Saturday, April 26, 2014NEW WILMINGTON, Pa. - The Westminster College track and field teams both placed second at the 2014 Presidents' Athletics Conference (PAC) Outdoor Track and Field Championships which took place on Friday and Saturday. The men's team scored 127.6 points, just 3.4 points behind the first place team, Grove City. The women's team scored 133 points. The Wolverine women won with 218 points. The championships were held at Harold Burry Stadium.
The Titans earned eight first place titles and set a total of 14 personal records (PR).
Leading the PR's was senior Haley Gabor (New Kensington, PA / Ford City) who achieved three, while earning the PAC Women's Track Co-MVP. Gabor earned her first PR of the day when she placed second in the 400 meter dash (57.48). She also placed second in the 100 meter dash setting another PR with a time of 12.71. During her last individual event, the 200 meter dash, Gabor placed first with a PR time of 25.25. Gabor was also a part of the first place 4x400 meter relay team, alongside sophomores Alicia Nuzzo (New Castle, PA / Neshannock), Marissa Toensing (Newton Falls, OH / Newton Falls), and Caitlin Yakopin (Washington, PA / Washington), who finished at 4:00.51. She was also on the third place (50.34) 4x100 relay team, alongside freshman Cassidy Shepherd (Greensburg, PA / Salem), and sophomores Angela Colella (West Middlesex, PA / West Middlesex) and Adriana DePorzio (New Castle, PA / Shenango Area).
Pacing the men's team was senior Jason Frawley (Franklin, PA / Franklin) who won two events as he placed first in the shot put (14.51m) and in the discus with a PR-mark of 42.55m.
Sophomore Paul Carswell (Painesville, OH / Notre Dame Cathedral Latin) achieved two PRs; in the triple jump (13.29m) placing fourth and long jump (6.60m) placing third.
Senior Anthony Thomas (New Castle, PA / Union) achieved a PR in the triple jump (14.13m) earning first place and sophomore Jake Dindak (Pittsburgh, PA / Baldwin) achieved a PR in the 400 meter dash with a time of 49.16 for second place.
The Titan men's 4x400 meter relay team finished the day earning second place with a time of 3:26.67. Completing this year's quartet were senior Robert Brooks (Amityville, NY / Amityville), sophomore Anthony Yasko (Pittsburgh, PA / Brentwood), freshman Scott Hughes (Pittsburgh, PA / Shaler), and Dindak.
Among top finishers for the men was sophomore Andrew Brannen (Pittsburgh, PA / Peters Township) who took home first place in the pole vault meeting the 4.40 meter mark.
Sophomore Nick Fiorentino (Franklin, PA / Franklin) finished third in the shot put (13.84m) and in the discus (41.36m).
The Titan women pole vaulters, sophomore Marissa Kalsey (Waynesburg, PA / Waynesburg) (3.75m), and freshmen Cassidy Shepherd (Greensburg, PA / Salem) (3.4m) and Brooke Mancuso (Wexford, PA / North Allegheny) (3.4m), took home the top three places. Shepherd also took home the first place spot in the long jump setting a PR of 5.08m.
Five other individuals set personal records for the women's team. Senior Moriah Agnew (Bridgeport, OH / Bridgeport) set a PR in the discus with a distance of 38.59m placing first, while junior Alaura Hanssen (New Wilmington, PA / Wilmington) placed second setting a PR of 38.15m.
Sophomore Alicia Nuzzo (New Castle, PA / Neshannock) placed third in the 400 meter dash achieving a PR of 59.00. Fellow sophomore Caitlin Yakopin (Washington, PA / Washington) placed fifth in the event also achieving a PR 1:00.61. Nuzzo also set a PR in the 200 meter dash event finishing seventh (26.63)
Junior Jenny Jones (Erie, PA / Fort LeBoeuf) set a PR in the 5000 meter event placing third with a time of 18:49.32. Jones also placed second in the 10000 meter run with a time of 40:34.19.
Sophomore Adriana DePorzio (New Castle, PA / Shenango Area) earned third place in the 100 meter hurdles (15.75), while senior Kristen Basista (Mineral Ridge, OH / Mineral Ridge) finished fourth (16.19). Toensing also placed third in the 400 meter hurdles finishing at 1:06.58. Sophomore Angela Colella (West Middlesex, PA / West Middlesex) added another third-place finish in the long jump with a mark of 5.01m.
Select members of the Westminster men's and women's track and field teams will compete on May 2 at the Grove City Last Chance meet in Grove City, Pa.
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.