Women's track and field boasts huge performances across the board

Category:  Sports
Thursday, April 21st, 2016 at 8:26 AM
Women's track and field boasts huge performances across the board  by Mike Lantinen
Both the Men’s and Women’s track and field team performed well this weekend.

The Edinboro women’s track and field team split up this weekend, sending the majority of sprinters and field athletes to the Westminster Invitational and the middle to long distance runners to the Bison Outdoor Classic at Bucknell.

A golden opportunity for the student athletes to meet their qualifying marks for the upcoming conference meet, many of the women were primed for breakout performances. And they would rise to the challenge, posting 11 qualifying marks across the two separate meets. Much of their success, according to coach Anne Carlson, stemmed from the week off they had due to bad weather.

“I think that week off helped a lot of people because the season can get really long, especially for some of those girls that have been going since the third week in January.”

Carlson continued, “We try to give them weeks off, but I think it was huge just for everyone to rest and come back recovered on Monday because across the board we competed well.”

Kasey Jones found herself a provisional qualifying time for the NCAA Championship meet after competing in the 3,000 meter steeplechase and placing 7th. She would close out in 11:02.49, ranking herself third in the PSAC.

After breaking Edinboro’s school record in the shot put, Gabby Schultz added her name to the record board for a second time after her performance in the discus at Westminster. She would pair her win in the shot put with a victory in the discus. Schultz has continued to make improvements throughout her freshman year.

“We’ve been working more on explosiveness so that she’s powerful across the ring and explosive on her release. We’ve started doing more plyometrics, resistance running and explosive related lifting,” said Carlson.

Joining Schultz on the record board, Molly Regan improved her own mark she set for the pole vault, vaulting to a height of 3.4 meters. This performance pushes Regan into the top 10 of the PSAC and her performance at Westminster was matched by two fellow conference competitors from Slippery Rock. As the season narrows down, Regan focuses on those areas that her and her coaching staff feel are areas of need.

“Molly has been working more on her speed on the runway. She has always been a good vaulter and good on takeoffs, but she’s been missing that quickness on the runway, which obviously translates right into quickness off the ground,” said Carlson.

She continued, “She’s done more running this entire year from the fall until now then she has ever done before and it has showed greatly. In the meet this weekend, we had to just keep moving her back because she was just so fast on the runway.”

Terionna Ware and Sadira Brown would also meet their provisional standard qualifications while competing at Westminster. Ware competed in the 200, finishing in 26.08 seconds, pairing her PSAC qualifying time in the 100 meter dash with her 200. Brown continues to improve in the triple jump, as she led Edinboro’s three competitors at the meet, jumping 10.90 meters.

Joining Jones at Bucknell were any athletes competing at a distance of 1,500 meters or longer. Bekkah Bond would compete in the seeded mile, crossing the line in 4:35.58 with help from a plethora of PSAC athletes. The current top seven times of the PSAC are comprised of athletes who competed at Bucknell, giving Bond a good sense of the type of competition she will see on May 12-14 at Mansfield University.

The unseeded 1,500 would showcase Abbey Lang and Abby Peters. Only separated by two seconds, the two would each meet the provisional standard. Peters was 31st and Lang was 40th.

The 5,000 would see two provisional qualifiers. In 28th, Emma Sullivan would finish with a time of 17:43.21 and Anna Hosl finished in 17:54.38 for 31st.

Mike Lantinen is a Staff Writer for The Spectator.

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