Women’s T&F rack up berths on final day of AARTFC Championship

BETHLEHEM, Pennsylvania – The TCNJ women’s track and field team finished regional competition with a fifth-place finish and plenty of winning spots on the second and final day of the Atlantic Region Conference Track and Field Championships Thursday in Moravian.

Eliza Bruncaj staged the best 400-meter hurdles race of her young career, crossing the line in 1:03.43 to finish in fourth place and find herself tied for seventh place in TCNJ history with a mark that ranks her 28and in Section III. Victoria Purritano also placed in the event, posting a career best 1:03.93 to take ninth place in school history.

Ashlyn McLure, Amanda Demko, Maria Grilland Valandra Riggins finished fourth in the 4×100 meters relay at 47.99. Their NJAC Championship season best time of 47.13 puts them 11thand in Division III, in a good position to qualify for the nationals.

Riggins took fourth place in the 100 meters with a time of 12.22 seconds. His season-best score of 12.09 is tied for 36and nationally.

Grill and Demko each placed in the 200 meters, with Grill taking fifth place in 25.05 and Demko taking eighth place in 25.35.

Alli Uhl’s her personal best of 57.25 moved her to fifth place in the 400 meters, where Grill took sixth place at 57.30. Uhl’s time is 37and in Division III this season, when Grill had already been tied for 17and with a season high of 56.48 in the NJAC outdoor meet. Participating in the event for the first time this spring, Megan Gasnick ran a 58.51.

Kerri McCarthy led the shot put unit with a mark of 11.55 yards, good for 13and place. Edith Gonzalez (10.80m) and Jessica Reilly (10.68 m) also competed.

The Lions now await the announcement of NCAA qualifying on Friday night.