Women's Track Has 3 Runner-Up NESCAC Finishes - Sierra Livious '14 Adds All-N.E. Div. III, All-N.E. Open, All-ECAC Div. III & NCAA Qualifier to Credits, 19th Nationally in Hammer
With Sierra Livious '14 (main photo) placing in three events, including a second-place effort in the shot put (39-10 1/2), the Cardinals amassed 64 teams points during the annual NESCAC Championships hosted this year by Colby Sat., April 26, Wesleyan took seventh place as a team. Joining Livious as a runner-up was Ellie Martin '16 (photo insert lower left), who ran a soild :57.93 in the 400m and was nipped by just .05 seconds at the tape. She also was part of the Cardinals' second-place 4 x 400m relay, teamed with Melissa Luning '15, Sydney Cogswell '16 and Kimora Brock '15 for a time of 3:57.58.
Livious was good for 17 team points, combining a third-place hammer throw in a then Wesleyan-record 166-2 with a sixth-place run in the 100m hurdles (:15.23) to complement her shot put performance. Cogswell and Aidan Bardos '17 gave Wesleyan third and fourth in the 800m, both timed in 2:15.90, less than a second above the school standard. The quartet of Idara Foster '15, Alexis Walker '16, Martin and Luning placed third in the 4x100m relay (:48.42). Kiley Kennedy '16 cleared 10-6 in the pole vault for sixth-place points. The 4x800m relay of Nikita Rajgopal '17, Hannah Goodman '16, Rebecca Winkler '16 and Bardos nailed down sixth place. Wesleyan got seventh-place points from Libby Larare '14 in the 10k, Walker in the long jump and Orelia Jonathan '15 in the discus. Orelia Jonathan in the in the hammer and her twin sister Geneva '15 in the 400m hurdles took eighth.
Next up for the squad was the New England Division III Championships at Springfield Thurs.-Sat., May 1-3. About a dozen Cardinals competed but Livious was the team's lone point-getter as she took third in the hammer, edging her school record up by two inches to 166-4 as she currently ranks 18th nationally in the event, putting her in range for NCAA Division III qualification. With six team points, Wesleyan tied for 27th of 33 scoring teams.
The Cardinals then took a trip to Westfield St. Thurs.-Sat., May 8-10 for the New England Open meet. There Livious again was the only point-getter for Wesleyan with a seventh-place shot put and an eighth-place hammer throw. The three team points put Wesleyan in 36th place among 39 scoring teams. The next best individual finish by a Cardinal came from Bardos in the 800m as she took 13th place. The 4x400m relay squad of Ellie Martin '16, Aidan Bardos '17, Melissa Luning '15, Sydney Cogswell '16 grabbed 12th place in a solid time of 3:56.44, bettering the team record set earlier this season by more than a second.
The final regular-season action took place Thurs.-Fri., May 15-16 at RPI for the ECAC Division III Championships. There Livious plaved third in the hammer with a toss ot 165-11 3/4, giving the Cardinals' their six team points for a tie for 45th place among 61 scoring teams. Livious also took ninth in the 100m hurdles in a Wesleyan-record time of :14.86, and placed 11th in the shot put, all top finishes for the Cardinals. Livious will graduate as the Wesleyan record holder in all three events. Though she did not improve upon her team record in the hammer, Livious still qualified for the NCAA Division III Championships in Delaware, Ohio May 22-24. She is seeded 21st among the 22 qualifiers in the hammer. She went on to place 19th with a throw of 162-5, two places higher than her seed.