Colleen Slattery, Contributing Writer
It was an unexpectedly cold and chill morning as the University of Dallas’s men’s and women’s track and field teams filed into the stadium at Texas A&M-Commerce for their third meet of the season. The cold persisted throughout the day, accompanied by a biting wind on the backstretch of the track, but the UD competitors fought through to gain more ground as the season progresses.
The women’s team picked up its performance from last week, making improvements and showing lots of potential. The freshmen on the team were especially impressive this past Saturday. Freshman Elizabeth Hinchley ran her first 1500 ever, with a notable finishing time of 5:19, placing her third overall, and Katie Wisowaty continued her progress in the 400-meter run, with a time of 1:08. Wisowaty also led the 4×400 meter relay to its fastest time of the season yet (4:38), alongside Hinchley and sophomores Colleen Slattery and Michelle DeRoche.
Not to be outdone, the freshman boys showed much potential as well on Saturday. Freshman Javier Secaira ran a personal best in the men’s 5k, finishing with a time of 16:13 and in ninth place overall.
When asked about his performance, Secaira responded with a wide smile, saying, “It felt so wonderful to finish. I wasn’t really expecting to run such a fast time, but I just went out there and gave it what I had.” Freshman Ryan McAnany impressed as well, leading the men’s team in the 1500-meter run with a time of 4:25. To end the night, the men’s 4×400 meter relay, consisting of Matt Barber, Clinton Heyer, William Remmes and McAnany, ran a solid 4:37, capping off a day filled with improvement – and cold hands and feet.
Instead of heading to the beach for spring break, the UD men’s and women’s track teams will be heading to Bullard, Texas next week for the University of Texas-Tyler Marc Randle Classic. Look for more improvements to come!