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2014 Blue & Grey Intrasquad Meet - November 12, 2014

It’s a great day to be a Hound!  On Saturday, the track and field teams held their annual Blue and Grey intrasquad meet and athletes left with a sense of pride and excitement for the up-and-coming season. The day consisted of nine events, the standing long jump and triple jump, shot put and weight throw, 40 meter dash, 320 meter race, the three hurdle race, the handstand walk, and the 4x160m relay.

The pole vaulters started with an impressive handstand walk that displayed their upper body strength, balance, and poise.

The jumpers leapt to success in both the long jump and the triple jump. Stand out marks included Melissa Cheong in the standing long jump with a mark of 8’4” and Gavin Bailey with a mark of 9’10”. Kiara Bright skipped to victory in the women’s standing triple jump with a mark of 29’7”. The men’s triple jump was much closer and only two inches separated Kahron Walker and Chris Ossont who were both in the 39 foot range.

Gavin Bailey came back to win the hurdles for the men. Morgan Redmond also had an impressive win in the three hurdle race for the women. She improved by 0.2 second from last year but came up just short in the 40 meter dash. Her teammate, Briana Wright, crossed the finish line first for the women while Matt Barnett sprinted to victory on the men’s side.

The two lap race, a fan favorite, was a fight to the finish for both the men’s and women’s race. Corinne Glass and Brielle Sutter battled for the win. The race was close but 400 meter record holder, Brielle Sutter, was today’s winner by about a half second.  On the men’s side, Tyler Dwyer led the pack.  Although his teammates were close behind him, he stood his ground and crossed the line first.

The coed relay gave the Greyhounds a chance to mix things up, work as a team, and created a strong sense of pride amongst each other. There was no A team, no B team, no women’s team, no men’s team, there were only teams of Greyhounds racing around the track.

The throwers had a great day as well. After only a few weeks of practice, the Blue and Grey meet was a great chance to see where everyone is at while providing friendly competition. In the women’s events, Jenny Kratch took the victory in the weight throw improving her distance by over a meter from the previous year’s Blue and Grey meet. Ciara Stewart, a newcomer to the throwers, won the shot put with an impressive early season mark of just over 37 feet.

On the men’s side, sophomore Matt Jones won a close battle in the weight throw. He beat out teammates Parker Munson and Jeff Gallagher by a little more than a foot. In the shot put, redshirt junior Parker Munson took home the title. His toss of 51 feet 5 ¾ inches would have been a Moravian record had this been an official meet! Overall, the many great throws and personal bests proved we are headed in the right direction going into the season.

The Blue and Grey intrasquad meet gives athletes a chance to compete and with our first meet of the season being only three weeks away, it’s a great way to know we are on track to having a great season!

Coach Baumann 


2013 Blue & Grey Intrasquad Meet - November 26, 2013

The Moravian College Track and Field team competed in the annual Blue-Grey intrasquad meet on Saturday, November 16th in the ARC.  The sprinters, jumpers, hurdlers, and throwers were split into two teams and competed in eight events (hurdles, shot put, long jump, 320m dash, weight throw, pole vault, 40m dash, and the 4x160m relay).  The men on the Blue team beat out the Grey team 91 to 71 while the women on the Blue team also came out with a victory against the Grey team 84 to 64. 

The Blue team’s key victories came from senior Dave Cariello in the men’s hurdles, senior Yacine Zerdoum in the 320m dash, junior Parker Munson in the shot put, and a sweep in the 40m dash with freshman Matt Barnett, sophomore Albert Myers, and senior Yacine Zerdoum.  Other key performances came from Myers placing 2nd in the long jump, senior Jeff Gallagher placing 2nd in the weight throw, freshman Matt Jones placing 3rd in the shot put, and Cariello placing 3rd in the long jump and tying for 1st in the pole vault.

The women on the Blue team had key victories from a double victory by freshman Lauren Suelke in the long jump and 40m dash and freshman Jackie Finnegan in the shot put.  The race of the day was the showdown between the school record holder in the women’s outdoor 400m, junior Brielle Sutter, and the school record holder in the women’s outdoor 400m hurdles, junior Morgan Redmond, in the 320m dash where Sutter came from behind to edge Redmond at the line for the victory.  Other key performances came from sophomore Tyler Clore placing 2nd in the weight throw, sophomore Christelle Reglas placing 2nd in the long jump and 3rd in the 40m dash, junior Dana Fineman placing 2nd in the pole vault, freshman Becky Flitcroft and sophomore Meghan Newman placing 2nd and 3rd in the hurdles.

The Grey team came away with a few victories of their own from senior Kris Joint in the long jump, senior Tim Lorah in the weight throw, and sophomore Ryan Karnopp tying for first in the pole vault.  Other key performances from the Grey team included senior Craig Arner and sophomore Gavin Bailey placing 2nd and 3rd in the hurdles, freshman KJ Williams placing 3rd in the weight throw, freshman Greg Cahill placing 2nd in the shot put, while sophomore Tyler Dwyer and junior Chris Ossont placed 2nd and 3rd in the 320m dash respectively. 

The women on the Grey team also fought their way to victories from senior Jenny Kratch in the weight throw, junior Hailey Kester in the pole vault, and junior Morgan Redmond in the hurdles.  Other key performances came from Redmond and sophomore Corinne Glass placing 2nd and 3rd in the 320m dash, junior Brianna Wright in the 40m dash, while freshman Casey Raymond placed 3rd in the pole vault and long jump.  The meet ended with the 4x160m relays.  Both Blue and Grey had four mixed gender teams competing.  The Grey relay team of Ossont, Bailey, freshman Lauren White, and Redmond finished first.  The Blue relay team of freshman Mike Guarino, senior Jenni Smilgis, sophomore John Barr, and Barnett finished in second while the Grey relay team of Raymond, Joint, Dwyer, and freshman Kiara Bright finished in third.

