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The Red Devil Track and Field teams competed at the Armory Track and Field Center this weekend at the DIII Challenge. The men placed 3rd overall while the women took 4th. The competition was great and 4 school records were tied or broken! Ellie Mackintosh tied the women’s pole vault record, sophomore Aaron Pannell set the school record in the long jump and twice tied his own school record in the 60m dash and sophomore Omar Hyjek set the school record in the mile. Everyone who participated had an amazing time competing on the olympic caliber track. Hopefully, it becomes a yearly pilgrimage for our teams. The in-depth recaps are linked below.

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Heading to New York

The success of the Red Devil track and field teams over the past couple years has garnered us an invite to the DIII Challenge at the Armory this weekend. The Armory is one of the most hallowed venues in American Track and Field. Getting the opportunity to race there is like getting the opportunity to play baseball at Fenway. Its high energy crowd and famously fast banked track are a great opportunity for the Red Devils to run fast times. The meet will consist of only top D3 teams and only the top 3 runners from each team can compete in each event. I think I speak for everyone when I say I expect this Saturday to be the most exciting meet of the year so far!

The men’s and women’s track teams went to Florida during our last week of winter break for some great training and bonding. The beautiful weather didn’t hurt either! Our hotel on the beach in Ft. Lauderdale was amazing and we were only a short drive from Miami with its amazing food and stores.  But mostly, it was a great opportunity to get refocused as we set out to defend our Centennial Conference title.

This weekend the Men’s and Women’s XC teams will travel to Oshkosh, Wisconsin (apparently a real place) to compete in the NCAA DIII Cross Country Championships.  The men, led by seniors Dylan Straughn and Ted MacDonald, are currently ranked 12th in the country. The 17th ranked Red Devil women are led by sophomore Taylor Ludman and senior Catherine Campbell. Both teams finished second in the regional championships last weekend. The women finished behind Centennial Conference rival Johns Hopkins and the men behind conference rival and national #2 Haverford.

Men’s and women’s XC teams raced in 4” of snow this past Saturday in the Centennial Conference Championships.  The women finished 3rd behind nationally ranked Haverford and John’s Hopkins. They were led by individual champion Taylor Ludman ‘14. The men finished 2nd behind Haverford, led by a second place finish from senior Dylan Straughn. The rivalry between Dickinson and Haverford has blossomed in recent years to one of the fiercest in the nation.  Entering the race, the Fords were ranked 2nd nationally while the host Red Devils were ranked 4th. The teams wore spike over 1/2” long and covered themselves in vegetable oil to block out the cold. The disappointing results didn’t change the fact that it may have been once in a lifetime conditions for a race.

Random encounters with Dickinsonians

After falling in love with SCUBA diving while studying abroad in Turks and Caicos, I spent the weekend earning my advanced certification.  There were 3 students diving with Indian Valley SCUBA this weekend. Turns out, one of the other students is a rising sophomore at Dickinson whom I had never met. Just goes to show that even though Dickinson is a “small’ school, you never know when you’re going to run into a fellow Dickinsonian.

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