Friday, June 1, 2012
NEW WILMINGTON, Pa. - The Westminster College men's and women's track teams enjoyed a season that was highlighted by 10 broken school records, two Presidents' Athletic Conference (PAC) championships, and national recognition at the 2012 NCAA Division III Outdoor Track and Field Championships.
Junior Adam Carswell (Painesville, OH / Notre Dame Cathedral Latin) led the record breakers for the men as he broke a 50-year record in the 400m with a time of 48.87. Carswell was also part of the record-breaking 400m relay (42.62) team that also consisted of sophomore Zac Henry (North East, PA / North East), Carswell, senior Forrest Minteer (New Wilmington, PA / Wilmington), and senior JJ Faltot (Mercer, PA / Mercer). Also earning milestone marks were sophomore Anthony Thomas (New Castle, PA / Union) in the triple jump (14.06), senior Ryan Bell (New Wilmington, Pa./Wilmington) in the javelin (66.48), and sophomore Aaron Sutton (Warren, OH / Howland) in the 3,000m (9:12.17).
Senior Jenny Krueger (Adamsville, PA / Conneaut Lake) broke two school records for the women in the 3000m steeplechase run (11:46.99) and 10,000m (39:37.01). Also etching their names into the record books for the women were sophomore Kristen Basista (Mineral Ridge, OH / Mineral Ridge) in the 100m hurdles (14.81), senior Alisha Slater (Wooster, OH / Norwayne) in the long jump (5.62), and senior Emily Dolsak (McDonald, OH / McDonald) in the discus (44.38).
For the first time in school history, the Titan men's and women's track and field teams won the PAC championship in the same year. This was the men's second straight championship, and the women's fourth overall. Westminster's fourth-year head coach Tim McNeil was named PAC Men's Track & Field Coach of the Year for his fourth coach of the year award, his second as a men's team coach.
Bell earned his second All-American honor of his career in the javelin with a seventh-place finish (63.73m). Bell became the first two-time All-American in Titan track & field history. Also representing Westminster at nationals was Dolsak who earned ninth-place in women's discus (43.72m). Dolsak was the first Titan to qualify for women's discus and first woman Titan to qualify overall since 2008.
At the PAC Championships on the women's side, the Lady Titans won seven events led by 2012 PAC Women's Track and Field MVP sophomore Haley Gabor (New Kensington, PA / Ford City), marking the first Titan to win this award. Gabor set stadium records with a first place finish in the 400 meter dash (57.96) and a second finish in pole vault (3.1). Gabor was first in the 200-meter dash (26.11) and was also part of the 4x400-meter relay team which won with a time of 4:09.11. Completing the relay were senior Tyler Dever (Salt Lake City, UT / Highland), Basista, and Slater.
Other PAC champions for the women were Dolsak who won her fourth-straight PAC title in the discus, while breaking the PAC Championship record with a toss of 41.71 meters, senior Merrissa Malcolm (Freeport, Pa./Freeport) who won her third straight pole vault title with a stadium record mark of 3.4 meters, Basista who won the 100 meter hurdles (15.52), and Slater who won her second straight long jump (5.27) and was also part of the first-place 4x100 meter relay team that won in the time of 49.45 that was just .08 seconds from tying the stadium record. Completing the quartet was Basista and seniors Hayley Ebersbacher (Chesterland, OH / West Geauga) and Mallory Mack (Carnegie, PA / Chartiers Valley).
The Titan men won six events including the PAC title in the 4x100 meter relay with a school record time of 42.62, eclipsing the previous fastest time in team history of 43.31 set in last year's conference championship. The other five PAC champions for the men was Bell winning the team's first-ever PAC title in the javelin (66.42m.), Faltot in the 100 meters (11.41) and 200 meters (22.83), defending champion junior Mark Saylor (West Middlesex, PA / West Middlesex) in the pole vault with a stadium-record mark of 4.60 meters, and defending champion Carswell in the 400 meters, breaking his school-record that he set earlier in the year with a stadium-record time of 48.87.
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.