Women's Track Team Records Four Wins at Oberlin Invite

Category:  Sports
Wednesday, February 10th, 2016 at 10:19 PM

After spending last week at the SPIRE Institute, the Edinboro women’s indoor track and field team traveled to Oberlin, Ohio for their second week on the road.

With aspirations to continue their record setting season, the women’s team had a well-rounded performance, recording 15 top five finishes while only competing in 11 events total.

With only three weeks remaining until the PSAC Championships, set to take place in Edinboro, the team sent a smaller group of participants, with only the woman’s side going to the Crimson and Gold Invitational.

Garnering first place finishes in their respected events were freshmen Terionna Ware, Abbey Lang, Abbey Peters, and senior Hilari Norris.

Ware found her stride in the 200-meter dash, finishing in 26.73 seconds, dominating the field and winning by nearly 2 seconds. Fellow teammate and hurdler Hilari Norris glided to a time of 9.43 in the 60-meter hurdles.

Peters found her own success in the 800-meter dash, crossing the line in 2:26.53, while Lang took the mile, winning in a time of 5:22.54.

“I [have] decided to focus on the 800,” Lang said looking back on her season so far.

Planning to adapt to a shorter distance, Lang predicts a possible fluctuation in her training to focus on her top end speed rather than her endurance.

Continuing stellar seasons, Edinboro record holders Gabby Schultz and Molly Regan took the field, both placing second.

Schultz found herself facing some stiff competition, including a national provisional qualifier in the shot put.

Regardless, Schultz came close to meeting the shot put qualifier again after coming so close at the Al Hall Freedom Games. She would finish with a total distance of 13.05 meters thrown and 13.79 meters in the 20 lb. weight throw.

“I have been practicing a lot more than I ever have,” Schultz said regarding the process of transitioning into the college athletic atmosphere.

Schultz was quick to say that watching film has played a major role in improving her technique, helping to figure out exactly what needs to be adjusted.

On top of that, her increased cardiovascular regimen put in place by head coach Anne Carslon ensures she is ready for the increased training program.

General McLane product Regan took part in the pole vault, finishing in second place with a height of 3.25 meters.

“I need to work harder on top of the pole; focus on getting more inverted when I turn,” Regan said.

She wants to reach the national qualifying standard more and more as the season progresses, she stated, working in the weight room and at practice as hard as ever to build more speed and strength for her event.

Also bringing home a second place finish in the 400-meter dash was Eve Gardner with a time of 1:01.48.

Other top 5 finishes came from multiple Fighting Scots in a multitude of events.

Grabbing third place finishes were freshman Neely Parsons in the weight throw and sophomore Alexis Hanes in the high jump.

Doubling in jumping events, junior Ashtin Fiegel participated in the triple and long jump, recording fourth place finishes in both events. Also placing fourth in their events were sophomore Kaitlin Daubert and freshman Katelyn Mechalic, Daubert finishing the mile in 5:45.38 and Mechalic in the hammer throw with a distance of 10.17 meters.

Buffalo native and Kenmore East alumna Erin O’Brien rounded out a good day for the young Fighting Scots, finishing in a time of 2:44.66 in the 800-meter and placing fifth in the event.

Mike Lantinen is a Contributing Writer for The Spectator.

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