This past weekend, the Goucher Track and Field team finished up their season with the
Landmark Conference Championships held at the U.S. Merchant Marine Academy. With two beautiful days of weather and an almost-new track, the Gophers were granted excellent conditions for their final meet. Even if they didn’t score, many of the athletes had personal bests and put their hearts into their events. The meet was also special for five seniors on the team: Troy Browne, Hugh Geller, Christine Cherry, Shea Staab, Kathryn Walker, and Katelynn Zidanic.
With a small team, the men fought against the odds and had many personal bests. Junior sprinter Zach Byrum had personal bests in the 400 meter dash and the 100 meter dash, and junior Mark Egan also had a personal best in the 1500 meters, finishing in 4:17, good for 11th place overall. Seniors Browne and Geller also were able to race in their signature events last weekend. Browne raced his second 800 meter run of the season, and finished in 13th place, and Hugh Geller ran the 5000 meters in 17:01. The closest male Gopher to the podium was Isaac Jennings, who came in ninth overall in the 800 meter run.
The women fared a bit better, ending with 30 points and in fifth place. Sophomore Sara Aganovic headed the field events for Goucher, with a third place finish in the long jump, and freshman Becca Kotula grabbed a seventh place finish in the pole vault. Kotula got to stand on the podium again in an eighth place finish in the 800 meters, finishing in 2:38. In the throws, junior Maafio Appiah-Padi picked up points in the hammer throw (8th) and the shot put (6th). The lady Gophers also had a strong showing in the running events, especially the relays. Both the women’s 4x100m relay and the 4x400m relay picked up points for the team.
The three senior women also made a strong showing in their final collegiate track meet. Kathryn Walker raced in the scoring 4x400m relay, along with strong performances in the 1500 meter run and the 800 meter run. Shea Staab raced the 5000 meters for her final event, alongside her teammate Katelynn Zidanic. Zidanic also finished third in her signature event, the 3000 meter steeplechase. Christine Cherry scored a point for the Gophers as well with her eighth place finish in the 10000 meters. Sophomore Danielle Granger, a part of both of the relay teams, also nabbed a third place finish in the 400 meter hurdles.
The Gophers now look forward to a little bit of resting, followed by beginning training again in the summer and fall.