Running Barons take the lead at Mount Union Invite 


Franciscan University of Steubenville’s men’s and women’s track teams saw yet another fruitful competition with all-around success for the whole team. Both teams competed at the Jim Wuske Invitational held at the University of Mount Union on Saturday, Feb. 2.

The women’s team started out strong with freshman Brigid Kelly breaking her own school record in the shot-put with a throw of 29’3”. Freshmen Alison Bryant and Sydney Lorentz placed tenth and 21st in the 3,000-meter run with respective times 11:27 and 12:45.

Freshman Elizabeth Atkins placed eighth in the 1-mile run with a time of 5:47, with junior Kristine Stickney and sophomore Beth Flanagan placing 13th and 14th in 5:58 and 6:02.

Freshmen Clare Dawyot and Ashlin LaFond had impressive performances in the 800-meter run, finishing in third and 10th place with times of 2:29 and 2:34. Freshman Taylor Smith ran strong as the only Lady Baron in the 5,000-meter run, finishing in a time of 22:41.

On the men’s side, sophomore Liam Galligan tasted victory in every race, placing first in the 800-meter run, 1-mile run and 4×400-meter relay. The rest of the relay was comprised of graduate student Carlo Fabian, sophomore Austen Duggan and senior Jim Craig.

Senior Nick Long and freshman Mark Borek finished back-to-back in second and third place in the 3,000-meter run in times of 9:03 and 9:05. Craig and Fabian also finished 10th and 11th in the 400-meter dash, crossing the line in 54.03 and 54.17. In his second event of the day, Long placed fourth in the 1,000-meter run in 2:46.

As put simply by head coach Vince Oliver, “It was a great day to be a Baron.”

Both the men’s and women’s teams will be back in action on Saturday, Feb. 9, at the All-Ohio Championships held at Otterbein University.