Biswal stars as Saints women's track sweeps Liberty League titles for third straight year
Lawrence University's women's outdoor track and field team got off to a fast start and never faltered as it completed its third straight sweep of the Liberty League indoor and outdoor track and field championships with a win at the Rochester Institute of Technology on Saturday.
The Saint women started piling up the points early and never slowed down. They had four wins and two seconds in the first six events contested, jumping out to a 34-point lead over second place RPI. They went on to finish first or second in 15 of 18 events and had nine event wins. The Saints finished with 218 points with RPI second with 149 followed by RIT with 119, Vassar with 99, Union with 18 and Bard with 3.Junior Divya Biswal had a big day for the Saints as she won three events, two of them with Liberty League records, and ran on a winning relay team. She was named the Outstanding Field Performer in the meet. Biswal ran a personal best of 15.01 seconds to win the 100 hurdles with Allison Scarf finishing fourth and Jacqueline Ebeling fifth to give the Saints 16 points in that event. Biswal then set the Liberty League record in the long jump with a 5.53 meter mark, her third straight long jump championship including indoor and outdoor seasons and won her fifth triple jump championship in three seasons, breaking her own league record with a 11.75 meter series.
Senior Amy Cymerman won her first-ever collegiate steeplechase, running 11:05.21 and winning by a 38 second margin in her only race of the day. Her time is the 12th best in Division III thus far this season.
Carly Stine won the 400 hurdles in 1:05.21 with Molly Lennon second and Ebeling sixth for 19 points; and senior Ariel Beccia won the 5000 meters in a time of 18:05.69.
The Saint 4x100 relay team of Biswal, Mason, Chinelo Asanya and Kinsey won in 50.14, beating Vassar by .30. The Saint 4x400 relay was second in 4:05.55.
In field event competition, Caitlyn Boreyko won the pole vault with a 3.00 meter jump with Shauna Bulger second; Marisa Turner was the high jump champion, completing a sweep of the indoor and outdoor titles with a 1.59 meter mark.
The Saints also earned 18 points in the javelin throw as Jenna Jasinski was second with a 32.61 meter throw with Kinsey third at 31.83 and Meghan O'Brien fourth at 30.92. Tori Bean added a fourth place finish in the long jump with Scarf sixth and was third in the triple jump with Scarf finishing fifth. Kristin Linder accounted for 12 points in the throws, finishing third in the shot, fourth in the hammer and fifth in the discus.
Kelsey Leder was second in the 10,000 meters in 38:44.6 and came back to finish third in the 5000, Turner finished second in the 400 meters in 58.69. Mason finished second in 12:89 and Kinsey was third in 12.90 in the 100 meters and Lisa Grohn was second in the 1500 in 4:52.13 with Kristen Jovanelly sixth and Grohn was third in the 800 in 2:23.56. Kinsey finished fourth and Mason was sixth in the 200.
The Saints will run in the Penn Relays next week prior to the NYSCTC Outdoor Championships May 2-3 at St. John Fisher.