Track and Field

Leopards Kick off 2019 season at the Spartan Invitational

Sands and Situ put forth big performances.

Staten Island, N.Y. - The Leopards kicked off the new year in style on Friday at the Spartan Invitational. The men finished sixth out of 21 teams with a final score of 46 points, while the women finished fifth out of 22 teams with a final score of 52.5 points.

On the men's side, Harvey Situ lead the charge, finishing tied for first in the pole vault, with a height of 4.25 meters. Brian Kaufmann also had a strong performance, as he finished fifth in the long jump, with his best jump landing at 6.87 meters. In the high jump, Jermaine Rhoden finished third with a mark of 1.93 meters.

The shot put was another standout event for the Leopards, as Harrison Greenhill finished third, with a top thorow of 15.33 meters. Sam Fishbein came back with also lead a strong outing, as he finished third overall in the weight throw, with a toss of 16.47 meters.

In the 500 yard dash, the Leopards were lead by a fourth place finish by Thomas Strand, in a time of 1:07.59.

Brian Clayton also had a successful performance for Lafayette, as he finished sixth in the one-mile run in a time of 4:29.19. In the 3000-meter run finals, Mark DiPaola finished sixth out of 43 runners in a time of 9:02.08.

On the women's side, the high jump was a successful event, as the Leopards took home sixth place from Zoe Peerman with a top height of 1.60 meters. The pole vault was another event that yielded success, as Maddy Luksha finished fourth, with a top height of 2.90 meters.

In the 60-meter hurdle finals, Jillian Warabek finished fifth of eight finishes in a time of 9.17 seconds. In the 400-meter dash, the Leopards took home fourth and fifth place overall from Amy Hewlett and Crosby Spiess in times of 59.44 and 59.68. 

In the 1000-meter run, Autumn Sands finished first out of 18 runners in a time of 3:06.46, over two seconds faster than the second place finisher. Gabrielle Galletta also had a solid performance in the race as well, finished fourth in a time of 3:1075.

In the 800-meter run, Cassandra Wilk finished fifth out of 54 runners in a time of 2:21.53. Moving into the long distance events, Ainsley Jacobs put forth a solid performance as she finished fifth out of 32 runners in the one-mile run, in a time of 5:25.09.

The Leopards return to action tomorrow, Saturday, January 12th at the Great Dane classic in Staten Island, N.Y.
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