Track and Field starts road schedule with trip to Spire

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Wednesday, February 1st, 2017 at 5:21 PM
Track and Field starts road schedule with trip to Spire by Mike Lantinen

The Edinboro women’s track and field team traveled to Spire Institute this past weekend for what would be their first competition outside of the Mike S. Zafirovski Sports and Recreation Dome. As the only Edinboro team able to compete at the NCAA level (the men do not have an official squad), the women had a strong showing.

“Spire has top of the line facilities. They hosted a lot of great competitors at the Midwest Indoor Open,” thrower Gabby Schultz said.

Leading the way for the Scots was Schultz and Molly Regan, both meeting their PSAC qualifying standards for their respective events.

“I like to use winter break as a foundation for the season. If I can push hard during the last weeks of pre-season, the intensity of being in-season doesn’t seem so bad,” Schultz said.

Surprising the field was freshman Lisa Kossmann, native of Bremen, Germany.

Doubling in the 60-meter and 200-meter races, Kossmann would place third in the shorter of the two and fifth in the later. On the way toa PSAC qualifying time, Kossman would meet the NCAA qualifying mark in the 200-meter dash as well.

For Schultz and Regan, the pair would make the podium for their events. A second place finish from Regan in the pole vault would bring her .02 meters away from a nationally qualifying mark.

Schultz would double in shot put and weight throw. Boasting possibly the most threatening group of throwers in the history of the program, the Scots would earn five top-25 finishes, as well as five qualifying marks between three athletes.

Schultz commented on the improved group. “Coach Anne did a great job recruiting this year. She managed to get Sam Seaburn, and she’s just been a huge asset to our team all-around. She drives me to push harder, which creates a competitive environment at practice for the entire team.”

Other finishes in the top-25 included Eve Gardner, who came in at the 24th spot in both her 60 and 200-meter performances.

MaryLouise Lindner and Pia Briger would bolster the mid- distance team. Another 24th place finish for the Scots would come from Lindner in the 600-meter run. Briger, another native of Germany, finished her 800-meter dash in 2:25.49.

Other notable finishes came from junior Sydney Black, freshman Sarah Toy, and Senior Ashtin Fiegel, who’s from Akron, New York. All three would place in the top-20 of the triple jump.

Competing unattached in the men’s 3,000-meter run were a select few from Edinboro. Leading the way was Corey Wefing, placing fifth in a time of 8:39.10. He was followed by Jon Gusew, who would outkick Gene Baritot for the 16th spot in the race. The final competitor for the men was Eduardo Tapia in 29th place.

Michael Lantinen can be reached at sports.spectator@ gmail.com. 

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