Track & Field Performs Well at Amherst Spring Fling

Action photo of Lyons track & field athlete, Michelle Serrano.

AMHERST, Mass. - It was another solid day of action for the Mount Holyoke College track & field team, which was in action at the 2019 Amherst Spring Fling. The Lyons finished sixth overall in the field, paced by a number of outstanding efforts, including 20 personal records.

In the 100-meter dash, sophomore Isabelle Wohlin finished 12th overall with a time of 13.22. Also performing well was first year Leah Pendl-Robinson, who notched a personal best time of 14.35 - which was good for 16th. Classmate Michaela Phelan also notched a personal record with a mark of 14.36 - for 17th.

The 200-meter dash saw rookie Margaret Robb post 18th with a time of 29.79. Phelan took 19th overall with a personal best mark of 29.84, while Pendl-Robinson was 21st with a time of 30.56. Next up in the 400-meter dash, sophomore Tamara Mukulu earned fifth with a time of 1:03.51, while in the 800-meter run, a plethora of Lyons finished strong.

Pacing the effort in the 800 was senior Corrin Moss, who earned 12th overall with a personal record mark of 2:26.72. Rookie Sydney Nash was 15th, crossing the line with a time of 2:28.44. Next up saw sisters Madeline Rieders and Hannah Rieders finish 19th and 20th. Both notched personal record times in the event as Madeline posted 2:30.14, followed by Hannah with 2:30.19.

Senior Emsie Cronin took 26th in the 800 with a season's-best time of 2:32.25, while rookie Natalie Rodman was 31st with a personal record time of 2:40.27. Rounding out the 800 event were rookies Amanda Kearney and Charlotte Lindblom, along with senior Victoria Parrish. Both Kearney and Lindblom notched personal records, finishing 34th (2:45.84) and 35th (2:50.44). Parrish finished in 36th with a mark of 2:54.43.

In the 1500-meter run, the Lyons continued to finish solid as Hannah Rieders took second with a personal record time of 4:56.06. Madeline Rieders was right behind in third with a mark of 4:56.17, while Nash earned fourth with a PR of 4:58.55. Kearney was 25th with a personal record of 5:28.52, while Lindblom, Parrish and junior Michelle Serrano took 27th (5:36.66), 28th (5:37.01) and 29th (5:37.59) - all three notched personal bests.

The 5000-meter run was another packed event for MHC, led by senior Hannah Gershone as she clipped a personal record with a time of 19:15.62 - good for fourth overall. The Lyons then took places sixth through 12th. Rookie Jamie Day was sixth with a personal best time of 19:59.69.

Rookie Sophia Gronbeck put up a season-best mark of 20:18.76 for seventh, followed by classmate Sophia Anderson in eighth with a personal record of 20:50.12. First year Sarah Hyde reached a season's best with a time of 20:56.07, while classmate Katie Milligan also hit a season-best in 10th with 22:01.16. Rounding out the efforts were rookies Sammi Craig and Asha Gehring in 11th (22:22.00) and 12th (22:24.72) - both times were season-best.

In the 100-meter hurdles, Wohlin returned to take sixth overall with a personal record mark of 16.48, while in the 4x400 meter relay, Wohlin, Cronin, Moss and Rodman combined for fourth overall with a time of 4:25.60.

Shifting gears to the field events, Pendl-Robinson took sixth in the pole vault with a mark of 2.20 meters (7-02.50). Senior Julia Hecking then placed third in the hammer throw, notching a distance of 38.19 meters (125-03), while sophomore Ireland Clare Kennedy earned fifth in the javelin throw. She recorded a personal record distance of 33.44 meters (109-08).

At the end of the event, the Lyons awarded their weekly team honors as Clare Kennedy was named the Field Athlete of the Week. Parrish was named the Track Athlete of the Week, while sophomore Simone Jacob earned Teammate of the Week honors.

Mount Holyoke returns to action on Friday when select individuals travel to Connecticut College to take part in the Silfen Distance Festival. The team will return to action the next day, competing at the Penman Relays at Southern New Hampshire University.