Women’s track finishes fourth at PSAC meet

Category:  Sports
Wednesday, February 28th, 2018 at 6:17 PM
Women’s track finishes fourth at PSAC meet by Erica Burkholder
Photo: Richard Gibson

Edinboro hosted the PSAC Indoor Track and Field Championships over the weekend in the Mike S. Zafirovski Sports and Recreation Dome, with the women’s team taking fourth out of 16 teams. 

Stefanie Parsons and Jasmine Fehr registered first-place finishes, while Erin O’Brien and Abbey Lang joined them in earning All-PSAC honors.

Head Track and Field Coach Anne Cleary said she was glad to see the young athletes put together a strong team performance.

“I think it’s awesome (our performance). I think we said during our team meeting afterwards: that’s the word of the day,” she said following the meet. “The word of the weekend is ‘awesome.’” 

Edinboro’s top finish on the first day came from the distance medley relay team made up of Jasmine Fehr, Erin O’Brien, Abbey Lang and Stefanie Parsons. They finished second with a time of 11 minutes, 47.56 seconds while posting an NCAA provisional mark and earning All-PSAC honors.

Gabby Schultz took fourth in the weight throw with a 15.92-meter throw, and the women’s 4x800-meter relay team of Jordan Hauser, Lang, Hope Pietrocarlo and Parsons also finished fourth in 9:58.40. 

Olivia Rowe placed ninth in the women’s pentathlon after competing all day in the five events. Her highest finish came in the long jump, where she placed second. Halle Lienhart also competed in the pentathlon and placed 15th. 

Three Fighting Scots raced in the 5,000-meter run. Brooke Messinger took eighth with a time of 18:14.23, with Tori Klimowicz and Emma Sullivan coming in 18th and 20th, respectively. 

Edinboro finished the first day tied with East Stroudsburg for fifth with 19 points. Shippensburg led the points race with 71.

Edinboro started the second day off with the shot put event. Schultz took fourth with a 13.54-meter throw and Cassie Cunningham came in 15th.

Schultz had higher hopes than what she achieved with her two fourth place finishes at the meet, but she did not blame herself.

“I wasn’t upset because I gave what I had,” she said. “Had I felt as though I had more to give, then I would be upset with my performance, but I gave what I had.”

The next event for Edinboro was the mile run. Parsons easily won the race, finishing seven seconds before the second finisher, and Lang took third. Both earned All-PSAC honors for finishing in the top three. 

Parsons also earned All-PSAC honors in the 3,000-meter run, in which she took third. Parsons finished the night by being named the PSAC Indoor Track and Field Championships Track Athlete of the Meet. 

“I’m really happy with how my race went,” Parsons said of the 3,000-meter victory. “Just coming in and being able to run fast was nice. That’s what I wanted to do.”

Fehr followed Parsons in the 3,000 and took fourth, less than half a second behind her teammate. Pietrocarlo and Messinger also raced in the event and took 13th and 16th, respectively. 

Fehr earned All-PSAC honors in the 800 with a time of 2:15.17, finishing first. Lang took ninth in the event while Hauser took 14th. 

Hannah Wittman competed in the triple jump and came in 17th with a jump of 10.70 meters. 

Edinboro finished the meet in fourth place with 61 points. Shippensburg won both the men’s and women’s meets with Slippery Rock the runner-up in both. 

Cleary said the fourth-place finish might seem low, but is a step in the right direction for the young program.

“We have a lot of young kids on the team, so basically some of our freshmen distance runners only know that we win stuff [based on experience from this year],” Cleary explained. “Over the last couple years, our teams haven’t been as good, and I think it’s really discouraging for some of our upperclassmen. And now they see that we’re back on track.”

She continued: “We want to keep this rolling. We want our kids to show up to the conference meet not just saying we hope we place in a couple events. We want them to show up saying they’re trying to win events [and] place people better so that we can score high and hopefully one day contend for a conference title.”

Erica Burkholder can be reached at sports.spectator@gmail.com.

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