Delaware Women Open 2017 Outdoor Track & Field Season Saturday at Maryland Invitational
COLLEGE PARK, Md. -- With another successful indoor season just two weeks behind them, the University of Delaware women’s track & field team will return to action Saturday when the Blue Hens open the 2017 outdoor season at the University of Maryland Invitational.
Action will get underway Saturday morning at Kehoe Track with the women’s hammer throw and women’s long jump at 10 a.m. The track events will get underway at 10:30 a.m. with the women’s 5,000 meter run. In all, 19 events will be contested among men and women.
The Blue Hens will take a contingent of 18 student-athletes to the event.
“We hope weather conditions will improve to get us on our way with all of our event groups,” said Delaware head coach Wendy McFarlane-Smith, who will begin her ninth season at the helm of the Blue Hens. “We are excited and confident that our distance runners and throwers will do a fine job in our season opener. We have a lot of work to do to deliver better performances to contend with our conference opponents at the CAA Championship this spring but we are excited and look forward to working towards another victory.”
Competing for the Blue Hens Saturday will be Sarah Ahmed in the shot put, discus, and hammer; Gabby Alaimo in the 5,000 meters; Claire Beautz in the 1,500 meters; Irene Cedano in the shot put, discus, and hammer; Niyah Cosme in the javelin; Evelyn Cubero in the hammer; Kathleen Dailey in the 1,500 meters; Madeline Berman in the 3,000 meters; Jade Francis in the shot put, discus, and hammer; and Mackenzie Jones in the 3,000 meters.
Also for the Hens, Alexis Lipnicky will compete in the javelin; Leanza Lopes in the 3,000 meters; Kasandra Polakowska in the shot put; Ilana Schnaufer in the 800 meters; Kristina Valko in the javelin; Alexa Vecchione in the javelin; Melissa Zegeer in the hammer; and Lauren Zodl in the 3,000 meters.
Delaware will compete in 10 events this season, including three home events at the Stuart & Suzanne Grant Stadium. Delaware will host the Delaware Open on Apr. 8, the Delaware Classic on Apr. 22, and the Colonial Athletic Association Championships on May 5-6.
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