University of Delaware Wins 15 Events at Delaware Open in Lone Home Meet of Spring; Caruso Continues to Dominate in Sprints
April 9, 2011
Photo Courtesy of Mark Campbell
NEWARK, Del. -- Sophomore Vicky Caruso (at right) 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 (bottom right) 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 Women’s Finishers: 1st Place - Rachel Jensen, discus (127-7); Alana Pantale, shot put (39-11 1/4); Paige Morris, long jump (17-7 1/2); 4 x 100m Relay (Vicky Caruso, Nijah Dupiche, Asia Hollis, Kristi Cox), 47.46; Leeann Seiwell, 5,000m (18:22.11); Lindsay Prettyman, 800m (2:15.66; UD freshman record); Vicky Caruso, 100m (12.19); 200m (24.25); 2nd Place - Alana Pantale, discus (125-6); Samantha Hunger, triple jump (36-8 1/2); Karissa Carty, long jump (17-5 1/2); 4 x 400m Relay (Vicky Caruso, Nijah Dupiche, Asia Hollis, Kristi Cox), 3:58.00; Latoya James, 100m hurdles (14.71); Isabel Graf, 5,000m (19:25.46); Kristi Cox, 800m (2:16.41); 3rd Place - Jillian Seamon, javelin (133-3); Courtney Sniscak, hammer (147-2; UD freshman record); Aretah Ettarh, shot put (38-4); Kaylee Pineault, 5,000m (19:48.58); Christine Sloat, 3,000m steeplechase (11:58.61); Jen Watunya, 3,000m (10:21.0); 4th Place - Jessica McDonald, pole vault (8-6); Jessie Ermak, 3,000m (10:34.08); Asia Hollis, 400m (58.96); Emily Gispert, 1,500m (4:52.52); 5th Place - Leah Putman, long jump (17-1 1/4); Kayla Hennessy, 100m hurdles (15.25); 6th Place - Rachel Jensen, hammer (130-8); Alyssa Kennedy, 1,500m (4:59.50); Gabrielle Coleman, 100m (13.15); 7th Place - Karissa Carty, triple jump (34-0); Latoya James, long jump (16-8); Jessica Olsen, 1,500m (5:05.20); Carly Simmons, 400m hurdles (1:08.30); Leah Putman, 100m hurdles (15.54); Paige Morris, 100m (13.38); Kathryn Jenkins, 400m (1:00.07); Gabrielle Coleman, 200m (26.95); 8th Place - Alana Pantale, hammer (114-10); Aretah Ettarh, discus (100-10); Jessica McDonald, triple jump (33-6 1/2); Briana Gray, high jump (4-11); Bethany Fox, 400m hurdles (1:09.73); Michele Lambert, 3,000m (11:33.58); Tijen Ozcan, 800m (2:27.35); 9th Place - Leah Putman, javelin (61-10); Katlin Town, triple jump (32-8 1/2); Samantha Hunger, long jump (15-11); Allie Gedney, 1,500m (5:13.45); Alyssa Kennedy, 800m (2:27.88); 10th Place - Lauren Paciorek, javelin (55-7); Nicole Lombardo, triple jump (31-6); Jessica McDonald, long jump (15-6); Leah Putman, 200m (27.18); 11th Place - Emily Bucciferro, long jump (15-0 3/4); Bethany Fox, 100m hurdles (16.06); Paige Morris, 200m (27.39); 12th Place - Katlin Town, long jump (14-8 3/4); Emily Bucciferro, high jump (4-9); Rachel Wasserman, 400m (1:02.24); 13th Place - Latoya James, 200m (27.58); 14th Place - Nicole Lombardo, long jump (13-9 1/2); 15th Place - Kathryn Jenkins, 200m (27.85); Tyonna Brooks, 800m (2:31.34); 18th Place - Allie Gedney, 800m (2:40.56); 20th Place - Lauren Brooking, 800m (2:42.15)