University of Delaware Track & Field Athletes Capture 10 First Place Finishes at the Penn Invitational
April 2, 2011
File Photo Courtesy of UD Photo Services
PHILADELPHIA -- University of Delaware outdoor track & field athletes captured 10 total first place finishes to highlight the Blue Hens at the University of Pennsylvania Invitational Saturday at Franklin Field.
Blue Hen senior John Viotto (at right) and sophomore Vicky Caruso each won two individual events to lead Delaware at the meet. Viotto won both the men’s discus (156-feet) and shot put (50-9 1/2) events while Caruso captured the 100 meters in 11.96 meters and the 200 meters in 24.29.
Also capturing titles for the UD men were Jim Schwendtner in the hammer (179-9) and Shane Ordway in the pole vault (15-5) while winning individual titles on the women’s side were Courtney Markow in the pole vault (11-5 3/4), Alana Pantale in the discus (132-9), Kristi Cox in the 400 meters (57.01), and Courtney Sniscak in the hammer (140-2). Markow, Pantale, and Sniscak are all freshmen.
Ordway matched his career-best height in the pole vault and captured his third individual title this season and fifth of his career while Viotto ran his career outdoor win total to 10 and Caruso extended her outdoor meet championship total to 15 in just two seasons.
Delaware athletes also recorded 10 other runner-up finishes led by Connor Whitesel in the men’s hammer (174-0), Ross Shober in the men’s long jump (21-2), George Vallone in the men’s pole vault (14-5 1/4), Tim Byrne in the shot put (48-6 1/4), the men’s 4 x 100 meter relay team of Tim Kutchen, Tyreece Clayton, Vinnny Fronczkowski, and Ross Shober (41.60), Jillian Seamon in the women’s javelin (129-11), Pantale in the women’s shot put (40-2 1/4), Nijah Dupiche in the 400 meters (57.95), Latoya James in the 100 meter hurdles (14.59), and the women’s 4 x 100 meter relay group of Caruso, Dupiche, Asia Hollis, and Cox (47.28).
The Blue Hens will continue action this coming weekend, competing at the West Chester Collegiate Decathlon Apr. 8-9 and hosting the Delaware Open Apr. 9 at the Delaware Mini-Stadium. At the Delaware Open, the Hens’ lone home meet this spring, the University will celebrate the 100th anniversary of men’s outdoor track & field.
Delaware Men’s Finishers: 1st Place - Jim Schwendtner, hammer (179-9); Shane Ordway, pole vault (15-5); John Viotto, discus (156-0), shot put (50-9 1/2); 2nd Place - Connor Whitesel, hammer (174-0); Ross Shober, long jump (21-2); George Vallone, pole vault (14-5 1/4); Tim Byrne, shot put (48-6 1/4); 4 x 100m Relay (Tim Kutchen, Tyreece Clayton, Vinny Fronczkowski, Ross Shober), 41.60; 3rd Place - Ryan Braunagel, hammer (165-2); 4 x 400m Relay (Steve Forgo, Vinny Fronczkowski, Tyreece Clayton, Justin Molligan), 3:23.93; Kendall Poole, long jump (21-0 1/2); Joe Passalaqua, pole vault (14-5 1/4); Ryan Beach, discus (153-5); Jeremy Simkins, 400m hurdles (56.28); John Hally, 110m hurdles (15.57); Corey Wall, 1,500m (3:53.40); 4th Place - John Farelli, discus (143-6); Andrue Smith, 110m hurdles (15.91); 5th Place - Chris Engel, hammer (143-3); Ross Shober, pole vault (13-5 1/4); Matt Hinkle, javelin (161-5); Nick Alexander, shot put (47-5 1/4); Tim Byrne, discus (141-4); 6th Place - Aidan Galasso, 5,000m (15:23.22); Daniel Kinkler, javelin (152-3); Vinny Fronczkowski, 400m (49.48); 7th Place - Vinny Fronczkowski, 200m (22.29); 8th Place - Nick Alexander, discus (138-1); Jeremy Simkins, 110m hurdles (16.41); 9th Place - Ryan Braunagel, discus (129-10); Tyreece Clayton, 200m (22.51); 10th Place - Ross Shober, 110m hurdles (16.50); 11th Place - Anthony Loccisano, long jump (17-8); Joe Grieco, 800m (1:56.82); 12th Place - John Farelli, shot put (39-7 1/4); Tim Kutchen, 200m (22.84); 13th Place - James Townsend, 800m (1:57.40); Andy Weaver, 1,500m (4:02.58); 14th Place - Mike O’Brian, 5,000m (15:47.23); 16th Place - Tim Kutchen, 100m (11.43); 17th Place - Justin Molligan, 400m (51.55); 18th Place - Ed Bonnevie, 5,000m (15:59.12); 26th Place - Steve Forgo, 400m (52.75); 32nd Place - Marshall Hawkins, 1,500m (4:14.72); 45th Place - Joe Passalaqua, 800m (2:16.51)Back To Men's Outdoor Track Home Men's Outdoor Track Story Archive