Hamilton women top the field in 4 events at Utica’s Pioneer Open

Brigit Humphreys '21 (Josh McKee photo)
Brigit Humphreys '21 (Josh McKee photo)

Hamilton College's Cat Berry '19 recorded a pair of first-place finishes for women's track & field at the 2019 Utica College Pioneer Open held at Utica's Hutton Sports and Recreation Center on Saturday.

The Continentals racked up 71 points to finish in third place. Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute won the team title with 127 points and SUNY Geneseo finished second with 115. RPI is ranked 11th in the Atlantic Region, Geneseo is first and Hamilton is 13th.

Berry captured first place in the 200-meter dash with a time of 26.39 seconds. She was also the only runner to break the one-minute mark with a time of 59.56 seconds in the 400 meters. Both marks qualify the senior sprinter for the 2019 All-Atlantic Region Track & Field Conference Indoor Championships on March 1 and 2.

Mary Lundin '19 qualified for regionals with a winning time of 2:18.90 in the 800-meter run, and Liza Greene '22 and Natasha Lane '21 finished fifth (2:28.28) and sixth (2:28.68), respectively.

Brigit Humphreys '21 crossed the finish line first in the mile with a personal-best and regional-qualifying time of 5:15.14. Kristen Bitsberger '22 placed ninth (5:32.76) in the 39-runner field.

Led by Grace Heller '19, three Continentals finished in the top 10 in the 3,000-meter run. Heller's time of 10:51.32 placed her second, Andy Uribe '19 placed fourth (11:03.84) and Haley Driscoll '21 was 10th with a time of 11:33.48.

Andrea Shipton '22 led the field athletes with an eighth-place finish of 2.90 meters in the pole vault. Hamilton's 1,600-meter relay of Humphreys, Lundin, Greene and Alanna McGill '21 recorded a fourth-place time of 4:16.20. McGill also placed sixth in the 400 meters (1:03.38).

Hamilton heads back to Utica College on Saturday, Feb. 2 for the Blue and Orange Invitational at 10:30 a.m.