TRINITY WOMEN'S TRACK & FIELD 2018-19 Season Recap

Hartford, Conn. - The Trinity College women's track and field team enjoyed one of its most successful seasons in the program's history in 2018-19. Led by Head Coach John Michael Mason (1st season), the Bantams finished 13th of 26 teams at the New England Division III Indoor Championships and in the spring, finished 4th of 34 teams at the New England Division III Outdoor Championships. Six competitors turned in All-Region efforts at the indoor regional championships while senior Morgan Hallow (Charlotte, N.C.), junior Peace Kabari (Manchester, N.H.) and sophomore Izzy Bruno (Winchester, Mass.) were each named to the United States Track and Field and Cross Country Coaches Association (USTFCCCA) New England All-Region Team thanks to their outstanding performances across the indoor season. The Bantams put an exclamation mark on the year with seven outdoor All-Region athletes and a program record five athletes who qualified for the 2019 NCAA Division III National Championships. Hallow and Kabari both earned All-American honors with top-eight finishes at nationals.

The Bantams kicked off the indoor season at the Smith College Winter Classic in Northampton where Hallow broke the college's indoor 400-meter record, winning the race by nearly four seconds. Hallow also won the 200-meter dash while first-year Bridget McKiernan (Providence, R.I.) finished second in the 600-meter run and senior Caroline Sullivan (South Hadley, Mass.) finished second in the 5,000-meter run. The team closed out the calendar year at a tri-meet at Wesleyan University where Hallow won both the 200- and 400-meter once again and rookie Izzy Montes de Oca (Carpinteria, Calif.) and sophomore Julia Burdulis (Hopkinton, Mass.) went 1-2 in the 1,000-meters, separated by less than three seconds. Junior Nina Bourgeois (Rochester, Mass.) won a neck-and-neck race in the 3,000-meter run, sophomore Hannah Kelleher (Norfolk, Mass.) won the 60-meter hurdles while classmate Izzy Bruno (Winchester, Mass.) won the high jump with a 1.61m finals distance. Rookie Marina Flandrick (Boulder, Colo.) rounded out Trinity's first-place finishes with a 2.95m distance in the pole vault finals.

Trinity finished sixth out of 15 teams to open 2019 at the Smith Indoor Invitational. Senior Lauren Barrett (Peabody, Mass.) helped lead the squad with a first place finish in the 5000-meter run while Hallow once again won the 200. At the Massasoit Invitational a week later, Hallow won the 200- and 400-meter dashes and also finished third in the 60-meter dash while Barnes finished first in the 800. Trinity dominated in the 3,000-meter run, taking the top three spots in the race. Barrett took first at 10:50.23 while Bourgeois and Sullivan finished in second and third, respectively. Barnes and Hallow both set new indoor records at the Valentine Invitational at Boston University in early-February. Hallow shattered her previous college record in the 400 with a time of 57.48, beating her previous mark of 58.03 while Barnes etched her name in the college record book for the 1K, crossing the finish line in 2:59.01, taking down the previous record of 2:59.11 which had stood since 2009.

Sullivan '19 (top), Bruno '21 (left) & Montes de Oca '22 (right)

Hallow won the 200-meter dash and finished third in the 400 to lead the way at the 2018-19 NCAA Division III Indoor Regional Championships at Bowdoin College. Barnes finished fourth in the 1K, re-breaking her own college record with a 2:56.62 finals time for All-Region honors as well. Barnes, along with Barrett, Montes de Oca and junior Katie Lazur (East Hanover, N.J.), was a part of the Bantam distance medley team that finished fifth for All-Region honors. Hallow ran a 57.78 at the Tufts National Qualifying to improve her national ranking and punch her ticket to the 2018-19 Indoor National Championships at the Reggie Lewis Center where she finished as the fourth-fastest New England runner in the 400.

Morgan Hallow '19

Hallow also earned USTFCCCA All-New England honors, as did Bruno in the high jump and junior Peace Kabari (Manchester, N.H.) in the shot put. Kabari earned All-Region honors in the shot put after competing in just two meets this winter after a New England Small College Athletic Conference (NESCAC) Quarterfinals run with the Bantam women's basketball squad. Kabari wasted no time returning to form, setting the program's indoor shot put record at the Tufts National Qualifying meet that shattered the previous mark by over a foot.

