Cardinals Put Up Strong Times at Messiah Invite

Cardinals Put Up Strong Times at Messiah Invite

WASHINGTON – The Catholic University of America men's track & field team competed in its penultimate meet before the Landmark Championships and put forth a strong effort at the Messiah Invitational as the Cardinals finished sixth in a field of 18 teams.

Rookie runner Cosmo Pirozzi had one of top performances of the day with a second-place finish in the 800 as he crossed the finish line in 1:57.72. Pirozzi was less than a second behind Messiah senior Nate Pardoe.

Junior sprinter Brian Seward showed his speed with a fourth-place finish in the 200-meter dash as he shaved .46 off his seed time at 22.39. He also added a top-10 performance in the 400 with a time of 52.27.

Junior middle-distance runner Patrick Jones chipped in a fifth-place finish in the 1,500 with a time of 4:05.24.

The Cardinals' 4x400 relay team earned a silver as the group of Seward, Pirozzi, and sophomores Peter Binck and Derek Chapey combined for a time of 3:30.1.

Catholic also finished fourth in the 4x100 relay as the team of sophomores Chapey, Jake Marcelino and Chadd Ziegler, along with Seward, crossed the finish line in 45.08.

Marcelino went on to a strong field day as he took fifth in the triple jump at 13.51 meters as well as fifth in the long jump with a mark of 6.12. He also added a height of 1.88 meters in the high jump; good for sixth overall. 

The Cardinals will get a two-week break with Easter Sunday next week before going cross-town to Gallaudet for the Bison Invitational on Saturday, April 22, the final tuneup before the Landmark Championships.

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