Friday, June 6, 2014
The women's and men's track teams both placed second at the 2014 PAC Outdoor Track and Field Championships which took place at Harold Burry Stadium. The men's team scored 127.6 points to finish just 3.4 points away from its fourth consecutive PAC championship. The women's team tallied 133 points at the championship meet.
The women's and men's teams combined for a total of nine first place finishes, eight in individual events and one relay championship.
Senior Haley Gabor (New Kensington, PA / Ford City) earned the PAC Women's Track Co-MVP award. She won the 200m in a school and PAC-record time of :25.25 and finished second in the 100m and 400m events. Gabor also ran the anchor leg on the first-place 4x400m relay team that won with a school-record time of 4:00.15. Completing that quartet were Alicia Nuzzo, Marissa Toensing, and Caitlin Yakopin. Gabor also was a member of the 4x100m relay team that finished third.
Sophomore Marissa Kalsey (Waynesburg, PA / Waynesburg) won her second straight PAC championship in the pole vault with a 3.75 meter performance. Freshman Cassidy Shepherd (Greensburg, PA / Salem) won the gold medal in the long jump with a leap of 5.08 meters. Senior Moriah Agnew (Bridgeport, OH / Bridgeport) was also a first-place finisher on the women's side with a championship performance in the discus with a throw of 38.59 meters.
Pacing the men's team was senior thrower Jason Frawley (Franklin, PA / Franklin) who placed first in the shot put with a toss of 14.51 meters and first in the discus with a throw of 42.55 meters. Senior Anthony Thomas (New Castle, PA / Union) won gold with a mark of 42.55 meters in the triple jump, an event in which he is the school record holder. Rounding out the first-place finishers on the men's team was sophomore Andrew Brannen (Pittsburgh, PA / Peters Township) with a jump of 4.40 meters in the pole vault.
Earning silver medals at the PAC Championship Meet on the women's team were junior Alaura Hanssen (New Wilmington, PA / Wilmington) in the discus, junior Jenny Jones (Erie, PA / Fort LeBoeuf) in the 10,000m, and Shepherd in the pole vault.
On the men's side, junior Jake Dindak (Pittsburgh, PA / Baldwin) earned silver in the 400m and also anchored the men's 4x400m relay team that finished in second place. Other members of that relay team were senior Rob Brooks (Amityville, NY / Amityville), sophomore Anthony Yasko (Pittsburgh, PA / Brentwood), and freshman Scott Hughes (Pittsburgh, PA / Shaler).
Four members of the Westminster women's track & field teams also competed at the 2014 NCAA Division III Women's Outdoor Track and Field Championships. The event was held at Ohio Wesleyan University in Delaware, Ohio.
Kalsey earned the fourth All-American honor of her career with a third-place finish in the pole vault. Kalsey registered six team points for the Titans after her finals jump of 12-07.50 (3.85m). Kalsey now has one more All-American laurels than any Titan (male or female) in school history.
Shepherd finished 10th in the pole vault with a jump of 11-09.75 (3.60m), while classmate Brooke Mancuso (Wexford, PA / North Allegheny) tied for 17th with a mark of 11-09.75 (3.60m). Shepherd cleared 11-09.75 on her opening attempt, while Mancuso cleared the height on her third and final attempt.
All three pole vaulters earned the distinction of All-American at the 2014 NCAA Division III Indoor Track and Field Championships in March.
Gabor finished 17th in the 400 (56.88). Gabor, who made her first appearance at Nationals, was seeded 15th with a school-record time of 56.35. She was the first Titan in school history (male or female) to qualify in the 400.
Westminster was led by seventh-year head coach Tim McNeil, while assistant Bradi Rhoades coached the Titan pole vaulters.
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