A small contingent of student-athletes from The College of Wooster's track and field program kick-started the 2017 campaign on Friday night at the non-scoring Crimson & Gold Invitational hosted by Oberlin College at the John W. Heisman Field House in Oberlin, Ohio.
Wooster turned in a quartet of first-place finishes on the men's side, led by sophomore Brian Lief's winning time of 9:20.00 in the 3000 meters than was backed up by classmate Jackson Feinknopf's runner-up clip of 9:20.24.
Senior Conor Maley had a hand in two of the top showings with a 10.02 in the 60-meter hurdles, and later teamed up with sophomore Andrew Gold, first-year Nick Lines, and sophomore Jack Petrecca to deliver a 3:49.26 in the 4x400 relay. Maley also earned runner-up honors in the long jump with a leap of 18 feet, 10.5 inches.
Petrecca rounded out the first-place honorees topping out at 6 feet, 2 inches in the high jump.
Of note, sophomore Justin Fox turned in a second-place time of 7.55 seconds in the 14-competitor 60 meters.
On the women's side, the Fighting Scots had a top-three finisher in each running event that Wooster had an entry in. Senior Taryn Szalay led the way with a first-place time in the 60-meter hurdles at 10.46. Younger sister Regan Szalay crossed third in both the 200 and 400 meters with times of 28.11 and 1:04.13 respectively, while Taryn Szalay (28.59) and first-year Koral Kasnyik (1:07.62) backed up the younger Szalay's efforts with fourth-place times in the 200 and 400 meters respectively.
Wooster returns to action next Saturday at the Wooster Tri-Meet. Field events are slated for a noon start with running events set for 2:30 p.m.