By Grace Murphy
The Franciscan University men’s and women’s track and field teams competed at the Muskingum Meet in New Concord last Friday.
Junior Victoria Unnerstall won fourth place and ran a personal best for the 400m with a time of 1:07.57. Junior Angelina Toole ran the 800m in 2:47.49, placing seventh overall and second among PAC runners.
The Lady Barons blew away competition in the one mile. Junior Claire Walters placed first with a time of 5:30.19, and sophomore Rachel Hurley came in second with a time of 5:49.09. Sophomore Emma O’Keefe followed quickly behind in sixth, finishing in just over six minutes.
Freshman and reigning Presidents’ Athletic Conference (PAC) Champion of the Week Clara Symington earned a new record in the 60m hurdles. She placed second and finished the race in 9.70 seconds.
Meanwhile, sophomore Alana Bradford made Franciscan history. Her school record-breaking jump in the long jump was 4.67m and broke the 12-year-old previous record.
The women’s 4×400 team made up of freshman Rebecca Bolster, sophomore Jessica Campbell, Symington and Walters broke their previous school record by eight seconds.
Meanwhile, the men were on fire in the 60m dash. Sophomore Joseph Rohde beat his previous school record with a new time of 7.15 seconds and won the event. Senior Ryan Ozymy placed fifth and freshman Antonio Santoro placed eighth.
Another new school record was set by senior David Cappello. He ran the 800m indoors in 1:53.94. He holds the current fastest 800m time record in the PAC.
The Barons made a strong showing in the mile event. Senior Miguel Daez ran the mile in 4:23.56 and placed first. Junior Conal Delaney and sophomore David Di Nardo were right behind him in third and fifth place respectively.
Freshman Nicholas Brass broke his previously set school record in the shot put again. His record-breaking throw was 13.31m, with a three-foot improvement from the last meet.
Ozymy and freshman Alexander Blose scored high in the 200m. Ozymy won with a time of 22.95 and Blose took home fourth with a time of 24.13.
The Barons prepare next for their PAC Indoor Track and Field Championship on Thursday at 1 p.m.