40 PSAC marks hit at Kent State ahead of Edinboro Last Chance meet

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The Slippery Rock men’s and women’s indoor track teams recorded 40 combined Pennsylvania State Athlete Conference (PSAC) marks, one win and one NCAA mark at the Doug Raymond National Qualifier at Kent State University.

Senior Dylan Colcombe and junior Reagan Hess led the way for respective teams. Colcombe won the pole vault with a 4.45 meter clearance for his season-high and to move into sixth place in the PSAC.  Hess recorded a 5.75 meter leap in the long jump which placed her second overall and first among non-Division I athletes. Hess would also record an NCAA and PSAC mark with that leap.

Colcombe also joined up with fellow senior Kyle Edgar, and sophomores Parker Reed and Zach Wise, in the 4×400 meter relay to finish fifth with a 3:24.26 time. Edgar also finished 23rd in the 400-meter dash to record another PSAC mark with his time of 51.12 seconds.

Junior David Duffey and freshman Dan Hyatt joined Colcombe in the pole vault to also record PSAC marks. Duffey finished fourth with a 4.15 meter clearance and Hyatt finished with a 4.00 meter clearance for seventh.

Sophomore Olivia Sentle recorded a 3.15 meter clearance in the pole vault to finish eighth. Fellow sophomore Cecily Greggs finished with a 1.54 meter clearance to place 18th overall in the high jump.

On the track, Wise also finished third in the 60-meter hurdles with his season-high of 8.30 seconds. Senior John Marenkovic finished the mile in 4:17.70 for eighth place. The time is his season-high and is third overall in the PSAC. Following Marenkovic, junior Tim Ferguson finished the mile 16th overall in 4:26.42.

For the women, senior Kacey Raible led the way as she finished fourth in the 800-meter run with her season-best time of 2:16.14. Also in the 800-meter, sophomore Lexie Firment finished 12th in 2:19.63, also recording a PSAC mark.

Closing out track events for the men, freshman Bryan Dworek, Reed and sophomore Jonathan Marfisi all placed inside the top 24 in the 200-meter dash. Dworek finished 15th with a time of 22.47 seconds, Reed was 20th with a time of 22.73 seconds and Marfisi was 24th with a time of 22.78 seconds. Reed and Marfisi also recorded another PSAC mark in the 60-meter dash as Reed finished 17th in 7.18 seconds and Marfisi finished 20th in 7.22 seconds. Sophomore Benjamin Buckless closed things out in the 5,000-meter run with an eighth-place finish in 15:49.54.

In the 60-meter dash for the women, senior Emily Horstman finished fourth in 7.80 seconds. Horstman also finished 10th in the 200-meter dash in 25.68 seconds. Sophomore Morgan Donatelli, junior Amanda Oliver and freshman Lorna Speigle teamed up with Horstman in the 4×400-meter relay to place fifth in 3:58.83.

Donatelli and Speigle also both recorded an individual PSAC mark on Saturday. Donatelli finished 10th in the 400-meter dash in 58.79 seconds. Speigle finished behind Donatelli in 17th with a 59.66 second time. Senior Courtney Nunley also recorded a PSAC mark with her 20th place finish in 1:00.84.

Oliver would go on to recorded two other marks, her first coming in the 60-meter dash with her 7.90 second time to place sixth. In the 200-meter dash, Oliver recorded a 25.98 second time to finish 14th. Speigle finished the 400-meter dash behind Donatelli in 17th with a 59.66 second time.

The women had three sophomores record PSAC marks in the 60-meter hurdles starting with Megan Miller who finished 20th in 9.53 seconds. Following Miller was Emma Fox who finished in 9.82 seconds and 26th overall. Closing out the 60-meter hurdles was Kendra Benton who finished 28th, just .02 seconds after Fox.

For the distance runners, senior Jill Norris and sophomore Shelby Gluth both recorded the last two PSAC marks from the track. Norris finished the 3,000-meter run a 10:35.76 time for 16th overall. Norris becomes the first SRU athlete to hit the PSAC mark in the 3,000-meter run this season. Gluth then finished the mile in 5:26.58 to place 21st closing out the track PSAC marks for the women.

On the field for the men, Dworek joined senior Mitch Vleminckx in the long jump to record PSAC marks. Dworek finished the long jump in 11th with a 6.77 meter leap. Behind him was Vleminckx who finished 16th 6.47 meter leap.

Closing out the field events for the men were freshman Taye Lynch, who finished 14th with a 13.46 meter leap in the triple jump, freshman John Eakin, who had a 15.24 meter toss in the shot put for 19th place, and junior Brennan McTighe who finished 21st in the weight throw with his 14.40 meter throw.

For the women, Sophomore Rachel Hutchinson finished 12th in the weight throw with a 15.13 meter throw. Senior Abby Way recorded a pair of PSAC marks; first coming in the shot put with her 12.18 meter toss for 17th, she would end up just behind Hutchinson’s weight throw as she finished 13th with a 14.93 meter throw. Sophomores Jena Reinheimer and Mikayla Cline also hit PSAC marks in the weight throw as Reinheimer placed 18th with a 14.33 meter throw and Cline in 28th with a 13.00 meter throw.

The team will be sending a group of men and women to the Edinboro Last Chance meet Friday, Feb. 21st before all qualifying PSAC athletes attend the PSAC Championship at Edinboro on Feb. 29 and March 1.

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Aaron Marrie is a senior converged journalism major and has a minor in film and media studies. Aaron is entering his second year on staff as the multimedia editor. Since attending Slippery Rock University, Aaron also got involved with the campus TV station, WSRU-TV. Aaron will be taking the role of president within WSRU-TV starting this fall. Aaron is also a member of the CORE Street Team on campus and is a member of the National Broadcast Society and the College Media Association through WSRU-TV and The Rocket.

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