FIT Track and Field NCAA Division III Outdoor Track & Field Championships
by Maria Paolillo
(Utica, NY) May 8th through 10th proved to be the perfect weekend for the Division III Outdoor Track and Field Championships in Utica, New York. Mohawk Valley Community College hosted the meet on their home turf. The weather was ideal with blue skies, and mild winds. To qualify for this meet, each athlete had to hit an NJCAA Qualifying Standard during the regular track season. Each lady that competed for FIT worked extremely hard to get to the championship level, and has been preparing all season long. The Lady Tigers knew from the minute that they stepped foot on the track that it was all business, and they were there to prove themselves in the highly competitive field.
To start off the Lady Tigers, Sidnee Compere placed a gutsy 4th place in the 100 meter hurdle prelims. She ran 17.10 to advance to finals. Sidnee scored the first two points for the team by finishing 7th overall in a time of 16.43. This was a monumental personal record for Sidnee as her fastest time before this meet was 16.99. Way to go, Sidnee!
Shannon McIver competed in the women’s 1500-meter run. She finished in 10th place with a consistent time of 5:40. Shannon improved immensely over the course of the season. She cut 20 seconds off of her time from the beginning of the season to the end. She was unstoppable!
In the women’s 800-meter run Hannah Duncan laid her heart out on the line and ran a smart race. She left everything she had on the track to finish 6th in her heat, and 12th overall. Duncan finished in a time of 2:41, which was only a second off of her personal best.
Shayna Fairclough lead the Lady Tigers in team points with her efforts in the 400 meter dash. Her 3rd place, 1:02.06 finish in prelims advanced her to finals. In finals, Shayna showed her true colors, and finished, 6th overall in a time of 1:02.24, scoring 3 points for the Lady Tigers! Shayna was the recipient of the Most Valuable Player for this years track season because of her hard work and dedication to the team. Congratulations, Shayna!
There were so many personal records made at the NJCAA Outdoor Track and Field Championships. All of the FIT track coaches were extremely proud of every single one of the girls for believing in themselves, and leaving everything on the track. They fought all season long, and the hard work finally paid off. The tigers now go into the off-season, with one goal in mind: To work hard, come back next year, and “Go get ‘em Tigers!”