Twins Track Improves Times at Cortland Classic
The Twins track and field teams headed to SUNY Cortland Friday to participate in the Cortland Classic Invitational. The meet spans two days, with most runners competing in events both days.
Friday was a very successful day coming off the bus for the Twins. Freshman Connor Hillicoss competed in the 100 meters to kick things off. He ran his season best time of 11.91. Hillicoss finished fourth in his heat and 27th overall.
Not long after the 100 meters came the 1500 meters which showcased the rest of the Twins athletes for day one. Freshman Adam Beach put up his best time of the season in the 1500 meters with 4:22. Beach finished fourth in his heat and 27thoverall in the event. Sophomore Nicholas Funk also competed in the 1500 meters. Funk ran his personal best time of 5:28 for 16th place in his heat.
Sophomore Riley Werner was the lone female competitor for the Twins on day one. She competed in the 1500 meters. Werner bettered her seasons best time by nearly 10 seconds for a time of 6:02. The sophomore finished 11th in her heat and 37th overall in the event.
Day two was a much nicer day for the meet as all rain was avoided. All the Twins track athletes were set to compete on Saturday. First up was the men's and women's 800 meters. Four twins athletes competed in this event. Adam Beach competed in the fourth heat of the 800 meters. He bettered his national qualifying time by nearly one second as he blew out the competitors in his heat. Beach finished first in his heat with a time of 2:03.97. This put him in 22nd place overall. Nicholas Funkcompeted in a later heat of the 800 meters. Funk bettered his top time by 10 seconds for a time of 2:40. He finished the event 47th overall.
Next up were the women. Both Riley Werner and Paige Novack competed in the same heat of the 800 meters. Werner ran a fast race, crossing the finish line in 2:53. This put her in 31st place overall. Novack ran a tough race and finished with another personal best time. She ran 4:01 which is 30 seconds faster than her personal best to start the season. Novack has continued to get faster every meet.
Connor Hillicoss closed things out for the Twins in the 400 meters. This was Hillicoss's first time competing in this event. He posted an impressive time of 57.43 to win his heat. Hillicoss finished 39th overall in the event.
The Cortland Classic was a great meet for the Twins with many athletes posting season best results. All work this week as they prepare for the NJCAA Region III Championships taking place this upcoming weekend. They will take on the Regional meet at Hudson Valley Community College April 27th and 28th.