Women’s track DMR qualifies for NCAA

Category:  Sports
Wednesday, February 19th, 2020 at 8:00 PM

The Edinboro women’s track and field team traveled to Grand Valley State University to compete at the two-day GVSU Big Meet on Feb. 14-15. On both days the Fighting Scots turned in impressive performances in a tough field consisting of Division I and II schools. 

On Friday, Feb. 14, the distance runners set the tone for a successful weekend as three Fighting Scots performed well on the big stage. Junior Stefanie Parsons continued her dominant season by setting a new school record in the 3,000-meter run with a blazing time of 9:41.92. This was good enough for seventh overall and is the fastest time in the PSAC conference this season, along with ranking 12th in the nation. 

Both Hope Pietrocarlo and Tori Klimowicz set personal records with their strong performances. Klimowicz beat her best time in the 5,000-meter run by 32 seconds with a mark of 18:00.52. She placed 65th out of 194 competitors. Pietrocarlo, meanwhile, was the 27th fastest runner in the 3,000 with a time of 10:03.04. That’s currently the second fastest time in the PSAC conference (behind only Parsons). 

Saturday brought more success for Edinboro runners as the distance medley relay team ran an NCAA provisional qualifying time of 11:54.69 and was the eight quickest at the meet. Three of the four legs were run by freshmen.  

“Almost everything we did this weekend was a notable performance,” said Head Coach Anne Cleary. “I was beyond pleased with everyone that competed over the weekend…this is the best meet anyone on our team, other than the national qualifiers, will see all year.” 

With two weeks remaining before the PSAC Championships, Cleary wants to try and qualify more athletes to join their teammates. 

“We are distance heavy, but we have more people in non-distance events than we have had in a while,” she said. “This weekend at our meet we would like to add at least a couple more people to the conference list.”

Edinboro returns to the track next at the Edinboro Invite to be held at the Mike S. Zafirovsky Sports and Recreation Dome on Friday. 

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