Grace Devanny ’23 Breaks NCAA Div. III Record will spotlight women’s athletics at the NYC Gotham Cup

STATEN ISLAND, NY – It was a great day for Grace Devanny ’23 and the Wesleyan women’s junior track and field program recorded an NCAA Division III record time in the 500m to underscore a day of all-around success for the Cardinals. As a team, Wesleyan had two event wins, four top-5 finishes, and 8 top-10 finishes at the NYC Gotham Cup which included multiple NCAA divisions. I mixed programs throughout completion.

Dual-sport star Devanny is quickly rising through the ranks as one of the most illustrious student-athletes in Wesleyan history. The 2021 NESCAC Women’s Soccer Player of the Year became the program’s first-ever All-American in December and after seeing her second season on the track canceled due to COVID, the 2019-20 All-American in Track and Field is on course for another banner year with its most recent stellar achievement.

Competing against a field that included 26 competitors, Devanny dusted off the competition, clocking a time of 1:15.20 in the 500m to take first place with a huge two-second difference over runner-up Hachlaine Petit of LIU. Devanny’s school record time beat Stevens’ former NCAA division Gina Dello Russo. III record of 1:15.47 set on February 21, 2020. This all came in Devanny’s first career 500m appearance.

Wesleyan’s other win that day came in the distance medley relay as the Cardinals’ top team Becky Velie ’22, Maeva Hoffman ’23, Addie Thomas ’22 and Sophie Scobell ’22 topped a field of six other programs, with a time of 12:56.23, which was far ahead of runners-up West Chester.

Kenzie Kelly ’25 continues to work hard and her numbers reflect that as she clocked 1:00.86 in the 400m to take seventh place. Velie clocked a personal best 2:18.21, taking second place in the 800m. Thomas joined Velie with a top 5 with a time of 2:23.73 while Ava Daniue completed the event with a time of 2:29.23.

Sophie Scobell ’22 impressed with a seventh-place finish out of 23 in the women’s 1000m final. Jordan Walter ’25 shone in the 3000m with a time of 10:45.14.

Wesleyan is back at home for the third time in four season openers. The Cardinals will host the Wesleyan Indoor Invite on Saturday, January 29 starting at 10 a.m.

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