Track and field earns more spots in upcoming outdoor PSAC championship meet

Category:  Sports
Wednesday, April 18th, 2018 at 5:34 PM

Edinboro’s men’s and women’s track and field teams earned 15 PSAC-qualifying marks and set a number of personal records Saturday when they split up to attend the Bison Outdoor Classic at Bucknell University and the Westminster Invitational at Westminster College.

The men shined in the 400-meter dash at Westminster, led by Joel Lohr who earned a PSAC-qualifying time of 50.36 seconds. Following Lohr was Kyle Breault, Cody Vanryn, Azare Mercer and Nick Barlette, who all set personal records in the race.

Head Track and Field Coach Anne Cleary said she was glad to see the five men all perform well together, and said they are very close to qualifying for the conference meet.

“It was nice to see those guys take advantage of the great weather, and it’s always good to see what we see in practice every day come out in competition,” Cleary explained. 

The men also picked up a couple PSAC spots in field competition. Trae Smith had a 55.62-meter javelin throw, good for fourth place and a spot in the conference meet. Devon Brown finished eighth in the event, as well.

Brown also placed ninth in the discus with a 40.46-meter, PSAC-qualifying throw. Cleary mentioned how impressed she was with Brown’s performance, especially because he’s also a member of another Fighting Scots squad. 

“Devon is having a great season for us so far,” Cleary said. “And Devon’s a football player. So he only came to us after football season was done and only practices with us twice a week.”

Gabby Schultz again dominated the throwing events, winning both the shot put and discus. Her 14.28-meter shot put throw was good enough to qualify for the conference meet and was an NCAA provisional mark, but not her best throw this season. Her PSAC-qualifying 42.05-meter discus throw similarly was her shortest throw of the outdoor season.

Cleary said the team’s throwers have been performing better than expected considering they have not been able to practice outdoors consistently.

“[Outdoor competitions are] definitely not the same [as] practicing inside,” she explained. “Our throw squad has been getting outside and just having huge marks despite their practice situation.”

Erin O’Brien finished sixth in the 400-meter hurdles with a time of 1 minute, 4.92 seconds, which Cleary said is approaching the school record in that event. The mark was also a college best for her.

Olivia Rowe also set a college best in the 100 hurdles with a PSAC-qualifying time of 15.15 seconds, good for sixth place. She also finished seventh in the long jump with a distance of 5.22 meters.

Meanwhile, at the Bison Outdoor Classic, Edinboro had two women qualify for the PSAC championships in both the 1,500 and 5,000-meter runs.

Jasmine Fehr punched her ticket in the 1,500 with a time of 4:31.44, also an NCAA provisional mark. In the unseeded version of the event, Abbey Lang also qualified for the conference meet with a 4:43.71 mark.

Hope Pietrocarlo hit a PSAC-qualifying and NCAA provisional time of 17:05.79 in the 5,000. Though she finished over a minute later, Brooklyn Messinger also qualified for the conference meet with a time of 18:11.48.

The men also excelled at Bucknell, earning five PSAC spots and recording two NCAA provisional times.

Eugene Baritot finished second in the 3,000-meter steeplechase with a personal best of 8:57.23. That mark qualifies him for the conference meet as well as the potential to compete at the NCAA Division II nationals at the end of the season. He qualified for the national meet last year, so setting a personal record Saturday gives him a good chance of qualifying again this year. He earned PSAC Outdoor Track Athlete of the Week honors for the performance. 

Corey Wefing also recorded a PSAC-qualifying and NCAA provisional time in the 1,500 with a time of 3:47.27. He finished ninth in that race. Eduardo Tapia also recorded a PSAC-qualifying time of 4:01.27 in the unseeded version of the race.

Jared Hallow finished second in the 5,000 in 14:57.51, also qualifying for the conference meet. 

After a long day at the meet, Austin Pondel recorded a PSAC-qualifying time of 31:46.65 in the 10,000-meter run. According to Cleary, his race finished after 11 p.m.

“It was a very long day for those guys, but they went and got work done,” she said.

The teams will next compete Thursday, Friday and Saturday when they again split up to attend two competitions. Edinboro will be represented at the SRU Open hosted by Slippery Rock University on Thursday, as well as at the Jesse Owens Classic at Ohio State University on Friday and Saturday. They are two weeks away from the PSAC Championships, which will also be hosted by Slippery Rock from May 3-5.

Christopher Rosato Jr. can be reached at sports.spectator@gmail.com

 

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