By Jordan Washington
The Lions competed in a two-day event on Friday, March 1 and Saturday, March 2 at the Atlantic Region Conference Championship at Ithaca College, in Ithaca, New York.
The College’s men’s distance medley team finished third in its event’s final and received first-team All-NJAC Honors.
For the women, senior distance runner Madeleine Tattory finished third in the women’s 5000-meter final, coming off of the heels of another great meet. Freshman jumper, sprinter and hurdler Kassidy Mulryne was awarded Rookie of the Year honors.
Head coach Justin Lindsey achieved NJAC Coach of the Year as he led the College to its second consecutive NJAC conference championship.
The College’s women’s names were all over the NJAC all-conference teams. Those who made the All-Conference first team were junior sprinter Sam Gorman, senior middle distance runner Kathleen Jaeger, senior distance runner Natalie Cooper and Mulryne.
The 4x400 team that includes freshman Megan Gasnick, junior Christine Woods, freshman Victoria Vricella and Gorman received first-team recognition, along with the 4x800 team of junior Ryann Reagan, sophomore Kimberly Lewis, sophomore Emily Forester and senior Kelly Morrison.
In the meet, Cooper broke the school record for the 3000-meter race with an astounding time of 9:54:59. In the women’s 4x400 race, the College found itself in second place, losing only by a mere second.
In the women’s 60-meter hurdles, Mulryne and junior sprinter Kaila Carter, who are members of the NJAC All-Conference second-team, had an excellent day. Carter finished in second, while Mulryne finished in fourth. Freshman Nicole Lester came in third in the pole vault event.
In its second win in the past two weeks, the women’s track and field team won its meet and has now qualified six of the team’s members for the NCAA Division III Indoor Championships.
The members include Mulryne, Gorman, Cooper, Jaeger, Gasnick and sophomore sprinter Shannon Lambert. This was another victory for many of the athletes, as they accumulated a total of 87 points in the big win.
The Lions will head to Boston next for the NCAA Division III Indoor Championship on Friday, March 8.