Personal records shine for ‘Streaks


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Sophomore Rory Vigrass competes in a race at Youngstown State.

Anna Meyer, Staff Reporter

The hard work of the John Carroll women’s indoor track and field team paid off this weekend when numerous contestants for the Blue and Gold broke their own personal records.  

The record-breaking weekend launched at the University of Akron Invitational on Friday, Feb. 7, with sophomore Rory Vigrass finishing eighth in the 5K run with a personal best of 18:14.94 minutes. 

Vigrass was the only top 10 finisher from an NCAA Division III school. Many of her competitors came from NCAA Division I schools, such as Youngstown State, Dayton University, Kent State University and the University at Buffalo. 

Sophomore Cameron Bujaucius was the only other Blue Streak in Akron but did not finish the 5,000-meter race. 

On Saturday, the team traveled to Tiffin, Ohio, to compete in the Tiffin Dragon Prix. 

Sophomore Olivia Hurtt broke her school record once again in the weight throw event. She took fourth place with a mark of 15.73 meters. 

Sophomores Madeline Scherle and Sara Johnson took sixth and seventh place respectively in the long jump, with marks of 5.01 and 4.97 meters. Scherle’s mark broke her personal record in the long jump. 

Senior Nikki Linn tabbed a 1.56-meter clearance mark and notched the highest John Carroll finish with sixth place. Junior Courtney Phoennik followed in ninth with 1.51 meters and freshman Sarah Schreffler with a 1.46-meter clearance for the 11th spot. 

Four members of the Blue and Gold found their way into the top 25 of the 200-meter event. Junior Maria DeLuca finished 15th (27.76), freshman Sydney Ryan took 18th (27.80), junior Amy Morris took 20th (28.24) and senior Rachel Adams finished 21st (28.24). 

Sophomore Mary Claire Smeltzer made her way onto the podium after finishing second in the 800-meter race with a new career time of 2:26.49. 

The Blue Streaks will be back in action on Saturday, Feb. 15, in Westerville, Ohio for the All-Ohio Championships. The time is to be determined.