Sunday, March 16, 2014
CONWAY, S.C. - The Westminster College outdoor track & field teams opened its season over the weekend at the Coastal Carolina Invitational, which included Division I, II, and III schools. It was a non-scoring event.
Freshman Dominic Politi (Pittsburgh, PA / Chartiers Valley) placed fifth in the javelin with a toss of 57.02 meters. Also earning a top-5 finish for the men was sophomore Cody Alward (Pittsburgh, PA / Keystone Oaks) who clocked in at 12.25 in the 100 for fifth place.
Junior Christian Friday (Bethel Park, PA / Bethel Park) earned a pair of top-20 finishes. Friday placed 20th in the 200 (23.76) and 13th in the 400 (52.22). Senior Robert Brooks (Amityville, NY / Amityville) followed Friday in the 400 with a 17th-place finish of 53.07.
Freshman John-Scott Somora (Grove City, PA / Grove City) placed 23rd in the 800 (2:07.18), while Sophomore Nick Fiorentino (Franklin, PA / Franklin) placed 21st in the shot put (13.50m.).
Three Titan women placed in the top-10. Sophomore Marissa Toensing (Newton Falls, OH / Newton Falls) placed eighth in the 400 hurdles (1:10.63), sophomore Adriana DePorzio (New Castle, PA / Shenango Area) placed eighth in the 100 hurdles (16.53), and junior Jenny Jones (Erie, PA / Fort LeBoeuf) finished ninth in the 5,000 meter run (19:13.34). DePorzio also placed 11th in the 100 (13.54).
Freshman Janis McGill (New Castle, PA / Union) picked up a pair of top-25 finishes as she placed 14th in the 800 (2:31.83) and 24th in the 1,500 meter run (5:24.91).
Sophomore Caitlin Yakopin (Washington, PA / Washington) and Alicia Nuzzo (New Castle, PA / Neshannock) placed, 19th (27.88) and 21st (27.98) respectively, in the 200. Senior Haley Gabor (New Kensington, PA / Ford City) finished 18th in the 400 (59.54). Alaura Hanssen (New Wilmington, PA / Wilmington) placed 23rd in the discus with a throw of 33.98 meters.
Westminster will next compete on Saturday at Juniata.
About Westminster College...
Founded in 1852 and related to the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.), Westminster College ranks first in the nation as "Best College for Women in Science, Technology, Engineering and Math," according to Forbes.com. Westminster is a top-tier liberal arts college and a national leader in graduation rate performance, according to U.S. News Best Colleges guide. Westminster is also honored as one of "The Best 378 Colleges" by The Princeton Review, and is named to the President's Honor Roll for excellence in service learning.
Nearly 1,600 undergraduate and graduate students benefit from individualized attention from dedicated faculty while choosing from 41 majors and nearly 100 organizations on the New Wilmington, Pa., campus. Visit www.westminster.edu/advantage to view "Advantage: Westminster" A Strategic Plan 2010-2020.