Women’s track wins at Baldwin Wallace

Cody Gray, Rocket Contributor
February 14, 2013

The Slippery Rock University women’s indoor track and field team won the Baldwin-Wallace Mid-February Meet last Friday night in Berea, Ohio.

The event finished well after 2 a.m., according to head coach John Papa. The reason for the long night was because of the large number of throwers.

The Rock ladies dominated the meet with a team score of 135.70 points. Papa was very pleased with his team’s performance.

“The ladies are coming around,” Papa said, “With PSACs quickly coming up, we are focusing on competing rather than times next weekend.”

SRU took first in three events Friday night, headlined by Julia Cain’s performance in the pole vault.  Cain won the event with a clearance of 3.66 meters, an NCAA provisional mark and the best in the Pennsylvania State Athletic Conference this season.  She was joined in second place by Angela Schroeder with a vault of 3.51 meters.

Also scoring points for the Rock was Emily Schubert, taking fourth at 3.20 meters, and Emily Vaughn, finishing in sixth at 3.05 meters.

Janine Powis won the 800-meter run to lead three Rock runners to scoring positions.  She won in a time of 2:21.12.  Finishing behind Powis were Emily Marshall in seventh with a time of 2:29.98, and an eighth place performance by Amy Jordan in 2:31.08.

Elissa McCune picked up 10 points for SRU with a win in the 500-meter dash in a time of 1:23.76. She was joined by Cassandra Swartzbaugh in second in 1:24.60 and London Parris in fifth in 1:26.69.

Parris also placed sixth in the 55-meter hurdles in 8.90 seconds.

The Green and White had a duo of freshmen place in the high jump, with Ashley West following up a national top-3 performance last weekend, finishing second with a clearance of 1.64 meters and Paige Kassab finishing fourth at 1.59 meters.

Mariah Burns led four SRU jumpers to scoring marks in the triple jump.  She took second with a leap of 11.18 meters.

The next three jumpers claimed fourth through sixth place, as Kassab had a jump of 10.58 meters, followed by Bronte Soul at 10.45 meters, and rounded out by Dilshani Madawala at 10.27 meters.

Burns also scored points with a third place finish in the long jump with a leap of 5.28 meters.  She was joined by Samantha Taylor, claiming fifth at 5.09 meters.

According to Burns, the triple jump didn’t get underway until 11:45 at night, but that was no excuse for her.

“Placing in the top five was pretty cool,” Burns said, “but I was not really satisfied with my performance.  Right now my run doesn’t seem consistent, but this week we are going to crack down on it and get it right.”

Jenny Picot scored with a fourth place finish in the mile run with a time of 5:24.70 to cap the top SRU distance performances.

Katelyn Wetzel finished eighth in the 400-meter dash in 1:02.29 to claim the top Rock sprint performance…

The throwers capped the final scoring performances for SRU Friday night.  Brittany Christiansen took sixth in the weight throw at 14.36 meters and eighth in the shot put, setting a personal record at 11.05 meters.

Allyson Hubble was sixth in the shot put at 11.25 meters, her personal record, and Amanda McCool rounded out the SRU scorers with a seventh place performance in the weight throw at 13.73 meters.

Slippery Rock will travel to Kent State on Saturday before traveling to the PSAC Championships in Edinboro the following weekend.

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