Hartford, Conn. - The Trinity College women's track and field team put on a dominant display on Saturday at the Trinity College Outdoor Track and Field Invitational, the first college outdoor track and field event to take place at Trinity's Jessee/Miller Field in nine years. The Bantams were led by first-year Katie Marlow-Benedick (Weston, Mass.) who finished first in the 100-meter dash with a finals time of 12.73, just .03 seconds ahead of senior captain Katie Tonyai (Jaffrey, N.H.). The pair also finished second and fourth, respectively, in the 200-meter dash.
Sophomore Anna Barnes (Storrs, Conn.) finished second in the 800-meter run, less than a second off the first-place time, and won the 1,500-meter run, besting the field by almost eight seconds. Classmate Lauren Barrett (Peabody, Mass.) brought home first place in the 5,000-meter run while fellow sophomore Grace Harrison (Montclair, N.J.) and rookie Samantha Feenstra (Cape Elizabeth, Maine) claimed third and fourth place in the same race, respectively. Senior captain Sophie Long (Darien, Conn.) finished third in the steeplechase while first-year Katie Lazur (East Hanover, N.J.) took fourth in the 400-meter dash
Trinity's 4x400-meter relay team, made up of Barnes, Lazur, Marlow-Benedick and Tonyai, finished ten seconds ahead of the field in a dominant victory while the other Bantam relay team, the 4x800-meter, featuring Long, Barnes, sophomore Caroline Sullivan (South Hadley, Mass.) and junior Briana Daley (Oak Park, Ill.), finished first by almost a 20-second margin.
In the field events, first-year Peace Kabari (Manchester, N.H.) finished second in the shot put while classmate Devan Walsh (Danvers, Mass.) also took second in the javelin.
Head Coach George Suitor was pleased with how the day went. "Having not run a meet in 9 years we were very happy to have everyone here at Trinity, and we're happy with how the day went. We got a lot of compliments about our facility and about our meet. It was great to see the alumni and parents as well!"
Trinity returns to action next weekend for the New England Small College Athletic Conference (NESCAC) Outdoor Championships, hosted by Bowdoin College.