Jul 18, 2018
Hartford, Conn. – The Trinity College women's track and field team, under the direction of head coach George Suitor (26th season), had another successful year in 2017-18 during both the indoor and outdoor seasons. In the winter, sophomore Katie Marlow-Benedick (Weston, Mass.) broke the College's 60-meter and 200-meter dash records and collected All-New England honors in three events, joining junior Anna Barnes (Storrs, Conn.), sophomore Katie Lazur (East Hanover, N.J.) and rookie Emma Buckley (Hanover, Mass.) as part of Trinity's indoor All-New England 4x400-meter relay squad. First-year Samantha March (Glastonbury, Conn.) also earned All-New England indoor honors in the triple-jump. In the spring, Trinity boasted eight All-New England performances by eight different athletes, while Marlow-Benedick, March, junior Morgan Hallow (Charlotte, N.C.), and sophomore Peace Kabari (Manchester, N.H.) were each named to the United States Track and Field and Cross Country Coaches Association (USTFCCCA) New England All-Region Team. Kabari also represented Trinity at the NCAA Division III Women's Outdoor Track and Field National Championships to highlight an outstanding season.
During the indoor slate, Trinity got off to a strong start with a handful of top-three individual finishes at the Smith Winter Classic. Marlow-Benedick, Buckley and Hallow finished first, second and third, respectively, in the 60-meter dash as the trio was separated by just .43 seconds. Marlow-Benedick also finished first in the 200-meter dash, followed this time by Hallow in second and Buckley in third, while Barnes and senior Sara Curtis (Milton, Mass.) took the top-two spots in the mile run. Lazur won the 400-meter dash in a finish decided by just .20 seconds while sophomore Rachel Scheub (Rochester, Mass.) took second in the 800-meter run.
Sophomore Samantha Feenstra (Cape Elizabeth, Maine) and first-year Julia Burdulis (Hopkinton, Mass.) posted second-place finishes to highlight Trinity's return to action in the Embry Riddle Aeronautical University Indoor-Outdoor Women's Track and Field Challenge in Florida in January. Feenstra finished seconde in the 3,000-meter run with a time of 10:57.29 and Burdulis was second in the 1,000 meters at 3:19.12. Bantam junior Abby Allardi (Reading, Mass.) highlighted the jumps in a tie for third place.
At the Springfield Massasoit Classic a week later, Barnes bested the field in the mile and 800-meter run and Scheub and Caroline Sullivan (South Hadley, Mass.) finished second and third, respectively, in the 1,000-meter run, separated by less than a second. The 3,000-meter run was dominated by Trinity as senior Briana Daley (Oak Park, Ill.) finished first with a finals time of 10:43.50, followed by Feenstra, sophomore Grace Harrison (Montclair, N.J.) and senior Hannah Ells (Amesbury, Mass.), in order. Sophomore Katherine Bullock (Cape Neddick, Maine) led the Bantams in field events, finishing third in the long jump with a finals distance of 4.86m and added a fourth-place finish in the triple jump.
Feenstra and classmate Nina Bourgeois (Rochester, Mass.) finished 1-2 in the 3,000-meter run at the Wesleyan Invitational in early February. March also took the triple jump with a distance of 10.84 meters for the Bantams as well. The following weekend, the Bantams split squads to compete at the Valentine Invitational, hosted by Boston University, and the Gordon Kelly Invitational, hosted by MIT. Marlow-Benedick set a new college record in the 200-meter dash at BU with a finals time of 25.65, shattering the previous program best of 26.05.
Marlow-Benedick collected All-New England honors in three events at the team's outing at the Division III New England Championships at Springfield. She also teamed up with Barnes, Lazur, and Buckley to earn All-Region accolades in the 4x400-meter relay while March picked up All-New England honors in the triple jump in her first championship event. Hallow joined the relay team the following weekend to topple the school record in the 4x400 with a 3:59.70 finals time at Boston University's Last Chance Meet. Marlow-Benedick broke her record in the 200 with a nearly national qualifying time of 25.28. Kabari, fresh off her women's basketball season, set Trinity's new indoor record in the shot put with a finals distance of 11.88 meters before re-breaking the record with a distance of 12.45 meters in early March at the Tuft's University National Qualifying Meet.
The Bantams' strong performances carried over into the spring season, as the team saw a handful of top finishes at the Wesleyan University Spring Classic in late March. Barnes won the 1500-meter run while Trinity claimed the top three finishes in the 3000-meter as Daley recorded a first place 11:02.67, and Ells and Bourgeois finished in second and third, respectively. Also, in the 1500-meter run, Feenstra turned in a third-place finish for Trinity. Allardi was second in high jump with a distance of 1.54m, while March and Bullock placed second and third in the long jump, respectively, to highlight the field events for the Bantams.