Lauren Barrett '19

Trinity began the outdoor season with a third place finish at the Tufts Snowflake Classic. Hallow won the 100 and the 200-meter dash and finished second in the 400-meter while Kabari added second-place finishes in both the shot put and discus throw, missing the top distance in the shot put by just .75 meters. A week later, the team brought home second place at the Coast Guard Invitational. Hallow won the 200 while Barnes ran a first-place 2:16.83 finals time in the 800-meter run, followed by McKiernan in second. Hallow, Barnes, Neufield and Lazur teamed up to win the 4x100-meter relay while Trinity's 4x400-meter relay team, consisting of Barnes, Burns, McKiernan and first-year Whitney Hoban (Winnetka, Ill.), also brought home first place. Flandrick dominated in the pole vault, heaving a finals distance of 3.35 meters, while junior Katherine Bullock (Cape Neddick, Maine) added a first-place finish in the triple jump and Kabari and junior Devan Walsh (Danvers, Mass.) won in the shot put and javelin, respectively.

Hallow continued her dominance with wins in the 200 and 400 at the Silfen Outdoor Invitational at Conn College in mid-April where Kabari also set the new Bantam record with a shot put of 46'09". The Bantams dominated at their home Trinity Invitational towards the end of the month, winning 12 events on the day.

Anna Barnes '19 (left) & Devan Walsh '20 (right)

After the NESCAC Championships at the end of April where Kabari and Walsh both earned All-NESCAC honors in their respective events, the Bantams dominated at the 2019 NCAA Division III Outdoor Track and Field Regional Championships at Williams College. Hallow won the 400-meter dash, finished second in the 200-meter dash, and helped two relays take fourth. Kabari also was crowned a New England Champion with a first-place distance of 47'01.75" in the shot put, also a new Trinity record. Barrett highlighted Friday's session with a third-place time of 38:24.36 in the 10,000-meter run. Bantam sophomore Emma Buckley (Hanover, Mass.) scored with an eighth-place finish in 100-meter dash to add All-New England honors, as did Walsh with a fourth place effort in the javelin throw. Hallow, Buckley, Neufeld, and Lazur came in fourth in the 4x100-meter relay while Hallow, Lazur, Buckley, and Barnes added a fourth-place time in the 4x400-meter relay, shattering the previous Trinity record.

From left to right: Lazur '20, Hallow '19, Buckley '21 & Neufeld '20

Kabari and Walsh won the shot put and javelin titles, respectively, to lead the Bantams to 11th place in the New England Women's Outdoor Track and Field Open Championship Meet at Southern Connecticut State University. Both relay teams finished top-eight, earning all seven athletes All-New England Open honors. The good news did not stop there as Barnes, Hallow, Kabari, Walsh and Bruno all qualified for the 2019 NCAA Division III National Championships in Geneva, Ohio.

Hallow and Kabari both earned All-American honors with top-eight finishes at the outdoor championships. Kabari registered a College-record toss of 49'05.75", which was just 1.25 inches shy of first and 2.50 inches better than third place. Hallow finished eighth in the finals with a time of 57.26, after qualifying with a time of 56.45. Barnes also reached the finals in the 1,500-meter run, jumping two runners from the qualifying heats and coming in 10th place that was 3.1 seconds shy of eighth place. Bruno, who set a school record the week before with a jump of 5'5.75", finished 22nd to close her strong sophomore year. Walsh barely missed the finals cut in the javelin with a 10th-place distance of 133'02".

"It was a historic year for our women's program and capping it off at the National Championships with five individual competitors was really amazing, said Coach Mason. "I couldn't be more proud of the these young women. Returning home with 4 top-10 National finishers, including two All-Americans, has made some positive noise for Trinity Track & Field in the region and on the national stage."

Peace Kabari '20

The Bantams also had a strong year in the classroom as well. Bullock, Burdulis, Lazur, Neufeld, juniors Grace Harrison (Montclair, N.J.), Charlotte Robbins (Newton Center, Mass.), Rachel Scheub (Rochester, Mass.) and sophomore Emma Sternberg (Minneapolis, Minn.) all graced the NESCAC Spring All-Academic team. Kabari also won the Robert R. Bartlett Award, Trinity's prestigious honor for excellence in athletics and service to the community, while Barnes, Barrett and Sullivan received Blanket Award honors thanks to compiling nine varsity letters across the last four years. Sternberg additionally represented the team on the NESCAC All-Sportsmanship team.

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