MAHWAH, NJ – The Vassar College women’s track and field team finished action at the 2018 Ramapo College Invitational Saturday, seeing some strong performances across the board in the first full-team event of the season for VC. The Brewers started competition at Ramapo Friday evening, but only competed in the 5000 and 4×800 meter relay in that session.
Saturday was the healthier-sized portion of the meet, and Vassar started the second day of action with the 1500 meter run. Senior Savannah Wiman was the standout for the Brewers, finishing second overall with a time of 4:49.29 for second-place overall. She was just over four seconds off her personal best in the event with the time, a strong starting point for the senior.
Sophomore Erin Clark was just behind her in third place, as she clocked in with a 4:53.39, while sophomore Sarah Newman stretched out her distance and ran a 5:09.14 for the eighth overall spot. Freshman Kat Novak competed for the first time for the Brewers this weekend, and clocked in with a 5:49.46 for 39th place of 57 runners.
In the 400 meter dash, Vassar had three runners competing, as sophomore Penelope Mort Ranta won her heat with a time of 1:04.94, finishing 23rd overall. Sophomore Zahra Crim finished fifth in her heat with a time of 1:09.12, while freshman Emily Chong chalked up a 1:10.26 in her first race with the Brewers.
In the 200 meter dash, senior Eliana Marcus-Tyler shortened up her normal work load and ran a strong race to book a collegiate-best time of 29.25. Junior Michelle Perri was right behind her with a 29.34, finishing two spots behind Marcus-Tyler in 32nd place.
In her first collegiate 3K steeplechase, senior Katie Voegtlin showed off her ability to transition to a new event, as she won the event by almost 90 seconds, running an 11:31.15 which was just 15 seconds off the school record. In the final track event of the day, Vassar’s 4×400 relay rank a 4:13.54 for third place. Newman started for VC with a 65.5, followed by Marcus-Tyler and her split of 62.2. The senior handed off to Erin Clark, who ran a 62.7 before Wiman anchored in a time of 62.8.
In the field events, junior Sophie Sharp was great in the long jump, taking second place in her flight with her first jump of 4.65 meters despite fouling on her second and third jumps. The distance of 15’3.25” was strong enough to finish 12th overall. In the pole vault, freshman Julie Bradley finished third overall as she cleared her first four vaults, finishing with a height of 2.75 to tie the school record.
In the high jump, Mort Ranta cleared her first two leaps of 1.38 meters and 1.43 meters before needing two attempts to get over 1.48 meters to earn ninth place, just 0.03 meters off her own school mark. In the discus, sophomroe Jackie Cenan finished sixth in her flight with a throw of 26.39 meters, taking eighth place overall.
Vassar will be back on the road Friday, April 6 at Princeton University for the Sam Howell Invitational, continuing down to The College of New Jersey for the TCNJ Invitational Saturday, April 7 at 10 a.m. for more track and field action.