Track Captures Three Events at Champs

Kevin Cottington '13, Sports Editor

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The Dickinson Men’s Track and Field team struck gold three times at the Centennial Conference indoor championship, finishing third overall in the conference for the second consecutive season. The women’s team finished fifth overall at the two-day meet, which kicked off on Friday, Feb. 22, and concluded on Feb. 23. Johns Hopkins captured the title on both sides.

Jon Jackson ’14 captured the 800 meters with a time 1:56.11, edging out the second-place finisher by just 0.63 seconds. Aaron Pannell ’14 continued his season-long dominance in the 60 meter dash, as he was the only runner to break seven seconds, crossing the line at 6.89. The final gold for the Devils came in the distance medley relay. Conor White ’15, Gregory Boles ’16, Charlie Bayne ’15 and Ryan Steinbock ’14 combined for a time of 10:22.48 as the Devils put away the team from Haverford in the final 400 meters. The victory served as a bit of revenge for Steinbock, who took second in the 3000 meters, falling to a Haverford runner by 1.06 seconds.

The Red Devils also had a number of impressive performances in the field events. Joe Stahley ’13 and Casey Caslin ’13 gave Dickinson a nice 2-3 finish in the shot put with tosses of 13.72 and 13.68 meters, respectively. Pannell added a fourth place finish to Dickinson’s totals in the triple jump as Chris Mealy ’13 captured fifth in the pole vault, clearing 3.80 meters. The men’s team did not secure the third place finish until the final event, the 4×400 meter relay. Boles, David Cook ’16, Matt Sansevere  ’16 and Mark Manganaro ’16 captured three points for Dickinson with a 6th place finish at 3:37.27, just .89 seconds ahead of a 7th place finish that would have put the Red Devils behind host Ursinus in the overall standings.

The women’s team, too, was locked in a tight battle throughout the meet for overall positioning, as they edged out sixth-place Franklin & Marshall by 1.5 points. Vivian Butali ’13 and Olivia Schumann ’15 highlighted the scoring for the Red Devils. Butali finished sixth in the 60 meters at 8.32 seconds, seventh in the long jump with a leap of 4.81 meters and third in the triple jump at 10.64 meters. Schumann took third in the 200 meters at 27.10 meters and fourth in the 400 meters at 1:00.47 seconds. The women’s place in the standings also came down to the relays on Saturday evening. Courtney Blinkhorn ’13, Emily Miller ’14, Rebecca Race ’16 and Mary Nolte ’16 finished fifth in the 4×800 meters at 10:11.15, edging out the Diplomats entry by ten seconds. Schumann, Stacey Adamcik ’15, Kelly McIntyre ’14 and Ramona Weber ’15 than closed out the overall fifth place finish for the Red Devils in the 4×400, capturing fifth place in 4:12.16, three seconds ahead of Franklin & Marshall.

The championship meet closes out the indoor season for the Devils, with the exception of those competing at the Ursinus Last Chance Meet on Friday, Mar. 1, in a final bid to qualify for nationals. The outdoor season will begin for the Devils on Saturday, Mar. 23, at the Little Three Championship.