Colleen Slattery, Sports Editor
The rust-red track at Trinity University felt the weight of many feet this past weekend as the location of the SCAC Track and Field Meet.
Under the watchful eye of a tower that looks very similar to the tower of the University of Dallas (except for the fact that it is shorter and built from red brick) the University of Dallas men’s and women’s track and field teams competed excellently, demonstrating the skills that they have honed over the past several months of practice.
In the end, the team scores did little, however, to clearly show how far both of the teams have come since the start of the season. The conference consisted of Trinity University, Southwestern University, Colorado College and Texas Lutheran University (women’s team only).
The women took fifth place overall, despite the fact that the majority of the team came away with new personal records in multiple events and demolished three school records in the process.
The morning and afternoon of the first day of the two-day meet was filled with sun, heat and prelims for the events to follow on Saturday.
A few final events were run that evening, including the steeplechase and the 10,000-meter run.
Junior Clare Myers, after two months of rehab for an injured knee, managed a time of 41:02 in the race. This finish beat the previous school record set by Elena Yates (41:13) and Myers maintained her intensity level in her competition the next day. In the 5,000-meter race she snagged a career best time, taking sixth place overall with a time of 19:23.
Freshman Katie McIntyre had a long weekend of competition, racing the 200-meter and 400-meter dashes and both the 4×100-meter and the 4×400-meter relays. McIntyre claimed second in the 400-meter dash, with a season’s best time of 59:02 seconds. She was also the driving force behind the two relay teams and their school-record-breaking times.
The team of McIntyre, freshman Lizzie Depew, and juniors Amy Sullivan and Danielle Pajak finished the race with a time of 52:90 seconds. The 4×400 team (McIntyre, Sullivan, Pajak and junior Colleen Slattery) broke their previous school record by three seconds, finishing in third place with a time of 4:10.
The men’s team finished the tournament in third place overall.
The team has struggled with numbers all season, so its performance this past weekend was an amazing demonstration of the power of teamwork. The men, with barely over 12 athletes, worked hard both days of the tournament and garnered many outstanding performances.
Freshman Kevin Doherty, in just his second steeplechase ever, took third place in the conference. Moving silently and swiftly up from behind a pack of five or six racers, he maneuvered into the third-place position, and held it to finish with a season’s best time of 10:23.
Sophomore Ryan McAnany proved this past weekend that Rome does not destroy one’s athletic career. McAnany demonstrated amazing dexterity and flexibility as an athlete, running the 4×100-meter relay, the 1500-meter run, the 5,000-meter run and the 4×400-meter relay. All of these events occured on Saturday, so McAnany had very little time to recover from each event. The 4×400-meter relay, notoriously draining, was immediately after the 5,000-meter. Despite this fact, McAnany ran a 53-second leg of the race, aiding the team in its third place finish (3:30). The 4×100-meter relay, consisting of McAnany, senior Dylan Myers, freshman Barton Holdridge and junior Luciano Villanueva, took second place (45:36). McAnany also took second place in the 1500-meter run with a time of 4:12.
Holdridge also had an amazing meet. Not only did he run both relays, but he also ran the open 400-meter dash (second place) and the open 800-meter run. He finished both races with season’s best times and managed to beat his open 400-meter time during the 4×400-meter relay at the end of an exhausting day.
Great things are in store for these young athletes.
The track and field program has been steadily building up strength over the past three years under the phenomenal leadership of coach Matt Buchhorn.
The team would like to thank him for all of his hard work this season, knowing that without his consistent work ethic and encouragement, none of the successes that have occurred could have become a reality.