Lead by Second Team All-CAC performer Kari Olney, the women of Gallaudet placed fifth in the Capital Athletic Conference Championships held in Fredericksburg, Virginia this past weekend. Olney finished second in the 3,000 meter steeplechase event to garner all-conference honors. Kari also anchored the 4x400 meter relay team, consisting of Samantha Siedschlag, Rachel Rose, Erin Phillips, and Olney, to a fifth place performance.
Gallaudet Men broke a two-year pointless streak to place sixth in the conference meet. A highlight of the afternoon was the Bison 4x100 meter relay team nearly edging Hood College at the finish line for a fifth place finish. The team of Jacob Schlotthauer, Chris Khanoyan, Matthew Schindel, and Greg Frey ran a season-best time of 46.21. Senior Anthony Baskin ended his CAC career with a sixth place finish in the 110 meter hurdles with a time of 16.32. Baskin concluded the meet by running the fourth leg of the 4x400 meter relay along with Brady Painter, Schindel, and Khanoyan.
Overall, the young Bison team made numerous individual and team accomplishments through the season. Gallaudet doubled the number of points scored from last year's event and nearly tripled the number of qualifying participants. "This year's team has truly committed themselves to setting a foundation for the program for many years to come," Head Coach Ryan Hite had to say regarding the team's development.
This meet will be culmination of the season for a majority of the athletes on the team. A number of Bison tracksters will be competing in the Mason-Dixon Championships held in Frostburg, Maryland on May 1-2. The qualifiers will be named later this week.