Red Devils Capture Conference Title in Distance Medley Relay

Photo by Eric Bologa
Photo by Eric Bologa

(Lancaster, Pa.) – The Dickinson women's indoor track & field team is currently fifth in the team standings with 29 points at the 2019 Centennial Conference Championships, but trail second-place Swarthmore by just 12. Johns Hopkins is in the lead with 78.5 after the first day of competition.

Senior Naji Thompson (Springfield, N.J./Oak Knoll) clocked the top time in the 60-meter dash prelims, advancing to the finals with a time of 7.89.

The Red Devils had a strong showing in the 5000-meters, coming across the line fourth, fifth and seventh. Sophomore Emma Johnston (Pelham, N.Y./Pelham Memorial) led the way with a time of 17:31.09 while junior Sarah House (Merrimack, N.H./Merrimack) placed fifth with a mark of 17:40.79. Classmate Tessa Cassidy (Brunswick, Maine/Brunswick) came across in 18:12.64.

First-years Alexandra Colby (Hingham, Mass./Hingham) and Lana Ljoka (Haddonfield, N.J./Haddonfield) had strong starts in their first championship appearance. Colby qualified for the finals of the 60-meter hurdles with a time of 9.93 while Ljoka placed eighth in the triple jump, clearing 9.72 meters.

Junior Mary Smith (Carlisle, Pa./Carlisle) scored with seventh-place points in the weight throw, covering 12.18 meters.

Sophomores Allyson Yanega (Center Valley, Pa./Southern Lehigh) and Sarah Yanega (Center Valley, Pa./Southern Lehigh) joined classmate Isabel Cardi (Media, Pa./Strath Haven) and junior Natalie Suess (New Egypt, N.J./New Egypt) combined to win the distance medley relay with a time of 12:29.66.

The Red Devils added a fourth-place finish in the 4x200 relay, with Thompson, Eryn Nelson (York, PA/Central York), Colby and Liana Tabtiang (Wellesley, Mass./Wellesley) posting a time of 1:50.10.

Competition concludes on Sunday at Franklin & Marshall.