Colleen Slattery, Sports Editor
Hearts were racing this past Friday, Feb. 14, but not because of an unexpected delivery of roses and chocolates.
The University of Dallas track and field teams spent their day racing around a track, hearts pumping and lungs bursting, at the East Texas Baptist University Relays in Tyler, Texas.
The meet, as its title suggests, was comprised mostly of relays, and with only four teams competing overall, it was very low-key and relaxed. This, however, did not stop the Crusaders from putting up solid times in a variety of events.
The first race of the day was the 100-meter high hurdles. Freshman Elizabeth Depew was the only female competitor in the race, and, despite the lack of competition, managed to race with an impressive time of 16.72. Depew hails from Pennsylvania and specializes in hurdles. She is shaping up to be a fierce competitor and a strong asset to the women’s team.
Another impressive accomplishment of the day came from the women’s 4 x 200-meter relay team, consisting of Danielle Pajak, Katie McIntyre, Elizabeth Depew and Amy Sullivan. The hand-offs between each leg of the race were smooth and effortless, resulting in a school record time of 1.56.
On the men’s side, sophomores Jack Grubner and Ryan McAnany were unable to compete due to sickness, which left holes for freshmen Kevin Doherty and Guido Marasigan to fill. Doherty ran the 1200-meter component of the distance medley, and Marasigan raced the final 1600-meter leg. Also competing in the distance medley was freshman Barton Holdridge — ordinarily more of a 200- and 400-meter racer — who covered the 800-meter leg. He also ran a strong leg of the 4 x 200-meter relay and continues to improve and impress each week.
The Crusaders have a break in their racing schedule until the first week of March. In the meantime, they look forward to a few weeks of practice, which promise to be demanding, under the instruction of Coach Matt Buchhorn.