Brianna Robbins – 1851 Staff
With the expansion of the men’s and women’s track and field teams comes the breaking of school records.
On the women’s team, freshman Erica Miller broke the 400M school record with a time of 64.19 seconds. Melissa Cooley, also a freshman, cut her 200M time by more than half a second with a new school record of 28.07 seconds.
“Two years ago we didn’t have the program we have now,” said junior captain Chelsea Zeig. “We have great runners, great throwers, great jumpers.” Zeig also established the first school record in the women’s weight throw, with a toss of 8.09 meters.
Men’s records were broken as well, as first time thrower senior Don Berube threw the shot-put 11.14 meters. Freshman David Cooper broke the school record in the 800M with a time of 2:05.78. Andrew Panther, also a freshman, broke the 400M school record with a time of 51.04 seconds, which qualified him for the ECAC Indoor Track and Field Championship.
Panther, Patrick Sponzo, Kyle Northrop, and David Cooper together broke the college’s record of the men’s 4×400 relay team set back in 2010 with a new time of 3:38.64. “It goes to show you that hard work pays off,” said senior captain Antonio Nesbitt. “Everyone has been doing their best to get better during the off season.”
The indoor track season came to an abrupt end when the final track meet at Boston University was canceled due to the weather conditions from snowstorm Nemo. Both track teams will continue with their high competitiveness into the first season of outdoor track and field.
The first outdoor meet takes place at Bridgewater State University on March 23.