By Megan Palumbo – Sports Editor
Lasell’s men and women’s track teams competed at the Eric Loeschner Invitational in Fitchuburg on Saturday, April 15. The Lasers matched up against 21 other schools — Fitchburg State hosted the event.
The Lasers started out in the field strong, improving their overall throwing and jumping distances. Freshman Anthony Liriano threw 10.66 meters, breaking his own record he accomplished two weeks earlier. Freshman Alex Desharnais threw his personal best, in the javelin, outdoing his previous throw by 10 meters. Junior Josh Nixon jumped 11.18 meters in the triple jump, his best all season.
For the men’s track events, sophomore Ben Lane excelled and broke another school record, this time in the 400 meter race. Lane ran a 52.34, beating the record by 0.5 seconds and also ranking him seventh place overall.
The women’s track team also hit personal bests at the invitational. Sophomore Jordan Immerman jumped 4.06 meters in the long jump, while senior Ayumi Ranucci earned ninth place in the 100 meter dash, and seventh place in the 200 meter dash, running a 27.96. Sophomore Stephanie Amato and junior Lauren Lenahan both finished in the top 10 for the 400 meter race. Amato placed second with a speedy time of 61.90.
At time of publication, the Lasers will run next at the Springfield College Classic, on April 22, hosted by Springfield College. This is one of their final meets leading up to the Division III New England Championships on May 5.