Mollak, Bianchi, Solid Contenders in NAIA Track and Field Competition
Submitted on May 31, 2018
Maggie Mollak and Emma Bianchi, members of the team pictured, made the most of their respective 2018 NAIA National Track and Field Championship experience during the last weekend of May in Gulf Shores, Ala. Both finished higher than the ranking they came into the event with and both had moments to challenge for top finishes.
“I’ve been around a lot of these experiences and first timers can get distracted by all the surroundings, getting caught up in the moment,” said GC coach Lucas Garnett, a national championship Tiger competitor during his Georgetown days. “I was very impressed with the maturity Maggie and Emma displayed, which included waiting or dealing with the potential wait through weather situations.
“Both women improved upon their start and had Georgetown history-making days.”
Mollak went first and despite arriving at a water-logged shot put pit, the NAIA cleared it up and the once anticipated delay disappeared as well. The junior went into the competition ranked 15th. In her first throw, she threw a GC second-best and her second-best of 12.76 meters, 41.86 feet. She finished fifth in her flight.
Bianchi, a freshman, did have to endure nearly three hours of weather delay as a downpour began just before the competition began.
She skyrocketed from her 19th ranking entering the competition to finish 11th with a clear of 1.65 meters, 5-feet-5. Of the four Mid-South Conference competitors, Bianchi finished second. Three of the MSC athletes are freshmen or sophomores, setting a stage for high-quality competition in the years to come.
“Both Maggie and Emma competed against conference foes and I think that helps for the coming years as they have stiff competitors to challenge them to keep pushing forward,” Garnett said.
“Individually based, I could not be more thrilled with each of our athletes. I expect to see both of these women, plus more here next year. We are really starting to see the foundation of GC track and field be laid for future success.”
- Jenny Elder, Sports Information Director