Track and field competes in Wheaton meet, prepares for championships

The men’s and women’s track teams recently traveled to Massachusetts to compete in the Wheaton Pre-Post Season meet at Wheaton College. In their final meet ahead of the Conference Championships, the Blue and Gold looked to get their final marks and qualify any last members before traveling to Boston next week.

The sand pit continued to be a home for the Chargers as Nile Colson finished second overall in the long jump. After being seeded in the meet with a jump of 6.31 meters, Colson would go on to beat his seeded distance in just his third jump when he landed a jump of 6.51 meters. Colson opened up the event with a jump of 5.98 meters and progressively increased jumping 6.05 meters on his second and finally jumped 6.51 meters on his third. That play moved him into second place for the Blue and Gold.

Out of the pit, the Blue and Gold continued to fly as Nathaniel Peters took home third in the high jump. After clearing the opening height set at 1.75 meters on his first attempt, Peters would take it to the wire clearing both 1.80 meters and 1.85 meters on his third jumps at both heights. After clearing 1.85 meters Peters just narrowly missed clearing 1.90 meters, which would have given him sole possession of first in the event. Peters finished third overall after clearing 1.85 meters in the event followed by teammate Kenneth Holland who finished in fifth clearing 1.75 meters.

On the women’s side, Alexandra Kenealy finished fourth in the 800 meters with a time of 2:30. After being seeded with a time of 2:35, Kenealy shaved off five seconds and set a new personal record for herself in just the second time running the event. The difference between the top and Kenealy was just four seconds, as Kenealy finished in fourth place for the event.

Brendan Moretti took to the track in the 400m and finished fourth overall at the end of the event. After winning the second heat in the event crossing with a time of 54:32, he had to wait to see how his time would hold up against the remaining competitors. After four heats, Moretti found himself sitting in fourth place in the event, beating out teammate Jason Smith who finished in 10th with a time of (56.92).

Wrapping up the meet, Isabella Bostic competed in the high jump for the first time in her collegiate career and finished setting a new personal record in the event clearing 1.46 meters. After clearing the opening height of 1.41 meters on her first attempt, it took her three attempts to clear 1.46 meters and finish her in a tie in the top ten in the event.

Hannah Swain continued to round out the top ten in the women’s 400 meter dash. Swain would cross in a time of 1:06.45 finishing her in eighth place in the event for the Chargers.

The Chargers have since returned back home to make their final preparations before they travel to the Reggie Lewis Center in Boston to compete against all their conference opponents in the Northeast-10 Championships with events beginning on Thursday and champions being crowned on Friday.