Secaira shatters UD track record

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Colleen Slattery, Contributing Writer

As the days grow longer and the semester shorter, the men’s and women’s track and field teams have continued on with strong performances. On Friday, March 29, the teams traveled to Trinity University in San Antonio to compete at the Trinity Tiger Relays.

It was an especially successful day for the men’s track and field team, with strong performances from veterans and freshmen alike.
Senior Clinton Heyer raced to a personal best in the 800-meter run, finishing with a time of 1:59. Freshman Javier Secaira ran the 10K, an arduous race consisting of 25 laps around the red rubber track, and broke the school record with a time of 35:09. In addition, freshman Zach Zendt raced in the steeplechase, running and jumping to a time of 11:29.
On the women’s side, freshman Antonella Escarfullery dominated the field, competing in the high jump, discus and javelin. Escarfullery claimed eighth place in the high jump and cleared 5 feet, a season’s best.
It was an atypical day focused on field events, since many of the women were gone for Easter weekend. Sophomore Katie Hand competed in the steeplechase, finishing with a time of 14:21, while fellow sophomore Colleen Slattery attempted the javelin throw for the first time. Slattery threw 16.09 meters under the lights of the stadium as temperatures began to drop.
This past Saturday, April 6, the teams traveled to the University of North Texas in Denton. Competing just thirty minutes away from campus was a luxury for the teams and as close to a home meet as they will have this season.
Senior Matt Mayor began the competition with an impressive sixth-place finish in the men’s javelin throw, while sophomore Will Chavey finished close behind him in eighth place.
Later on, freshman Rebecca Basler sprinted to a time of 29.9 seconds in the 200-meter dash, breaking her previous personal best time. Fellow freshman Elizabeth Hinchley continues to impress; she won her heat of the 1500-meter run in 5:15, a new personal best.
The season may be winding down, but the track team is just gearing up. Watch out for more improvements at next week’s meet at Texas A&M Commerce.

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