Women Prepare for PSAC Championships

Category:  Sports
Wednesday, February 24th, 2016 at 10:38 PM

As the season winds down, so is the training for Edinboro’s Indoor Track and Field Team.

Sitting only one week away from the PSAC Championships in Edinboro at the Mike S. Zafirovski Sports and Recreation Dome, the different training schedules are beginning to be adjusted, to ensure athletes are fresh and at full strength for the biggest performance of the indoor season.

The Edinboro Invitational, held on Friday Feb. 19 and part of that wind down, brought five individual victories for the Fighting Scots. This would include Gabbwy Schultz, who dominated the throwing events, winning both the shot put and the hammer throw. Throwing for 12.97 meters in the shot put and 14.08 meters in the weight throw, Schultz will look to improve on her best throws of the season and achieve the provisional qualifying standards. She is currently only one tenth of a meter away from that mark in the shot put.

Also earning a victory Friday was Molly Regan, re-breaking her own school record and vaulting to a height of 3.45 meters.

“It’s a huge relief not having to transition to a different environment. I’m really looking forward to getting another opportunity to get the provisional standard on my home mat,” said Regan.

Freshman Terionna Ware also came out of the meet with a first place finish and a personal best time in the 200 meter dash, finishing in 26.01 seconds, good enough for 19th in all the PSAC. Ware doubled in the 60 meter dash, taking second place, losing by a nose to Jessica Shomo of Clarion.

For the mile, the Fighting Scots took command of the race, taking all three of the top spots. Kasey Jones was in first with a personal best for the season in 5:08.82, good enough to put her in the top 10 of the PSAC as we approach the championships. Following behind her were Ida Narbuvoll in 5:15.71 and wrapping up the Edinboro competitors was Emma Sullivan in 5:18.61.

Sullivan continued her day as the final member of the team to get a first place finish, competing in the 5,000 meter run and finishing in a time of 18:52.36.

On the men’s side, Corey Wefing won the mile, coming within one second of a personal best and placing himself in seventh in the PSAC rankings. He crossed the line with a time of 4:18.71. Following close behind were Elliott Martykiewicz in 4:20.87 and freshman Brady Deaner in 4:22.33. Unable to compete in the PSAC Championships, the men’s team tries to focus on long term goals rather than their results during the indoor season.

“I plan on training right through the off-season. We don’t compete in PSACS, so we have to look at things from a positive outlook and think of all the extra training we can get in since we don’t need to taper for a race. I plan on increasing my mileage these next few weeks,” Wefing said as he looks to continue trimming time from his mile.

In the 3,000 meter run, Jon Gusew finished in second, coming through in 8:54.47, while his teammate Logan Kempney finished third in 9:13.26. Along with Wefing, Gusew spoke about the upcoming training schedule as he approaches the indoor season.

“The goal is to increase mileage but retain the strength I’ve developed from speed workouts. The outdoor season is different. I race a longer distance so my workouts have to incorporate more endurance training.”

Mike Lantinen is a Staff Writer for The Spectator.

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