Track and Field to Compete in Landmark Championships
MADISON, N.J.- The Catholic University of America's men's and women's track and field teams are set to compete in the Landmark Conference Championships beginning this Saturday, April 25th at Goucher College in Towson, Md.
The women's squad found great success in 2008, finishing third in the inaugural season of the Landmark Conference. This year's team will look to the experience and poise of sprinter Kristin Kennedy (Great falls, Va./Kolbe Academy), distance runner Jenna Hackett (Fort Collins, Colo./Fort Collins), and middle distance runner Mary Shashaty (Scotch Plains, N.J./Scotch Plains-Fanwood). CUA should also see success in their freshman class, with thrower Kelly Carioto (Pittsburgh, Pa./North Allegheny) and middle distance runner Katie Sacker (Catonville, Md) making immediate impacts on the team this season. The duo of Rachel Won (Kaneohe, Hi./'Iolani School) and Remy Ball (Newtown, Conn./Newtown) should also give the Cardinals an exciting spark of athleticism in the hurdles and middle distance, respectively.
CUA's men's track and field team is also poised to make a splash at the Conference meet this weekend. Finishing fourth last year, the squad has enough talented members to propel them to new heights. Mike Doster (Wayne/Wayne Valley) and John Mason (Brooklyn, N.Y./Bishop Loughlin) have found great success in the hurdles and throws, respectively, and have been the backbone of the young Cardinals team this year. Distance runner Paul Santuoso (Miami, Fla./Belen Jesuit) has earned a number of top finishes this season, as has javelin thrower Eric Shoeffling (Norristown, Pa./La Salle). Andrew Holdt (Pasadena, Md./Chesapeake) and Andrew Smith (Arlington, Tenn./Bolton) should also earn points at the meet this weekend in both jumping and distance events.
After Saturday's meet, competitors from the Landmark will have a number of last-chance meets to try and qualify for the ECAC Championships May 14-15 at Springfield College in Springfield, Mass., and then NCAA Division III Championships May 21-23 at Marietta College in Marietta, Ohio.