NEW LONDON, Conn.-Freshman Caitlin Piker broke her own school record in the javelin and junior Kyle Sutschek equaled a school-best mark in the discus to lead the Coast Guard women's track and field team to a second place finish at the annual CGA Tri-Meet on Saturday afternoon. WPI was the top finisher at the meet, tallying 161 points followed by Coast Guard in second with 115 and Springfield in third with 103.
Piker, who just last week set a school record with a throw of 121 feet, 1 inch, shattered her mark this week with a throw of 132 feet, 3 inches. In doing so, she won the event and the Connecticut native is now ranked 12th in Division III in the javelin.
Sutschek matched Ann Jefferson's record of 132 feet, 3 inches in the discus, a record which was set in 2007, to win the event. She also placed second, behind senior Hannah Seeland (36 feet, 10.5 inches), in the shot put with a best throw of 36 feet, 3 inches. Seeland, meanwhile, also claimed a first place finish in the hammer throw with a toss of 146 feet, 8 inches.
The Bears nearly saw another school record fall, this time in the pole vault, but sophomore Monet Masters fell just ¾ of an inch short of her own mark with a jump of 10 feet, 8 inches. It was still enough to win the event, however.
Sophomore Madison Ahlers and freshman Gretchen Krause placed 1-2 in the 400 meter dash on the afternoon with times of 1:01.18 and 1:01.99, respectively. The Bears also got a first place finish from senior Jessica Mulroy in the 3000 meter steeple chase with a time of 12:17.60 while junior Beth Gollin placed second in both the 1500 meter (4:47.40) and 5000 meter (18:51.18) runs.
Coast Guard will return to action on Friday, April 18th when they travel to Princeton to compete at the Larry Ellis Invitational.