Strong performances at Hardin-Simmons

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Junior sprinter Dominic Del Curto passes the baton to sophomore sprinter Darrius Colvin during the 4x1 meter relay at the Hardin-Simmons Invitational. University of Dallas Photo.

The University of Dallas men’s and women’s track and field teams had a meet this past weekend, April 1, at the Hardin-Simmons Invitational. The teams placed in several events, with the throwing teams making a huge impact by placing in most of the events and setting personal records (PRs).

Sophomore thrower Will McEvoy placed sixth in this weekend’s Javelin Throw.

“The team has been progressing a lot recently,” McEvoy said. “The throws squad has been getting personal records consistently at every meet. I think as a team we’re really beginning to focus, and I am excited to see what we can achieve at the SCAC conference meet.”

On the women’s side, junior Shelby Waldron placed third in the triple jump, and classmate Diana Hassink placed sixth in both the hammer throw and the shot put, as well as 11th in the discus throw.

“Throwing for the track and field team has been great,” Hassink said. “I love the throw squad, and we have been doing pretty good lately. I look forward to future meets and to see how well we can improve in all aspects.”

The teams continued to improve on the track side of things as well.

Sophomore Prince Giadolor placed third in the 100m dash and sixth in the 200m dash, freshman John James placed 11th in the 3000m run and third in the 3000m steeplechase and sophomore Kevin McGuirk placed fifth in both the 110m hurdles and 400m hurdles.

For the women, sophomore Claire Basil left the meet with two top-ten finishes: sixth in the 3000m and fifth in the 800m, where she set a new PR of 2:29.97.

With the exception of one athlete, all of UD track and field gets a break this weekend before heading to the McMurry Open on Thursday, April 13.

Senior Katie McIntyre, however, will be competing in the Sam Howell Invitational in Princeton, NJ, April 7-8. McIntyre herself hails from Sparta, NJ, and will get to race in her home state one last time as her career as a student-athlete comes to an end.

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