Overall, both teams provided a promising look into the 2013-2014 track and field season for the Hounds!  They open the indoor season at Lehigh University December 6th and 7th.

Coach Baumann



2013 NCAA Indoor Championships - March 11, 2013

This year the NCAAs were out in Naperville, IL at North Central College’s brand new indoor facility.  Alli Vanek (PV) and Micah Leonard (TJ) were our lone qualifiers, but both represented the ‘Hounds well!

On Friday morning, Alli started us off in the vault.  It was her first NCAA meet, and although she had been jumping well the previous two meets (consecutive indoor PRs at ECACs and Columbia of 12’2” and 12’6”) even she would admit she was pretty nervous going in.  Her warm ups weren’t crisp and consequently she opened a little lower than we would have initially liked to – but we at least wanted to get the confidence and a bar at a big meet.  While many of the other favorites were missing on initial attempts, Alli wound up going in clean at the first three heights (11’3.5’’, 11’9.5’’, 12’3’’) which put her in a great position, especially if she could make the 12’7.5” bar, which would have been her PR.  However, after the long warm up she lost a little steam in her legs and wasn’t able to make that 3.85m bar.  Alli ended up finishing 7th a great accomplishment for her first experience at the NCAA Championships, and it wound up being her 2nd highest clearance indoors.  The upper 12’s, possibly even 13’ are both real possibilities for Alli this spring.

On Saturday, it was the 4-time All American, Micah Leonard’s turn in the triple jump.  Unlike in the men’s triple and long jump competitions, the women weren’t reaching their qualifying marks nearly as early or often, so a big jump early really set the tone for your position the rest of the competition.  Micah opened with a very strong jump of 38’8.5” which all but guaranteed her a spot in finals even after just one attempt.  As the competition played out, there was one clear favorite ahead of everyone else, then a group of five (including Micah) who were all consistently jumping right around the upper 38 to lower 39 range throughout the competition. 

Micah ended up improving on her first jump by going 38’11” on her 5th which held for 5th place, however, she was only 2.25 inches from finishing 2nd, which shows just how close that middle pack of athletes were!  The 5th place finish wound up being Micah’s best ever at NCAAs, and her 3rd furthest triple jump of her well-decorated career!  Micah and Alli will both take a little downtime to recover, while the rest of the team is getting geared up for our first meet at Washington and Lee in Lexington, VA.

Coach Baumann


Conference Championships - February 27, 2013


We went into this indoor season with high expectations even after losing a tremendous amount of talent in our senior class from last year.  We returned a young and talented sprint crew, a lot of depth in the pole vault, and some rising talent in the distances and as it turns out, they were the keys to our success thus far this season.

As with any conference meet, it’s nearly impossible to highlight each athlete and their accomplishments, but here were just a few of the performances that stood out.  It’s hard not to start off with Micah, who scissor kicked her way to 2nd in the high jump, and easily won the long and triple.  Freshman Corinne Glass was 4th in the 60, and hit ECAC qualifying marks in the 200 (26.89) and 400 (60.13) to win both events and earn Freshman of the Year honors.  Brielle Sutter is coming on after a quad injury that hampered her training much of this season, but still managed to place 4th and 2nd in the 400 (60.52) and 200 (26.98).  Morgan Redmond was just out-leaned in the 60 hurdles, but joined teammate Brianna Wright to finish 1-3 in the 60, and set a new conference meet record of 4:06 in the 4x4 along with Brielle and Corinne.

Allissa Hoffman had a huge PR of nearly 35 feet in the shot put to place 4th, and Jenny Kratch continued her strong ascent in the weight by finishing 4th with a throw just under 42 feet.  In the distances Emily Lambright was just a second off her PR in the mile, and doubled back with a 2:28 800 just behind teammate Jenni Smilgis’ 2:27.  Jessie Goldberg  and Claire Del Casale ran 19:11 and 19:17 respectively in the 5k in a very fast race, and the 4x8 squad of Jenni, Devon Bedell, Alyssa Tallon, and pole valuter Ally Vanek pulled off an upset with a 2nd place finish!  Finally, as usual, our pole vaulters stepped up with Ally winning, Hailey nearly missing an NCAA qualifying bar, Dana making ECACs at 11’ and Amanda Smilgis wrapping up 5th place to give us 26 points in that event alone!  In the end, we wound up winning by 49 points in a meet that was extremely tight until the 200 and 4x800 gave us the boost we needed.

 We’re off to the Armory this weekend for the ECACs with our sprint crew (Brianna 60, 4x4, Brielle 4x4, Corinne 4x4, 400, 200, and Morgan 60h, 4x4) pole vaulters Ally, Hailey, and Dana, and then of course Micah in both of the horizontal jumps.  Right now Micah is ranked 8th in the country with her 38’9” tj from Princeton, but we’re trying to get another 3-4 inches out of her in the long jump to ensure she makes it to NCAAs in both.  At the moment, Ally Vanek is qualified in the pole vault, although both she and Hailey could use the 12’ bar to guarantee they make the trip to Chicago for NCAAs, although both are fully capable and have had many near misses at even higher bars this season.  With the 4x400, indoor NCAAs may be one year away, but we’re seeing how close we can get to 4:00 flat when they’re peaked and much fresher than when they ran the 4:06 at conferences.

Coach Baumann






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