University of Delaware Track & Field Athletes Capture 10 First Place Finishes at the Penn Invitational
April 2, 2011
File Photo Courtesy of Chris Permar
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 and sophomore Vicky Caruso (at right) 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 Women’s Finishers: 1st Place - Courtney Markow, pole vault (11-5 3/4); Alana Pantale, discus (132-9); Courtney Sniscak, hammer (140-2); Vicky Caruso, 100m (11.96), 200m (24.29); Kristi Cox, 400m (57.01); 2nd Place - Jillian Seamon, javelin (129-11); Alana Pantale, shot put (40-2 1/4); Nijah Dupiche, 400m (57.95); Latoya James, 100m hurdles (14.59); 4 x 100m Relay (Vicky Caruso, Nijah Dupiche, Asia Hollis, Cox), 47.28; 3rd Place - Samantha Hunger, triple jump (35-11 1/2); Leah Putman, long jump (17-4); Nijah Dupiche, 200m (25.34); Lindsay Prettyman, 800m (2:17.40); Jen Watunya, 5,000m (18:07.27); 4th Place - Briana Gray, high jump (5-0 1/4); 4 x 400m Relay (Vicky Caruso, Lindsay Prettyman, Emily Gispert, Jessica Olsen), 4:02.22; Asia Hollis, 100m (12.51); 5th Place - Aretah Ettarh, shot put (38-3 1/4); Kristi Cox, 200m (25.53); Kayla Hennessy, 100m hurdles (15.02); Christine Sloat, 3,000m steeplechase (12:32.16); 6th Place - Asia Hollis, 200m (25.60); Emily Gispert, 800m (2:20.79); Leah Putman, 100m hurdles (15.27); Alex Finocchio, 3,000m steeplechase (13:13.23); Katie Deinert, 5,000m (18:24.61); 7th Place - Rachel Jensen, discus (118-0); Karissa Carty, triple jump (34-2); Jessica Olsen, 800m (2:21.58); 8th Place - Jessica McDonald, triple jump (34-0); Karissa Carty, long jump (16-5 3/4); 4 x 800m Relay, 10:53.88; Bethany Fox, 400m hurdles (1:09.86); Tracy Powell, 3,000m steeplechase (13:25.19); 9th Place - Paige Morris, long jump (16-5); 10th Place - Rachel Jensen, hammer (105-1); 11th Place - Erica Sickler, 400m hurdles (1:11.65); 13th Place - Latoya James, 100m (12.90); Carly Simmons, 400m (1:02.22); 14th Place - Bethany Fox, 100m hurdles (15.94); 19th Place - Samantha Hunger, long jump (14-10 1/2); 20th Place - Paige Morris, 100m (13.43); 22nd Place - Alyssa Kennedy, 1,500m (5:05.54); 25th Place - Kaylee Pineault, 5,000m (19:57.23); 36th Place - Tijen Ozcan, 1,500m (5:28.58); 39th Place - Allie Gedney, 1,500m (5:42.05)