Giegengack Invitational

Samantha Mathewson

The Chargers started their weekend off with a win in the 200-meter dash by junior Ada Udaya with a posted a mark of 24.69 seconds.

The University of New Haven women’s track and field team also competed in the distance medley relay with sophomore Samantha Mathewson, sophomore Amanda Rindgen, senior Bridget Faria and sophomore Danielle Sorrentino on Friday, Feb. 1—day one of the Giegengack Invitational hosted by Yale University.

The team finished ninth with a time of 13:20.84 minutes, which moved them up to third in the NE-10 conference.

Four other sprinters also posted times in the 200-meter dash. Freshman Marshae Holt was second on the team and 10th overall with a time of 26.61, while sophomore Ivy Watts followed in 11th and a time of 26.69. Senior Alissa Howell finished 15th with a time of 26.79 seconds and junior Monica Yanez placed19th with a time of 27.21 seconds.

The Chargers also competed in the long jump, weight throw and high jump. Sophomore Briana Conyers and Howell finished 5th and 6th respectively, in the long jump. Conyers recorded a distance of 5.32 meters and Howell 5.30 meters.

In the weight throw, senior Shraya Manick posted a distance of 15.32 meters in sixth place and junior Brittney Bussiere was 15th overall with a mark of 12.68 meters.

Senior David Thomas won the long jump and finished second in the 200-meter dash to lead the University of New Haven men’s track and field team. He posted a mark of 7.19 meters in the long jump and 22.03 seconds in the 200-meter dash.

Sophomores Brandon Fowler and Nazim Roberts-Smith, and sophomore Devon Moore also ran the 200-meter dash. Fowler placed 17th with a mark of 23.46 seconds. Roberts-Smith came in 19th with a time of 23.63, while Moore placed 27th with a time of 24.18.

Sophomore Tyler Valalik was second on the team in the long jump and ninth overall with a mark of 6.20 meters.

Freshman Jordan Rippe competed in the weight throw. He posted a mark of 13.13 meters and finished 19th at the invitational.

Thomas continued to lead the University of New Haven men’s indoor track and field team with a first-place finish in the 60-meter dash on Saturday, day two of the Giegengack Invitational. Thomas won with a time of 6.97 seconds; the senior is the New Haven record holder with a time of 6.84 seconds.

Thomas also anchored the 4×400-meter relay team, joining Fowler, freshman Jamaal James and sophomore Joseph Kingston. The team ran a time of 3:27.82 minutes.

In the mid-distance events, senior Arnold Lane ran a time of 2:01.39 minutes in the 800-meter run, while freshman Chad Messam competed in the 1000-meter run and posted a time of 2:42.60 minutes. Senior Marvin Azor finished right behind him with a personal best mark of 2:42.94 minutes.

On the women’s side, Watts ran the 500-meter dash for the first time as a collegiate student-athlete and claimed fifth place against the Division I field with a time of 1:18.26 minutes, breaking the school record.

Sorrentino led the mid-distance runners with a time of 5:38.42 minutes in the mile and a mark of 3:23.62 minutes in the 1,000-meter run.

In the field, Conyers won the triple jump with a distance of 11.67 meters. The sophomore had already reached the NCAA automatic qualifying mark in the triple jump with a UNH record leap of 12.25 meters several weeks ago.

Conyers also ran the 60-meter hurdles in 9.27 seconds, improving upon her own University of New Haven record, while Udaya won the 60-meter dash.

New Haven was the lone non-Division I team to compete in most of the events at Coxe Cage. They will return to action next weekend at Boston University’s Track and Tennis Center for the second time this season to compete in the BU Valentine Invitational, the team’s last competition before the NE-10 Conference Championship meet.