Women's track crowns All-PSAC trio

Category:  Sports
Thursday, February 28th, 2019 at 10:05 AM
Women's track crowns All-PSAC trio by Amber Chisholm
Photo: Amber Chisholm

During an action-packed weekend at Edinboro, the 2019 PSAC Indoor Track and Field Championships kicked off and ended with a bang, especially for the Fighting Scots. 

Due to weather concerns, events for both Saturday and Sunday were condensed into one day, beginning Saturday at 11 a.m. and lasting until 8 p.m. in the Mike S. Zafirovski Sports and Recreation Dome. Members of the indoor women’s track team competing in six events among the 15 other teams.

Out of the six events the team participated in — which included the 5,000-meter run, 4x800 relay, mile, 3,000-meter run, weight throw and shot put — Edinboro earned 36 total points, bringing their position to number nine in team totals. 

Sophomore Hope Pietrocarlo won the 5,000 with a time of 17 minutes, 50.92 seconds, earning 10 points for Edinboro and achieving All-Conference status for the first time, which she talked about to The Spectator. 

“It’s really special to win it and represent my school,” she said. Pietrocarlo plans to take a break before tackling the outdoor season.

Tori Klimowicz, who finished at 18:32.46 and earned three points in the 5,000, described the race as “very tiring at first.” She simply focused on the next competitor, as she worked her way through the field.

Edinboro placed seventh in the 4x800 at 9:59.02, as Abbey Peters, Caitlin Caltagirone, Michaela Lind and Jordan Hauser gave it their best effort, which Peters noted. 

The result for senior Neely Parsons was 17th in the weight throw, achieving a final mark of 12.16 meters.

“It was good,” said Neely, who is sad to leave the squad soon, yet is excited about the opportunity to keep throwing and is looking to possibly coach at the high school levels after graduating. “I think I could have done a little bit better, but I’m happy with it,” 

Freshman Savannah Wheeler set a personal record in the shot put with 11.70 meters.

Audrey MacPherson scored third place in the mile run at 5:13.79, earning six points, with Jordan Hauser close behind her at 5:19.05, earning four points.

Stefanie Parsons, who was named the PSAC Women’s Indoor Track and Field Athlete of the Week for week five, won the 3,000-meter run — the final event Edinboro was in — clocking in at 10:03.98

As they waited for the 4x400 relay to end, therefore concluding the event, the team and their coaches felt overall pleased with the results.

“We overachieved in every event that was possible to overachieve in,” Track and Field Head Coach Anne Cleary said.

“Everyone competed extremely well and we look forward to carrying it into outdoors,” added Head Cross Country Coach Clayton Foster. 

The next event for the indoor team is the NCAA Division II Indoor National Championships on Friday, March 8 in Pittsburgh, Kansas.

Amber Chisholm | edinboro.spectator@gmail.com

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