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Women’s Track & Field Sees Six Athletes Earn a First-Place Finish at Wesleyan Spring Classic

Photo by Geoff Bolte, Clarus Studios
Photo by Geoff Bolte, Clarus Studios

MIDDLETOWN, Conn. – The Wesleyan University women's track & field team tallied 21 top-five finishes, including six first-place nods at the Wesleyan Spring Classic on Saturday in Middletown, Conn.

Junior Jenny Aguiar led the pack in the 200-meter dash with a time of 26.53, and then freshman Julia Cella crossed the line first in the 800m, with the clock reading 2:24.77. Junior Katie Maehl was fantastic during the high jump, coming in first overall with a mark of 1.59.

Sophomore Tara Peng (3.10, pole vault), junior Alex Dibrindisi (4.98, long jump) and senior Caroline Diemer (13.38, weight throw) also represented the Cardinals with first-place efforts in their respective events.

Freshman Isis Gaddy, who is originally from Mount Vernon, N.Y., finished among the top-three in a pair of events, notching a runner-up effort in the 200m (26.95) and placing third during the 100m (13.31).

Wesleyan grabbed the top-three slots in the 800m, as Cella earned first-place honors, and senior Ananya Subrahmanian (2:25.72) and junior Allegra Fils-Aime (2:29.21) checked in at the second and third slots, respectively.

In addition to Peng's outstanding performance in the pole vault, sophomore Sydney Forrest (2.80), senior Colleen O'Neill (2.80) and freshman Shannon Sweeney (2.50) finished in the No. 2, 3 and 4 slots, respectively. Forrest also registered a tremendous effort in the triple jump, earning runner-up acknowledgement with a mark of 9.89.

Diemer and freshman Camille Balicki were the second- and third-place performers, respectively, in the shot put with marks of 10.44 and 10.08.

Other strong performances for the Cardinals came from freshman Isobel Wright (third in high jump, 1.54), Maehl (fourth in long jump, 4.74), Dibrindisi (fourth in 100m, 13.66), freshman Anne Peartree (fifth in 400m, 1:03.32) and Peng (fifth in high jump, 1.49).

The Cardinals will compete in the Tufts Snowflake Classic on Saturday in Medford, Mass.