The Franciscan University of Steubenville men’s and women’s track and field teams saw yet another day filled with victories and personal improvement.
Although a few members have been plagued by injuries this season, the team is anxious to see what already looks to be another great year for Barons’ track.
On the women’s side, freshman Ashlin LaFond had an impressive performance in the 200-meter dash, placing first in her heat with a time of 28.40. LaFond also had a great race in the 800-meter run, placing 10th with a time of 2:34.85, with classmate Claire Dawyot just ahead in eighth place in a time of 2:30.45.
Freshman Alison Bryant, in her first collegiate 1,500-meter run, placed seventh overall with a time of 5:03.06, with classmate Elizabeth Atkins close behind in ninth place with a time of 5:17.49. Junior Kristine Stickney came in 16th place in 5:28.45. Bryant later returned to the track in the 5,000-meter run, placing second with a time 19:10.67.
The 4×400-meter relay, comprised of LaFond, Dawyot, Bryant and Atkins, placed eighth, crossing the line in 4:30.27.
In field events, junior Rachel Solomon placed 13th in the women’s javelin with a throw of 26.48 meters.
On the men’s side, sophomore Liam Galligan placed first in the 800-meter run with a time of 1:57.49, with classmate Austen Duggan not far behind in seventh place with a time of 2:02.67. Galligan also had an impressive win in the 5,000-meter run with a time of 15:37.77.
In the men’s 3,000-meter steeplechase, senior Nick Long dominated the field, winning the race by 18 seconds. Classmate Grady Stuckman placed first in the 10,000-meter run with a new personal record of 33:49.50. Sophomore Easton Syvertson came in 23rd place in the 400-meter dash with a new personal record of 55.26.
The Barons will be back in action on Saturday, April 6, at the University of Mount Union in Alliance, Ohio.