Powered by victories in 13 of 20 events, the Gettysburg College men’s track and field team won the team title at the Little Three Meet on Saturday in Musselman Stadium.
The Bullets finished with 176 points to beat out Dickinson College (146) and Franklin & Marshall College (73) while earning their first Little Three title since 2016, the last time Gettysburg held the meet. It was Gettysburg’s 27th title in the history of the meet, which started in 1947. The Bullets hold the most first-places finishes, passing F&M who had 26.
Senior Mike Cortese and freshman Corey Palazzolo were the two individual double-winners on the day, while nine other individuals won an event. Two of the three relay team’s captured victories as well.
Coretese registered wins in the discus and hammer, tossing 115-11 and 140-1, respectively. Palazzolo claimed the high jump (6-3 ¼) and triple jump (37-11 ½).
On the track, sophomore Colin Motill won the 100-meter dash with a time of 11.81, while senior Thad Cwiklinski and senior Matt Robinson also grabbed wins in the 400-meter dash (50.66) and 1,500-meter run (4:08.41), receptively.
For the hurdles, sophomore Matt Simmers secured the 110-meter hurdles (17.18) and sophomore Nicholas Grissinger took the top spot in the 400-meter hurdles (57.21).
In his first ever running of the 3,000-meter steeplechase, junior Sam Sheldon won the event by 24 seconds, clocking 9:39.84, which is now the third fastest outdoor time at Gettysburg.
The 4x100-meter relay team of junior Dylan O’Neil, freshman Kevon Musgrove, sophomore Cael O’Brien and Motill collected first with a time of 45.30. Freshman Matthew Weller, freshman Steven Heinbaugh, Grissinger and Cwiklinski clocked 3:32.71 to gather the top showing in the 4x400-meter relay.
Junior Ken Barnes leaped 21-3 ¼ to notch the win in the long jump.
The Bullets continue their season with the Sam Howell Invitational, hosted by Princeton University, on Friday.
WOMEN’S TRACK & FIELD: Gettysburg College made its home debut by hosting the Little Three Meet on Saturday in Musselman Stadium.
On a sunny spring day, Gettysburg placed third with 105 points. Dickinson College won the event for the fifth time in six years with 164 points and Franklin & Marshall College claimed second with 125 points.
The Bullets earned three individual victories while notching one in the relay. Freshman Nicole Mangaroo placed in the top-three in four different events, winning the discus (107-8), finishing second in the shot put (33-0 ½, new personal record, and third in the high jump (4’9) and triple jump (29-5 ¼). Fellow classmate Katherine Mangione also cracked the top-three in two different events, claiming the javelin (119-6) and third in the shot put (32-5). Sophomore Diana Bianco Riley set a new PR for the second-straight week to win the hammer, throwing 105-7.
Senior Danielle DeMichael, freshman Ashlyn Booher, freshman Grace Corcoran and freshman Georgia Larzelere posted a strong 4x800-meter relay finish to collect the top showing, clocking 10:16.92.
Senior Katie Bell, sophomore Alexa Kerprich, freshman Anna Pienkos and junior Emily Wielk tallied third-place in the 4x100-meter relay with a time of 56.67.
Members of the 4x400-meter relay, senior Colleen Campbell, junior Leah Hill, Wielk and Bell took third, crossing the finish line in 4:38.21.
On the field, Pienkos registered runner-up in the high jump with a mark of 4-9. Freshman Caitlin Yap took third in the pole vault, clearing 8-0 ½ and fellow classmate Jessica Alessi finished second in the discus (99-8).
WOMEN’S LACROSSE: Top-ranked Gettysburg College broke loose for the first 11 goals and never looked back, dispatching Muhlenberg College 17-4 in a Centennial Conference women’s lacrosse match up at Scotty Wood Stadium Saturday afternoon.
Gettysburg (9-0, 2-0 CC) ran its winning streak to 19 games dating back to last season, which ranks as the second-best winning streak in program history. The 2006 team won its first 21 games of the season before losing in the national championship game.
Ten Bullets found their way into the scoring column with five turning in at least two tallies. Junior Liza Barr put up at least six points for the sixth time this season, scoring three goals and dishing out three assists. She also posted two caused turnovers and two ground balls. Sophomore Kerry McKeever tallied two goals and two assists, while junior Ella Orzechowski posted two goals and one assist. Junior Courtney Patterson and senior Lauren Cole each scored a pair of goals.
Gettysburg dominated the draw with an 18-4 advantage. Patterson scooped seven draw controls, while senior Steph Colson corralled five to go with one goal, two assists, and three ground balls. Junior Daphne Budd chased down three ground balls and posted a caused turnover.
Taliah Carson tossed in a pair of goals for Muhlenberg (6-3, 1-1 CC), while goalie Jordan Segrave managed a dozen saves.
It only took 2:35 for Gettysburg to grab a 3-0 lead with goals by Cole, Patterson, and Barr. The Bullets dominated possession of the ball in the opening half, winning 11 of the first 12 draw controls before Muhlenberg scored a goal. McKeever and Colson scored back-to-back tallies just 16 seconds apart to make it 7-0 and an unassisted tally by Orzechowski put the margin at 11-0 with 13:03 to play.
Carson tossed in the Mules’ first goal at 9:49 as the hosts posted three of the next four goals. Barr connected with freshman Maddi Seibel just before halftime to give Gettysburg a 13-3 lead.
Muhlenberg scored the first goal of the second period, but that would be its final tally. Four different Bullets found the back of the net as the reserves made their way into the contest. Junior goalie Casey Cole turned away three shots on cage over the final 9:44.
Gettysburg held the lead in shots (33-17) and ground balls (16-12).
The Bullets meet No. 6 Franklin & Marshall College at Shadek Stadium on Wednesday, April 3, at 7 p.m. The two programs have combined to win all 17 Centennial championships since 2002, with Gettysburg claiming 10 and the Diplomats seven. The Bullets topped the Dips 15-7 in the conference championship game at Shadek last season. Franklin & Marshall holds a 33-32-1 lead in the all-time series.