Men's Indoor Track and Field team capture another Championship

By Nick Crispino

For the second year in a row, the Molloy men's indoor track and field team took home the East Coast Conference Championship on Feb. 22, at Saint Anthony's High School in Melville, N.Y.  First year Head Coach Daniel Naud and company earned a total of 138 points, edging out rival St. Thomas Aquinas by five points.  Director of Athletics, Susan Cassidy-Lyke, spoke about how proud she was of the accomplishment, "Its unbelievable exciting, the kids worked really hard and it's a big deal winning two times in a row with two new head coaches." 

Sophomore Tyler Capozzoli won the men's 500-meter run, finishing with a time of 2:02.11. Molloy also earned first honors in the men's distance relay by senior's Joe Johnson and Mario Buscemi and sophomore's Thomas Dreyer and Mike Darnell with a total time of 11.20.55. Buscemi and Johnson additionally teamed up with sophomore's Capozzoli and Desmond Guidroz to earn second place in the 4 x 400 meter relay with a time of 3:33.62. Guidroz also finished fifth in the 400-meter dash in a period of 53.78 seconds.

Senior Robert Watson earned second place in the 60-meter hurdles with a timing of 9.53 seconds. Junior Eric Haslbauer took home third place in the 1,000-meter run with a time of 2:43.32. First year participants, freshmen Dean Gual and Jacod Lascano also finished with respective times in their individual contests. Gual placed fifth with a time of 23.82 seconds in the 200-meter dash and Lascano earned fourth in the 800-meter race, ending with a time of 2:02.11.

Molloy competed against five other schools, including; Georgian Court, Queens College, Daemen, and Robert Wesleyan. Assistant Men's Indoor Track & Field Coach Nick DiBenedetto talked about the event, "We're really happy about it [championship], we had a different coaching staff and injuries this year but we were going in hoping to repeat and it was a close call." The field events concluded with Johnson winning the triple jump registering 13.18 meters.

Junior Michael Pignotti earned second place with a mark of 3.05 meters in the pole vault. Guidroz finished fourth in the long jump with a distance of 6.59 meters.  The women's indoor track and field team finished fourth posting a score of 82 points. Junior Stephanie Meyers had an outstanding performance, placing first in the 60-meter hurdles (9.24 seconds) and triple jump (11.22 meters). Sophomore Katie Gallagher also won the high jump (1.60 meters) in the field event.