Kalsey Sets Outdoor Pole Vault Record at SRU Last Chance Qualifier

Saturday, May 4, 2013

SLIPPERY ROCK, Pa. - Freshman Marissa Kalsey (Marissa Kalsey (Waynesburg, PA / Waynesburg), a member of the Westminster College women's track and field teams, won the pole vault at the Slippery Rock University Last Chance Qualifier on Friday as she broke her own school-record with a mark of 3.97 meters.

Kalsey, who broke the school's indoor pole vault record with a 3.95 meters mark at Nationals where she earned the distinction of All-American this past winter, moved to third in the nation with her performance on Friday and will most likely compete in the NCAA Division III Outdoor Track and Field Championships which will take place May 23-25 in LaCrosse, Wis.

Also earning first-place for Westminster was senior Sydney Spain (Batavia, IL / Batavia) who won the 3,000m steeplechase with a time of 12:21.34.  

Rounding out the top-3 finishers for the Titans were freshman Adriana DePorzio (New Castle, PA) who placed second in the 100m hurdles (15:39) and senior Mark Saylor (West Middlesex, PA / West Middlesex) who placed third in the pole vault with a 4.60m mark.

Selected team members will compete at Allegheny College on Friday, May 10.

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 377 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.

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