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Mary Grinaker Invitational

On Saturday January 18th, the team travelled to nearby Smith College for the Mary Grinaker Invitational. Coming off our first meet of the season last weekend at the Little III Championships, we had a small number of athletes compete at the meet. Nonetheless, they all competed well and many members of the team came and cheered their teammates on!

This meet was unscored, so there were no team scores given, like many track and field meets that we will compete in throughout the season.

Women

Caroline Ferguson-Dryden '20 set a new personal best in the shot put!

The day started with the field events, and Sam Tichelaar '22 and Ella Rossa '21 started us off strong in the long jump, as they placed second and fourth, respectively. In the shot put, Caroline Ferguson-Dryden '20 set a personal best in the shot put by more than a foot, a huge improvement! Kasia Krosniak '21 also set a new personal best in the high jump.

Annelise Romero '22, in lane 8, and Ella Rossa '21, in lane 4, competing in the 60 meter hurdles final

On the track, Ella Rossa and Annelise Romero '22 both qualified for the 60 meter hurdle final, in which Ella won and Annelise placed seventh. Olivia Polischeck '21 (pictured below) ran a great race and set a new personal best in the mile by five seconds, and passed a competitor in the last 100 meters, a great display of her strength and determination coming off illness.

Ella Rossa '21 running the 800
(L-R) Sylvia Frank '20 and Mia Rahn '23 running the 800
Annelise Romero '22 running the 800

In the 800, Sylvia Frank '20 and Mia Rahn '23 competed well in their heat together. It was a particularly special day for Sylvia, as it was her first race in more than two years after recovering from surgery. Sylvia had a fantastic final lap, as she passed several competitors, and we couldn't be more proud of her! Annelise and Ella ran the 800 in preparation for their first pentathlon of the season next Friday at Cornell.

Isabel Park '20 starting off strong in the 200

Isabel Park '20 ended the day on a high note, as she set a personal best in the 200!

Men

Top left - Chris Gong '23, Top right - Nehemiah McGowan '21, Bottom left - Elijah Ngbokoli '20, Bottom right -Henry Buren '22

The men had a HUGE day in the 60 meter dash! Nehemiah McGowan '21 started off the squad with a school record run in the preliminaries, running 6.98 seconds to break Henry Buren's record of 7.00 seconds set last weekend. Nehemiah, along with teammates Chris Gong '23, Elijah Ngbokoli '20, and Henry Buren '22 all qualified for the final in the 60 dash later in the meet, setting the stage for a Mammoth dominated race.

In the final, Henry took back the school record which he lost for about 90 minutes, running a stellar time of 6.97 seconds! Elijah ran a strong race to place fourth, and Chris ran a new personal best time of 7.18 seconds to place sixth! Nehemiah sat out the final as a precaution.

Troy Colleran jumping 7.02m in the long jump!

In the field, Chris Gong '23 set the long jump runway on fire with a personal best jump of 6.67 meters. Troy Colleran '22 followed him with a huge jump of 7.02 meters! In the weight throw and shot put, Jack Renda '23 set two new personal bests!

Yonas Shiferaw '20 competing in the 60 hurdles final

We had several athletes compete in the 60 meter hurdles, led by Yonas Shiferaw '20 who set a personal best in the preliminary round with a time of 8.84 seconds, and then broke it in the final with his new personal best time of 8.79 seconds which earned him second place.

Troy Colleran '22 set a new personal best in the 800!
Jack Dufton '20 running the 800

In the 800, Bobby Innes-Gold made his season debut (pictured above) , placing sixth in a well executed race in which he ran a strong final lap of the race. Multi athletes Jack Dufton and Troy Colleran also ran the 800 in preparation for the 1,000 that concludes the heptathlon, which they will compete in next weekend at Cornell. Troy followed his long jump personal best with another personal best in the 800.

Top left - Henry Buren '22, Top right - Elijah Ngbokoli '20, Bottom left - Jack Trent '23, Bottom right - Max Spelke '23
A cool picture of Max Spelke running the 4x400

The 4x400 relay, composed of Henry Buren, Elijah Ngbokoli, and firstyears Jack Trent and Max Spelke closed the day on a high note for the Mammoths, bringing home a victory! Henry, in his third race of the day, gave the Mammoths a lead that was never relinquished. Henry handed off to Elijah, who was also running his third race of the day, with more than a ten meter lead. Elijah ran a strong leg to keep the Mammoths in the lead and gave the baton to to Jack, who ran a nice leg to hand off in the lead to Max, who anchored the team to victory!

Jack Trent and Max Spelke competed in four events on Saturday, as they both set personal bests in the 60 meter hurdles, pole vault and high jump, and ran nice legs on the 4x400 to finish the day. The meet served as great preparation for their first ever heptathlon next weekend at Cornell, and we couldn't be more excited for them!

We saw a few more athletes earn qualifying marks for the Division III New England Championships yesterday!

Coach Rubin and Ella Rossa clowning around after the meet

(L-R) Marshall Richardson, Yeob Kim, Matt Gelin, Ellis Phillips-Galucci, Theo Bates, Mayowa Tinubu and Sophia Friedman.

It was great to have so many team members come to the meet to cheer on their teammates! The team brought great energy and their support for one another is what makes our team special. Many thanks again to Dan Friedman P'21 for taking the wonderful pictures that are used for this presentation.

NEXT UP for the Mammoths is the Upstate Challenge, hosted by Cornell University in Ithaca, New York. The meet will begin on Friday January 24th, where our multi squad will begin the one-day women's pentathlon, and two-day men's heptathlon. The rest of the team will compete on Saturday the 25th.