Coach John Cantalupi of the Women's Track and Field team wrote a letter to then president of Dickinson College, Dr. Samuel A. Banks, pleading for the resurfacing or conversion of the Bibble Field Track. The coach expressed worry that the state of the track and its measurement in yards instead of metersÂ would hinder athletes from meeting national qualifying standards. He cited national qualifier Linda Reinman's achievement, saying that he would "hate to see Linda's chances of qualifying for next year's national championships hindered by our current setup."
Coach John Cantalupi had high expectations for the 1987 women's outdoor track season and their performance in the MAC championships, according to an article in the Dickinsonian. He is quoted as saying thatÂ the team had "been third the past two seasons, and I think that this could be the year that we come through with a top finish." His expectations for the women's team were more optimistic than those professed by the men's coach, Jere Harbold.
The Women's Track and Field team had a record of six wins and two losses in 1986. Under Coaches John Cantalupi, Larry Moser, Dick Ocker, Scott Thornsley, and Dave Bengston, the team won first place in a Division III competition at Moravian. Linda Reinman was the 1986 MVP, and the coach's awards went to Cyndi Lyn Olcott, Susan Baldwin, and Michelle Wolkomir. Linda Reinman continued her successful Track and Field career as a Division III National Qualifier alongside Susan Baldwin.
The Women's Track and Field team placed second at the Western Maryland relays and outperformed the men's team, which placed fifth out of the nine teams competing at the event. According to the Dickinsonian article by Tom Speranza, Coach John Cantalupi was pleased with the outcome, especially given that "some of his runners did not compete." The women's team set a new school record against Franklin and Marshall College in the 4x1600 meter relay with runners Julie-Lynn Wirth, Linda Grant, Linda Reinman, and Helen Turner.
In 1985, the Women's Track and Field team had an overall record of eight wins and three losses in, according to an article in the Dickinsonian, "its third season of intercollegiate competition." Head Women's Coach John Cantalupi and coaches Larry Moser, Don Nichter, and Bill Nickey led the team of 21 females through a successful season. Highlights of the year included junior Linda Reinman's recovery from anemia during the 1984 season and subsequent outstanding performance in 1985.
The 1984 yearbook for the Women's Track and Field team spotlights performances and moments from the season with pictures and captions. Featured athletes include "all-around performer" Caitlin Mullen, lead triple jumper Laurie Smith, and "Dickinson's number one threat in the 5000 meter event," Helen Turner.
In 1984, the Women's Track and Field Team boasted four wins and two losses as an overall record for the season. Captains Stacey Camillo, Jennifer Kulp, and Julie-Lynn Wirth and coaches John Cantalupi, Larry Moser, and Don Nichter led the team through a successful season that began at the Western Maryland Relays on April 7 where the team placed second. One foreign student--Carina Palmqvist of Sweden--participated in events like the 55m Dash.
The Women's Track and Field yearbook from 1983 highlights the accomplishments of the team for the season. Under captains Sue Berg, Elizabeth Garten, and Linda Reinman, the team had an overall record of three wins and six losses and a Mid-Atlantic Conference record of three wins and six losses. Freshman Jennifer Kulp, the 1983 MVP for the team, performed outstandingly in high jump, long jump, hurdles, and the 400-yard relay.