Two women's track & field outdoor records broken at Widener

Hamilton's record-setting 400-meter relay of McKela Kanu '22, Diamond Jackson '21, Marie Steiner '20 and Cat Berry '19 (Brett Hull photo).
Hamilton's record-setting 400-meter relay of McKela Kanu '22, Diamond Jackson '21, Marie Steiner '20 and Cat Berry '19 (Brett Hull photo).

The Hamilton College Continentals finished in third place out of 29 teams at the 2019 Danny Curran Invitational at Widener University's Elizabeth J. Hirschmann Field at Leslie C. Quick Jr. Stadium on Saturday.

Hamilton racked up 74.67 team points at this two-day, multi-divisional outdoor meet. Messiah College captured the team title with 94 points and The College of New Jersey was runner-up with 88. Misericordia University -- 16th in the U.S. Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association Division III preseason rankings -- finished ninth and No. 23 Stevens Institute of Technology tied for fifth place.

The Continentals set a team record and finished first in the 400-meter relay with a time of 48.26 seconds, shattering the 11-year-old previous-best time by 1.10 seconds. McKela Kanu '22, Cat Berry '19, Marie Steiner '20 and Diamond Jackson '21 made up the record-setting quartet.

Berry also shattered her own program record in the 400-meter dash as she took first place with a time of 57.31 seconds. Her old standard of 58.50 seconds was established last March. She took second place in the 200-meter dash in 25.38 seconds. Steiner was eighth in the 200 with a time of 26.14 seconds and Jackson was 12th in 26.41 seconds.

Berry and Mary Lundin '19 competed in the NCAA Division III indoor championships just three weeks ago, and Lundin ended up in third place in the 800-meter run (2:16.76) at Widener.

Grace Heller '19 was runner-up in the 10,000-meter run (37:42.28) on Friday night and Steiner grabbed second place in the 100-meter dash in 12.60 seconds. Katie Cronin '21 claimed second place in the 3,000-meter steeplechase (12:20.41) with a personal-record time and Maisie Merz '21 was fourth (12:54.09).

Brigit Humphreys '21 landed in sixth place in the 1,500-meter run (4:55.59) and Kyandreia Jones '19 was sixth in the 100-meter hurdles with a personal-best time of 16.50 seconds. Jackson qualified for the triple jump finals on her third attempt and ended up in sixth place (10.91 meters). Andrea Shipton '22 tied for fifth place in the pole vault (3.00 meters).

Leigh Gelotte '19 finished 11th in the 400-meter hurdles (1:10.69), Audrey Bartels '19 was 12th in the hammer throw (38.04 meters), and Emily Steates '19 took 12th place in the triple jump (10.42 meters).

Hamilton hosts its outdoor invitational at Pritchard Track on Saturday, April 6 starting at 10 a.m.