UD vs. Duke Virtual 5k

This weekend, the University of Delaware’s Club Cross Country team started the 2020 cross country season in a way no hen, blue or otherwise, could have ever predicted. The new normal of virtual races is sweeping the running community as competitors seek to test themselves even without the promise of a pre-race corral or post-race festival. Our opening invite featured 20 blue hens racing against Duke University’s (somewhat measly) turnout of five blue devils in a virtual 5k.

Junior Morgan Gallagher placed first overall for the women with a time of 20:03, paced by her boyfriend and done along the scenic Hudson River. Following her race, Gallagher reported, “Not an easy run but I definitely surprised myself.”

Senior Emily Magoon, a veteran runner, and solo running expert surprised herself as well, not just with her time of 22:11, but with how she was able to stay focused throughout. Her tips for those running virtual races: “Wear your race day outfit, imagine your support squad cheering,” and “imagine you’re in a pack or chasing the next pack.” Thanks, Emily!

For the boy’s team, sophomore Sasha Latina snagged first place in a time of 16:27- a 35 second PR! “I have been working my a** off this summer,” Latina said, “and everything finally clicked.”

Junior Schuyler Reed crossed the (virtual) line just 20 seconds after Latina (virtually!) in a time of 16:47. Freshman Cam Harrington rounded out the boy’s top three with a time of 17:13.

“This was the first hard effort for me in a long time,” Harrington said, “so it was exciting and felt good to get out and push it again.”

Next up for us is a virtual 5k against the Minnesota Running Club on September 26th- stay tuned to see who would win in a fight: blue chickens or golden gophers.

Sophomore Sasha Latina wins the boy’s race in 16:27

 

2019-20 Season in Review

In what was possibly the most convoluted year of UDXC/TF history, the Blue Hens fought through unscheduled busses, apparel debacles, and a pandemic that brought an untimely end to the track season. Despite many bumps and curves in the road, there is no denying that when our runners were able to do their thing, they did so with passion, talent, and grace. The performances we saw this year are representative of a team that has managed to grow and flourish under any and all circumstances. Here’s to the 2019-2020 UDXC/TF season.

During cross country, the women placed in the top ten teams a total of three times, while the men placed in the top ten twice! In addition, we saw two new top ten performance records for our home cross country course set by Bailey Davin and former UDXC runner and captain Michael Durkin.

Despite a short track season, the performance lists were dramatically altered as a total of twelve new records were added to the infamous spreadsheets. In our first and only outdoor track meet, the Lloyd Siegler Invitational, runner’s showed immense depth and talent, taking home four individual first place finishes and five individual second place finishes!

Notable performances of the season include Michael Durkin’s first place win at the Delaware Invitational over a slew of D1 teams, a pack of five Hens taking 1st-5th in the women’s 5k at the Lloyd Siegler invitational, and the women’s 4×100 team running a 55.52 for a new team record at Lloyd Siegler.

Here’s hoping we get both seasons next year and continue to thrive as we have been so fortunate to do in the past!

Great weather and a flat course may for some impressive times

Lloyd Sigler Spring Meet 2020

Clear blue skies and vibrant sunshine belied the cold and windy weather that awaited the Blue Hens at the Lloyd Sigler Spring Meet in Salisbury, MD. Despite the ferocious gusts of wind and frigid temperatures, the team had an impressive showing for this season’s first outdoor meet. Full results can be found here.

Alexa Saldida dominated in the field events by claiming her rightful position as number one on the all-time list in discus (26.22m) and shot put (8.50m) and number two in javelin (26.46m). 

Although the intense wind made the individual sprint events ineligible for our all-time lists, (there was a recorded wind factor of 4.9 during these events, anything about 2.0 is considered “illegal”) Brittany Georges and Hannah Eleutheriou obliterated the 200-meter dash, going 1-2 in times of 28.80 and 29.14, respectfully. 

