Kayla Barrett / Photo Editor

Keene State’s indoor track team is back and ready to compete.

The team’s season began Saturday, Dec. 3 with a trip to the Mary Grinaker Invitational at Smith College in Northampton, Mass. Head coach Dan Roark expressed his excitement for the new season, as this is his first indoor track season at Keene State since being appointed head coach in February of 2022.

“We have a good group of a lot of new faces on the team. We almost doubled our roster since last year, so we’re really excited to see where our season goes,” he said. “I think it’s gonna be a fun season. I think we’re going to, you know, hopefully, surprise some people and always push the envelope a little bit on what’s capable.”

The first meet of the season saw energetic performances from the Owls.

Junior Shannon Parks won both the shot put and weight throw events, taking the shot at 12.45 meters and the weight at 13.69 meters.

The women’s ‘A’ relay team – consisting of first-year Anna O’Reilly, first-year Sarah O’Connell, sophomore Aurora Couto, and junior Maggie St. John – won the women’s 4×400 meter relay with a time of 4:56.75. Sophomore Dawson Hamele won the high jump at 1.85 meters. First-year Aidan Law was second in the long jump at 6.44 meters and third in the 200-meter dash with a time of 23.56. The men’s ‘A’ relay team – consisting of first-year Elliot DeGray, first-year Max Smith, sophomore Tristan Berg, and senior Mark Barrett – finished second with a time of 1:41.39.

All statistics were collected from the Keene State athletic website. Competition for KSC indoor track will resume in the new year with the Jumbo Invitational in Medford, Mass.

Piper Pavelich can be contacted
at ppavelich@kscequinox.com

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