Saturday, April 12, 2014
NEW WILMINGTON, Pa. - The Westminster College men's and women's outdoor track and field teams both placed third at their home invitational on Saturday. The Titan women scored 120 points out of 16 schools, while the Titan men scored 110.5 points out of 13 schools.
Grove City won the women's competition with 153.5 points, while Penn. State-Behrend won the men's competition with 167 points.
Titan junior Jenny Jones (Erie, PA / Fort LeBoeuf) set a personal record (PR) in the 5,000 meter run with a second-place time of 18:55.17. Westminster senior Haley Gabor (New Kensington, PA / Ford City) set a PR with a second-place time of 25.99 (.61 seconds off a school-record) in the 200. Gabor set a season-best time of 58.06 in the 400 for second place.
The Titan women swept the top-3 spots in the pole vault, led by freshman Brooke Mancuso (Wexford, PA / North Allegheny) who placed first with a 3.70 meter mark. Sophomore Marissa Kalsey (Waynesburg, PA / Waynesburg) (3.55m) and freshman Cassidy Shepherd (Greensburg, PA / Salem) (3.40m) followed in second and third-place, respectively.
Titan sophomore Adriana DePorzio (New Castle, PA / Shenango Area) finished second in the 100 hurdles (16.17). Also earning second-place for the Titan women was the 4x400 relay team, consisting of sophomore Caitlin Yakopin (Washington, PA / Washington), sophomore Marissa Toensing (Newton Falls, OH / Newton Falls), freshman Hayley Thewes (Ellwood City, PA), and sophomore Alicia Nuzzo (New Castle, PA / Neshannock), who finished at a season-best 4:03.47. Senior Moriah Agnew (Bridgeport, OH / Bridgeport) added a third-place finish for Westminster in the shot put with a season-long toss of 10.76 meters.
For the men, Titan sophomore Andrew Brannen (Pittsburgh, PA / Peters Township) won the pole vault with a PR-mark of 4.50 meters. Classmate Nick Fiorentino (Franklin, PA / Franklin) won the shot put with a PR-mark of 14.20m. Fiorentino added another career-best in the discus with a toss of 38.72m for fifth place.
Westminster won the top-two spots in the triple jump. Senior Anthony Thomas (New Castle, PA / Union) won the event with a leap of 13.05 meters, followed by sophomore Paul Carswell (Painesville, OH / Notre Dame Cathedral Latin) who PR'd with a mark of 12.94m. Thomas added a third-place finish in the long jump (6.65m).
The quartet of senior Robert Brooks (Amityville, NY / Amityville), sophomore Anthony Yasko (Pittsburgh, PA / Brentwood), freshman Scott Hughes (Pittsburgh, PA / Shaler), and sophomore Jake Dindak (Pittsburgh, PA / Baldwin) set a season-best time of 3.23.83 in the 4x400 relay for second place. Rounding out the second-place finishers for the Titan men was Jason Frawley (Franklin, PA / Franklin) in the shot put (14.09m).
Also earning third-place in their respective events was senior Aaron Sutton (Warren, OH / Howland) (3,000m steeplechase/10:16.63), freshman Dominic Politi (Pittsburgh, PA / Chartiers Valley) (javelin/51.75m), and the 4x100 relay team, including Yasko, Dindak, freshman Cameron Worthing (Bellwood, PA), and sophomore Michael Mikita (Rural Valley, PA / West Shamokin), who clocked in with a season-best time of 43.71.
Westminster will next compete at Geneva on Thursday in the PAC North Quad Meet.
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.