Track and Field Breaks Two School Records
The University of Hartford track and field teams opened the 2013 outdoor schedule on March 27 at the Stony Brook Quad Meet. The Hawk men and women combined to break a pair of school records and post wins in five events. Additionally, the Hawk women posted a head-to-head team win at the meet.
The Hawks competed against Bryant, Providence, and host Stony Brook in separately scored head-to-head meets. The Hartford women picked up a 60-57 win over Providence while falling to Bryant, 57-49, and Stony Brook, 70-39. The Hawk men fell to Bryant, 74-35, to Providence, 57-34, and to Stony Brook, 78-30.
Sophomore Tiffany Harrison and senior Priscilla Appiagyei paced the Hartford women on the track, finishing one-two in the 300-meter dash. Harrison took the top spot, covering the distance in 40.65 seconds while Appiagyei followed with a second-place time of 41.66.
Freshman Kafesha Thomas also earned an individual win in the 100-meter dash, sprinting to a time of 12.77 seconds in her first outdoor meet as a collegian.
Harrison, Appiagyei, and Thomas also teamed with sophomore Merrica Modeste to earn a win in school-record fashion in the 4x200-meter relay. The Hawks posted a Hartford record time of 1:43.05 to finish first in the field.
The Hawk women also picked up an individual win in the 400-meter hurdles as senior Natalie Bonham raced around the track with a time of 1:05.71.
Freshman Margaret Fuller also had a strong showing in her first collegiate outdoor meet. The freshman finished second in the high jump, clearing a height of 1.47 meters to lead the Hawks in the field.
On the men's side, freshman Samuel Kaczmarek earned a top finish with a record-setting performance. Kaczmarek hit a mark of 13.56 meters in the shot put to take first place at the event and set a school record in the category.