Caruso Part of Two Victories, Blue Hens Set Seven School Record on Way to Fifth Place Finish at CAA Track & Field Championships
May 7, 2011
File Photo Courtesy of Mark Campbell
RICHMOND, Va. -- University of Delaware senior thrower John Viotto and sophomore sprinter Vicky Caruso(at right) each had a hand in winning two titles to lead the Blue Hens on the final day of the Colonial Athletic Association Men’s and Women’s Track & Field Championships Saturday at Virginia Commonwealth’s SportsBacker Stadium.
Viotto captured both the shot put and discus individual titles on Saturday to lead the Delaware men to a fourth place finish in the team standings while Caruso won the 400 meters, teamed with Nijah Dupiche, Kayla Hennessy, and Kristi Cox to win the 4 x 400 meter relay, and placed second in the 200 meters.
The fourth place finish was the best for the UD men since 2008 while the fifth place showing was the highest for the UD women since a fifth place finish in 2002. The UD women finished a mere 10 points out of second place. The meet marked the final conference championship appearance for the UD men as the program will be reclassified as a club sport following this season.
Viotto upped his career outdoor victory total to 14, including nine this season, while Caruso increased her outdoor win total to 22. They both become the first athletes in UD history to win multiple titles at the CAA Championships since Delaware joined the league in 2002. Viotto became the first UD men’s track & field performer to win two events at the conference meet since Mike DiGennaro won both the 3,000 meter steeplechase and 5,000 meters at the 2000 America East meet.
George Mason won its second straight men’s team title with 239 points followed by UNC Wilmington, Northeastern, Delaware, William & Mary, VCU, and Georgia State. Georgia State ended William & Mary’s four-year reign as women’s team champions as the Panthers won the title with 133 points followed by George Mason, Northeastern, James Madison, Delaware, UNC Wilmington, VCU, William & Mary, and Towson.
It was a successful championship for both Delaware squads as the men brought home three titles, were second in two events, and third in two other competitions. The Blue Hen women captured three first place finishes, were runner-up in two events, and posted three third place showings. Delaware athletes also set nine new school or freshman records as well.
Viotto set a new school record by winning the shot put with a school record toss of 56-3 1/4 and capturing the discus throw with a heave of 165-2. His throw in the shot put broke the longstanding UD record of 55-7 set by Steve Hansen back in 1986.
In addition for the UD men, Jim Schwendtner won his second straight hammer throw title with a toss of 188-8, Andy Weaver was second in the 5,000 meter run (14:27.68), Ross Shober was second in the decathlon with a school-record point total of 6,376, breaking his own school mark of 5,959 set earlier this spring, Nick Alexander was third in the shot put (50-10), Connor Whitesel was third in the hammer (179-4), Ryan Beach was fourth in the discus (152-9), Tim Byrne was fourth in the shot put (50-4), Joe Passalaqua was fourth in the pole vault (14-9), and the 4 x 400 meter relay team of Vinny Fronczkowski, Tyreece Clayton, Steve Forgo, and Justin Molligan was fourth (3:18.75).
Caruso teamed with Dupiche, Hennessy, and Cox to win the 4 x 400m meter relay in 3:42.55, giving Delaware its first ever CAA relay title. Caruso also won the 400 meters in a time of 53.87, breaking the old Delaware record of 54.34 set last season by Cristine Marquez, and placed second in the 200 meters with a time of 24.17.
Also for the UD women, Jillian Seamon won her second straight CAA javelin title on Friday with a throw of 134-9, Lindsay Prettyman finished second in the 800 meters in 2:13.71, breaking the UD record of 2:13.84 by Erin Gemmill in 2002, Alana Pantale was third in the discus with a UD freshman record of 142-0 and fourth in the discus with a toss of 42-4, Hennessy was third in the 400 meter hurdles with a time of 1:00.42, breaking her own UD record of 1:01.57 set in 2008, Dupiche was fourth in the 400 meters (56.65), and Jen Watunya was fourth in the 10,000 meters (36:23.87)
Other record breakers for the UD women were Latoya James, who placed fifth in the 100 meter hurdles with a time of 14.15, breaking the UD record of 14.25 by Hennessy in 2008; Courtney Sniscak, who broke her own UD freshman record in the hammer with a toss of 161-10 to place sixth; and Paige Morris, who placed eighth in the long jump with a new UD freshman mark of 18-9 3/4.
