Thursday, February 27, 2014
YOUNGSTOWN, Ohio - The Westminster College men's and women's track and field teams were each crowned the 2014 Presidents' Athletic Conference (PAC) Indoor Track and Field Champion on Thursday. The Championships took place at Youngstown State University.
The Titan men won with 116 points, while the Titan women won with 156 points. Titan head coach Tim McNeil was named the PAC Women's Track & Field Coach of the Year, the third of his career. Overall, Westminster set nine school records.
Titan senior Haley Gabor (New Kensington, PA / Ford City) paced the women's team as she was a part of four record-breaking performances. Gabor won the 200 with a school-record time of 26.44. Gabor also placed second in the 400 with a school-record time of 59.18. Gabor's third record-breaking time came during the preliminaries of the 60 meter dash as she finished in 8.11.
Gabor also teamed up with sophomores Caitlin Yakopin (Washington, PA / Washington), Marissa Toensing (Newton Falls, OH / Newton Falls), and Alicia Nuzzo (New Castle, PA / Neshannock) to win the 4x400 relay with a PAC and a school-record time of 4:09.36.
Rounding out the record setters for the women was sophomore Adriana DePorzio (New Castle, PA / Shenango Area) who finished second in the 60 hurdles with a time of 9.48.
The Titan women swept the top-3 spots in the pole vault. Sophomore Marissa Kalsey (Waynesburg, PA / Waynesburg) finished first (3.45m), freshman Brooke Mancuso (Wexford, PA / North Allegheny) finished second (3.45m), and Cassidy Shepherd (Greensburg, PA / Salem) finished third (3.15m). Shepherd also placed third in the long jump (4.87m).Westminster senior Jenny Jones placed second in the 5,000 meter run with a time of 19:33.74.
Two other Titan women earned third-place. Senior Kaitlin Roth (Clarion, PA / Clarion) placed third in the triple jump (10.07m) and Nuzzo earned third in the 400 (1:01.37).
Titan sophomore Jake Dindak (Pittsburgh, PA / Baldwin) led the men's team as he was part of two school-record performances. Dindak finished in the 400 with a school-record time of 51.96 for fourth-place. Dindak also teamed up with senior Robert Brooks (Amityville, NY / Amityville), freshman Scott Hughes (Pittsburgh, PA / Shaler Area), and junior Christian Friday (Bethel Park, PA / Bethel Park) for a second-place finish in the 4x400 relay with a school-record time of 3:31.17.
Westminster senior Anthony Thomas (New Castle, PA / Union) set a school record in the long jump with a leap of 6.78 meters, good for second place. Sophomore Nick Fiorentino (Franklin, PA / Franklin) won the weight throw with a school-record toss of 12.70 meters. Senior Jason Frawley (Franklin, PA / Franklin) won the shot put with a PAC-record toss of 14.78 meters, while adding a second-place finish in the weight throw (12.33m). Earning a third-place mark for the men was freshman Doltyn Snedden (Windber, PA / Forest Hills) in the 60 hurdles (9.22).
The 2014 NCAA Division III Indoor Track & Field Championships are scheduled for Friday-Saturday, March 14-15 in Lincoln, Neb. This year's championships are being hosted by Nebraska Wesleyan University at the Bob Devaney Sports Center on the campus of the University of Nebraska-Lincoln.
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.