Track and field running strong into Colonial Relays

Junior sprinter Mia Riley won the 100-meter and the 200-meter at the Lafayette 7-way last weekend. Riley was recognized as the MAAC Performer of the Week for her accomplishments.

By Victoria Lyons

After the men and women found different ways to succeed at the Lafayette 7-Way, the track and field team will travel to William and Mary to compete at the Colonial Relays this weekend.

At the Lafayette 7-Way, the men placed second while the women finished in fifth.

According to Head Coach Bob Hamer, the team started out the season well, and he was pleased with the results.

“I was looking for a great effort and I felt that we had that in most event areas,” he said.

The Lafayette 7-Way produced many noteworthy performances from the Broncs. For the men, freshman George Solujich placed first in the shot put (49’9”) and the discus (156’5”). His performance with the discus also qualified him for the IC4As.

“Solujich is having a great freshman year,” Hamer said.

Junior James Burroughs placed first in the 110-meter hurdles and junior David Hightower finished second. Both earned IC4A qualifying times for their performance.

“The men’s hurdlers were very impressive,” Hamer said. “They have a lot of confidence right now and it shows in competition.”

Other accomplishments on the men’s side include Burroughs winning the 400-meter intermediate hurdles and freshman Jonathan Galya placing first in the high jump.

For the women’s side, junior Mia Riley won the 100-meter and the 200-meter dash.

“Mia has continued her consistent success in the sprints, showing up every meet ready to compete,” Hamer said.

Senior Heather Giovagnoli set a Rider record in the 3,000-meter, earning a first place time of 9:59.83.

“I was really excited and a little shocked with my time in the [3,000-meter],”  Giovagnoli said. “It’s not really an event I train for, but I did pretty well in it in high school and wanted to give it a shot. I didn’t think I would break 10 minutes.”

At the Colonial Relays, the Broncs will be competing with 50 other teams that were invited.

“We expect to raise our performance to the increased level of competition we will experience at that meet,” Hamer said.

Many of the athletes will be working towards qualifying for IC4As, while Giovagnoli strives for a school record in the 1500.

“I’m also going to run a relay or two, and hopefully we can run some fast times in those as well,” she said.

Both teams will be going against tough schools at this event.

“We are ready to compete and get an opportunity to test ourselves against some great competition,” Hamer said.

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