Track & Field Finishes Strong at Penmen Relays

Action photo of Lyons track & field athlete, Tamara Mukulu.

MANCHESTER, N.H. - Another weekend and another meet full over personal records and outstanding finishes for the Mount Holyoke College outdoor track & field team. The Lyons were in action at the Penmen Relays, hosted by Southern New Hampshire University and in addition to 22 personal marks, there were a number of top-10 placings.

Action got underway on the track in the 5000-meter unseeded run. First year Sarah Hyde powered her way to second overall with a personal record time of 20:39.69, while classmate Sophia Anderson was fifth with a time of 20:54.68. Sophomore Olivia Wrobleski powered her way to 20th overall with a personal best time of 21:54.29, followed by first year Sammi Craig in 21st with a PR time of 22:14.26. Rounding out the efforts in the event was first year Asha Gehring, who was 22nd with a PR time of 22:20.62.

In the 3000-meter steeplechase, the Lyons saw three top-10 finishers - all with personal record times. Leading the way was rookie Sophia Gronbeck, who was eighth overall with a time of 13:05.95. Classmate Amanda Kearney was close behind in ninth with a mark of 13:12.99, followed by first year Katie Milligan in 10th with a time of 14:11.11. Shifting to the 100-meter dash, sophomore Tamara Mukulu was 19th with a personal-record time of 13.18. Classmate Isabelle Wohlin was 22nd with a time of 13.29.

Shifting to the 1-mile run, senior Emsie Cronin was fourth overall with a personal record time of 5:29.46. First year Natalie Rodman was 26th with a season's best time of 5:57.30, while classmate Charlotte Lindblom was 28th with a PR time of 5:58.92. Senior Victoria Parrish wrapped-up the strong efforts in the event, finishing 35th overall with a personal best time of 6:08.85.

Mukulu returned for another personal record performance in the 400-meter dash, posting a time of 1:01.71 for ninth overall. Rookie Sydney Nash also competed, taking 29th overall with a personal-best time of 1:05.09. In the 800-meter run, Rodman took 27th with a PR time of 2:37.18, while Lindblom and Parrish were 45th (2:51.37) and 54th (2:58.78). Kearney then competed in the 400-meter hurdles, earning 39th with a time of 1:23.86.

The 200-meter dash saw a bevy of PR's met led by senior Corrin Moss, who was 70th with a personal best time of 29.38. Rookie Leah Pendl-Robinson was 72nd, reaching a PR time of 29.57, while classmate Margaret Robb was 75th with a mark of 29.63. Nash posted a PR of her own in 76th with a time of 29.64, while first year Michaela Phelan was 78th with a personal record of 29.71.  Cronin wrapped up the outstanding efforts in the event, finishing 91st with a PR time of 30.27.

In the seeded 5000-meter run, rookie Jamie Day was 15th overall with a personal record time of 19:50.60, while junior Michelle Serrano was 28th with a time of 21:01.62. In the field events, senior Julia Hecking took 22nd in the discus, posting a personal record mark of 29.24 meters (95-11). She went on to notch another personal record in the Hammer Throw - taking 10th overall with a distance of 40.21 meters (131-11).

The meet rounded out with a mixed 4x400-meter relay event. The Lyons saw assistant coach Dean Dumas, Cronin, head coach Chris Kibler and Moss combine to finish 11th overall with a time of 4:09.66.

Following the meet, the Lyons named their weekly award winners as senior Hannah Gershone earned Runner of the Week recognition. Hecking was named the Field Athlete of the Week, while junior Charleen Theroux and sophomore Ireland Clare Kennedy were honored as Teammates of the Week. Assistant Coach Dumas was also named the unofficial Runner of the Week!

Mount Holyoke returns to action next Saturday when it competes at the Springfield Invitational at Springfield College.