BOSTON, Mass. – The women of the Bryant University track and field team dominated at the John Thomas Terrier Classic at Boston University this weekend with three broken records as well as a top national rank.
Senior Emily Cluck (Johnson City, N.Y.) highlighted the women as she helped set two new school records in both the 400m and the 4x400 relay. Cluck's dominating 400m performance put her among the top 40 nationally and first in the NEC. Sophomore Nicole Xiarhos (Berlin, Conn.) was also part of the 4x4 record-breaking squad as well as breaking a school record individually in the 200m. Freshmen Emma Garrity (Wilmington, Mass.) and Grace Yost (Wanaque, N.J.) rounded out the 4x400 relay team.
COACH SWITZER COMMENTS
"Terrier weekend is always one of the biggest meets of the indoor season outside of conferences. It serves as a major mid-season check-in point for us and I think we're in a really good spot right now. Three school records were broken, two ECAC qualifying marks, one IC4A qualifying mark, and one NEICAAA qualifying mark were achieved. A lot of people also improved on their spots on the conference performance list. We have a good four-week training block ahead of us before the conference meet so it's time to get back to work."
MEN TOP PERFORMERS
- Sophomore Andrew Canale (Lincroft, N.J.) qualified for the NEICAAA Championship and is now third all-time at Bryant in the 400m. Canale finished with a time of 48.89 and crossed the finish line 11th out of 126 runners.
- Both Jason Dolan (Westford, Mass.) and Christopher Wrenn (Norton, Mass.) entered Bryant's top-10 record book in the 800m. Dolan crossed the finish line at 1:55.66 and is now sixth all-time while Wrenn finished with a time of 1:57.96 and is now ninth all-time.
- The Distance Medley Relay team of Jordan Dagrin (North Kingstown, R.I.), Adam Winiarz (Norton, Mass.), Dolan, and Wrenn are now fourth all-time at Bryant finishing eighth at BU. The team posted a time of 10:16.34 and rank fourth all-time at Bryant.
- Junior Brett Cloutier (North Attleboro, Mass.) posted a season-best in shot put by throwing 13.96m ranking fourth all-time at Bryant.
WOMEN TOP PERFORMERS
- Cluck led the women with a record-breaking performance in the 400m. Not only did Cluck break the school record, but she became a NEICAAA qualifier and is now first in New England and the Northeast Conference in the event. The senior is also ranked 40th in the country with a time of 54.88. Cluck finished second out of 139 runners.
- Xiarhos also set a new school record in the 200m. The sophomore finished sixth out of 180 runners with a record-breaking time of 24.85. Xiarhos also qualified for both NEICAAA and ECAC.
- Garrity was less than one second away from breaking the school record in the 500m with a time of 1:17.21. The rookie is now second all-time at Bryant and finished among the top 20 out of 82 runners. Xiarhos also qualified for NEICAAA and ECAC.
- The 4x400 team of Yost, Xiarhos, Garrity, and Cluck added to the long list of notable achievements for the women on Friday. The relay team also broke a Bryant school record with a time of 3.56.77 finishing 15th out of 37 relay teams.
- Sophomores Sarah Freeman (Merrimac, Mass.) and Julia Ayres (Collegeville, Pa.) cracked the top-10 at Bryant in each of their respective events. Freeman finished with a time of 2:23.22 in the 800m and now sits at ninth all-time while Ayres finished the 5000m with a time of 18:11.37 and is now sixth all-time.
- In the field events, Shileigh Martinez (North Kingstown, R.I.) set a new personal-best in pole vault clearing 3.25m. Martinez now ranks second all-time at Bryant.
The NEICAAA Championships is up next for the Bulldogs and will take place on Friday, Jan. 31 at the Reggie Lewis Center in Boston, Mass.