ROCHESTER – The Vassar College men’s and women’s track squads headed to the Liberty League Championships Saturday afternoon, and had many standout performances on the day including junior sprinter Ariel Bridges.
Bridges was named as the Liberty League Women’s Performer of the Meet for the second year in a row, as she won the 100 meter and 200 meter dash, while also leading the 4x400 relay squad to a title as well. Bridges set the conference women’s 200 meter record with a time of 25.46, while also taming the 100 meters in a time of 12.55.
She teamed with Heather Ingraham, Mollie Crowell and Lucy Balcezak to capture the 4x400 with a time of 4.00.35, which was a Liberty League record and an ECAC Championships qualifying time by nearly eight seconds.
Ingraham also had a standout meet for the Brewers, as she earned the 400 meter title for the third season in a row, running a Liberty League Championship meet record of 57.07. The time was ninth-best in the nation this year. She also finished third in the 200 meter dash with a 25.87.
Senior standout Aubree Piepmeier won the 1500 meter run championship after running a 4:46.05, besting the competition by over six seconds. Balcezak also finished second in the 800, earning All-League accolades with a time of 2:22.81. Junior Cassidy Carpenter qualified for the ECAC Championships in the 10,000 meter run, finishing third, and Jemma Howlett also qualified for ECACs with a third-place showing in the 5000 meter run after running a 18:24.20.
Freshman Alex Gittens posted a personal record in the 400 with a 1:02.85, and Nina Andersen also ran a personal best in the 400, finishing 5th with a 1:02.65. Freshman Laura MacDonald ran a personal record in th 5000 meter run with a fifth-best time of 18:46.70.
As a team, the Brewers finished fourth with 99 points, as St. Lawrence University took the team title with 218 points. Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute had 149 points for second-place, and Rochester Institute of Technology was third with 119 points.
Senior Abe Gatling finished second in the 400 meter dash despite not running in the "fast" heat, and also finished second in the 200 meters and anchored the 4x400 meter relay that finished third.
Junior Andrew Terenzi placed second in the 800 meter run, posting a time of 1:57.68. Freshman Alfredo Mazzuca finished third in the 10,000 meters, qualifying for ECACs with a personal and school record of 32:11.18. The 4x400 relay of Gatling, Terenzi, Dylan Manning and Gabe Fishman took third with a 3:28.61.
Junior Eliot Gerson was fourth in the 1500 meter run with a 4:06.72, while Harry Feigen placed fifth in the 5000 meters, coming in with a time of 15:32.47.
The men finished fifth overall with 48 points, while RPI took home the Liberty League Championship with 281.33 points. St. Lawrence (127), RIT (92) and Union College (54) rounded out the top five.