University of Delaware Wins 15 Events at Delaware Open in Lone Home Meet of Spring; Viotto Continues Supremacy in Shot Put, Discus
April 9, 2011
Photo at Right: Andrue Smith won the 400m hurdles (File Photo by Chris Permar)
Photo Below: Kendall Poole won the long jump (Photo by Saquan Stimpson)
NEWARK, Del. -- Sophomore Vicky Caruso led all competitors by winning three events, senior John Viotto won two throwing titles for the third time this season, and Lindsay Prettyman and Courtney Sniscak both set Blue Hen freshman records to highlight University of Delaware performances at the Delaware Outdoor Track & Field Open Saturday at the Delaware Mini-Stadium.
The event is the only home competition of the season for the Blue Hens, who also celebrated the 100th anniversary of the Delaware men’s track & field program during the afternoon. Over 100 former alumni were on hand to take part in the celebration.
Delaware athletes captured 15 events during the non-scoring meet, which featured nearly 20 teams and numerous unattached and club team performers.
Caruso once again dominated the sprint action as she won three events and raised her two-year career outdoor win total to an incredible 18 victories. She won the 100 meters with a time of 12.19, captured the 200 meters with a clocking of 24.25, and teamed with Nijah Dupiche, Asia Hollis, and Kristi Cox to win the 400 meter relay in 47.46. She also teamed with the same foursome to place second in the 4 x 400 meter relay in 3:58.0.
Viotto highlighted the Delaware men’s performances as he posted his third double-win effort of the season as he won the shot put with a career-best toss of 53-feet, 9 1/4-inches and added a winning 154-feet, 10-inch throw in the discus. He has now won 12 career outdoor meet titles.
Also for the Delaware women, Rachel Jensen won the discus (127-7), Alana Pantale captured the shot put (39-11 1/4), Paige Morris was the winner in the long jump (17-7 1/2), and Leeann Seiwell won the 5,000 meters (18:22.11). Sniscak broke her own Delaware freshman record in the hammer with a winning toss of 147-2 while Prettyman established a new UD freshman standard in winning the 800 meters with a time of 2:15.66. She broke the old mark of 2:15.74 by Cristine Marquez in 2007.
Pantale also finished second in the discus (125-6) while Cox was the runner-up in the 800 meters (2:16.41).
Also for the Delaware men, Jim Schwendtner won the hammer throw by matching a career best with a toss of 188-8, Kendall Poole won the long jump (21-11 1/2), Shane Ordway captured his fourth pole vault title and sixth of his career with a height of 15-3, Andrue Smith was the winner in the 400 meter hurdles (55.92), and John Hally captured the 110 meter high hurdles (15.16).
Placing second for the UD men were Connor Whitesel in the hammer (182-3), Ryan Beach in the discus (153-2), Tim Byrne in the shot put (49-11), Joe Passalaqua in the pole vault (14-5 1/4), Jeremy Simkins in the 400 meter hurdles (56.15), Mike O’Brian in the 3,000 meters (9:02.31), and the 4 x 100 meter relay team of Tyreece Clayton, Steve Forgo, Vinny Fronczkowski, and Tim Kutchen (43.47).
Both Delaware teams will continue action next Saturday, April 16, at the Virginia Commonwealth Invitational in Richmond, Va.
Delaware Men’s Finisher: 1st Place - Jim Schwendtner, hammer (188-8); John Viotto, shot put (53-9 1/4), discus (154-10); Kendall Poole, long jump (21-11 1/2); Shane Ordway, pole vault (15-3); Andrue Smith, 400m hurdles (55.92); John Hally, 110m hurdles (15.16); 2nd Place - Connor Whitesel, hammer (182-3); Ryan Beach, discus (153-2); Tim Byrne, shot put (49-11); Joe Passalaqua, pole vault (14-5 1/4); 4 x 100m Relay A (Tyreece Clayton, Steve Forgo, Vinny Fronczkowski, Tim Kutchen), 43.47); Jeremy Simkins, 400m hurdles (56.15); Mike O’Brian, 3,000m (9:02.31); 3rd Place - Daniel Kinkler, javelin (158-10); Ryan Braunagel, hammer (180-1); John Farelli, discus (145-3); Nick Alexander, shot put (46-11 1/2); Anthony Loccisano, high jump (5-10 1/2); 4 x 400m Relay (Tyreece Clayton, Steve Forgo, Vinny Fronczkowski, Justin Molligan), 3:25.76; John Hally, 400m hurdles (59.33); Marshall Hawkins, 1,500m (4:13.96); James Townsend, 800m (1:54.15); Vinny Fronczkowski, 200m (22.55); 4th Place - Ryan Beach, hammer (146-10); Jim Schwendtner, discus (139-2); Chris Gerges, long jump (20-3 1/2); Jeremy Simkins, 110m hurdles (16.31); 5th Place - Matt Hinkle, javelin (156-9); John Farelli, shot put (44-0 3/4); 4 x 100m Relay B (Jonathan Groton, Anthony Loccisano, Justin Molligan, Shane Ordway), 44,18); 6th Place - Tim Byrne, discus (133-3); Jim Schwendtner, shot put (41-9 1/4); Anthony Loccisano, long jump (19-6); 4 x 400m Relay (Joe Grieco, Joe Passalaqua, James Townsend, Tim Kutchen), 3:31.0; Justin Molligan, 400m (51.36); Tyreece Clayton, 200m (22.97); Tim Kutchen, 100m (11.43); 7th Place - Nick Alexander, discus (123-10); Tim Kutchen, 200m (23.04), long jump (19-4 1/4); 8th Place - Steve Forgo, 400m (51.92); Justin Molligan, 200m (23.33); Vinny Fronczkowski, 100m (11.45); 9th Place - Ryan Braunagel, discus (114-7); Connor Whitesel, shot put (36-11 3/4); Tyreece Clayton, 100m (11.53); 10th Place - Mike Tait, 400m (52.06); 11th Place - Mike Tait, 200m (24.13); 12th Place - Joe Grieco, 400m (52.06); Steve Forgo, 200m (24.14); Anthony Loccisano, 100m (11.70); 13th Place - Jonathan Groton, 100m (11.82); 14th Place - Joe Passalaqua, long jump (18-2 1/4); 21st Place - Joe Passalaqua, 100m (12.28)