Hopewell traveled back to Youngstown State University for their third indoor track and field meet of the winter on Saturday, and the day was filled with personal bests and firsts for almost everyone.
Freshmen Michael Biesenkamp and Emma DiCicco and sophomore Chris Shiel all competed in their first ever track and field meet. Michael and Emma both competed in the shot put, and Chris ran the 60m dash. Michael put the 12lb shot 25’3.5”, and Emma threw the 4kg shot 18’5.5”. Chris finished the 60m dash in 8.22 seconds. All 3 will return for the final indoor meet next week.
Senior Matthias Goth made his third straight final in the 60m hurdles, running a personal best time of 9.51 in the preliminary heats. He then took more than a quarter second off that time in the final with a massive PB of 9.23 seconds, finishing 10th overall. He has improved his hurdle time in 5 out of his 6 races this winter. He is now the 2nd fastest 60m hurdler in school history, behind AJ Tempalski.
After narrowly missing the finals in the first two meets at YSU, sophomore Josh Brunton finally cracked the top 16 in the prelims of the 60m dash with a 7.44 effort. He improved that again with a 7.42 in the final, finishing 15th overall out of 113 sprinters. Josh’s older brother Jake, a senior who just committed to playing football at Westminster College, also improved his personal best in the 60m dash with a 7.86 in the prelims.
Sophomore Antony Flitcraft took another 2 seconds off his best time in the 1600m, running 5:10.90. He has been working his tail off all winter, so be sure to salute him when you see him getting his miles in on the streets of Hopewell.
Emma Palmieri finished 5th overall in the 400m, narrowly missing the school record time she set earlier in January. She will have one more chance to improve on that record next Saturday when Hopewell returns to YSU for the final indoor meet of the winter.