Trinity tallied 88.50 points, more than 24 points better than third-place Connecticut College, to place second of twenty-two teams at the Tufts University Snowflake Classic on the final day of March. Marlow-Benedick, Hallow, and March took home second, fifth, and sixth, respectively, in the 100-meter dash, while Marlow-Benedick also claimed first in the 200-meter dash with Buckley in second. The following weekend, Trinity just missed a first-place team finish at the Coast Guard Invitational, instead settling for second. Marlow-Benedick continued her dominance in the 100-meter dash, winning the event in 12.30, just .33 seconds ahead of Buckley who took second. The duo also finished 1-2 in the 200-meter dash, separated by less than a second once again. In field events, Bullock won the triple-jump while rookie Izzy Bruno (Winchester, Mass.) took third in the high-jump, Kabari finished third in the discus and sophomore Devan Walsh (Danvers, Mass.) capped off Trinity's scoring with a third-place toss of the javelin throw.
After a seventh place finish at Connecticut College's Silfen Invitational, the Bantams shined as hosts of the Trinity College Outdoor Invitational with seven different athletes winning events. Hallow came out on top in two races, taking the 400-meter dash by over a second with a time of 58.56 and teaming with Lazur, Marlow-Benedick and Buckley for a College-record, winning time of 47.85 in the 4x100-meter relay race. The team's 4x800-meter relay foursome of Daley, Barrett, Feenstra and Scheub dusted Wheaton's quartet by over 23 seconds with a time of 9:57.14 in a two-team race. Barnes was the first of four Trinity runners to cross the finish line before any other competitors in the 1,500-meter run, winning the event with a time of 4:52.74 followed by Daley in second, Bourgeois in third, and Feenstra in fourth. Harrison won the 5,000-meter run at 18:40.57, while sophomore Hannah Neufeld (Burlington, Mass.) was first in the 400-meter hurdles at 1:09.89, and Bullock took first in the long jump at 4.80 m.
Trinity finished seventh at the NESCAC Championships where Kabari, March, Hallow, Walsh, and the 4x100-meter relay squad all earned All-Conference honors thanks to their respective performances. Kabari won the shot put by eight inches with a distance of 42'08.75" while March placed third in the triple jump and Walsh third in the javelin. Hallow finished third in the 400-meter dash with a time of 57.66 and in a virtual tie for second place but .004 slower than the second-place runner. The 4x100-meter relay squad posted a second-place time of 48.09.
Marlow-Benedick finished third in the 200-meter dash, fourth in the 100-meter dash, and second running a leg of the 4x100-meter dash to lead the team to fifth place among 33 scoring teams in the New England Division III Women's Outdoor Track and Field Championships in early May. The relay team turned in a second-place time of 47.92 to collect three All-New England honors, while Hallow also collected All-New England recognition in multiple events with a second-place time of 57.62 in the 400-meter dash, breaking the previous record Trinity mark of 57.75 set by Rhenita Brade in 2008. A competitive field and an unforgiving sun didn't prevent Feenstra from placing fourth at 5,000-meters with a personal record of 18:05.13. In field events, March took second in the triple-jump with a massive personal record of 38 feet 4 inches, Kabari placed third in the shot put, and Walsh sixth in the javelin to round out Trinity's All-New England Performers. The following weekend, seven Bantams earned All-New England Open honors at Dartmouth as the squad finished 20th.
Thursday before graduation at the MIT Last Chance Meet, Kabari broke her own Bantam record by nearly two feet in the shot put, qualifying her for the NCAA Division III National Championships in Wisconsin over Memorial Day Weekend. Marlow-Benedick won the 200-meter dash with a time of 25.15 and Hallow won the 400-meter dash with a Trinity-record time of 57.21, while both once again teamed up with Buckley and Lazur to break the college's 4x400-meter relay record in a time of 3:56.38.
Kabari capped off an outstanding sophomore season at the NCAA Division III Women's Outdoor Track and Field National Championships in La Crosse, Wisconsin where she finished as the top performer in the entire New England region and 17th overall. Kabari tossed 13.18, 43' 3", on her second heave of the day, just .59 meters behind her qualifying distance of 45'02.25" (13.77 m) in the MIT Last Chance Meet.
Daley, Ells and Ryan were honored at the College's annual athletics awards reception at the end of the spring. The trio earned Blanket Awards for earning nine varsity letters during their time in Hartford. Daley also represented Trinity on the NESCAC All-Sportsmanship team, as well as the NESCAC All-Academic team. She was joined on the All-Academic Team by Allardi, Bullock, Curtis, Ells, Harrison, Lazur, Neufield, Ryan, Scheub, senior Katie Lee (Sudbury, Mass.) and sophomore Charlotte Robbins (Newton Center, Mass.) thanks to their hard work in the classroom.