|Track and Field Break Four Valiant Records|
The Men’s and Woman’s Track and Field, broke four records at the recent 2012-2013 Dick Shea Open, hosted by the U.S. Military Academy at Shea Stadium, against Division I and II schools. As one of Manhattanville College’s newest teams, Men’s Track and Field has only been at the varsity level since 2008-09 along with the Woman’s Track and Field teams.
"It was probably the best day for our program in its 5 year history," said Mike Owens, the Head Men's and Women's Track and Field Coach.
Bill Motherway ‘13, set a new program outdoor record, by clearing a top height of 1.89 meters. This also won him first place in the high jump. “That was the first time I have ever jumped in an outdoor meet in my entire life,” Motherway said.
Shannon Roberts ’16 also set new Valiant records. Roberts broke two school records in the 100 and 200-meter dashes and earned a pair of top-five finishes. Roberts’ time of 26.22 seconds is the best by a MAC sprinter this year, qualifying her for the ECAC Outdoor Championships. Roberts won second place in the 100-meter dash when she crossed the line in 13.09 seconds.
“As a team we've encountered various obstacles but we've overcome them by having a strong sense of unity,” Roberts said. “We're very supportive of each other and are always offering encouragement. I owe my accomplishment of breaking the school records to my teammates because without their encouragement, I wouldn't have the confidence to succeed in the sport.”
Kayla Pleasant ’16, set a new school standard in the discus toss. Pleasant tossed 25.47 meters, and placed 7th. Pleasant also earned 11th place by tossing the shot put 8.78 meters. “We draw our strength from each other as the tight-knit family that we are. I hope to further my success in the years to come,” said Pleasant.
Coach Owens is excited about the season, "It was the earliest we've ever had someone qualify for the ECAC championship. The women's 4x100 took a second and a half off their previous best and will get it a little faster as we approach the Penn Relays. Everyone is hitting their stride at the right time!"