RPI distance track runners junior Ben Fazio and sophomore Jaime Lord sent the indoor records at the Bombers’ Athletics and Events Center to the grave when they crossed the finish in 8:24.4 and 10:06.2, respectively. Both were honored as Liberty League Track Performers of the Week for their victories in Friday’s men’s and women’s 3000 meter run at Ithaca College, Fazio’s time, also a new school record and the top NCAA Division III time so far for 2016, was six tenths of a second faster than the former facility record. Lord surpassed the women’s record by more than 13 seconds.
“I think I speak for the entire team when I say that we’ve put in some good training for the past two months and have been excited being back on campus for a few weeks and competing again,” said Fazio. “So far the team is looking strong. We’ve already had a lot of people qualify for championship meets later in the season… Hopefully we’ll be able to translate some of that individual success into another Liberty League win for the team in a few weeks.”
Junior Maddie Dery finished as runner-up to Lord in the 3000 meter, also breaking the facility’s previous record.
“Racing is my favorite part of the sport, so I’m very excited to be back at it again,” said Dery. “I had a tough preseason this year [as] I was struggling with an Iliotibial band injury so I was unable to complete the full training schedule. After taking a couple days off and doing a lot of cross training…I’ve finally been able to start getting my mileage up over the last few weeks.”
Other top finishers at the meet were junior Garrett Davis in the 800 meter in 2:01.3 and the women’s 4×400 meter relay team. Junior Sara Khedr and sophomores Sabrina Ahamparam, Caroline Howes, and Monica Mazur together put three seconds on the runner up team from Oneonta College to finish in 4:20.3. In a photo finish, freshman Sean O’Connor took second in the mile by two tenths of a second to Connor Farrell from Oneonta.
In the field, senior Tyler Yeastedt, who was declared the Liberty League Men’s Field Athlete of the Week, captured the 35 pound weight throw with a mark of 17.39 m and came in second in the shot put. In the high jump, freshman Lauren Parker took second for the women and sophomore Max Maritato followed suit, finishing second for the men. In terms of points, the Engineers scored third and fourth out of four teams for the men and women respectively.
Bowdoin College in Brunswick, Maine, hosted the first indoor meet of the season for the Engineers on Saturday, January 16, where the men and women both ranked second. Fazio placed first in the men’s 1000 m in 2:27.8 and Lord dominated the women’s 1000 m in 2:58.6.