Members of the Hamilton College men's and women's track and field teams traveled to Geneseo, N.Y., to compete in SUNY Geneseo's Beautiful Valley Open on Thursday afternoon.
With the 2018 All-Atlantic Region Track & Field Conference Outdoor Championships next week, the meet was the last chance for athletes to hit necessary qualifying times in their respective events. SUNY Brockport is the championship host, and the two-day event kicks off on Wednesday, May 16 in Brockport, N.Y.
Ty Kunzman '20 posted a personal-best distance of 49.09 meters in the men's hammer throw to finish third in the event. Kunzman had not hit the regional qualifying mark all season, but each of his throws on Thursday surpassed the necessary distance of 47.50 meters to punch his ticket to the All-Atlantic Region championships.
Hanna Jerome '18 placed third in the women's 1,500-meter run with a career-best time of 4:43.30. Jerome's time is the 13th-fastest performance in the Atlantic Region this year. On the men's side, Andrew Sinclair '18 also ran the 1,500 meters and finished first with a time of 4:03.30, 3.3 seconds shy of the regional qualifying time.
Cat Berry '19 flew past the competition in the women's 200-meter dash with a time of 25.20 seconds, more than one second faster than the runner-up. Berry's season-best time of 24.87 seconds at the NESCAC championships on April 28 is the third-fastest performance in the region and 18th best in Division III this season. Berry also placed second in the women's 100 meters in 12.40 seconds, and her time of 12.31 seconds at the NESCAC championships ranks her seventh in the region.
Eli Saucier '18 also put together first and second place finishes in the men's 100- and 200-meter dash, respectively, with times of 11.12 and 21.91 seconds. Saucier posted his season-best times in both events at the NESCAC championships. In the 100 meters, his time of 10.64 seconds ranks him second in the region and 14th in Division III, and he ranks third in the region and 25th in Division III in the 200 meters (21.65 seconds).