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Track & Field: Men and Women Win PAC Championships

Saturday, April 28, 2012

BEAVER FALLS, Pa. - For the first time in school history, the Westminster College men's and women's track and field teams won the Presidents' Athletic Conference (PAC) championship in the same year. This is the men's second straight championship, while the women's fourth overall. The event was hosted by Geneva College on Friday and Saturday.

The Titan men placed first out of nine teams with 180 points and the Titan women won out of eight teams with 188.50 points.

Westminster's fourth-year head coach Tim McNeil was named PAC Men's Track & Field Coach of the Year for his fourth coach of the year award, his second as a men's team coach.

On the women's side, the Lady Titans won seven events led by 2012 PAC Women's Track and Field MVP sophomore Haley Gabor (New Kensington, PA / Ford City), marking the first ever Titan to win this award. Gabor set stadium records with a first place finish in the 400 meter dash (57.96) and a second finish in pole vault (3.1). Gabor was first in the 200-meter dash (26.11) and was also part of the 4x400-meter relay team who won with a time of 4:09.11. Completing the relay were senior Tyler Dever (Salt Lake City, UT / Highland), sophomore Kristen Basista (Mineral Ridge, OH / Mineral Ridge), and senior Alisha Slater (Wooster, Ohio/Norwayne).

Other PAC champions for the women were senior Emily Dolsak (McDonald, Ohio/McDonald) who won her fourth-straight PAC title in the discuss, while breaking the PAC Championship record with a toss of 41.71 meters, senior Merrissa Malcolm (Freeport, Pa./Freeport) who won her third straight pole vault title with a stadium record mark of 3.4 meters, sophomore Kristen Basista (Mineral Ridge, OH / Mineral Ridge) who won the 100 meter hurdles (15.52), Slater who won her second straight long jump (5.27) and was also part of the first-place 4x100 meter relay team that won in the time of 49.45, just .08 seconds from tying the stadium record. Completing the quartet was Basista and seniors Hayley Ebersbacher (Chesterland, OH / West Geauga) and Mallory Mack (Carnegie, PA / Chartiers Valley).

Earning a second-place finish for the women was Basista in the 400-meter hurdles (1:08.67).

Earning a third place finish for the women was senior Bridget McCray (Centerville, PA / Titusville) in the javelin (35.82) and Slater in the 100 (12.95) and in the 200 (26.90).

The Titan men won six events including the PAC title in the 4x100 meter relay with a school record time of 42.62, eclipsing the previous fastest time in team history of 43.31 set in last year's conference championship. The record-breaking team consisted of sophomore Zac Henry (North East, Pa./North East), senior Forrest Minteer (New Wilmington, Pa./Wilmington), junior Adam Carswell (Painesville, OH / Notre Dame Cathedral Latin) and senior J.J. Faltot (Mercer, Pa./Mercer).

The other five PAC champions for the men were senior Ryan Bell (New Wilmington, Pa. / Wilmington) winning the team's first-ever PAC title in the javelin (66.42m.), JJ Faltot in the 100 meters (11.41) and 200 meters (22.83), defending champion junior Mark Saylor (West Middlesex, PA / West Middlesex) in the pole vault with a stadium-record mark of 4.60 meters, and defending champion Carswell in the 400 meters, breaking his school-record that he set earlier in the year with a stadium-record time of 48.87.

Westminster occupied five of the top seven spots in the pole vault competition. Senior Caleb Smathers (Punxsutawney, PA / Punxsutawney) and freshman Natty Schramm (Jeannette, PA / Pittsburgh Central Catholic) were second and third at 4.45 meters, also a stadium record.

Three Titan men place second in their respective events. They included the 4x400 meter relay team of Carswell, Henry, Faltot and Smathers (3:27.66), sophomore Anthony Thomas (New Castle, PA / Union) in the triple long jump (13.29), and sophomore Jason Frawley (Franklin, PA / Franklin) in the shot put (13.37).

Two Titan men placed third in their respective events. They included sophomore Henry in the 100 meters (11.48), Carswell in the 200 meters (23.03), junior Derrick Orloski (Butler, PA / Slippery Rock) in javelin (52.43), Thomas in the long jump (6.52), sophomore Aaron Sutton (Warren, OH / Howland) in 1,500 meter run (4:02.19), and junior David Wright in shot put (12.86).

Selected team members will compete at the Slippery Rock Qualifier Friday.

Updated on April 28, 11:41 p.m.

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