Eleutheriou also placed first in the 100 with a time of 13.53 and led her 4×100 team (Brittany Georges, Jenna Jackson, Kat Sigafoos, Hannah Eleutheriou) to a shiny number 1 spot on the all-time list in 55.52. Sigafoos went on to come in 2nd for the 400, ultimately earning her the #5 spot on our all-time performance list with a time of 1:07.34. 

In the men’s 1500 meter run, newcomer Kyle Owino blasted onto the scene in a second-place finish of 4:44.51, while Gerald Brady (5:01.96) and Jacob Henry (5:04.7) crossed not far behind for 6th and 7th place. Sophomore Lorenzo Andaya made his mark in the men’s 800 by winning his heat and coming in fourth overall with a speedy time of 2:11.27. 

The distance women put significant manpower into the 5k, as the entire race consisted of 7 finishers girls—and 5 of them were Blue Hens. Talia Brookstein-Burke came in first with a time of 20:09.19, ultimately improving her #10 spot on the all-time list. The rest of the team followed in rapid succession, with Emily Magoon (20:11.59) taking 2nd, Abigail Kaye (20:12.07) taking 3rd, Elise LaFramboise (20:36.48) taking 4th, and Madeline Dorley (21:03.03) claiming 5th! 

The men’s 5k continued the Blue Hen distance power, with Michael Murphy coming in 2nd with a time of 17:09.79 and John Papadopoulos taking 4th in 18:22.72.

Up next for the Hens is the Haddonfield Adrenaline 5k in Haddonfield, NJ. This competitive road race draws runners from across the East Coast and promises to bring good competition and St. Patty’s Day cheer. 

 

The women stuck with pack-mentality to go 1-5 in the 5k

The guy’s 4×400 team ran a solid 4:02.21

 

Happy Valley Invitational 2020

The Blue Hens had a promising close to the ever so quick indoor track season today at the Happy Valley Invitational in State College, PA! With two new top ten times and several PRs, it’s clear that the team is ready to set some speedy outdoor bests in the coming weeks. Full results can be found here.

For women’s sprints, Brittany Georges dominated the field, taking second in both the 60m and 200-meter dash, with times of 8.61 and 27.92, respectively. Georges also took to the long jump pit and set a new club record of 4.17 meters, good for 3rd place in the entire meet.

For men’s field events, Brandon Lichtenstein improved his position on the all-time list in the long jump to #7(tied) with a jump of 5.86, gaining him 5th place at the meet!

In women’s distance, captain Elise LaFramboise improved her #7 spot on the all-time 3k performance list by .03 seconds while junior Emily Magoon just missed her 3k PR and #5 performance of 11:42.8 by 3.17 seconds- not bad considering she had just run the 1600 for the DMR!

Men’s distance did particularly well at the meet today, with sophomore Patrick LaPorte set himself a shiny new indoor PR in the 800 with a time of 1:59.05, good for 3rd place out of 33 runners at the meet and 7th on the all-time performance list.

Senior Brendan Jones also represented the distance crew as he dominated in the 3k, setting a PR of 24 seconds with a time of 9:11.05, earning him 4th in a field of 26 and #9 on the all-time performance list.

The next race for the Hens will be at the Lloyd Sigler Spring Meet on March 7th in Salisbury, MD.

 

All smiles after a great day in PA!

ESU DeSchriver Invitational 2020

With winter session coming to a close, three of UDXC’s athletes took to the track on Saturday, February 1 to dust off the ‘ol track spikes. Full results can be found here.

Junior Matthew Ward placed 8th in the 400 meter dash with a time of 54.27. Senior Emma Lesnevich ran a speedy 200 with a time of 32.67, good for third in her heat and 20th overall.

Senior Brendan Jones doubled up on distance events, running both the mile and the 3k for quite the double whammy! In the mile, Jones placed 5th overall with a time of 4:33.54. Just a few hours later, Jones came back and hopped into the 3k where he nabbed 2nd placed with an astounding time of 9:34.92.

Up next, the Blue Hens will be competing February 15th at the Happy Valley Invitational in PA!