Woolley, Sattiewhite Lead Fitchburg State at Season-opening Meet
The Fitchburg State University men’s and women’s indoor track and field teams opened the indoor season on Saturday at the sixth annual UMass Boston Open Invitational at the Reggie Lewis Track & Field Center in Roxbury.
Senior Annie Woolley paved the way for the Falcons, setting a new meet record in the 60-meter hurdles with first-place time of 9.02 seconds to qualify for Open New Englands, while adding Division 3 New England qualifying times in the 60-meter dash (8.16) and the 200 (26.80), placing seventh in both events.
In the 400 meters, freshman Isabella Berardi (104:64) and sophomore Micalea Goldenberg placed 10th and 13th, respectively, to qualify for MASCACs, while junior Amy Kelly posted a postseason qualifying time of 19:31.43 in the 5,000 meters with a seventh-place finish, setting a new personal record in the process.
Senior Shawna Ryan was also solid for Fitchburg State, placing fourth in the 500 meters with time of 1:27.33, while junior Casey Taylor added a MASCAC qualifying time of 11:50.16 with a 16th-place effort in the 3,000.
Sophomore Brianna Young qualified for MASCACs in the shot put (10.35 meters) and weight throw (10.46 meters) after finishing 14th and 22nd, respectively, while, in the long jump, Berardi (20th) and senior Olivia Milsted notched postseason qualifying marks of 4.40 and 4.30 meters, respectively.
In the high jump, freshman Megan Socha and classmate Franchesca Diaz notched MASCAC qualifying marks of 1.35 meters each, while senior Sadie Zbikowski, of Ashburnham, placed fifth in the pole vault with a MASCAC qualifying vault of 2.90 meters.
The 4x400 meter relay team of freshman Isabella Denio-Miller, classmate Kambrynn Bowman, Goldenberg and senior Amanda Remie put forth a strong seventh-place time of 4:31.71 to close out the top Falcon efforts on the day.
Senior Ben Sattiewhite led the way for the Fitchburg State men, placing second in the high jump with a MASCAC, Division 3 New England, ECAC and Open New England qualifying mark of 2.00 meters, while junior Cameron Stalters notched Division 3 New England qualifying time of 8.61 seconds in the 60-meter hurdles with a third-place effort to go along with a 13th-place finish in the pole vault, with a MASCAC qualifying mark of 3.40 meters.
Senior Brian Amaral was also solid for the Falcons, turning in a Division 3 New England qualifying time of 15:25.12 in the 5,000 meters, while classmate Jake Hastings added a MASCAC qualifying time of 15:58.33 with a ninth-place finish in the 5,000.
Freshman Brandon Amello notched a pair of postseason qualifying times in the 200 (23.62) and the 400 meters (51.80), while, in the mile, freshmen Anthony Ortwein, of Fitchburg, and Joe Weston qualified for MASCACs with times of 4:57.26 and 4:58.33, respectively.
On the track, junior Austin Landress posted a postseason qualifying time of 1:09.90 with a sixth-place finish in the 500 meters, while, in the 3,000, Weston (10:02.37), freshman Timothy Sheehy (10:15.37) and Ortwein (10:20.09) added postseason qualifying times, placing 21st, 26th and 27th.
Junior Brendan Courtney and senior Joseph Bernardini posted MASCAC qualifying marks of 11.94 and 10.95 meters in the weight throw, while sophomore Kyle Nelson and Bernardini added postseason qualifying marks of 12.92 and 11.92 meters in the shot put, placing 15th and 22nd to round out the top Fitchburg State efforts on the afternoon.
The Fitchburg State men’s and women’s track and field teams will be back in action on Saturday when they travel to Plymouth State University for a meet starting at 10 a.m.