By Grace Murphy
On Saturday, the Franciscan men and women’s track and field team competed at the Thiel College Tomcat Invitational in Greenville, PA.
Freshman Clara Symington placed second in the 100-meter hurdles and broke a thirteen-year school record with a time of 15.71 seconds. She also placed second in the 400-meter hurdles and set another school record with a time of 1:05.80.
Sophomore Rachel Hurley finished the 5000-meter race in eighth place with a time of 20:06.57.
The Lady Barons stayed tight together in the 400-meter dash. Freshman Rebecca Bolster finished in 1:04.17 and placed 11th. Freshman Jianna Hanson finished in 1:05.94. Junior Victoria Unnerstall ran the 400-meter in 1:06.74 and freshman Anne O’Boyle finished in 1:07.51.
Bolster, Hanson, O’Boyle and Unnerstall also ran the 4×400 meter relay and scored fifth place with a time of 4:31.37.
Meanwhile, on the men’s side freshman John Sicree ran the 400 meter in 52.65 seconds, a season’s best, and placed eighth. Sophomore David DiNardo also ran a personal best in 1500-meter with a time of 4:08.87.
Freshman Dwayne Gethard continued the streak of personal bests in the 400-meter hurdles. He achieved a new personal record with a time of 1:01.70 which is the second-best time in Franciscan school history.
DiNardo, Gethard, Sicree and junior Nathaniel Tokarsky placed sixth in the 4×400 relay with a time of 3:40.16.
Sophomore Isaac Turner placed 21st in the Javelin throw with a distance of 34.87 meters. Junior Tyson Smith placed 26th in the shotput with a best throw of 9.03m. His teammate freshman Nicholas Brass placed 13th with a throw of 11.78m.