Track & Field: Men and Women Finish First at PAC Quad

Wednesday, April 18, 2012

BEAVER FALLS, Pa. - The Westminster College women's and men's track and field teams both finished first at the 2012 Presidents' Athletic Conference (PAC) Quad North meet yesterday. The event was hosted by Geneva College.

Highlighting the day were two record-breaking performances by seniors Merrissa Malcolm (Freeport, PA / Freeport) and PAC Men's Field Athlete of the Week senior Ryan Bell (New Wilmington, PA / Wilmington). Malcolm broke the 12-year old pole vault stadium record as well as the meet record with a first-place mark of 3.5 meters. This mark also tied her own school record that she set as a freshman.  Bell led the men with breaking the stadium record in the javelin toss with a first-place throw of 66.48 meters. It also shattered the meet record by over 11 meters and broke his own school record that he set a year ago.

The women finished with 191 points, while the men scored a 195 which was 26 points better than the second-place finisher. The women had eight first-place finishers, while the men had seven. Other PAC schools that competed were Grove City, Geneva, and Thiel.

Senior Alisha Slater (Wooster, OH / Norwayne) won the 200-m dash with a time of 26.57. Slater also won long jump with a leap of 5.27 m which tied her own school record.

Sophomore Haley Gabor (New Kensington, PA / Ford City) finished first in the 100-m dash (12.83). Senior Tyler Dever (Salt Lake City, UT / Highland) was the 400-m dash champion (1:02.57). Sophomore Kristen Basista (Mineral Ridge, OH / Mineral Ridge) finished first in the 100-m hurdles with a time of 15.86.

The quartet of Basista, Slater, senior Hayley Ebersbacher (Chesterland, OH / West Geauga) and senior Mallory Mack (Carnegie, PA / Chartiers Valley) won the 4x100 meter relay with a time of 49.64. The women also won the 4x400 meter relay (4:18.05). The team consisted of Gabor, Mack, sophomore Olivia Bonavita (Aliquippa, PA / Hopewell), and Dever.

Also finishing first in the field was senior Bridget McCray (Centerville, PA / Titusville) who won the javelin throw with a toss of 34.91 meters.

On the men's side, senior JJ Faltot (Mercer, PA / Mercer) won the 200-m dash with a time of 22.66. Sophomore Aaron Sutton (Warren, OH / Howland) finished first in the 800-m dash (1:59.45). Senior Justin Jones (Erie, PA / Fort LeBoeuf) was the 400-m hurdles champion with a time of 1:00.09.

The 4x100 meter relay team consisting of sophomore Zac Henry (North East, PA / North East), junior Adam Carswell (Painesville, OH / Notre Dame Cathedral Latin), senior Forrest Minteer (New Wilmington, PA / Wilmington), and Faltot won with a time of 43.64 which was .04 from tying the meet record.

Rounding out the first-place finishers for the men were junior Mark Saylor (West Middlesex, PA / West Middlesex) who won the pole vault with a mark of 4.40 meters and senior Les Tabor (Niles, OH / Niles McKinley) who won the discus throw with a 38.94 meter mark. 

Westminster has one more meet before the PAC Championships as they head to Baldwin-Wallace for the B-W invite this Saturday at 10 a.m.

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, a top-tier liberal arts college, ranks third in graduation rate performance, according to U.S. News Best Colleges guide. Westminster ranked 6th among liberal arts colleges in social mobility, according to the Washington Monthly College Guide, and is one of the most affordable national liberal arts colleges in Pennsylvania. Westminster is also honored as one of "The Best 376 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 42 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.