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Indoor Track & Field: Women’s Team Finishes Second, Men Third at the 2015 PAC Championships

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Posted on Friday, February 27, 2015

The Westminster College women's and men's indoor track & field teams broke a total of six school records, including three conference records, as the Titans competed in the 2015 Presidents' Athletic Conference (PAC) Indoor Track and Field Championships. The Titan women's team finished second with 110 points, while the Titan men's team placed third with 76 points. The championships took place at Youngstown State University's Watson and Tressel Training Site (WATTS).


The Titan women's team was only six points behind Grove City College who won with 116 points. The Titan men's team, who won the Team Sportsmanship Award, was only one point behind Saint Vincent College who placed second with 77 points. The Bethany College men's team won with 109.5 points.

The Titan women's team broke two school records, two PAC records, and had three first-place finishes.

Sophomore Cassidy Shepherd (Greensburg, PA / Salem) was named the PAC Women's Field Most Valuable Performer. She won the long jump with a leap of 15 feet, 11.75 inches (4.87 meters) and placed second in the pole vault with a mark of 11 feet, 9.25 inches (3.59m).

The 4x400 meter relay team, consisting of junior Cait Yakopin (Washington, PA / Trinity), sophomore Hayley Thewes (Ellwood City, PA / Riverside), first-year Kennedy McLendon (Knox, PA / Keystone), and junior Marissa Toensing (Newton Falls, OH / Newton Falls), won with a school-record and a PAC-record time of 4:09.14. Toensing also placed fourth in the 60 meter hurdles (9.74), fifth in the 400 meter dash (1:01.55), and fifth in the 200 meter dash (27.28). All three times were personal records for Toensing.

The distance medley relay team also broke a school record with a third-place time of 13:25.13. The quartet included sophomore Katelynn Morrell (Boardman, OH / Boardman), sophomoreKeilah Ireland (Nashua, NH / Nashua North), first-year Paige Baierl (Bellevue, PA / Northgate), and senior Jenny Jones (Erie, PA / Fort LeBoeuf).

Ireland also placed fourth in the high jump with a leap of 4 feet, 10.25 inches (1.48 meters), while Jones placed fifth in the 5,000 meter run with a time of 19:36.70.

Junior Marissa Kalsey (Waynesburg, PA / Waynesburg) helped Westminster sweep the top three spots of the pole vault with a first-place mark of 12 feet, 3.25 inches (3.74 meters). The mark also tied her own PAC record. Following Shepherd was first-year Hailey Hall (Grove City, PA / Grove City Area) who placed third (10'11.50"/3.34m).

Senior Alaura Hanssen (New Wilmington, PA / Wilmington) registered a second-place finish in the weight throw with a personal-record mark of 43 feet, 2.50 inches (13.17 meters) and a third-place mark in the shot put (35'8.75"/10.89m). Senior Megan Romocean (Ravenna, OH / Southeast) added a fourth-place mark in the triple jump with a leap of 31 feet, 8 inches (9.65 meters).

The Titan men's team broke four school records, one PAC record, and won two events.

The 4x400 meter relay team, including freshman Gideon Coleman (Knox, PA / Keystone), senior Christian Friday (Bethel Park, PA / Bethel Park), sophomore Scott Hughes (Pittsburgh, PA / Shaler Area), and junior Jake Dindak (Pittsburgh, PA / Baldwin), won with a school- and PAC-record time of 3:26.19.

Senior Anthony Thomas (New Castle, PA / Union) placed second in the triple jump with a school-record leap of 45 feet, 11.75 inches (14.01m). Thomas also notched second place in the long jump with a mark of 22 feet, 4.25 inches (6.81 meters).

Sophomore Doltyn Snedden (Windber, PA / Forest Hills) broke his own school record in the 60 meter hurdles with a fifth-place time of 8.91.

Freshman Jametrius Bentley (Lake Worth, FL / Park Vista Community) placed fourth in the 200 meter dash with a school-record time of 23.02. He also placed fourth in the 60 meter dash (7.13).

Junior Andrew Brannen (Pittsbur

gh, PA / Peters Township) won the pole vault with a mark of 13 feet, 11.25 inches (4.25 meters).

Junior Nick Fiorentino (New Wil

mington, PA / Franklin) earned a pair of third-place finishes as he placed third in the weight throw (43'0.50"/13.12m) and third in the shot put (44'9.75"/13.66m).

The 2015 Championships were the PAC's first official season with indoor track and field as a championship sport. Unofficial men's and women's league championship events were held in 2013 and 2014 at Youngstown State's WATTS. These results from this year's indoor track and field championships will be included in the 2014-15 PAC All-Sports Trophy competitions.