Saturday, April 14, 2012
NEW WILMINGTON, Pa. - In a home meet held in rainy conditions, the Westminster College women's track and field team won the Westminster Invitational Saturday with 139.5 points, while the Titan men's team placed second with 126 points. There were 13 women's teams at the meet and 14 men's teams. The Titan women won seven events and the men won four.
Presidents' Athletic Conference (PAC) Women's Track Athlete of the Week senior Alisha Slater (Wooster, Ohio/Norwayne) accounted for three event wins for the Titan women as she won the 100-meter dash (12.95), the long jump (5.24 m) and was the second leg in the winning 4x100 relay team (49.22). Completing the quartet was sophomore Kristen Basista (Mineral Ridge, OH / Mineral Ridge), senior Hayley Ebersbacher (Chesterland, OH / West Geauga), and senior Mallory Mack (Carnegie, PA / Chartiers Valley). Slater also took second in the 200-meter dash (27.25).
Sophomore Haley Gabor (New Kensington, PA / Ford City) took first in the 400-meter dash with a time of 59.16. Basista dominated the hurdle events scoring first in the 100-meter (15.70) and the 400-meter (1:07.37).
In the field, senior Emily Dolsak (McDonald, OH / McDonald) earned first in discus with a toss of 41.60. Senior Merrissa Malcolm (Freeport, Pa./Freeport) took second in the pole vault (3.43).
On the men's side, senior JJ Faltot (Mercer, PA / Mercer) (23.10) and junior Adam Carswell (Painesville, OH / Notre Dame Cathedral Latin) (23.12) earned first and second, respectively, in the 200-meter dash. Carswell also finished second in the 400-meter dash with the time of 49.59 and was the second leg of the second-place 4x100 relay team (43.03). Completing the team was sophomore Zac Henry (North East, PA / North East), senior Forrest Minteer (New Wilmington, PA / Wilmington), and Faltot. Sophomore Aaron Sutton (Warren, OH / Howland) earned first in the 1500 meter run with the time of 4:05.65.
Also earning high points for Westminster in the track events was freshman Christian Friday (Bethel Park, PA / Bethel Park) was second in the 110-meter hurdles (16.63).
In the field, sophomore Anthony Thomas (New Castle, PA / Union) was first in the long jump with a leap of 6.49 meters. Senior Ryan Bell (New Wilmington, PA / Wilmington) placed first in the javelin throw with a toss of 63.93 meters.
Westminster is back in action on Tuesday as they travel to Geneva for a PAC North Quad Meet at 4 p.m.
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, a top-tier liberal arts college, ranks third in graduation rate performance, according to U.S. News Best Colleges guide. Westminster ranked 6th among liberal arts colleges in social mobility, according to the Washington Monthly College Guide, and is one of the most affordable national liberal arts colleges in Pennsylvania. Westminster is also honored as one of "The Best 376 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 42 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.