Track & Field Tallies 10 Personal Bests, Four School Records in Visit to Williamstown

Track & Field Tallies 10 Personal Bests, Four School Records in Visit to Williamstown

WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass. — The Southern Vermont College outdoor track & field team participated in the first-ever meet at Williams College's new Lee Track, fighting through cold and windy conditions in the 2015 Dick Farley Invitational.

10 out of the 17 Mountaineer entries resulted in personal-best marks, four being first-time events for those runners. In addition, three program records were topped while a fourth was set.

Freshman Patrick McGovern (Cheshire, England) started the morning with a fourth-place finish in the long jump, leaping a half meter longer than his previous best for a team-record 6.03. He would later run a new-best 11.39 in the 100 meter dash to finish eighth in a field of 18 participants for another school-best.

The women's 1500 meter race saw new personal bests by both Southern Vermont runners with sophomore Shelby Whitman (Bennington, Vt.) setting a new program mark with a 5:26.83 showing, taking nearly four whole seconds off her previous best. She would also set a new team-low in the 400 meter dash with a 1:05.10.

Five Mountaineers then partook in the 1500 meter run, two setting new PRs while sophomore Justin Ferguson (Broadalbin, N.Y.) finished 14th out of 30 runners with a time of 4:18.34. SVC junior Kenny Poteat (Yonkers, N.Y.) and freshman Darius Wesley (Chicago, Ill.) both set new personal bests in the men's 400 meter dash to move up a spot on the team's all-time leaderboard, Poteat now ranking first with a mark of 56.34.

SVC heads to the University at Albany next Saturday for the Albany Invitational, a meet expected to contain a tough field comprised of institutions from all divisions.


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Southern Vermont Results

Men's 100 Meter Dash
Patrick McGovern: 11.39 (PR)

Men's 400 Meter Dash
Kenny Poteat: 56:34 (PR)
Darius Wesley: 57:61 (PR)

Men's 800 Meter Run
Victor Velazquez: 2:15.00
Aden Fischer: 2:20.32 (PR)
Cameron Michael Curtiss: 2:22.42
Hesbon Ogeka: 2:25.44 (PR)

Men's 1500 Meter Run
Justin Ferguson: 4:18:34
Victor Velazquez: 4:33.78
Cameron Michael Curtiss: 4:45.52
Corey Barcomb: 5:52.19 (PR)
Aden Fischer: 4:52.27 (PR)

Men's Long Jump
Patrick McGovern: 6.03M (PR)

Women's 400 Meter Dash
Shelby Whitman: 1:05.10 (PR)
Schyler McGuire: 1:14.68 (PR)

Women's 1500 Meter Run
Shelby Whitman: 5:26.83 (PR)
Schyler McGuire: 5:48.10 (PR)