By Andrew Porzio Staff Writer
The Susquehanna men’s and women’s track and field teams hosted over 20 schools on Feb. 18 in the SU Invitational at the James W. Garrett Sports Complex.
Although there was no official team scoring in the meet, the Susquehanna men had a successful day.
Senior Matt Gass won the 200-meter with a time of 22.71 seconds, as well as the 400-meter with a time of 50.32 seconds. Gass finished the day with two of the River Hawks’ 12 top-10 finishes.
Freshman Chris Petraskie posted a pair of top-five finishes as he finished fifth in the high jump and tied for third in the triple jump for Susquehanna.
Junior Ryan Bertsch was sixth in the weight throw, and fellow junior Josh Brown finished fourth in the shot put.
“The focus was on improving qualifying marks for conferences and dial in any changes that need to be made to allow us the best chance for success,” Bertsch said.
On the women’s side the River Hawks were led by a pair of seniors, Jasmine Mitchell and Hannah Perkins, who combined for five top-10 finishes.
Mitchell finished third in the 60-meter dash with a time of 8.02 seconds and also teamed up with Perkins, senior Carlye McQueen and freshman Samantha Reed to finish second in the 4×200 relay.
Perkins finished sixth in the 400-meter race with a time of 1:03.77 and was also a part of the 4×400 relay team with senior Gabrielle Verruni, junior Hannah Stauffer and freshman Alexa Pietrini that placed fourth.
Both the teams will return to action Saturday, Feb. 25 when they host the Landmark Conference Championships.