LANCASTER, Pa. - Alyssa Catalano started her outdoor season breaking the meet record in the hammer throw to lead Franklin & Marshall women's track & field team to third place at the Little Three Championships held at Sponaugle-Williamson Field on Saturday.
Gettysburg's men and women won the title for the third straight year. The Bullets edged Dickinson 174.5-138 for the championship and F&M came in third with 92.5 points. On the women's side, Gettysburg tallied 161 for the championship while Dickinson came in second (105) followed by the Diplomats (100).
Catalano threw 47.16m for first in the hammer throw, shattering the old meet record of 41.27m. She also won the shot put with a distance of 11.59m and came in third with a toss of 31.26m in the discus.
Megan Hunter was the second athlete to take home two first-place finishes. Hunter ran 59.92 in the 400m and then clocked in at 26.85 in the 200m. She also was three hundredths of a second shy of capturing the 100m, running 13.46 for the silver.
Kwaku Anno won two out of the three field events he participated for the Diplomats. He first hit a mark of 6.36m in the long jump, before winning the triple jump (13.40m) and taking second in the high jump (1.82m). Kwaku finished behind Steven Tracy in third in the 100m dash. Tracy ran 11.25 for second and Kwaku followed with a time of 11.38.
The men had a handful of second-place finishes, starting with Freddy Martino in the triple jump. Martino hit 12.98m for five points.
Mike Arnold was the top finisher for F&M in the 400m hurdles, taking second in 1:00.42. Jake Gomolinski was runner-up in the 200m dash with a time of 22.72 and just missing first by five hundredths of a second.
For the women, Erin Gleason took second in the discus (35.54m) and the shot put (11.48m) to complete the 1-2 finish for the Diplomats. Shannon Weir ran 12:06.72 in the 3000m steeplechase, coming in second behind the meet record holder in Cait Bradley from Dickinson. She also earned third in the 400m hurdles (1:16.06). Laura Hansen ran fourth in the same event with a time of 1:16.62.
Nicole DiBenedetto beat out 10 runners in the 1500m for second overall with a time of 5:10.18. The final runner-up was Rachel Suydam for the women, running 19:21.29 in the 5000m run.
F&M returns to action on Saturday at Muhlenberg. Meet time is 10 a.m.