SRU Indoor Track receives 35 PSAC marks, wins a pair in Youngstown

Published by , Date: February 3, 2020

The Slippery Rock University men’s and women’s track team combined to get 35 Pennsylvania State Athletic Conference marks and two wins at Youngstown State University for the two-day YSU National Mid-Major Invite.

The Rock was led by redshirt junior John Marenkovic for the men and senior Maddy Marshall for the women. Marenkovic finished third overall in the 3,000 meter run and first among Division II finishers with his career-best time of 8:35.72. Marshall recorded an NCCA provisional mark with her season-high 3.88 meter leap in the pole vault. Marshall is within the top 15 NCAA Division II female athletes so far and first among PSAC athletes this season.

The Rock picked up its second win in the 4×400-meter relay, the last event of the meet. Junior Amanda Oliver, sophomore Morgan Donatelli, senior Emily Horstman, and freshman Lorna Speigle dominated as they won in 3:57.19, winning by over six seconds.

Junior Reagan Hess ended the weekend with two PSAC marks. Hess joined Horstman and Oliver in the 60-meter dash to start. Horstman finished fifth in 7.77 seconds, followed by 7.78 seconds from Hess for sixth and Oliver in 7.80 for seventh, all recording PSAC marks. Hess recorded her other PSAC mark in the 200-meter dash as she finished 10th overall in 25.73 seconds.

Freshman Bryan Dworek also finished the day with two PSAC times, coming in the 60-meter dash and the 200-meter dash. Dworek finished 29th in 7.21 seconds in the 60-meter dash and 11th in the 200-meter dash in 22.55 seconds. Sophomore Jonathan Marfisi also hit the PSAC mark in the 200m, finishing close behind Dworek in 13th in 22.63 seconds.

In the mile, senior Kacey Raible led the way finishing third overall with a 5:10.47 time. Sophomore Lexie Firment finished ninth in 5:17.27, then senior Jill Norris followed in 5:21.04 to finish 14th, and sophomore Shelby Gluth closed it out in 21st in 5:26.51. Junior Tim Ferguson also started his indoor career for the Rock, finishing seventh in the mile and recording a PSAC time in 4:26.56.

Senior Courtney Nunley also grabbed a PSAC mark as she finished eighth in 59.71 seconds in the 400-meter dash. Junior Juliet Ryan placed 12th overall in the 5,000-meter run with a 19:02.42 time. Sophomore Kendra Benton finished off that track PSAC marks with a 14th place finish in the 60-meter hurdles in 9.60 seconds.

In the heptathlon, senior Dylan Colcombe and junior Jason Goodman completed all seven events. Colcombe finished third with a season-high 4,570 points and Goodman finished behind him with his career-high 4,474 points. Junior Ryan McQuown also competed in the 60m in the heptathlon, finishing in 7.19 seconds. McQuown also hit the PSAC mark with a 6.50 meter leap in the long jump.

Senior Asia Broadus led the way in the pentathlon as she was the first of five who finished for SRU. Broadus finished sixth with 2,915 points, behind her was Senior Jolene Yon who finished seventh with 2,898 points. Fellow senior Hali Olson placed 10th with 2,651 points and freshman Danni MacBeth and sophomore Kaitlyn Lander closed it out, MacBeth in 13th with 2,525 points and Lander in 18th with 1,939 points.

Yon also won two more PSAC marks in the pentathlon as she leaped 5.17 meters in the long jump and recorded a 1.56 meter clearance in the high jump.

Junior Zach Wise finished fourth in 8.36 seconds in the 60-meter hurdles and Zerfoss placed 11th in the 400-meter dash in 50.76 seconds. Wise and Zerfoss joined up with seniors Kyle Edgar and Mitch Vleminckx in the 4×400-meter for their season-high time of 3:23.28 to close out the men’s track marks.

Senior Courtney Nunley also grabbed a PSAC marked as she finished eighth in 59.71 seconds in the 400-meter dash. Junior Juliet Ryan placed 12th overall in the 5,000-meter run with a 19:02.42 time. Sophomore Kendra Benton finished off that track marks for the women with a 14th place finish in the 60-meter hurdles in 9.60 seconds.

On the track, Kaitlyn Bonczyk brought back two PSAC marks, her first coming in the high jump as she placed 11th overall with a clearance of 1.55 meters and finished 15th overall in the triple jump with a 10.80 meter leap.

For shot put, freshman John Eakin finished eighth with a 15.28 meter throw and junior David Duffey had a 4.30 meter clearance in the pole vault. Closing things out for the men was freshman Tayee Lynch who finished 12th in his indoor debut in the triple jump with a 13.17 meter leap.

Finishing things in the field for the women were sophomore Rachel Hutchinson, senior Abby Way, and sophomore Jena Reinheimer. Hutchinson finished sixth with a 14.84 meter weight throw, Way finished seventh in 14.55 meter toss and Reinheimer was 12th with a 13.24 meter toss. Reinheimer and Way also placed in the shot put as Reinheimer finished eighth with a 11.98 meter toss and Way was ninth with a 11.85 meter toss.

Slippery Rock will have their next meet Feb. 14-15 at Kent State University for the Kent State Tune-up.

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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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