By Steven Merritt
SELINSGROVE, PA – The Vassar College Men’s and Women’s Track and Field teams opened up the two-day AARTFC Outdoor Championships at Susquehanna University on Wednesday afternoon with the opening events of the decathlon and heptathlon along with the 4×100 relay, 100-meters, 100-meter hurdles, 5000-meters and the long jump being contested for the Brewers.
In the opening five events of the men’s decathlon, sophomore Max Bergman opened the day with a ninth place finish in the 100-meters with a time of 12.01. He then finished 11th in the long jump with a mark of 5.55 meters, 12th in shot put at 8.75 meters and 10th in the high jump at 1.60 meters. Bergman posted a seventh place finish in the 400-meters with a time of 54.01 to finish day one in 10th overall.
Sophomore Faye Stevens began the first four events of the women’s heptathlon in the 100-meter hurdles in a time of 16.65 for a 10th place overall finish. Stevens posted a mark of 1.37 meters in the high jump for 16th overall and was also 16th in the shot put at 7.10 meters. She recorded her best finish of the day in the 200-meters as she crossed the finish line fourth in a time of 26.93.
The women’s 4×100 relay of freshman Jamie Eu, junior Ava Novak, sophomore Traci Francis and senior Trina Chou recorded a 10th place finish with a new record time of 48.66. Freshman Jahmilia Dennis was ninth overall in the women’s 100-meter hurdles with a time of 15.04 and just missed qualifying for the finals.
Francis recorded a 13th overall finish in the women’s 100-meters with a time of 12.53 while Novak was 20th in a time of 12.82. Novak made the finals in the women’s long jump and finished eighth overall with a distance of 5.41 meters. Senior Lola Perez-Fry also posted a strong showing as she finished 14th with a mark of 5.16 meters.
Sophomore Noni Pattington recorded an impressive fourth place finish in the women’s 5000-meters as she crossed the finish line in a personal best time of 18:00.12 and freshman Anika Mueller-Hickler was 13th overall in a time of 18:42.27.