By Dennis Young
For the second straight cold and wet Saturday, the Dickinson College women's track and field team performed well, this time at the Jim Taylor Invitational at Susquehanna College.
The strongest performances of the day came from first-year Olivia Schumann (Manorville, N.Y./Bishop McGann Mercy) who placed fifth in both the 200 and 400 meters. Making her season, and collegiate debut in the 400, Schumann ran a time of 60.45 seconds, which currently ranks second in the Centennial Conference. In the 200, her primary event indoors, her time of 27.30 is the fourth fastest in the conference this spring.
In the discus, senior captain Leslie Ward (Danvers, Mass./Governors School) improved her personal best by nearly two feet. Her toss of 32.23m (105-09) was good for seventh place and beats her prior PR by 58 centimeters. That mark is the fourth best in the conference.
Sophomore Emily Miller (Lenhartsville, Pa./Kutztown) placed seventh in the 5k in 18:14.80, ranking her third in the conference and 28th in Division III. Miller bravely pursued a quick early pace and slightly faded, but was still rewarded with an outdoor personal best.
Also in the distances, sophomore Taylor Ludman (Willow Street, Pa./Solanco) ran 5:01.26 in the 1500 meters. While Ludman only placed 11th and was 10 seconds behind her personal best, this performance is the best sign yet that she is recovering from the foot injury that knocked her out all winter.
Senior captain Hannah Leahey (Mercer Island, Wash./Mercer Island) showed the consistency that she has developed in her senior season by placing second in the pole vault with a mark of 3.20m (10-06). That, of course, ties herself for the best vault in the conference this spring. Classmate Ellie Mackintosh (Dallas, Texas/Highland Park) placed fourth in both in the long and triple jumps, with marks of 4.80m (15-09) and 10.55m (34-07.50), respectively.
The team returns to competition with a rare Wednesday night meet on April 4th at McDaniel College.