Hanna Breaks School Record in Busy Weekend


Graduate student Tiffany Hanna broke the program record in the weight throw event on Friday. (Courtesy of Fordham Athletics)

Another action packed weekend for Fordham Track and Field saw the Rams split their roster between the BU Valentine Invitational in Massachusetts and the Millrose Games in New York City. Serving as the last weekend of events for two weeks, Fordham had another successful showing as they prepared for the Atlantic 10 tournament at the end of February.

The women’s side got things started on Friday at the BU Valentine Invitational. Graduate student Tiffany Hanna headlined things, breaking the school record in the weight throw event with a distance of 58’ 2”, besting the previous school record of 57’ 2 3/4” which she set back in December. Hanna’s throw finished seventh overall, the highest finish for the Rams on Friday. Hanna also ranked 24th in the shot put event.

Junior Skylar Harris finished 12th overall in the long jump with a season best distance of 17’ 10 3/4”. Freshmen Leia Ruvo and Alexandra Manetovic tied for 18th overall in the high jump event while graduate student Helen Connolly posted a season-best performance in the 800-meter run. Freshman Dilyn Green ranked 13th in the sprinting events and senior Nathania Tan had a season best time in the unranked 3,000 meter run.

On Saturday, men’s and women’s competed in the 4×400 relays at the 115th Millrose Games at the NYC Armory while a portion of the mens’ team stayed in Massachusetts to close out the BU Valentine Invitational.

The Rams showed out at the Millrose Games, with women’s earning a second place finish and men’s earning a third place finish. It was freshman Alexandra Williams, junior Molly Mulvaney and seniors Kyla Hill and Mary Kathryn Underwood on the women’s side, while senior Erik Brown, sophomore Christopher Martinez and freshmen Matthew Nurse and Kevin Callaghan were getting it done on the men’s side.

Back in Boston, the men competed in eight events. Junior Steven Zucca posted a season-best and IC4A qualifying time of 8:17.47 in the 3,000 meter run. Graduate student Zalen Nelson also recorded a season-best time in the 1,000 meter run, finishing 23rd overall. In field events, freshman Michael Croke finished 17th in the pole vault while junior Justin Rhee tied for 18th in the long jump.

The Fordham Rams will not have any meets this upcoming weekend as the team prepares for the 2023 Atlantic 10 Indoor Track and Field Championship. Both the men’s and women’s teams were in the bottom half of participating teams last season with ninth place finishes. With the ECAC/IC4A Championship just a week after the A-10 Championship, it will be an important two week stretch for the Rams. The A-10 Championship spans February 25-26 at the Mackal Fieldhouse in Kingston, Rhode Island.