NEW LONDON, Conn.-Freshman Caitlin Piker shattered a school record in the javelin to win the event as the Coast Guard women's track and field team placed second overall and first among Division III schools at the season-opening CGA Spring Invitational.
Piker's toss of 121 feet, 2 inches obliterated the previous school record of 107 feet, 6 inches set by Becky Heatherington in 1998. Her victory was just one of four posted by Coast Guard on the afternoon. Juniors Beth Gollin (18:02.70) and Kyle Sutschek (120 feet, 2 inches) won the 5000 meter and discus, respectively. Freshman Gretchen Krause won the 800 meter with a time of 2:23.88.
The Bears also received a second place finish in the pole vault by sophomore Monet Masters (10 feet, 8.75 inches) and a third place result in the 3000 meter steeplechase by senior Jessica Mulroy (12:24.89).
Holy Cross won the overall team meet with a score of 248.5 while the Bears placed second with 74 points. Next was WPI (73), followed by Westfield State (66) and Wesleyan (63) to round out the top five.
Coast Guard returns to action on Saturday, April 5th when they compete at the AIC Yellow Jacket Invitational at American International College.