STATEN ISLAND, N.Y. – Sophomore Shileigh Martinez (North Kingstown, R.I.) took home the first medal of the weekend for the Bryant University indoor track and field team on the first day of the Northeast Conference Championship.
Martinez finished third overall in pole vault by clearing a height of 3.35m. Two Bulldogs from the men and three from the women qualified to compete in the final heats on day two, and two more for the women tallied points for the Black and Gold.
The women sit in seventh-place after the first day with 10.5 points. The Bulldogs improved from last season after only securing two points after the first day just one year ago.
COACH SWITZER'S COMMENTS
"This was a very exciting day one for us. Shileigh and Julia stepped up for the women and scored some really big points for the team. Shileigh's medal is the first for us in that event. We have a solid group headed into finals tomorrow as well, led by Emily, Andrew, Sarah and Jason. There's been a lot of energy and excitement from the team and I look forward to how we're able to carry this momentum going into the final day."
MEN'S TOP PERFORMERS
- Sophomore Andrew Canale (Lincroft, N.J.) qualified for the final heat in the 400m after the first day of the NEC Championship. Canale finished second in the preliminary heat with a time of 49.25.
- Sophomore Jason Dolan (Westford, Mass.) qualified for finals in both the 800m and the mile run. Dolan finished the 800m with a time of 1:55.99 before crossing the finish line in the mile run with a time of 4:23.62.
WOMEN'S TOP PERFORMERS
- Martinez took home Bryant's first medal of the weekend in pole vault. Martinez tied with Grace Glennon from Sacred Heart as they both cleared a height of 3.35m. The height marks a personal-best for the sophomore and brings 5.5 points to the team as well as ranking her second all-time at Bryant.
- Defending indoor 400m champion, Emily Cluck (Johnson City, N.J.), was the top finisher in the preliminary heat today and will compete tomorrow to defend her title. Cluck finished with a time of 56.58.
- Sophomore Sarah Freeman (Merrimac, Mass.) led the NEC today in preliminaries for the mile run. Freeman finished with a new personal-best of 5:09.79.
- Sophomore Julia Ayres (Collegeville, Pa.) scored for the Bulldogs as she finished fifth overall in the 3000m run. Ayres tallied four points for the Black and Gold and set a personal-best by 15 seconds with a new PR of 10:15.47. The PR ranks Ayres fifth all-time at Bryant.
- Freshman Emma Garrity (Wilmington, Mass.) qualified for the final heat in the 500m in her NEC Championship debut. Garrity posted a time 1:17.67.
- Freshman Lily LaGoy (San Diego, Calif.) finished eighth overall in shot put, scoring one point for the Bulldogs. LaGoy threw 12.17m.