Indoor Track Takes Home Two Distance Medley Relay Titles

Feb. 22, 2013


The Providence College men's and women's track teams turned in several strong performances on the first day of the 2013 New England Indoor Track Championships at Boston University in Boston, Mass. on Fri., Feb. 22.  The Friars earned top-honors in the women’s and men's distance medley relays.

The women’s distance medley relay team, consisting of senior Shelby Greany (Suffern, N.Y.), sophomore Kelsey Dermody (Norton, Mass.), freshman Katie Sischo (Jamesville, N.Y.) and junior Laura Nagel (Napier, New Zealand), earned the New England title with a new meet record of 11:30.75.  Tufts previously held the record with a time of 11:39.08.

The men’s distance medley relay team, consisting of senior Julian Matthews (Nelson, New Zealand), senior Nikolas Rebovich (New Hartford, N.Y.), senior Dominc Channon (Nelson, New Zealand) and sophomore Shane Quinn (Waterford, Ireland) was the last Providence team to compete on Friday.  The men’s relay team also finished first with a time of 9:45.42. 

Also of note, juniors Jackie McCarthy (New Rochelle, N.Y.) and Elizabeth DeVivo (Riverside, Conn.) finished first and second, respectively, in the 1,000-meter preliminaries and qualified for tomorrow’s final.  McCarthy finished with a personal best of 2:54.77, and DeVivo finished with a personal best of 2:58.12.  Last year at the Championship, McCarthy placed fifth in the finals with a time of 2:56.16.

Junior Erin Murphy (Easton, Mass.) and senior Sam Roecker (Charlton, N.Y.) both competed in the 5,000-meters on Friday.  Roecker finished second with a time of 16:55 and Murphy finished fourth with a personal best of 17:04.  Murphy finished sixth last year with a time of 17:44.97

For the men, senior Alex Wallace (Waipukarau, New Zealand), freshman Julian Oakley (Tauranga, New Zealand) and freshman Joseph Vercollone (Pembroke, Mass.) competed in the 1,000-meters preliminaries.  Oakley finished first with a time of 2:26.66 and Vercollone finished with the fifth fastest preliminary time of 2:27.79, qualifying for the final which will be held Saturday at 2:15 p.m.   Sophomore Liam Hillery (Smithfield, R.I.), senior Ali Ahmed (Boston, Mass.) and graduate student Anthony Gonsalves (Pawtucket, R.I.) competed in the 5,000-meters.  Hillery finished third overall with a time of 14:28.37, while Ali crossed the finish-line ninth with a time of 14:53.86.  Ali competed in the same event last year and finished fourth with a time of 14:39.44.

The Friars will compete in eight events on Sat., Feb. 23, including the women’s triple jump, mile, 3,000-meters and 4x400-meters and the men’s mile, 3,000-meters, 4x400-meters and 4x800-meters. 

Senior Christina Lavigne (Shelton, Conn.) will compete in the women’s triple jump on Saturday.

There will be three Friars competing in the mile: sophomore Caile Kohlbrenner (Sparkill, N.Y.), Sischo and junior Emily Sisson (Chesterfield, Mo.).  Kohlbrenner finished 22nd at the championship last year with a time of 5:10.83. Sisson has the best qualifying time of 4:44.04 from the URI Sorlien Invitational on Jan. 19.  Former Friar Geraldine Hendricksen currently holds the all-time New England Championship record in the mile with a time of 4:36.14 from the 1992 championship.

Greany and freshman Kathleen Powell (Wrentham, Mass.) will compete in the 3,000-meters.  Greany’s qualifying time from the URI Sorlien Invitational is the second best at the championship heading into Saturday’s race (9:49.95).

The women’s 4x400-meter relay team will also compete on Saturday. 

Channon and freshman Harvey Dixon (Aldershot, England) will compete in the men’s mile.  Channon holds the third best qualifying time for the mile (4:08.99).

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Providence Friars Competing at the New England Championships on Saturday:

So. Caile Kohlbrenner: Women’s Mile

Fr. Katie Sischo: Women’s Mile

Jr. Emily Sisson: Women’s Mile

Fr. Harvey Dixon: Men’s Mile

Sr. Dominic Channon: Men’s Mile

Fr. Kathleen Powell: Women’s 3,000-meters

Sr. Shelby Greany: Women’s 3,000-meters

Jr. Jackie McCarthy: Women’s 1,000-meters (final)

Fr. Julian Oakley: Men’s 1,000-meters (final)

So. Shane Quinn: Men’s 3,000-meters

Men’s 4x800-meters

Women’s 4x400-meters

Men’s 4x400-meters




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