Ravens race at Penn Relays, Capital Classic

Monday, May 01, 2017 6:11PM

On the final day of the storied Penn Relays, junior Rindal Pierre-Canel turned in a personal best to post a top-10 finish in the triple jump at historic Franklin Field. Meanwhile, the majority of the Franklin Pierce University men’s track & field team was in Troy, N.Y., for the Capital District Classic, hosted by Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute. The Ravens also fielded a 4x800-meter relay team at the Penn Relays.

Pierre-Canel turned in a personal-best hop, skip and jump of 14.32 meters in the triple jump, meeting the NEICAAA Championships qualifying mark in the event. It was good for a ninth-place finish at the Penn Relays and currently ranks second in the Northeast-10 Conference, as well as third in the East Region.

Also at the Penn Relays, the Ravens were the top Division II finisher in the 4x800-meter relay. A team of senior Jon Holmes, junior Joshua Ercolini, junior Adam Bryson and senior Dage Minors put together a time of 7:41.88 to finish 15th. The time is the fastest in the NE10 so far this spring.

Meanwhile, at the Capital District Classic, the rest of the Ravens were busy piling up 99 points and a third-place finish out of nine teams. A pair of wins on the track highlighted the day’s scoring for Franklin Pierce, as junior Martin Gradijan won the 3000-meter steeplechase in 9:56.02 and freshman Trevor Guay won the 400-meter hurdles in 55.17 seconds. Gradijan’s time was good for sixth in the NE10 and eighth in the East Region on the year.

Elsewhere, senior Cory Cataldo turned in a time of 56.81 seconds to finish third behind Guay in the 400-meter hurdles. The time moved Cataldo into seventh in the NE10 in the event.

Senior Samantha Toscano and freshman Katey Comstock each established program records on Saturday, leading the Franklin Pierce University women’s track & field team to a third-place finish at the Capital District Classic.

The Ravens tallied 119 points on the day, which was good for a third-place finish in the 10-team field. Franklin Pierce was bettered only by Oneonta (186 points) and host RPI (159 points).

Toscano and Comstock both had busy days and each set a new program record, but Franklin Pierce’s lone win on Saturday came courtesy of sophomore Lilian Baah in the triple jump. Baah put together a mark of 11.21 meters to win. The distance is currently good for sixth in the Northeast-10 Conference and seventh in the East Region on the year.

Comstock’s school-record performance came in the shot put, where she came up with a heave of 12.35 meters to finish fourth and meet the NEICAAA Championships qualifying standard in the event. The mark currently sits seventh in the NE10 and 10th in the East Region. It was one of three top-five finishes on the day for Comstock, who also placed second in the javelin (36.46m) and fourth in the discus (35.70m). The javelin throw moved her into eighth in the NE10 on the year.

Meanwhile, Toscano’s school-record outing came in the long jump, where she notched a mark of 5.54 meters to finish second and meet the NEICAAA qualifying mark. The distance is currently good for third in the NE10 and tied for fourth in the East Region. Toscano also finished third, behind Baah, in the triple jump, with a distance of 11.02 meters, which sits ninth in the NE10.

Other notable marks on Saturday for the Ravens included sophomore Robert Boardman finishing third in the high jump (1.85m), senior Mark Josselyn (Halifax, Mass.) placing eighth in the hammer throw (47.00m), a fourth-place finish for junior Emily Quinn in the hammer (45.76m) and a seventh-place finish in the same event (43.06m) for senior Kendra Plant.

The Ravens return to the track on May 5-6, when they travel to the Northeast-10 Championships, to be hosted by American International College in Springfield, Mass.