Fordham Track & Field Opens Competition at the ECAC/IC4A Championships
March 3, 2012
Boston, Mass. - The Fordham track & field team began its final indoor competition of the season on Saturday at the ECAC/IC4A Championship, held at the Reggie Lewis Track & Field Center in Boston, Massachusetts. Fordham had one scorer on day one, as well as two qualifiers for Sunday's finals.
Junior Julian Saad led the way for Fordham, scoring in the 3,000-meter run in sixth place in a school record time of 8:10.66, breaking his own school mark of 8:13.88, set last month.
The Rams also had two men's qualifiers for Sunday's IC4A finals. Senior Kevin Fitzgerald qualified second in the mile run in 4:07.79, while the men's 4x800 relay team, comprised of John Cosgrove, Daniel Green, Michael Rossi, and Ryan Polo, qualified fourth in a season-best time of 7:34.03.
Fordham was also represented in nine other events on Saturday. In the men's 500 meters, the Rams had some bad luck as Sean Atkinson and Nick Delligatti got tangled up in their heat and missed out on the final. Atkinson placed 19th overall in 1:04.32, while Delligatti was 29th in 1:05.78.
In the women's 5,000 meters, Anisa Arsenault was just shy of scoring, as she took 11th overall in a time of 17:26.55.
Over in the field events, Courtnay Newman was the lone competitor on Saturday, as she finished 16th in the high jump, clearing 5' 6".
In the men's heptathlon, Sam Houston was in ninth place through four events with a score of 2,702 points, but will be unable to continue on Sunday, due to an injury he suffered in the high jump. He had placed 12th in the 60 meter dash (7.41), seventh in the long jump (21' 2 ½"), sixth in the shot put (40' ½"), and tenth in the high jump (6' 0").
Fordham also had three other relay teams in action on Saturday. The women's 4x800 relay of Emily Osman, Connolly, Jillian Brooks, and Mara Lieberman placed 15th overall in 9:19.71, while the 4x400 relay squad of Fagade, Averie Sheppard, Melissa Higgins, and Elisabeth Warren took 23rd in 3:53.38. In the men's edition of the 4x400 relay, Sean Collins, Delligatti, Michael Bongiorno, and Atkinson placed 23rd in a season-best time of 3:17.16.
On day two of the ECAC Championships, the Rams had one competitor on the final day with Erin Lunny placing eleventh in the 3000m in a season-best time of 9:50.57. It was a sprint to the finish in the race as the eighth through eleventh places were separated by less than 0.60 seconds.