Green and White tunes up for PSACs: Ladies win six events at Ed Fry Invitational

Published by adviser, Author: Brian Hepfinger - Rocket Contributor, Date: April 25, 2013
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The Slippery Rock women’s track and field team ventured to Indiana, Pa. Saturday  to compete in the Ed Fry Invitational at Indiana University of Pennsylvania (IUP).

The ladies won six events at the invitational, with 13 PSAC-qualifying marks and two NCAA-provisional marks.

Seniors Lexi Arnold and Kim Goth both had a strong showing in the javelin event, placing second and fourth respectively.

Arnold met the NCAA-qualifying mark with a throw of 43.66 meters, while Goth also met the mark with a throw of 40.18 meters.

Sophomore Katelyn Wetzel had a dominating performance on Saturday.

She won both the 100-meter dash and the 200-meter dash. She posted a time of 12.17 seconds in the 100-meter dash, and a time of 25.06 seconds in the 200-meter dash.

Wetzel joined sophomore Samantha Zampetti and freshmen Lexie Nowakowski and Emily Moroco in the 4×100-meter relay. They had a winning time of 49.17 seconds.

Zampetti reached the PSAC-qualifying mark in both the 100-meter dash and the 200-meter dash. She placed fifth, with a time of 12.63 seconds in the 100-meter dash, and placed sixth, with a time of 25.56 seconds in the 200-meter dash.

Moroco also hit the PSAC-qualifying mark in the 100-meter dash, placing seventh, with a time of 12.75 seconds.

Freshman Mariah Burns won the triple jump, with a PSAC-qualifying-leap of 11.18 meters. She also took second in the long jump, with a leap of 5.42 meters.

Freshman Bronte Soul took second in the event, with a time of 10.79 meters. Junior Dilshani Madawala came in third, with a time of 10.67 meters.

Freshman Ashley West won the high jump event, with a clearance of 1.65 meters.

Senior Angela Schroeder won the pole vault event by more than two feet, with a clearance of 3.46 meters.

Head coach John Papa thinks that the team has been performing well, and that they are getting to their pinnacle.

“We are happy to be performing at a high level at this point in the season,” Papa said. “Our PSAC championships are two weeks away, and it appears that we will be at our best then.”

Papa went on to say that while the team is performing great, they still have room for improvement.

“We are doing well, but we do need to elevate a bit in order to compete at the PSAC,” Papa said. “We have two weeks; these two weeks will be critical.”

A group of distance runners will travel to Hillsdale, Mich.for the Gina Relays Thursday and Friday, while the majority of the team will travel to Ohio to compete in the Ashland Open Friday and Saturday.

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