Delaware Track & Field Teams Ready to Take Part in Colonial Athletic Association Championships
May 5, 2011
File Photo Courtesy of Mark Campbell
RICHMOND, Va. -- The University of Delaware men’s and women’s outdoor track & field squads will be looking to bring home individual titles this weekend as the Blue Hens take part in the 2011 Colonial Athletic Association Track & Field Championships at Virginia Commonwealth University’s SportsBackers Stadium.
The event will get underway Friday morning, May 6, starting with the javelin, long jump, pole vault, and hammer events and continuing with the first running events beginning at 1 p.m. The second and final day will get underway Saturday at 9 a.m. with the decathlon and heptathlon. The championships, which are free and open to the public, are being hosted by the VCU for the first time since 2006.
The George Mason men and the William & Mary women are the defending team champions with William & Mary looking to capture its fourth straight title.
The Delaware men, who posted their best CAA finish in 2003 when the squad finished second in the team standings, will be looking to improve upon last season’s fifth place team finish. The Blue Hen women, who finished seventh a year ago, posted their best CAA finish in 2002 when the team was fifth overall.
Leading the Blue Hen women will be defending champion Jillian Seamon in the javelin, Vicky Caruso (at right) in the sprint events, Lindsay Prettyman in the 800 meters, Alana Pantale in the shot put and discus, Courtney Sniscak in the hammer, and the 4 x 400 meter relay team of Caruso, Kristi Cox, Asia Hollis, and Nijah Dupiche. Caruso placed second in the 200 meters and fourth in the 100 meters a year ago.
On the men’s side, Jim Schwendtner is the defending champion in the hammer throw while Connor Whitesel was second in the event a year ago. Other top Delaware hopefuls are Dan Feeney in the 3,200 steeplechase, Shane Ordway in the pole vault, John Viotto in the shot put and discus, Tim Byrne and Nick Alexander in the shot put, Dan Kinkler in the javelin, and Ross Shober in the decathlon.