17 athletes hit PSAC standard

Published by adviser, Author: Brian Hepfinger - Rocket Contributor, Date: April 18, 2013

The Slippery Rock University women’s track and field team won 12 events and had 17 PSAC-qualifying marks reached at the Dave Labor Invitational last Saturday.

Freshman Sam Taylor won the javelin event with a toss of 43.89 meters, which is the eighth-best mark in Division II this season.

Taylor was also awarded PSAC Athlete of the Week for her efforts on Saturday.

Taylor said that she felt great about Saturday, and because she is fighting an injury, it felt awesome to do so well.

“I felt great about my performance this past weekend,” Taylor said. “Making a new personal record meant a lot due to the fact that I have been fighting a lower back injury.”

Taylor went on to say that the team accomplished what they set out to do at the invitational.

“The team did great for the conditions we were in and everyone went out there and did what they had come there to do,” Taylor said.

Senior Lexi Arnold took second in the javelin, with a toss of 41.36 meters. Senior Kim Goth placed fourth, with a toss of 36.06 meters.

Freshman Kaitlyn Clark won the pole vault event, with a clearance of 3.60 meters. Her previous clearance of 3.66 meters ranks 14th in the nation this season.

Junior Julia Cain took second place, with a clearance of 3.35 meters.

Freshman Ashley West won the high jump even, with a clearance of 1.70 meters. Her previous clearance of 1.72 meters ranks eighth in the nation this season.

Freshman Linda Roldan placed second, with a PSAC qualifying mark of 1.62 meters and freshman Paige Kassab took third, with a clearance of 1.57 meters.

Sophomore Katelyn Wetzel won both the short sprints at the Dave Labor Invite. She had a time of 12.30 seconds in the 100-meter dash, and a time of 26.03 seconds in the 200-meter dash.

Freshman Emily Moroco took fourth in the 100-meter dash with a time of 12.88 seconds.  Wetzel and Moroco, along with senior Shelby Ward, and sophomore Samantha Zampetti, won the 4×100-meter relay, with a time of 49.23 seconds.

Freshman Mariah Burns won both of the horizontal jumps at the event.  She won the long jump with a leap of 5.22 meters, and a leap of 10.62 meters in the triple jump.

Sophomore Krista Caldwell won the 3,000-meter steeplechase with a PSAC qualifying time of 12:08.63 and freshman Amy Jordan won the 800-meter dash with a time of 2:29.42.

In the hammer throw, Sophomore Brittany Christiansen won the event, with a throw of 47.65 meters. Junior Amanda McCool placed second, with a throw of 45.30 meters and junior Allyson Hubble took third, with a throw of 41.95 meters. All three ladies hit the PSAC-qualifying mark.

A select group of distance athletes were chosen to compete Saturday night at the Bucknell University Bison Classic.

The weekend was highlighted by sophomore Ang Bagwell’s performance in the 3,000-meter steeple chase. Bagwell hit the NCAA provisional qualifying time in the race, running a career-best 11:11.17.

In the 1,500-meter run, sophomore Janine Powis had a time of 4:46.46, and senior Stephanie Case had a time of 4:47.37.

Senior Abby Michaelian reached the PSAC-qualifying time, with a time of 18:42.59 in the 5,000-meter run.

The Green and White will travel to Indiana, Pa. on Saturday for the Ed Fry Invitational.


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