Track and Field: Titans Compete at Kenyon Invitational

Saturday, February 22, 2014

GAMBIER, Ohio - The Westminster College men's and women's track & field teams competed at the Kenyon Invitational on Saturday.

The Titan women placed third out of six schools with 80 points, while the Titan men placed last out of six schools with 25.50 points.

Westminster freshman Cassidy Shepherd (Greensburg, Pa./Salem) led the way with two first-place finishes. Shepherd won the pole vault event with a mark of 3.65 meters and won the long jump with a personal-best mark of 4.88 meters. Shepherd also placed second in the 60-meter dash with a personal-best time of 8.29.

Titan senior Haley Gabor (New Kensington, PA / Ford City) had three top-4 finishes including a first-place finish in the 400 meter dash with a time of 1:00.73. Gabor's preliminary time of 8.20 in the 60-meter dash was not just a personal record (PR), but it was also only .04 seconds off from tying a school record. Gabor finished fourth in the 60 finals (8.34) and also earned third in the 200 (26.88).

Freshman Brooke Mancuso (Wexford, PA/North Allegheny) and sophomore Marissa Kalsey (Waynesburg, PA / Waynesburg) followed Shepherd in the pole vault with a finish in second (3.65m) and fourth (3.5m), respectively. Sophomore Maddie Frech (Leechburg, PA / Kiski Area) added a fifth-place finish for the Titans in the shot put with a personal-best mark of 9.90 meters.

The Titan men earned a pair of third-place finishes led by senior Jason Frawley (Franklin, PA / Franklin) who PR'd in the shot put with a throw of 14.06 meters. Also earning third-place was the 4x400 relay team, consisting of junior Christian Friday (Bethel Park, PA / Bethel Park), senior Robert Brooks (Amityville, NY / Amityvill), freshman Scott Hughes (Pittsburgh, PA/Shaler Area), and sophomore Jake Dindak (Pittsburgh, PA / Baldwin), who crossed the finish line at 3:34.19. Dindak also finished in fifth in the 400 (53.61).

Westminster will compete in the 2014 Presidents' Athletic Conference Indoor Invitational on Thursday at 3 p.m. The invite will take place at Youngstown State.

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.

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