite, Saturday.

The Barons set nine different personal records while the Lady Barons posted 10 PRs and shattered two school records as the teams continue to prepare for the Colonial States Athletic Conference championship meet in the beginning of May.

"We had a fantastic team meet today," complimented head coach Vincent Oliver. "This is the hardest working team I have ever coached in my 30 years of coaching and today's results were indicative of everything they have done this year. How they continue to glorify God with their talents is nothing short of amazing."

For the women, Suki Almeida broke her own school record in the 400-meter dash with a time of 1:01.71 and took fourth overall. Almeida held the previous school record at 1:02.42, set earlier this season.

Also in the 400-meter dash, Anne Sweeney finished 16th overall with a personal-record time of 1:08.25 and Natalia Badia took 20th with her own personal record of 1:10.59.

Freshman Janelle Lunde continues to impress this season as she shattered her own 400-meter hurdle school record and set a personal best. Lunde came in third overall with a time of 1:09.14, taking over three full seconds off the previous top mark. In her field events, Lunde took ninth in the triple jump with a distance of 9.84m and 15th in the long jump with a distance of 4.46 meters.

Joining Lunde in the finals for the triple jump were Maria Heisler and Maria Castello. Costello set a personal-best distance of 9.30 meters and placed 14th while Heisler took 11th with a distance of 9.55 meters.

Maria Potvin set a personal-best in the 800-meter run with a time of 2:37.12 to take 20th overall and a personal best in the 1,500-meter run with a time of 5:29.01, shaving over a second off of both of her previous top times.

Sarah Kuepper set her own best time in the 200-meter dash with a time of 33.89.

Sweeney, Heisler, Potvin and Harper LaFond took eighth overall in the 4x400-meter relay with a time of 4:32.93.

Rachel Solomon and Elizabeth Collins each PR'd in the javelin throw. Solomon took 14th overall with a throw of 27.30 meters while Collins threw 20.65 meters for 20th overall. Collins also took 40th in the shot put with a throw of 6.15m.

For the men, the Barons continue to impress in their distance races. John Bolster and Patrick Tansill both PR'd the 1,500-meter run by knocking seven seconds off of their previous personal best. As Coach Oliver put it, "they both really had fantastic races."

Bolster finished 16th overall with a time of 4:25.24 while Tansill took 10th overall with a time of 4:13.82 Bolster collected a second-personal best in the 800-meter run with a time of 2:06.76. Tansill picked up two more PRs in the 800-meter (2:06.12) and the 3,000-meter steeplechase (11:25.92).

Freshman Matthew Crotteau set a personal-best in the 5,000-meter run by almost 10 seconds with a time of 16:16.64. Also PRing the 5,000-meters was Emmett Delaney and James Sarlo. Delaney set his personal-best with a time of 18:49.25 for 43rd place and Sarlo came in 44th with a personal-best time of 19:46.56.

In the shorter races, James Craig had a good day in the track in the 400-meter dash. Craig took ninth overall with a personal-best time of 52.23. Craig also helped the 4x100-meter 'A' team to a second-place finish overall, narrowly missing the school record with a time of 44.39, just 1/100th of a second off of the top mark at Franciscan. Craig was joined by Ben Erste, Carlo Fabian and John Tysz for the stellar race.

On his own, Tysz set a personal-best in the 100-meter dash with a time of 11.87 to take 17th overall. Ertse took 12th overall in the 100-meter dash with a time of 11.65.

In the field, Camilo Saenz had a strong day in the javelin. Saenz has thrown the javelin just twice this season and increased his top-distance by almost 11 meters. Saenz took 17th overall today with a strong throw of 39.05 meters.

Also PRing in the javelin was Sean Growe who finished 24th overall with a throw of 32.39 meters. Growe also set a personal-best in the shot put with a distance of 10.34 meters.

"Today was one of the most successful days as a track and field program that we have had at FUS," continued Coach Oliver. "It is such an honor for me to be their coach and have a team as dedicated to their craft as they are. It is something I haven't seen. It is also an honor to have my coaching staff that I have and to see them work as hard as they for these student athletes. Each week, my assistants push the team and really get the best of out of each student athlete.

"Today was really a great day to be a Baron. In fact, it was fantastic."

The men's and women's track and field teams will compete next Saturday at Walsh before a mid-week meet at Bethany on April 19 in preparation of the CSAC Championships the first weekend of May.

 "I am looking for a strong showing at the championship meet this year," concluded Coach Oliver.