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Puleo Medals Twice at WildCat Track Festival



Puleo Medals Twice at WildCat Track Festival

Men’s Cross Country

LYNCHBURG, Va. – Longwood sophomore Grace Puleo showcased her middle-distance speed once again, winning both the women’s 800-meter and 1,500-meter races at the WildCat Track Festival hosted Saturday morning by Randolph College at WildCat Stadium.
Just two weeks after notching top-five finishes in both of those races at the Dr. Jack Toms Invitational at the University of Lynchburg, the 5-4 Puleo won a pair of medals at Randolph College’s annual outdoor track meet with clear-cut first-place finishes in both races she entered. Her win in the 1500m came by more than seven seconds at 5:01.47, ahead of teammate and second-place finisher Caroline Fairbanks (5:10.39), while her 800m victory came by just 1.43 seconds at 2:26.54 against runner-up Angela Ramsden of Lynchburg and just 2.54 seconds ahead of Fairbanks (2:29.08), who placed third.
Puleo and Fairbanks combined for four of six individual top-four finishes by the Lancers, who also saw sophomore Sam Sager place third in the men’s 1500m with a 4:08.92 and fourth in the 800m with a 2:00.58.
Those three underclassmen paced the Lancers, along with two top-10 performances in the 1500m and 800m from sophomore Shahmique Cromwell (4:14.27, 2:03.16).

“There were lots of PRs today and big wins,” said head coach Brooke Craig, who completed her first full season as Longwood’s head coach after taking over in January of 2020.


“Everything they’ve been working for since quarantine came together today. They left it all out there. They have two weeks of mandatory rest so they can recover and reset for the fall. We have a young, talented group, and the future is bright for this program.”


The performance came in Longwood’s final track meet of the spring and offered a preview of the 2021-22 Lancer roster. Five Lancer men took to the track, with sophomore Zachary Lam placing sixth in the 5000m (16:51.58), and Nick Howell (4:29.38) and Nick O’Keeffe (4:38.65) following Sager and Cromwell in 16th and 21st in the 1500m. Howell, O’Keeffe and Jack Van Straten also placed 13th, 14th and 17th in the 800m.


On the women’s side, freshman Aislinn Garcia represented the Lancers in the 5000m and clocked a 23:37.84, while recently signed freshman Kathryn Oylear got a jump on her collegiate career with a fifth-place finish in the 1500m with a 5:34.30 behind Puleo and Fairbanks. Fellow freshmen Caroline Fritz (5:48.47) and Garcia (6:20.60) also ran in the 1500m, placing eighth and ninth.

WildCat Track Festival

April 10, 2021

Lynchburg, Va. (WildCat Stadium)

Men’s 5000m (10 participants)

6. Zachary Lam (16:51.58)

Men’s 1500m (24 participants)

3. Sam Sager (4:08.92)

8. Shahmique Cromwell (4:14.27)

16. Nick Howell (4:29.38)

21. Nick O’Keeffe (4:38.65)

Men’s 800m (19 participants)

4. Sam Sager (2:00.58)

7. Shahmique Cromwell (2:03.16)

13. Nick Howell (2:12.19)

14. Nick O’Keeffe (2:12.36)

17. Jack Van Straten (2:20.50)

Women’s 5000m (4 participants)

4. Aislinn Garcia (23:37.84)

Women’s 1500m (9 participants)

1. Grace Puleo (5:01.47)

2. Caroline Fairbanks (5:10.39)

5. Kathryn Oylear (5:34.30)

8. Caroline Fritz (5:58.47)

9. Aislinn Garcia (6:20.60)

Women’s 800m (10 participants)

1. Grace Puleo (2:26.54)

3. Caroline Fairbanks (2:29.08)




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