Jan. 11, 2010
NEW YORK, NY - The Johns Hopkins men's and women's indoor track team competed at the Metropolitan Invitational hosted by New York University on Friday, January 8. Three Johns Hopkins school records were broken in the meet. One freshmen record was also broken.
Junior Elliot Wehner set the Johns Hopkins record by running 1:56.97 in the 800m. Sophomore Jacob Kramer set a school record when he ran the 60m hurdles in 8.71 seconds. Junior Ryan Lino threw the shot put 14.68m, which set a school record and put him first in his flight.
Freshman Leah Sibener broke the Johns Hopkins freshmen record in the 200m dash with a time of 27.13 seconds. This broke 2009 graduate's Jordan Ireton's record.
Freshman Rob Martin was named the men's athlete of the meet by the coaching staff after three solid performances in his open 400m and the two 400m legs of the distance medley relay and the 4x400, respectively. On the women's side, Amelia Vallenilla was named the athlete of the meet, also with three sold 400m performances.
The women's distance medley was one of the most exciting races of the entire day as Johns Hopkins, Essex, NYU, and Adelphi went back and forth for the entire race until senior Laura Paulsen unleashed a blistering kick over the last 200m to give the win to Johns Hopkins in a time of 12:33.04, five seconds ahead of second place NYU.
Paulsen was the top collegiate runner in the women's mile with a time of 5:05, just barely missing out on the national qualifying time by less than a second.
Sophomore Matt Stankiewicz was solid in the high jump with a height of 1.84m, which tied him for second in the event.
Senior Mary O'Grady finished second in her heat of the mile with a time of 5:24.
The Blue Jays return to action on January 16 at the Terrapin Invitational at the University of Maryland.