Blue Hens Capture Seven Events, Viotto Wins Two Throwing Events, as Full Delaware Squad Opens Season at West Chester
March 20, 2011
Photo Courtesy of UD Photo Services
WEST CHESTER, Pa. -- The University of Delaware men’s and women’s outdoor track and field squads put together impressive showings in their 2011 full-squad openers Saturday as the Blue Hens captured 17 first place finishes and had 58 top five showings at the Golden Ram Invitational hosted by West Chester (Pa.) University at Farrell Stadium.
Blue Hen freshmen Alana Pantale, Courtney Markow, and Lindsay Prettyman all captured titles in their collegiate outdoor debuts and Pantale and John Viotto (at right) won multiple events to highlight a successful day.
The Delaware women captured first place in 10 of the 20 events on the day to dominate the meet. Pantale captured both the shot put (40-2) and discus (127-9) throws while defending Colonial Athletic Association champion Jillian Seamon won the javelin (131-1), Leah Putman captured the long jump (17-0 3/4), Markow won the pole vault (10-11 3/4), school-record holder Kayla Hennessy captured the 400 meter hurdles (1:06.44), LaToya James won the 100 meter hurdles (15.06), Katie Deinert was the winner in the 5,000 meters (18:38.17), Prettyman won the 1,500 meters (4:53.54), and Karen Mandrachia captured the 800 meters (2:27.70).
The Blue Hen men were winners in seven of the 19 events led by Viotto, who ran his career outdoor victory total to eight by capturing both the shot put (51-9 1/4) and discus (150-8) events. Senior Connor Whitesel, the 2008 CAA champion, won the hammer throw (173-11), Shane Ordway was the winner in the pole vault (14-1 1/4), Andy Weaver took first place in the 1,500 meters (4:01.18), school-record holder Corey Wall won the 800 meters (1:52.35), and Vinny Fronczkowski captured the 400 meters (50.74).
Fronczkowski posted three top three finishes as he also was second in the 4 x 100 meter relay (44.46) and 200 meters (22.62). John Hally was also second in both the 4 x 400 meter relay (3:29.92) and 110 meter hurdles (15.51), James Townsend was second in both the 4 x 400 meter relay and 800 meters (1:56.21), and Joe Grieco was second in both the 4 x 400 meter relay and 1,500 meters (4:01.99). The UD men had 28 top five finishes.
On the women’s side, Prettyman also posted a second place finish in the 4 x 400 meter relay (4:11.39) with Jessica Olsen, Emily Gispert, and Carly Simmons while Karissa Carty had two top three finishes with a second place showing in the long jump (16-7) and a third place finish in the triple jump (33-4). Overall, the UD women put in 30 top-five performances.
Both Delaware teams will continue action at the Raleigh Relays at North Carolina State Mar. 25-26 and at the Towson Invitational Mar. 26.
Delaware Men’s Finishers: 1st Place - Connor Whitesel, hammer (173-11); John Viotto, shot put (51-9 1/4), discus (150-8); Shane Ordway, pole vault (14-1 1/4); Andy Weaver, 1,500m (4:01.18); Corey Wall, 800m (1:52.35); Vinny Fronczkowski, 400m (50.74); 2nd Place - Ryan Beach, discus (136-5); Anthony Loccisano, high jump (5-10 3/4); 4 x 100m Relay (Tyreece Clayton, Vinny Fronczkowski, Tim Kutchen, Jeremy Simkins), 44.46; 4 x 400m Relay (Jonathan Groton, John Hally, Joe Grieco, James Townsend), 3:29.92); Joe Grieco, 1,500m (4:01.99); John Hally, 110m hurdles (15.51); James Townsend, 800m (1:56.21); Vinny Fronczkowski, 200m (22.62); 3rd Place - Chris Engel, hammer (144-3); Nick Alexander, shot put (46-4 3/4); Kendall Poole, long jump (20-5); 4th Place - Dan Kinkler, javelin (160-1); Tim Byrne, shot put (45-4 1/4), discus (132-4); Chris Gerges, long jump (19-11 3/4); Marshall Hawkins, 5,000m (16:10.86); Mike Tait, 1,500m (4:07.60); Tim Kutchen, 100m (11.17); 5th Place - Dan Feeney, 1,500m (4:08.13); Andy Weaver, 800m (1:59.95); Tim Kutchen, 200m (23.05); 6th Place - John Farelli, shot put (42-2); Steve Vincent, 1,500m (4:11.01); Tyreece Clayton, 100m (11.25); 7th Place - Ryan Beach, hammer (127-3); 8th Place - Nick Alexander, discus (126-7); Jeremy Simkins, 400m hurdles (1:03.14); Aidan Galasso, 1,500m (4:15.03); John Hally, 200m (23.82); 9th Place - Tyreece Clayton, 200m (23.86); 10th Place - Matt Hinkle, javelin (144-7); Dan Feeney, 800m (2:03.71); 11th Place - Jonathan Groton, 100m (11.57); 12th Place - Anthony Loccisano, long jump (17-3 1/4); 17th Place - Justin Molligan, 800m (2:07.81); 21st Place - Andrue Smith, 200m (25.03); 24th Place - Steve Forgo, 800m (2:11.65); 28th Place - Aidan Galasso, 800m (2:13.81).Back To Men's Outdoor Track Home Men's Outdoor Track Story Archive