Lundin ’19 breaks 13-year-old school record at Blue & Orange Invite

Mary Lundin '19 and assistant coach John Hartpence (Josh McKee photo)
Mary Lundin '19 and assistant coach John Hartpence (Josh McKee photo)

Hamilton College women's track & field athletes placed in the top 10 in 10 events, including four first-place finishes, on Saturday at Utica College's 2019 Blue and Orange Invitational. The Continentals finished in second place out of 16 teams.

Mary Lundin '19 highlighted the day as she placed first in the 500-meter dash and broke a 13-year-old program record with a time of 1:19.11. Rachel Bennek '07 owned the previous record of 1:19.83, which was achieved on March 4, 2006. Alanna McGill '21 placed third (1:23.75) in the same event.

Cat Berry '19 wrote her name in the Hutton Sports & Recreation Center record book with a facility-record time of 25.85 seconds in the 200-meter dash. The previous record was 26.03 seconds, and Berry was the only participant with a time under 26 seconds as she bested second place by more than a second. The senior sprinter also broke her own team record and placed first in the 400 meters (59.20 seconds). Berry's previous record time from last February was 59.28 seconds.

Berry kicked off Hamilton's 4x400-meter relay that finished fourth with a time of 4:17.33. Lundin, McGill and Brigit Humphreys '21 made up the rest of the relay. Hamilton's relay of Victoria Dunn '22, McKela Kanu '22, McGill and Emma Liles '21 won the 4x200 with a time of 1:53.54. Liles' time of 10.41 seconds in the 60-meter hurdle finals placed her sixth. Kanu landed in eighth place in the 60-meter dash finals in 8.39 seconds after she recorded a time of 8.31 seconds in the preliminary heats.

Leigh Gelotte '19 and Andrea Shipton '22 led the field events. Gelotte leaped 1.45 meters and tied for fourth place in the high jump, and Shipton's mark of 2.90 meters earned her fourth place in the pole vault. In the triple jump Lindsey Royce '22 was eighth with a mark of 9.84 meters and Emily Steates '19 was one place back of Royce at 9.83 meters.

Humphreys finished fifth in the 800 meters with a time of 2:24.44 and Natasha Lane '21 placed ninth (2:29.07). Liza Greene '22 posted a time of 3:09.78 in the 1,000-meter run, which was good enough for fifth place. Andy Uribe '19 placed seventh in the 5,000 meters with a time of 19:41.19.

Hamilton travels to Colgate University on Saturday, Feb. 9 to participate in the Class of '32 Invitational at 11 a.m.