Track squads led by first-year sprinters

Sports Staff Writer
Monday, April 11, 2011

The men’s and women’s track teams garnered three first-place finishes at the unscored University of Connecticut Alumni Invite Saturday.

The men’s 4×100-meter relay team, which was composed of John Spooney ’14, Matt Bevil ’14, Ajani Brown ’14 and Nathan Elder ’13, came in first place with a time of 3 minutes, 17.94 seconds.

“My best race was the 400 in the four by four,” Spooney said. “I was really relaxed, and there wasn’t much pressure.”

Spooney also had impressive performances in the 100-meter and 200-meter sprints. He finished third in the 100 in 10.82 seconds and second in the 200 with a time of 21.42.  

“I think I ran well. There were some improvements that need to be made,” Spooney said. “Improving my starts in the 200 and just relaxing, both mentally and in my form.”

Daniel Smith ’13 had a strong showing in the shot put with a heave of 52 feet, four inches that earned him third place. Jonathan Dieujuste ’14 triple jumped 45–2 1/2, which propelled him to a second-place finish. Erik Berg ’13 finished the 800-meter run in third place, with a time of 1:52.90.

There were a lot of injuries that prevented many of the male athletes from competing, Spooney said.

The two first-place finishes on the women’s side belonged to Victoria Buhr ’13, who threw the discus 153-7, and Rachel Biblo ’11, who triple jumped 41-8 1/2 . Buhr also recorded a third-place throw of 43-5 3/4 in the shot put. Lacey Craker ’13 added to the successes of the throwing squad by coming in third place in the hammer throw with a heave of 143-11. Gabriela Baiter ’11 came in a close second place behind Biblo in the triple jump with a combined leap of 40-11 1/2.  

The women’s distance squad also had some strong performances, as Samantha Adelberg ’11 recorded a second-place finish in the 1500-meter run in 4:27.05. Ari Garber ’12 and Kesley Ramsey ’11 finished second and third in the 3000-meter run with times of 9:41.85 and 9:46.00, respectively.

Bruno returns home Saturday for the Brown Invitational, the first of two home meets during the teams’ outdoor seasons.