Markos Shatters School Record in Hammer Throw; Women's Track and Field Opens Outdoor Season at Smith Pioneer Invitational

Markos Shatters School Record in Hammer Throw; Women's Track and Field Opens Outdoor Season at Smith Pioneer Invitational

Northampton, Mass. – April 8, 2017 - Senior Carly Markos (Wallkill, N.Y.) shattered the Springfield College school record in the hammer throw as the Springfield College women's track and field team competed in the Pioneer Invitational on Saturday, its first outdoor meet of the 2017 season. 

Markos finished first in the hammer throw with a heave of 184 feet, 5 inches (56.22 meters), which surpasses Kelsey Bishop's throw of 170 feet, 7 inches in 2007. With her throw, Markos also broke the New England Women's and Men's Athletic Conference (NEWMAC) record, which was set by Ashley Wheeler of MIT when she threw 174 feet, 3.25 inches.

Markos also earned two second place finishes in shot put (11.96 meters) and discus (33.5 meters). Mikaela LoPriore (Niantic, Conn.) earned two third place finishes on the afternoon with a 38.05 toss in hammer throw and a 11.19 heave in shot put. 

Standout junior Courtney Luscier (Pittsfield, Mass.) finished first in the 100 meter dash with a time of 12.43 seconds. Luscier followed uo her performance by finishing first in the 200 meter dash with a time of 26.16 seconds. Megan Hoyt (Windsor Locks, Conn.) also competed in the 100 meter dash and earned a third-place finish following a 13.52 second sprint. 

Freshman Kathryn Rowe (Mansfield, Mass.) completed the 400 meter dash in 1:02.21, good for second place, and earned a fourth-place seeding in the 200 meter dash with a time of 26.96 seconds. Macayla LaChance (Peabody, Mass.) finished third in the 800 meter run with a time of 2:29.23. 

In distance running, Emily Giardino (Bellingham, Mass.) earned first place in the 5,000 meter run with a time of 19:22.19, while Hannah Wunderlich (Methuen, Mass.) took third by crossing the line in 19:39.79. In the 3,000 meter steeplechase, Marie Harrington (Limerick, Maine) completed the trial in 12:16.59 and earned second place. Harrington was followed by Julia Maturo (Seymour, Conn.) who finished third with a time of 13:11.78. 

Mia Facchini (Chicopee, Mass.) jumped 5 feet, 25 inches to claim second place in the high jump, while Tiffany Tenney (Orange, Mass.) grabbed third place in the long jump. 

The Pride heads to New London next Friday to compete at Coast Guard Academy.