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Track Season In Home Stretch; Penn Relays Next


Published: Wednesday, April 25, 2012

Updated: Wednesday, April 25, 2012 02:04


The Fordham men’s and women’s track and field teams were in action over the weekend at the Larry Ellis Invitational in Princeton, NJ, hosted by defending outdoor Ivy League champs, the Princeton Tigers. A limited group of athletes participated due to the prestigious nature of this two-day meet.

The men’s side showed some impressive times, indicating that its peak this season may be approaching. Senior Kevin Fitzgerald hit a personal record of 3:47.55 in the 1,500-m run elite, again indicating that he is hitting his stride down the last stretch of these meets. He finished 16th overall in the elite section. Sophomore Sean Collins continued his breakout year with a 14.95 finish in the 110-m hurdles. The hurdler has had better times this season, but the 10th place finish and consistency throughout the season was the key on Friday. Junior Sean Atkinson place 10th as well in the 400-m hurdles in a time of 54.25. Atkinson came back to run the 4x400-m relay along with teammates senior Nick Delligatti, sophomore Sam Houston and Collins. That group finished sixth in the impressive time of 3:15.20.

The women’s group looked as strong over the weekend, namely the 4x400-m relay team. The team of sophomore Titi Fagade, sophomore Averie Sheppard, senior Kelly Connolly and senior Elisabeth Warren notched a fourth-place finish in a new school record time of 3:46.38. The best women’s 4x400-m relay team in Fordham history will attempt to lower its mark at the Penn Relays next weekend and at the Atlantic 10 Championships. Fagade also participated in the 800-m run elite. She placed 18th overall in a time of 2:10.98. The freshman hurdling pair of Kristen Stuart and Melissa Higgins had a strong outing as well. Stuart finished 22nd in the 400-m hurdles at 63.58 and Higgins finished 26th at 64.11. 

Next weekend, the Fordham men’s and women’s track and field teams will participate in the renowned Penn Relays hosted by the University of Pennsylvania.

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