By: Will Pitts
Gopher stadium came to life on Saturday for the 16th Annual Goucher Track & Field Classic. Ten schools met to take part in 21 events at Goucher’s state-of-the-art outdoor track and field facility. While nine of them came from Maryland or Washington, D.C., the lone exception was Baldwin Wallace University, a track and field powerhouse which came all the way from Berea, Ohio.
The Gopher men took seventh place out of nine, with 38 points. Exceptional performances on the day came from sophomore Ryan Floyd and freshman Ogemdi Chukwu. Floyd took first place in the long jump with a distance of 6.52 meters, the second-best mark in school history, while Chukwu won the 110m hurdles with a time of 15.55 seconds. Combined, the two made up for over half of Goucher’s point total.
On the women’s side, the Gophers placed fourth out of ten teams, racking up 65 points. Sophomores Hannah Brogan and Lexi Stewart led the team with 12 points each, while freshman Gabrielle Blazek finished second in the pole vault with a height of 2.74 meters. Freshman Natalie Kent also broke the school record in the discus throw with a 35.80-meter effort.
Stevenson University swept the meet, with both their men’s and women’s teams taking first place. Baldwin Wallace finished as runner-up in both men’s and women’s, with the women’s team finishing a mere four points behind Stevenson.
The next test for Goucher track and field comes at the Battleground Relays, held March 31st through April 1st at the University of Mary Washington in Fredericksburg, Virginia.
“There are certain points in the season where you’re gonna be in a lot more pain,” said Brogan, who finished second in the steeplechase. “So I think it’s just having the perseverance to keep following through and do the training and be in good shape.”
(Photo Credit: Goucher Athletics)