Multiple Records Fall at Susquehanna
The Hood College 4x400-meter relay team picked up the Blazers only win of the day in record-setting fashion, shaving over 11 seconds off the school record at the Crusader Classic, hosted by Susquehanna University.
The meet featured over 1,000 entries from 25 programs at the Division II or Division III levels.
The quartet of Alexandra Dystant (Odenton, Md. / Arundel), Sophie Grizzle (Brunswick, Md. / Brunswick), Heather Silveira (Baltimore, Md. / Chesapeake) and Chelsea Young (Walkersville, Md. / Walkersville) combined to run a 4:12.10 to defeat the runners up from Division II Bloomsburg by 0.19 seconds.
For Grizzle and Silveira, it represented their second school records on the day. Grizzle broke her own record in the indoor high jump clearing 4-11 3/4 (1.52 meters), just a fraction under her outdoor record (1.53 meters). She also qualified for the long jump with a leap of 15-0 1/2 (4.58 meters).
Silveira ran 9.72 to finish fourth in the finals of the 60-meter hurdles, to shatter the school record of 9.76 set in December of 2011, in placing fourth in the final. Her time of 1:03.98 qualified for the MAC Championships, as well.
The other record on the day was produced by Alyssa Peterson (Taneytown, Md. / Francis Scott Key) at 3,000 meters. Her time of 11:12.65, not only took her under Dystant's indoor record of last week, but also under Danielle Sgro's outdoor record time of 11:15.76 set in April 2008.
Dystant turned in a 20:08.94 in the 5000 to reach the qualifying standard for the conference.
Young ran qualifying times in both the 200 (28.25) and 400 (1:02.10).
Ashley Barnes (Yigo, Guam / Guam) ran a MAC qualifying time of 8.61 in the 60-meter dash. Her long jump of 14-7 3 /4 (4.46 meters) gave her two events better than the conference qualifying mark.
Also finishing faster than the MAC standard in the 60 hurdles were Jill Heymann (Hackettstown, N.J. / Warren Hills) and Karina Stetsyuk (Frederick, Md. / Gov. Thomas Johnson) in 10.57 and Young in 10.58.
Hood travels to Dickinson College next weekend for the DuCharme Invitational.