High hopes for men’s and women’s T&F

By Jack Vissicchio ’17

The men’s and women’s track teams are wasting no time, as they posted impressive performances in the first two meets of the indoor season. They may not get a lot of fanfare, but the track team is beginning to command recognition as one of the top athletic programs at Hamilton.

The men’s team recently finished a very successful weekend at Brockport, finishing 3rd place out of fourteen teams. This is the first time that the men have been able to field a complete team, and the benefits have been immediate with their performance at Brockport coming off of a second place finish at RIT the weekend before.

Captain Joe Jensen ’15 noted, “It is rare to have this many people contributing and competing at a high level like we have this season. We have each category covered with sprints, distance, jumps and throws.”

Jensen is coming off an All-American performance in 2014. He has been fantastic for the Continentals this season racking up multiple school and personal records.

At Brockport, Jensen was in typical form, tallying wins in three different events. His winning time in the 400-meter dash, 49.13 seconds was the fastest in Division III this winter. He also won the 200-meter dash in 22.38 seconds, and was first in the 60-meter race with 7.05 seconds. To cap it all off, Jensen was selected as New York State Collegiate Track Conference Men’s Track Athlete of the Week for the third time this season and for the second time in as many weeks.

The men’s season is only on the way up. Jensen believes that his team is “not even close to their ceiling. This team has a lot of potential and has the work ethic to reach that potential.”

The women’s team is also in the midst of a great season and is also coming off of a successful weekend at Brockport, finishing 8th out of fourteen teams. This was the women’s best showing in a meet this season. They were sparked by contributions in multiple events. Starting with the strong showing from the 1,600-meter relay team of Hanna Jerome ’18, Sam Buttrick ’17, Emily Banzer ’15 and Mattie Seamans ’18, with a fourth place finish. 

The women also received another fourth place finish in the distance medley, as the foursome of Abby Uehling ’18, Elizabeth Perry ’18, Caitlin Anthony ’18 and Buttrick recorded a time of 13:52.32. Lindsay Heyer ’17 collected the Hamilton women’s top individual performance, as she also came in fourth place in the 3,000 meters event. Additionally, Seamans and Jerome also came in sixth in the 400-meter dash and the mile run respectively.

The Continental men’s and women’s track and field teams are at home for the annual Hamilton Invitational. The meet will run all-day Saturday at the Margaret Scott Bundy Field House.

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