VCU’s Quina Fourtune was named the Women’s Outstanding Track Performer while Georgia State’s Yolanda Berryhill earned the Women’s Outstanding Field Performer. On the men’s side, George Mason’s swept the awards as Rachaunn Ruffin was named the Outstanding Track Performer and Lavell Handy was picked as the Outstanding Field Performer.
Final Women’s Team Standings: 1. Georgia State - 133; 2. George Mason - 105; 3. Northeastern - 100.5; 4. James Madison - 98; 5. Delaware - 96; 6. UNC Wilmington - 81.5; 7. VCU - 79.5; 8. William & Mary - 61; Towson - 60.5 .
Delaware Women’s Finishers: 1st Place - 4 x 400m Relay (Vicky Caruso, Nijah Dupiche, Kayla Hennessy, Kristi Cox), 3:42.55; Vicky Caruso, 400m (53.87; UD Record); Jillian Seamon, javelin (134-9); 2nd Place - Vicky Caruso, 200m (24.17); Lindsay Prettyman, 800m (2:13.71; UD Record); 3rd Place - Alana Pantale, discus (142-0; UD Freshman Record); Kayla Hennessy, 400m hurdles (1:00.42; UD Record); 4th Place - Alana Pantale, shot put (42-4); Nijah Dupiche, 400m (56.65); Jen Watunya, 10,000m (36:23.87); 5th Place - Jessica Olsen, 1,500m (4:44.01); Latoya James, 100m hurdles (14.15; UD Record); Kristi Cox, 400m (57.21); 6th Place - Courtney Sniscak, hammer (161-10; UD Freshman Record); 7th Place - Leah Putman, pentathlon (3,956 points); Emily Gispert, 800m (2:19.14); 8th Place - 4 x 100m Relay (Asia Hollis, Nijah Dupiche, Kristi Cox, Gabrielle Coleman), 48.76; Paige Morris, long jump (18-9 3/4; UD Freshman Record); Courtney Markow, pole vault (11-2 1/4); Briana Gray, high jump (5-3 1/4); 9th Place - Leeann Seiwell, 5,000m (18:02.14); Kayla Hennessy, 100m hurdles (14.18); 10th Place - Christine Sloat, 3,000m steeplechase (11:49.54); Kristi Cox, 200m; 12th Place - Aretah Ettarh, shot put (35-10 1/2); Leah Putman, long jump (17-0 3/4); Rachel Wasserman, 800m (2:19.75); Karen Mandrachia, 1,500m (4:56.36); 13th Place - Brittany Fox, 400m hurdles (1:07.63); Asia Hollis, 100m (12.37) 14th Place - Rachel Jensen, discus (115-10); Carly Simmons, 400m hurdles (1:08.04); Nijah Dupiche, 200m (25.27); 15th Place - Alyssa Kennedy, 1,500m (5:05.15); 16th Place - Paige Morris, triple jump (35-4 3/4); Tracy Powell, 3,000m steeplechase (12:37.67); 17th Place - Samantha Hunger, triple jump (35-2 1/2); Karissa Carty, long jump (16-1); Brittany Fox, 100m hurdles (15.46); 18th Place - Karissa Carty, triple jump (32-11 3/4); 20th Place - Samantha Hunger, long jump (14-10 3/4); Latoya James, 100m (12.54); 21st Place - Gabrielle Coleman, 100m (12.68); 22nd Place - Gabrielle Coleman, 200m (26.00); 25th Place - Asia Hollis, 200m (26.59).