Delaware Opens Season with Impressive Performance as Hens Win 10 Events at Golden Ram Invitational; Three Hens Win in Collegiate Debut
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 (at right), Courtney Markow, and Lindsay Prettyman all captured titles in their collegiate outdoor debuts and Pantale and John Viotto 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 Women’s Finishers: 1st Place - Jillian Seamon, javelin (131-1); Alana Pantale, shot put (40-2), discus (127-9); Leah Putman, long jump (17-0 3/4); Courtney Markow, pole vault (10-11 3/4); Kayla Hennessy, 400m hurdles (1:06.44); LaToya James, 100m hurdles (15.06); Katie Deinert, 5,000m (18:38.17); Lindsay Prettyman, 1,500m (4:53.54); Karen Mandrachia, 800m (2:27.70); 2nd Place - Karissa Carty, long jump (16-7); 4 x 400m Relay (Lindsay Prettyman, Jessica Olsen, Emily Gispert, Carly Simmons), 4:11.39); Leeann Seiwell, 5,000m (18:40.93); 3rd Place - Courtney Sniscak, hammer (137-1); Rachel Jensen, discus (123-1); Karissa Carty, triple jump (33-4); Paige Morris, long jump (16-2 1/4); Jessica McDonald, pole vault (9-0 1/4); Jen Watunya, 3,000m (10:43.65); Rachel Wasserman, 800m (2:28.88); 4th Place - Aretah Ettarh, shot put (37-9 1/2); Emily Bucciferro, high jump (4-10 1/2); Brianna Gray, high jump (4-10 1/2); Leah Putman, 100m hurdles (15.69); Christine Sloat, 5,000m (19:29.31); Jessica Olsen, 1,500m (5:04.55); 5th Place - Samantha Hunger, triple jump (32-10 1/2); Kayla Hennessy, 100m hurdles (15.75); Emily Gispert, 1,500m (5:06.18); Kathryn Jenkins, 400m (1:01.58); 6th Place - Rachel Jensen, hammer (124-0); Bethany Fox, 100m hurdles (16.15); Alex Finocchio, 3,000m (11:18.44); Leah Putman, 100m (13.05); 7th Place - Breanna Pritchard, pole vault (8-4 1/4); Kaylee Pineault, 3,000m (11:41.37); Jen Watunya, 1,500m (5:09.06); Alyssa Kennedy, 800m (2:32.74); Carly Simmons, 400m (1:02.51); 8th Place - Aretah Ettarh, discus (100-5); Katlin Town, triple jump (31-4 3/4); Karissa Carty, 100m hurdles (17.54); Alyssa Kennedy, 1,500m (5:11.03); Kathryn Jenkins, 200m (27.64); 9th Place - Alana Pantale, hammer (111-5); Bethany Fox, 200 (27.65); 10th Place - Tyonna Brooks, 400m (1:03.59); 11th Place - Courtney Markow, 200m (27.68); 12th Place - Michele Lambert, 1,500m (5:21.15); Emily Bucciferro, long jump (14-9 1/4); 13th Place - Courtney Sniscak, discus (85-8); 14th Place - Michele Lambert, 800m (2:38.49); 15th Place - Katlin Town, long jump (12-6 1/2); 16th Place - Tijen Ozcan, 800m (2:40.73); 18th Place - Allie Gedney, 1,500m (5:45.08); 21st Place - Lauren Paciorek, 100m (13.96), LaToya James, 200m (28.53).