SWARTHMORE, Pa. - With the home crowd at Clothier Field Stadium cheering them on, the Swarthmore College women's 4x800 team rose to the occasion, winning its second consecutive Centennial Conference championship in the event, highlighting the Garnet's performance on the second day of the championships from the College.
The team - consisting of senior Erin Ronhovde, senior Lauren DeLuca, sophomore Margret Lenfest and freshman Rebecca Hammond- crossed the finish line in a time of 9:20.15
On the men's side, sophomore Daniel Ly medaled in the men's long jump with a leap of 21-04.00.
Swarthmore also set itself up for a big final day of the meet, as both sophomore Kenyetta Givans and junior Chris Mayer-Bacon each qualified for the finals of multiple events. Givans is in the finals for the 100 meter dash and 100 meter hurdles , sporting times of 13.13 and 15.76 respectively. Mayer-Bacon posted a 16.78 in the men's 110 meter hurdles - good for ninth all-time at the College - to earn a spot in the finals, while also qualifying in the men's 400 meter hurdles (57.36).
Swarthmore will also place two representatives in the women's 400 meter hurdles, as both Mariam Vonderheide(1:09.00) and Mariel Feigen (1:11.97) both made the cut.
In the team standings, Johns Hopkins (89) extended its team lead over defending champion Haverford (47) on the women's side, while on the men's side, Dickinson (72) took the lead from 16-time champion Haverford (42) - thanks in part to two first-place finishes - setting the stage for an exiting final day of competition.
On the women's side, the Blue Jays picked up crucial points by placing a top-two finish in four of Saturday's five finals, including a 1-2-3 sweep of the 3,000 meter steeplechase. Cecilia Furlong was a convincing first (11:34.33), followed by teammates Mary O'Grady (12:07.84) and Elizabeth Laseter (12:07.94).
Gettysburg's Alexandra Van Tuyl won the heptathlon, finishing with 3840 points and winning three of the seven events.
Haverford saw two individual winners, as Mara Miller won the women's long jump with a leap
of 17-03.50, while Jackie Freund took first and broke the venue record with a toss of 131-11.
Dickinson's John Bingham captured first place in a tightly contested men's decathlon field, finishing with 5540 points and hanging on against late-charging competitors Robby Ford of Gettysburg (5466) and Anthony Gochal of Ursinus (5095).
In the men's long jump, Franklin & Marshall's Kwaku Anno captured gold with a leap of 22-10.50, edging Muhlenberg's Marc Brookland (22-00.75).
Dickinson's Nick Karwoski picked up his second individual first-place finish, besting the field in the men's 3,00 meter steeplechase with a time of 9:34.39.
In men's discus, Johns Hopkins' Luke Sand took first place with a toss of 151-11.
Gettysburg claimed the men's 4x800 relay, crossing the finish line in a time of 7:43.42, besting Haverford (7:44.25) and Johns Hopkins (7:48.25)
The third and final day of the Centennial Conference track & field championships will take place tomorrow beginning at 11:00 a.m.
Women - Team Rankings - 7 Events Scored
1) Johns Hopkins 89 2) Haverford 47
3) Gettysburg 40 4) Dickinson 35
5) Muhlenberg 24 6) Swarthmore 13
7) Franklin & Marshall 11 8) Ursinus 5
8) McDaniel 5 10) Bryn Mawr 4
Men - Team Rankings - 7 Events Scored
1) Dickinson 72 2) Haverford 56
3) Johns Hopkins 42 4) Gettysburg 33
5) Ursinus 22 5) Muhlenberg 22
7) Franklin & Marshall 18 8) Swarthmore 7
9) McDaniel 1