Track and field competes at Wesleyan Swanson Invitational

Joe Klaus, Staff Writer

After competing in Myrtle Beach a week ago the New Haven Women’s Track and Field competed at the Wesleyan Swanson Invitational Meet at Wesleyan College in Middletown, Conn. The Blue and Gold placed in five events overall, winning two events led by the arms of Neva Bos- tic and Jalynn McCown.

McCown threw shotput and set the standard in her second throw. After an opening throw of 11.23 meters, her second move was the one to beat. Marked at 11.40 meters, McCown’s best throw remained the top. That mark held while teammate Isabelle Robinson finished third in the event with a throw of 10.91 meters. Robinson opened up the event with a throw of 10.32 meters, followed by 10.30 meters which moved her into the finals, where she needed just one throw to get the mark of 10.91 meters, putting her in third place for the meet.

A week after breaking the school record in the javelin, Bostic stayed on top of her game, winning the event at the meet. After an opening throw of 34.99 meters, Bostic followed that up with a qualifying throw of 36.19 meters, which moved her into the finals flight of the event, where Bostic waited until her final throw to outdo her second. Her final mark at 37.93 meters put Bostic comfortably in first place.

Following her first place finish in shot, McCown competed in the ham- mer throw alongside teammate Elise Dodel. The two competed against one another, trying to outdo the other with each throw. McCown opened with a throw of 39.87 meters before Dodel beat her with a second throw of 40.53 meters. McCown quickly bounced ahead of Dodel on her third throw, marking at 43.47 meters and advancing to the finals. McCown’s throw put her in second place while Dodel’s throw of 40.53 meters placed her in third behind McCown.

Mikayla Yatsko jumped into a sec- ond place finish in the triple jump. On her third jump, Yatzko reached 10.55 meters which put her into second place in the finals. Yatsko only needed one jump in the prelims to score 10.79 meters which held her against the competition in second place overall.

On the men’s side, the Blue and Gold placed in five events overall, winning two events led by Kevin Leach-Brown and Cole Parker.

In the sand pit, Parker jumped into a first place finish, beating the closest competitor by .08 meters. In his best jump, he soared to 6.66 meters in the finals, securing the first place finish in the event.

Back in the field, the arms of the Chargers continued to be strong as Russel Kobierecki finished second in shot put. After opening up with a throw of 11.39 meters, Kobierecki crushed his previous distance with a mark of 13.48 meters. That throw also moved Kobierecki to the finals, where he almost matched it again with a mark of 13.45 meters. Kobierecki’s prelim- inary throw of 13.48 meters would move him into second place where he finished the event.

Carlos Rivera earned second in the hammer throw event. Just before the rain came down in Mid- dletown, Rivera started with a toss of 43.64 meters earning him first place honors. That throw would solidify his place until the finals, where he was narrowly beat out for first place.

On the track, Kevin Leach- Brown took home a first place win in the 400 meters. Leach-Brown took control by winning the event by over a second when he finished his lap in an even time of 50 sec- onds, as the second place compet- itor crossed in 51.39, securing the win for the Blue and Gold.

Track and field returns to compeition this Saturday, traveling to The College of New Jersey Invitational meet on Saturday.