Multiple Seniors Go Out on Top at Paul Kaiser Classic

Delaware Club Track ended its 2022 outdoor track meet schedule on Saturday at Shippensburg in the Paul Kaiser Classic. The meet marked the last race for multiple seniors on the team. 

Their performances did not disappoint starting with the first event.

Seniors Talia Brookstein-Burke and Bailey Davin became two of the first three women ever to compete in the 10,000-meter run in team history. Both placed in the top ten for the Hens with Brookstein-Burke (40:08.98) taking second and Davin (40:57.42) snagging seventh. The duo already sits fourth and fifth all-time in the 5,000-meter run.

Tailia Brookstein-Burke (left) and Bailey Davin (right) embrace after completing their races in the 10k.

The pairs of senior roommates for the ladies and the fellas shined in the remaining long distance events. Schuyler Reed and Paul Filipow, members of the men’s track house, ended their collegiate career in the 5k within two places of one another. Filipow finished with a time of 16:22.19 and Reed in 16:34.86. Liz Steenkamer and Kendra Cutler, members of the women’s track house, rounded out the long distance performances for the senior squad in the 3,000-meter steeplechase. 

Cutler finished tenth with a time of 13:52.10 and Steenkamer in 14:40.62.

Allison Einig smashed a personal best in the 1,500-meter run and put her name on the all-time list with a time of 5:06.87. Einig is fifth all-time and surpassed Stephanie Palese’s 2017 Delaware Classic mark of 5:08.03. She doubled back for the last event of the day, the 4×400-meter relay, which finished with a time of 5:10.10.

Allison Einig passes the clock in the middle of her 1500-meter run personal best performance.

Multiple seniors of the sprints and field crew also went out in style. Kate Contini led the women in the short sprints in the 100-meter and 200-meter dashes. Contini’s performances in both events put her second on the all-time list in the 200 (28.69) and fifth in the 100 (13.88). 

Drew Huffer competed in the triple jump (11.41m), 4×100-meter relay (46.85) and one two 4×400 teams (4:04.33). Huffer’s 4×100 time is tenth in team history. Senior Pat LaPorte made his season debut and finale alongside Huffer in the 4×4. He underwent knee surgery in October.

The end for the seniors in the blue and gold did not take away from multiple impressive performances from underclassmen. Jenna Mlecko joined Davin and Brookstein-Burke in making team history in the 10k with a time of 44:14.37.  Alex Horgan became the fourth athlete to break the four minutes in the 1500 (3:56.53), while Mike Anderson became the fifth to eclipse two minutes in the 800-meter run. 

Alex Horgan looks on in amazement after breaking four minutes in the 1500-meter run.

The team is set to compete two more times in events including a team scrimmage set for May 13 and the Frankswine Downhill Mile on May 16.