Assistant Sports Editor
This past weekend saw Rhode Island College’s men and women’s track and field teams compete at MIT’s Sean Collier Invitational. This meet was an individual meet with no teams, it had programs from Division I, II and III.
Freshman Haley Malozzi, was the highest placer for the Anchorwomen. She competed in the javelin throw, and placed sixth with a distance of 30.82m thrown. However, she was not the only one that placed during this meet.
Graduate student Melissa Mejia placed seventh in discus with a distance of 37.56m. Sophomore Samantha Sainristil participated in three events: hammer, shot put and discus. She finished with a distance of 39.75m in the hammer, placing eighth. For the shot put, she threw for 9.88m, placing ninth as well as 14th for the discus, throwing for 29.80m.
The Sainristil family was not done yet, as freshman Sasha Sainristil competed in the triple jump, long jump and the 200m. In the triple jump, Sasha Sainristil placed 11th, with a distance of 9.28m, 14th for the long jump, jumping for a distance of 4.28m and 20th in the 200m, earning a time of 29.80 seconds.
The Anchorwomen also had two competitors in the 1,500m who were both freshmen. Haley Oliver and Amanda Hebert both finished ninth 29th respectively. Oliver’s time was 4:56:57 and Hebert’s time was 5:34:34. Oliver also competed in the 800 m, where she placed 12th with a time of 2:27:69
On the men’s side, RIC also saw many competitors place. Freshman Jaden Saunders competed in the high jump and long jump. He finished third in the high jump with a height of 1.81m and placed fifth in the long jump with a distance of 6.42m.
In the hammer throw, three Anchormen competed: Freshman, Shamus Culhane, freshman Brandon Mota and junior Christopher McCarthy. Culhane placed third, throwing for a distance of 50.78m. Mota finished just behind Culhane, placing fourth, throwing for a distance of 47.99m. McCarthy placed eighth with a distance of 41.77m.
In other events, senior Edward Garofalo placed fifth in the triple jump, jumping for a distance of 13.33m. Junior Benjamin Lockwood placed fifth in the 3,000m steeplechase with a time of 10:58.03. He also competed in the 800m event, finishing 38th with a time of 2:10.71.
Freshman Isiah Briggs jumped for a distance of 5.56m in the long jump, placing 10th, and placed 29th in the 200m event, earning a time of 24.72 seconds.
Juan Reyes, another freshman, had a time of 1:06.52 in the 400m hurdles, earning him 14th place. Sophomore Mathew Taylor finished just behind Reyes in 15th place with a time of 1:07.14. Senior Austin Michael also competed, placing 26th in the 800m with a time of 2:03.89.
Both teams will have a week’s rest before the Little East Men’s and Little East Women’s Outdoor Track and Field Championships hosted by UMass Dartmouth on Saturday, April 29 at 10 a.m.