Indoor Track & Field Ends with Historic Performances

(From left to right) freshman Gianna Mastromatteo, junior Kerry Gaye, senior Jenna Robinson and sophomore Denise Grohn.  Photo courtesy of Marist Athletics.

(From left to right) freshman Gianna Mastromatteo, junior Kerry Gaye, senior Jenna Robinson and sophomore Denise Grohn. Photo courtesy of Marist Athletics.

The Marist Men’s and Women’s Indoor Track & Field teams completed a historic weekend at the IC4A and ECAC championships.

“This was the most successful and prolific ECAC/IC4A meet in school history,” said Pete Colaizzo, director of men’s and women’s cross country and track & field. “We had the highest number of individuals competing in the championship [and] the athletes that competed did so with great intensity and success. The energy level was outstanding.”

Four school records and one of the greatest individual distance races in school history is described by Colaizzo as “unprecedented.”

The women’s team achieved three record-breaking performances, including the distance medley relay (DMR), the 4x800 meter relay, and the mile while the men’s team also broke the 4x800 meter relay record.

The women’s DMR consisted of graduate captain Janelle Solviletti, senior captain Danisha Craig, junior Shea Bohan and sophomore Denise Grohn.

Grohn led the relay, running the 1,200 meter leg in 3:39.0. Craig followed with the 400 meter leg, running a time of 58.3 seconds. Bohan followed with the 800 meter leg, running a time of 2:15.1. Solviletti anchored the relay, running a time of 4:56.5 in the 1,600 meter leg.

The DMR was completed in a time of 11:48.96, breaking the previous school record of 11:54.75 set in 2011.

“Our team fought hard in every race entered,” Craig said. “Specifically in the DMR, our girls were in a heat with over ten teams and our performance represented how we set a goal and we were hungry to try our absolute best.”

The women’s 4x800 meter relay consisted of senior captain Jenna Robinson, juniors Emily Burns and Kerry Gaye, and freshman Gianna Mastromatteo.

Gaye opened the first 800 meter leg in a time of 2:16.8, followed by Burns in 2:20.4, Robinson in 2:16.0 and anchored by Mastromatteo in 2:16.4. The 4x800 meter relay was completed in a time of 9:09.91, breaking the previous school record of 9:12.6 set in 2017.

Burns also achieved an individual record-breaking performance, running a time of 4:53.11 in the mile run. Her time breaks the previous indoor mile record of 4:55.31 set in 2015.

Chuck Williams, associate head coach of the women’s track & field and cross country teams, describes the season as historic, noting three school records and ten women setting personal bests.

“When a season begins, every coach creates a plan to make sure that their team is performing at their best when you get to championship season. This weekend our women truly saved the best for last,” Williams said.

“I am so proud of everything our women have accomplished this year and I feel very fortunate to lead such an amazing group.”

On the men’s side, record-breaking performances included the 4x800 meter relay, which consisted of senior captain Steven Morrison, junior Brian Henderson, sophomore Zachary Ropes, and freshman Connor St. Germain.

Henderson opened the first 800 meter leg in a time of 1:55.2, followed by Ropes in 1:55.2, St. Germain in 1:56.4 and anchored by Morrison in 1:55.5. The 4x800 meter relay was completed in a time of 7:42.74, breaking the previous school record of 7:44.69 set in 2016.

"I am very proud to see how this team has overcome adversity. We started the season on a very optimistic note, only to be setback by numerous injuries, illnesses, and other difficulties," Morrison said. "There was a point where it was questionable on whether the men’s team would even send a relay to the IC4A meet. However, once our conference meet came, people stepped up and we were able to qualify two relays, one of which broke a school record."

Senior captain Dietrich Mosel also achieved a historical performance, completing the 5,000 meter race in a time of 14:19.14 - placing him second on the all-time 5,000 meter list behind Girma Segni’s 14:18.42 which stands as the men’s indoor record.

“It was a perfectly set up race; I was able to stick behind some guys and hold on at a pace 20 seconds faster than my PR,” Mosel said. “I just tried to close the gaps and listen to my coach as he was yelling out splits.”

“Even though [Girma’s] record still stands, it’s great to have my name written amongst other runners who have had amazing careers themselves. It means so much to have finally made it within the top five of the sub-15 minute 5k list,” Mosel said.

With the completion of the indoor track season, Colaizzo and the teams transition to outdoor track.

“The indoor season featured a lot of great progress and milestones on the women's side, and some resilience and improvement from the men,” Colaizzo said. “The turnaround to outdoors is quick and we'll have to be ready to be better for that season.

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