Saturday, April 27, 2013WASHINGTON, Pa. - The Westminster College track and field teams competed in the 2013 Presidents' Athletic Conference (PAC) Track & Field Championships on Friday and Saturday. The men's team scored 122.5 points and used four first-place finishes to earn their third-straight championship title, while the women's team finished fourth with 134.5 points. The event was hosted by Washington & Jefferson College.
Westminster's five-year head coach Tim McNeil was named the PAC Men's Track & Field Coach of the Year for his fifth coach of the year award, his third as a men's team coach.
Titan junior Anthony Thomas (New Castle, PA / Union) was named the Men's Field Co-MVP as he was crowned champion in the triple jump, for the first time in his career, with a leap of 13.97 meters and placed second in the long jump with a 6.78 meter mark. Thomas was also part of the 4x100 meter relay team that placed first with a school-record time of 42.45, breaking their time of 42.62 they set in last year's PACs. Completing this year's quartet were senior Robert Fazzolare (Polk, PA / Franklin), senior Adam Carswell (Painesville, OH / Notre Dame Cathedral Latin), and freshman Jake Dindak (Pittsburgh, PA / Baldwin).
Carswell also won the 400 meter dash for the third-time as he placed first with a time of 49.07. Also winning his event for the third-straight year was senior Mark Saylor (West Middlesex, PA / West Middlesex) who won the pole vault with a 4.65m mark.
Junior Aaron Sutton (Warren, OH / Howland) placed second in the 3,000 meter steeplechase with a time of 9:52.34. Earning third-place for the men were junior Jason Frawley (Franklin, PA / Franklin) (shot put/14.06m), Fazzolare (400m/49.23), and freshman Austin Fuller (Washington, PA / Washington) (pole vault/4.10m).
The women's team garnered three first-place finishes. The 4x400 meter relay team defended their title as they won with a time of 4:02.74. The team consisted of freshmen Alicia Nuzzo (New Castle, PA / Neshannock), Angela Colella (West Middlesex, PA / West Middlesex), Marissa Toensing (Newton Falls, OH / Newton Falls), and junior Haley Gabor (New Kensington, PA / Ford City). Gabor also placed second in the 400 meter dash (58.10), tied for third in the pole vault (3.10m), and was part of the 4x100 meter relay team that placed third (49.49). Completing the team were freshman Adriana DePorzio (New Castle, PA), Nuzzo, and Colella.
Sophomore Alaura Hanssen (New Wilmington, PA) earned first team all-PAC for the first time of her career as she won the discuss with a toss of 36.75m. Rounding out the first-place finishers for the women was freshman All-American Marissa Kalsey (Waynesburg, PA / Waynesburg) who won the pole vault with a mark of 3.50m.
Earning second-place for the women were Colella (long jump/5.02m) and sophomore Brittany Majors (Wampum, PA / Ellwood City) (pole vault/3.25m). Rounding out the top-three finishers for the women was junior Allison Rice (Poland, OH / Poland Seminary) who placed third in the discuss (35.57m).
Selected team members will compete at Allegheny College on Friday, May 10.
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 377 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.