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Seven Records Go Down as Track and Field Competes at the Colonial Relays

Copyright 2024; Wilmington University. All rights reserved. Photo by Trudy Spence. March 9, 2024 at the Myrtle Beach Collegiate Challenge.
Copyright 2024; Wilmington University. All rights reserved. Photo by Trudy Spence. March 9, 2024 at the Myrtle Beach Collegiate Challenge.

WILLIAMSBURG, Va. - - The Wilmington University track and field program saw seven records being set as both the men's and women's teams competed at the Colonial Relays on Friday and Saturday, hosted by William & Mary.

The women set three program records, including running one event for the first time in program history. The men set four program records, while also competing in a brand new event.

Freshman Eliza Hildreth (Norristown, Pa.) rebroke her own school record in the 200-meter event, running the half-lap sprint in 26.10 seconds, almost a half second fast than her previous best earlier this season. She also set new seasons' best in 100 (12.76) and 400 (1:03.16) meter events.

The 4x200 meter relay team of Temi Mustapha, Eliza Hildreth, Deja Curry, and Angie Chomo set a new record by nearly three seconds, finishing ninth overall with a time of 1:47.91. The ninth place finish earned the team a point, the lone point of the weekend for the women.

The Wildcats also competed in an event for the first time in program history, running in the 1600-meter sprint medley relay. Trinity Brittingham and Amber Washington each ran a 200-meter leg before handing it off to Alicia Whyte for a 400-meter leg. She passed the baton to Cassidy Burr to finished off the relay with an 800-meter leg. The team finished ninth overall with a time of 5:07.72.

Deja Curry, Amber Washington, and Trinity Brittingham all ran season best times in the 200-meter event while Brittingham ran a season's best time in the 400-meter as well. Angie Chomo added season's best times in the 100 and 400-meter hurdle events while Jada Obegi set a new team best distance this season in the hammer throw with a toss of 38.78 meters. Abigail Chomo set a new season's best for the team in the javelin as well, throwing a distance of 28.11 meters.

Distance runners Tiffany Banning, Cassidy Burr, and Claudia Rodriguez all qualified for the CACC Championships in the 10,000-meter race, all running the event for the first time this season.

The men broke three relay records and competed in an event for the first time in program history, setting the bar in that event as well.

The 4x200-meter relay team of Matthew Hibbert, Sage Phillips, Juan Fountain, and Tyler Levons set a new program record by more than two seconds, finishing second overall with a time of 1:27.32. They also earned eight points towards the team score.

The 1600-meter sprint medley relay team of Dallas Parker, Elijah Gillis, Bostwick Patten, and Joel Oquendo etched their named into the record book by beating the old time by six seconds. Dallas Parker and Elijah Gillis each ran 200-meter legs while Bostwick Patten ran a 400-meter leg. Joel Oquendo finished off the race with an 800-meter leg, crossing the line in 3:43.31 for a seventh-place finish and two team points.

The distance medley team also set a new WilmU record, finishing in eighth place for two more team points. Bostwick Patten started the event with a 1200-meter leg followed by Braeden Patterson running a 400-meter leg. Dan Wyshinski completed the 800-meter leg before turning it over to Joel Oquendo for the 1600-meter leg portion of the race. Oquendo crossed the line in 11:16.81.
The distance runners also competed in the 4x1500-meter event for the first time in program history, finishing eighth for two more team points. Carter Sparwasser, Joe Volk, Jared Cushlanis, and Hayward Boutte ran to a time of 19:01.23, setting the bar for other WilmU relay teams in the future.

A number of individuals set new personal and season best times on the track this weekend as well. Juan Fountain ran a new personal best in the 200 (22.47) while Sage Phillips finished 10th overall in the 400 with a personal best of 49.33 seconds. Joel Oquendo ran the 800-meter race in 2:01.97, while Dan Wyshinski ran the 1500-meter race in a new season's best time of 4:04.23. Carter Sparwasser (16:13.06) and Hayward Boutte (17:14.74) set new personal and season's best times, respectively, while Braeden Peterson PR'd in the 300-meter steeplechase.

Dallas Parker set a new PR in the high jump (1.85 meters) and finished second overall in the triple jump with a distance of 13.17 meters. Samir Barber set a new personal time in the 400-hurdles and distance in the triple jump. Christian Dollard set a new personal best in the shot put with a distance 11.06 meters to place 10th while also finishing fourth overall in the discus and 12th in the hammer.

Bucknell won both the women's and men's meets, scoring 152 points on the women's side and 121 points to lead the men's standings.

The Wildcats will attempt to compete at West Chester for a second time next weekend. The rain and weather forced the Wildcats off the track two weekends ago at West Chester. The Bill Butler Invitational will be held on Saturday at the John A. Farrell Stadium.