By Michael Otero
On Saturday, Jan. 24, the men’s and women’s indoor track and field teams had a handful of runners compete in the Metro Team Challenge, hosted by New York University at the New Balance Track and Field Center in New York.
Three different runners qualified in the top-15 in individual events on the women’s side. Of the three, junior Elizabeth Stirling placed best, clocking a ninth-place time of 10:32.69 in the 3,000 meter run. That mark is significant in another aspect, as it broke a 10-year-old school record held by Trisha Stavinoha. Stirling beat the record by over six seconds. Freshman Talya Williams finished 10th in the mile with a time of 5:11.84, while graduate Robin Lynn had a 13th place showing in the 1,000 meter run.
On the men’s side, sophomore Mike Scott led the way with a 4:23.80 mile time, which was good enough for 15th place. In the same event, red-shirt junior Steven Arnone added a time of 4:40.11.
Rob Morris, who is the head coach of the men’s and women’s teams, is looking to continue the success that the Pioneers have had in competition in the recent years. The Pioneers have dominated the East Coast Conference of late and have taken home titles at both levels. Both teams are back in action this Friday, Jan. 30, when they take part in the two-day Armory Track Invitational at the familiar New Balance Track and Field Center in New York.
After their two-day Invitational, they have one more invite, that against the Lions of Molloy College in early February. Then, the Pioneers have the East Coast Conference Championships to look forward to, which starts on Feb. 21.