Track competes in New Balance Collegiate Invitational

By Kasey Minnick
February 14, 2008

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This past weekend, the men’s and women’s track and field teams traveled up north to the New York City Armory to take part in the New Balance Collegiate Invitational.

Here, there were various Division I programs that the Cavs were going head-to-head against with anticipation to make a mark.

It turned out that freshman Dana Nardello did just that. Nardello set a new Cabrini College record by running the 500 meter in 1:19.11. Not only did she make the record books for her college, but she posted an Eastern College Athletic Conference qualifying time with a 35th place finish.

“We ran well as a team. There was a lot of good competition, mostly Division I schools. It was a good learning experience, especially with ECAC’s coming up,” Nardello said.

Not only did Nardello post ECAC times, with the women’s 4×200 relay team of Nardello, sophomore Christiana Taylor, senior Lauren Deas and junior Leslie Williams finishing with a time of 1:43.63.

The recognitions didn’t stop here with Deas also capturing a National Collegiate Athletic Association qualifying time in the 60 meter dash in 7.71 seconds, which brought her in 36th place.

Lastly for the women, Taylor competed in the 400 meter dash in 58.07 seconds and took part in the 60 meter dash and came across the finish line in 8.04 seconds. These numbers qualified her for the ECAC championships.

For the men representing Cabrini College, freshman Eddie Penetar qualified for the ECAC championships as well by placing 7th in the 5000 meter race with a time of 14:52.31.

After a proven successful weekend in New York City, the teams will test their skills in the Lafayette-Rider Invitational tomorrow.

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