Women’s indoor wins PSAC Championship
Christian Stangroom, Rocket Contributor
March 5, 2014
Slippery Rock women’s indoor track won the Pennsylvania State Athletic Conference (PSAC) Championship with 108 points, beating the four-time defending champions, Shippensburg University.
East Stroudsburg took second place behind the Rock with 86.5 points and Shippensburg fell to third with 85.5 points.
After the first day of competition, Slippery Rock was in second place with 30.5 points.
“It’s good to see the SRU ladies back as PSAC champs,” head coach John Papa said. “We have a great group of student-athletes and coaches that work together to produce a championship performance.”
Sophomore Kaitlyn Clark won the pole vault title on day one of the Championships with an NCAA provisional clearance of 3.72 meters, a season-best for her.
“This season hasn’t exactly been so great for me,” Clark said. “To go out there and put up a good jump and win made me really excited. My hard work paid off.”
Junior Janine Powis won the 800-meter run on Sunday with a time of 2:18.13 to secure first place for the Rock.
The 4×800-meter relay team of Powis, junior Angelica Bagwell, sophomore Jenny Picot and sophomore Creanna Martin finished second and broke the school record with a time of 9:28.43. The previous record of 9:28.97 was set in 2009 by Kaela Snyder, Laura Mucho, Caitlin Hancox and Jenn Harpp.
Junior Brittany Christiansen, sophomore Breanna Northcott and senior Amanda McCool finished top-eight in the weight throw. Christiansen took third place in the event and reached an NCAA mark with a toss of 16.16 meters. Northcott took seventh with a throw of 15.36 meters and McCool took eighth with a 15.11 meter throw.
Northcott and Christiansen also took fourth and fifth in women’s shot put with tosses of 12.38 meters and 12.23 meters. They followed freshman Ava Bonetti who placed third at 12.59 meters
Sophomore Jasmine Bailey finished eighth in both the 60-meter and 200-meter dash with a time of 8.29 seconds (60-meter) and 29.25 seconds (200-meter).
Junior Katelyn Wetzel finished fourth in the 200-meter dash at 25.76 seconds.
In the 60-meter hurdles, sophomore London Parris took eighth place with a 9.35 second effort.
Kelly Beyer took eighth place in the pentathlon with 2,818 points. Freshman Sabrina Anderson led the pentathlon heading into the final event but was unable to complete the pentathlon due to an injury.
Sophomore Mariah Burns took second place in the triple jump with a leap of 11.43 meters. Sophomore Sam Taylor followed in fifth place at 11.19 meters and senior Dilshani Madawala finished in eighth place at 11.02 meters.
Burns also took sixth in the long jump with a leap of 5.31 meters. Sophomore Ashley West finished in fifth at 5.33 meters.
West finished third and hit an NCAA provisional clearance in the high jump with a clearance of 1.67 meters.
Sophomore Paige Kassab had a 1.64 meter clearance in the event and finished fourth. Sophomores Kelly Beyer took sixth place and sophomore Emily Price took eighth place with clearances of 1.59 meters.
3,000-meter runners, sophomore Jenny Picot and senior Kara Styles, finished top-10 in the event to earn late points for the Rock. Picot finished third with a time of 10:12.77 and Styles finished seventh at 10:20.17. Styles was also recognized as the PSAC Champion Scholar Award for having the highest grade point average of any female athlete at the meet.
The 4×400-meter relay team of sophomore Lexie Nowakowski, sophomore Cassandra Swartzbaugh, freshman Julie Galante and sophomore Emily Moroco took sixth place with a time of 4:02.64.
SRU now prepares for their outdoor season, starting with a trip to Myrtle Beach, S.C. on March 14.