MEADVILLE, Pa. – Franciscan University of Steubenville's track and field team participated in the fifth annual Allegheny College Gator Invitational on Friday. This was the final meet for most of Franciscan's athletes and turned out to be very competitive for everyone involved, especially since it was the last chance for athletes to qualify for the Eastern College Athletic Conference competition.
"The team did very well," noted head coach Vince Oliver. "We had some runners set new personal records."
Two runners who set new personal records were junior Teresa Goyette and freshman Marie Palmer, both in the 100 meter dash. Palmer finished in 14.83 seconds, and Goyette finished in 14.95. Sarah Kuenzi and Jane Crosby also had a successful meet. Crosby ran a 2:23.00 in the 800 meter race. Kuenzi threw a distance of 11.51 meters in the women's shot put.
"These women finished up the season with new best times, just like we wanted them too," Oliver remarked.
"Bill Jones and Jack Kaiser both had successful 5K races," noted Coach Oliver. Jones and Kaiser have consistently performed exceptionally throughout the season. Jones finished in 14.57 and Kaiser in 15.57. Bill Jones moves onto the ECAC competition on May 19.
Tim Michaud performed well in the javelin competition, throwing 50.41 meters. Though Michaud did not qualify for postseason competition at the ECACs, he still greatly improved his event by increasing his throwing distance an exceptional seven meters in a single season.
Though the meet was a successful one, it was also a sad day, as many of the team's seniors competed in the last meet of their collegiate career.
"The seniors really shined at this meet, as well as over the entire season," said Oliver. The Barons and Lady Barons track and field team boasted six seniors: Kailey Gotta, Sarah Kuenzi, Tessa Livermont, Andrea Scott, Julie Randall, and Kevin LeRoy. Gotta clinched the needed qualifying times in the 5,000 meter run earlier this season and will compete with Jones at the ECACs.
"All the seniors had a successful season and were really a major part of inspiration this year for the team," noted Oliver. "They all really helped me as a coach, giving everyone on the team inspiration and leadership. Each of them is irreplaceable."