Heather Kwafo Sets Program Record

POUGHKEEPSIE – First-year Heather Kwafo tallied a 5.18m mark in the long jump to earn the gold medal and school record in Saturday’s Liberty League East Championship Meet held at Weinberg Field. Kwafo bested the previous mark of 5.15m that was set in 2016 by Annelise Depman. As a team the Vassar women’s track & field team finished third overall with 109 points. RPI took the team title by scoring 266 points and Union took second with 195.

Kwafo set the record on her first jump attempt of the day, and that was all she needed to claim the gold medal. Fellow first-year Lola Perez-Fry hit a mark of 4.94m on her third attempt, which gave her the silver medal. Then in the triple jump, Kwafo earned her second medal of the meet by placing third by jumping 10.08m.

Moving on to the track events, the Vassar 4×100 relay of Kayleigh Mason, Nora Jensen, Kwafo, and Perez-Fry won first overall with a time of 51.89. The time was nearly two seconds faster than Union’s second-place squad.

Three Brewers ran in the 1,500-meter race. Senior Hannah Martin took the silver medal with a time of 4:58.07, while Clara Wiesler ran a 5:08.18 for seventh place. Amaavi Miriyagalla rounded out the Vassar runners and crossed the line at 5:31.84.

Jensen competed in the 100-meter hurdles for the first time this season and did not disappoint with a second-place finish. She ran a 17.91. The duo of Jordan Norman and Ava Novak finished neck-and-neck in the 400-meter dash. Norman edged out her teammate at 1:05.11 for second place and Novak was third with a time of 1:05.40.

Junior Sarah Gillooly matched her career-best time to win the 800-meter in 2:21.62, which was three seconds faster than the next finisher. Vassar picked up another medal in the 200-meter dash. Perez-Fry earned a second-place finish, hitting 28.86.

The Brewers claimed the second and third spots in the 5,000-meter event. Sasha Allison earned a silver medal after an 18:27.14 performance, and then Elsa Erling was after at 19:00.43 for third. Vassar wrapped up the meet with the 4×100 relay composed of Gillooly, Novak, Mason, and Norman. The squad took second and crossed at 4:30.92.

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