Taylor Vann ’16 became the first member of the men’s track team to earn All-American status, finishing fifth in the decathlon at the NCAA Division III Track and Field Championships on May 27 at Wartburg College in Waverly, Iowa. Vann set a school record with 6,680 points. He clinched an All-American berth by winning the final event, the 1,500-meter run, with a career-best time of 4:31.
Vann set a school record in the 110-meter hurdles and was part of the 4x400-meter relay team that also smashed a school mark at the Eastern College Athletic Conference Track and Field Championships on May 18 in Westfield, Mass. Vann posted a time of 15.50 in the hurdles and helped the relay team post a record time of 3:19.86. Other members of the relay team were Kyle Estrada ’18, Dylan Manning ’16, and Gabe Fishman ’17. Philip Brown ’18 set a school record in the 10,000-meter run with a time of 31:59.06. He finished third in the event.
Vann won three events and finished second in another at the Matthew Vassar Twilight Invitational on May 6 at the Weinberg Track. Vann posted a personal-best 50.45 in the 400-meter dash. Three other Vassar runners—Elijah Winston ’17, Estrada, and Manning—were second, third, and fourth, respectively. Vann won the long jump with a leap of 6.5 meters and was second in the pole vault, clearing the bar at 3.7 meters.
Lucy Balcezak ’17 and Alex Gittens ’17 led a contingent of Vassar runners who turned in impressive performances at the Eastern College Athletic Conference Track and Field Championships on May 18 and 19 in Westfield, Mass. Gittens set a personal record with a time of 2:16.86 in the 800-meter run, and Balcezak posted her second-fastest time ever with a 2:17.79. Gittens and Balcezak were part of the 4x800-meter relay team that finished 18th overall. Other members of the relay team were Elise Matera ’19 and Sarah Muskin ’16.
Mollie Schear ’16 won the 100-meter dash and set a school record in the hammer throw at the Matthew Vassar Invitational on May 6 at the Weinberg Track. Alaina Toatley ’18 won the 100-meter hurdles, and Gittens won the 800-meter run with a personal-best 2:17.5. Gittens was also a member of the winning 4x400-meter relay team, along with Saparrja Nag ’17, Balcezak, and Molly Crowell ’17.
Vassar (18-21, 12-12 Liberty League) finished the season with a pair of losses to Union College on May 8 at Prentiss Field. The Brewers fell by scores of 4-2 and 8-5. Union broke a 2-2 tie in the top of the seventh in the first game. Nick Johnson ’16 had an RBI single. Mike Koscielniak ’17 had a single, double, and triple and knocked in a run in the second game.
Vassar dropped a doubleheader to Union on May 7 on the Union campus in Schenectady, N.Y. The Brewers lost the first game, 3-0, and dropped the second, 6-1. Cory Wuenschell ’16 slugged an RBI triple in the second game.
The alumni squad defeated the varsity, 31-7, in the annual Founder’s Day contest on May 7 at Vassar Farm. As is customary, the seniors switched to the alumni side after halftime, and Adam D’Agostino ’16 scored a try as a member of the alumni squad. Ian Ruginski ’13, Karl Foley ’14, Jehan Shams ’13, and Nick Mason ’08 also scored for the alums. Gary Garcia ’18 scored the lone try for the varsity on a 60-yard run.
Taylor Nunley ’16 and Darienne Jones ’16 scored tries for both teams as the alumnae squad overcame a halftime deficit and defeated the varsity, 41-32, on May 7 at Vassar Farm. As is traditional in the alumnae game, seniors switch sides at halftime. The varsity squad led 32-12 at the break, but when the seniors joined the alums, they outscored the depleted varsity, 29-0, to seal the victory. Nathalie Freeman ’16 and Jenn Price ’01 also scored for the alumnae. Jyen Wong ’17 and Michelle Urrutia ’18 had the other tries for the varsity. Vassar Rabbi Kerry Chaplin filled in at wing for the alumnae.
Shayna Becker ’17 posted Vassar’s only win in the Brewers’ 5-1 loss to Skidmore College on May 7 in the semifinals of the Liberty League Championships at Cornell University in Ithaca, N.Y. The Brewers finished the season with a record of 13-8, including 6-2 in conference play.