Delaware Women’s Track & Field Captures Own Thomson Invitational Team Championship; Wins Eight Individual Titles
January 28, 2012
Photos Courtesy of Mark Campbell
NEWARK, Del. -- The University of Delaware women’s indoor track & field squad dominated the action Saturday at Delaware Field House, taking first place in eight different competitions and capturing the team title at the annual UD/Thomson Invitational.
The Blue Hens stormed past the seven-team Division I field, earning 254 points thanks to the eight first place finishes and the eight runner-up showings. Towson was second with 191.5 points followed by Saint Joseph's, La Salle, Coppin State, Delaware State, and the Delaware Track Club.
Saint Joseph's captured the men's Division I title while Rowan won the women's Division II-III team title and Widener claimed the men's Division II-III team crown.
Once again the big winner for the Blue Hens was junior sprinter Vicky Caruso (at right), who captured both the 200 meters (24.58) and 400 meters (55.48) to finish up a solid afternoon. She has now captured six individual titles this season and has 28 wins during her three-year career in indoor track & field.
Also contributing first place finishes for Delaware were Meredith Steenkamer in the 1,000 meters (307.42), Lindsay Prettyman (at left) in the mile (5:10.21), Latoya James in the 60 meter hurdles (8.78), Miranda Reinson in the pole vault (10-10), Paige Morris (bottom right) in the triple jump (37-6 1/2), and the 4 x 400 meter relay quartet of Alexandra Carroll, Toresha Foster, Kelly Donovan, and Sydney Shepherd in a time of 4:05.29.
James’ winning time in the 60 meter hurdles broke her own school record of 8.84 set earlier this season and qualified her for the ECAC Championships in March in Boston.
Delaware also had eight other second place finishes as Carroll was second in the 800 meters (2:24.99), Foster was second in the high jump (5-3), Haley Gorenflo was second in the pole vault (10-10), Aretah Ettarh was second in the shot put (40-7 1/2), Rachel Wasserman was second in the 1,000 meters (3:07.42), and Steenkamer was second in the mile (5:17.29) and also teamed with Alex Gervais, Breanna Nicholson, Hannah Pepper, and Mckensie Walker for a second place finish in the 4 x 400 meter relay (4:09.31) and with Katrina Steenkamer, Hannah DeMartino, and Melissa Mazzo for a second place showing in the 4 x 800 meter relay (10:00.53).
The Blue Hens will return to action Feb. 3-4 at the New Balance Collegiate Invitational at the New York City Armory.
Final Division I Women’s Team Standings: 1. Delaware - 254; 2. Towson - 191.5; 3. Saint Joseph’s - 73.5; 4. La Salle - 66; 5. Coppin State - 50; 6. Delaware State - 27; 17. Delaware Track Club - 3
Top 10 Delaware Finishers (Division I Section)
1st Place - Vicky Caruso, 200m (24.58), 400m (55.48); Meredith Steenkamer, 1,000m (3:07.42) Lindsay Prettyman, mile (5:10.21); Latoya James, 60m hurdles (8.78 - school record); 4 x 400m Relay (Carroll, Foster, Donovan, Shepherd), 4:05.29; Mirando Reinson, pole vault (10-10); Paige Morris, triple jump (37-6 1/2);
2nd Place - Alexandra Carroll, 800m (2:24.99); Rachel Wasserman, 1,000m (3:07.43); Meredith Steenkamer, mile (5:17.29); 4 x 400m Relay (Gervais, Nicholson, H. Pepper, Walker), 4:09.31; 4 x 800m Relay (M. Steenkamer, K. Steenkamer, DeMartino, Mazzo), 10:00.53; Toresha Foster, high jump (5-3); Haley Gorenflo, pole vault (10-10); Aretah Ettarh, shot put (40-7 1/2)
3rd Place - Latoya James, 60m (8.01); Toresha Foster, 200m (26.21); Kelley Donovan, 400m (1:01.70); Emily Gispert, mile (5:17.98); Alyssa Kennedy, 3,000m (10:34.88); Kelsey Evancho, high jump (5-3); Jennifer Holly, pole vault (10-10); Megan Wiseman, long jump (16-3); Alana Pantale, shot put (40-6 3/4), weight throw (47-9)
4th Place - Breanna Nicholson, 400m (1:01.81); Sophie Kauffman, 5,000m (19:09.01); Alexis Gligor, pole vault (9-4 1/4); Courtney Sniscak, weight throw (47-3 3/4)
5th Place - Sydney Shepherd, 400m (1:01.87); Latoya James, long jump (15-11); Aretah Ettarh, weight throw (42-0 3/4)
6th Place - Alexandra Gervais, 400m (1:02.48); Hannah DeMartino, 800m (2:32.44); Nicole Daly, 3,000m (10:55.41); Megan Wiseman, triple jump (33-5 3/4); Alyson Leppla, weight throw (41-0 1/2)
7th Place - Alexandra Muro, 400m (1:02.61); Alyson Leppla, shot put (35-1 1/4)
8th Place - Mckensie Walker, 400m (1:02.67); Michele Lambert, 3,000m (11:07.60); Bethany Fox, 60m hurdles (9.78); Kelsey Evancho, long jump (15-6 3/4); Karissa Carty, triple jump (32-8 1/2); Jillian Seamon, weight throw (35-7 1/4)
9th Place - Breanna Nicholson, 200m (26.92); Hannah Pepper, 400m (1:03.51); Allison Calvarese, 800m (2:37.09); Katie Deinert, 1,000m (3:29.57); Mellissa Mazzo, mile (5:36.42); Spencer Nendza, long jump (15-5); Jessica McDonald, triple jump (32-3)
10th Place - Tyonna Brooks, 400m (1:03.72); Francine Gebbia, mile (5:37.40); Mckensie Walker, 60m hurdles (10.10); Jessica McDonald, long jump (14-11 1/2); Spencer Nendza, triple jump (32-2 3/4).