Track and Field Teams Race to Hot Starts

The season started on Wilson Field, now the team is racking up medals

Crawford Humphreys

The Washington and Lee men’s and women’s track and field teams have kicked off their spring season with personal bests, school records, and first-place finishes.

The season began with the W&L Carnival at Wilson Field on March 18 and 19, which saw the Generals setting new personal bests and earning top spots in several events.

Avery Schiffman, ’22, and Carolyn Todd, ’23, kicked things off for the Generals on day one of the Carnival with first-place finishes in the women’s 1500-meter and 5000-meter, respectively. Parker Hawk, ’23, finished second behind Schiffman.

“It was my first time running the 1500-meter ever actually, and I was just excited to get after it,” Schiffman said. “The 800-meter and the mile are my favorite events so this was right in between. It was great competition, and my teammate Parker Hawk really helped push me ’til the end.”

The women’s team kept the momentum going into day two of the Carnival with two school records being shattered. Katelyn Gamble, ’24, finished first in the women’s 100-meter with a time of 11.97, shattering a school record she previously set last spring. Quinlin Zunk, ’25, finished second in the women’s discus, setting a school record with a 39.33 meter throw.

On the men’s side, Joe O’Connor, ’22, continued his momentum after a record-setting indoor season with a first-place finish in the men’s pole vault. The Generals also finished second in the 4 by 100-meter relay with Doug Dracon, ’23, George Marable, ’25, Zach Moore, ’24, and Luke Avigliano, ’25 running in the event.

The men’s and women’s teams continued their season at the Jack M. Toms Invitational on March 26 in Lynchburg. Amanda Romano, ’25, dominated the action on the women’s side with top-five finishes in the 400-meter hurdles and 100-meter hurdles. Her 100-meter hurdle time was the fourth best in program history. O’Connor broke his own outdoor school record in the men’s pole vault, finishing first in the event.

The men’s and women’s teams are back in action on April 1 for another weekend of events.