April 5: Junior Alyssa Pirinelli started her 2009 outdoor track and field season with a bang on Sunday, winning the hammer, shot put and discus as the St. Lawrence University women's team had seven individual champions and two relay wins in the Continental Invitational at Hamilton to being the outdoor season.
Pirinelli won the hammer with a throw of 46.80 meters, meeting NCAA provisional qualification standards and also met the NCAA provisional mark with a throw of 13.47 meters to win the shot put. She completed her day with a 35.30 meter throw to win the discus.
Other Saint champions were Wendy Pavlus who won the 1500 in 5:05.67, Meaghan White with a win in 15.89 in the 100 hurdles, Liz Schwennker with a win in 1:02.46 in the 400, and Jenna Hulton who won the 800 in 2:23.63. The Saints also won both the 4x400 (4:22.53) and 4x800 (10:03.80) relays. Cassie Dimarino, Whitney Koch, Jessica Venezia and Schwennker ran the 4x400 while Hulton and Pavlus were joined by Liz Atwood and Alexis Nuffer on the 4x800 team.
McKayla Nuffer was second in the 1500 while Kiersten LaPorte was second in the 100 hurdles with Emily Palmer fifth. Schwennker led a sweep of the top four spots in the 400 with Whitney Koch second, Alexis Nuffer third and Kelsey Rebehn fourth while Hulton also led a top-four sweep in the 800, Cassie Dimarino finishing second, Liz Atwood third and Megan Derby fourth. LaPorte finished fourth and Palmer sixth in the 400 hurdles.