MEDFORD, Mass. - It was another day of personal records, season's bests and NE D3 qualifying times for the Mount Holyoke College outdoor track & field team as the Lyons took 12th overall at the 2019 Snowflake Classic at Tufts University. Nineteen personal records were eclipsed, paced by a second-place finish in the long jump from junior Charleen Theroux.
Theroux posted a jump of 5.35 meters (17-06.75), a mark that was not only a personal record, but also a New England Division III Qualifying mark. In the hammer throw, senior captain Julia Hecking notched a season's-best time with a throw of 39.47 meters (129-06), good for sixth overall in the talented field. She also placed 17th in the discus with a distance of 27.18 meters (89-02). The field events were rounded out by sophomore Isabelle Wohlin as she notched 17th overall in the triple jump with a distance of 9.39 meters (30-09.75).
Wohlin went on to place 14th in the 100-meter high hurdles, recording a season's best time of 17.16. She also placed 32nd in the 200-meter dash with a time of 28.30. Also finishing well in the 200 was rookie Leah Pendl-Robinson, who was 69th with a time of 30.76, while classmate Michaela Phelan was 73rd with a time of 31.05. Phelan went on to earn 42nd in the 400-meter dash, crossing the line with a time of 1:08.62.
Rookie Sophia Anderson was fifth in the gruelling 10,000-meter run, she hit the finish line with a time of 45:08.32. In the 3,000-meter run, rookie Jamie Day placed 11th with a time of 11:22.76, while in the 5,000-meter run, the Lyons saw a number of outstanding efforts. Sophomore Madeline Rieders was fifth with a time of 18:27.29, while her sister, Hannah Rieders was close behind in sixth with a time of 18:31.90. Both efforts were not only personal records, but also New England D3 Qualifying marks. Senior captain Hannah Gershone was 15th in the event with a season's best time of 19:23.90, while classmate Corrin Moss rounded out the efforts in the event with a season's best time of 19:41.15 - good for 19th overall.
In the 3,000-meter steeplechase, the Lyons had four personal records met, led by rookie Sophia Gronbeck as she crossed the finish in a time of 13:26.64 - which was eighth overall. Classmate Amanda Kearney was close behind in ninth with a time of 13:38.42, as sophomore Olivia Wrobleski took 10th with a mark of 14:21.35. Rookie Katie Milligan rounded out the efforts in 11th with a time of 14:26.53.
The 800-meter run saw even more PR's as rookie Sydney Nash was 18th with a top time of 2:25.51. Classmate Natalie Rodman was 43rd in the event with a PR mark of 2:40.93, while first year Charlotte Lindblom and senior Victoria Parrish each hit PR's in 53rd (2:52.76) and 57th (3:00.06), respectively. Shifting to the 1,500-meter run, sophomore Simone Jacob paced the pack, crossing the line in a personal record time of 4:59.46. Rookie Sarah Hyde took 49th overall with a PR time of 5:35.44, while classmate Sammi Craig was 55th with a personal best time of 5:47.25 followed by Parrish in 58th with a PR of 5:53.52.
In the 100-meter dash, sophomore Tamara Mukulu was 15th with a personal best time of 13.22, while rookie Margaret Robb was 38th, posting a PR of 14.44. The squad's day wrapped up with the 4x400 meter relay as the Lyons saw Mukulu (63.83), Nash (65.12), Robb (67.58) and senior Emsie Cronin (65.93) combine for a season's best time of 4:22.63 - which was good for ninth overall.
At the conclusion of the meet, the Lyons handed out their team weekly honors with Rodman being named Runner of the Week, Theroux earning Field Athlete of the Week and sophomore Ireland Clare Kennedy being named the Teammate of the Week.
Mount Holyoke is back in action next Saturday for their Game of the Week, making the short journey to Amherst College to compete in the Mammoth's Spring Fling Invitational. Action kicks-off at 10am.