Stevens Tech Women’s Track Breaks Four School Records at NYU Invite

By Keith Nunez, USTFCCCA

January 10, 2009   

Complete Results

NEW YORK, N.Y. – Four Stevens Institute of Technology school records fell on Friday evening at the New York University Open Invitational. Senior Salme Cook set a new school mark in the 600-meter run and was part of two record-breaking relays. Senior Hillary Paul was also part of the record-setting relays in her first-ever collegiate meet, and junior Melissa Franzese bested her own school mark in the 3k. Stevens was scheduled to compete at the United States Military Academy Invitational on Saturday but will not because of snow.

Cook turned in a 1:42.44 in the 600 and bested the previous record by 15 seconds. Franzese’s 10.48.76 in the 3k was good for fifth overall and also made her the first women’s athlete to qualify for the Eastern Collegiate Athletic Conference Championships.

The sprint medley relay squad that broke one of the two relay records was made up of Cook, sophomores Caroline Pawalowski and Shanna Beairsto, and Paul. They turned in a time of 4:33.32. Cook, Paul, Beairsto, and Pawalowski also combined to break the school mark in the 4X400-meter relay, carding a time of 4:21.34.

Stevens will return to competitive action on Friday, January 16 at another NYU Open Invitational.