University of Delaware Women Captures Six First Place Finishes at West Chester Track & Field Open
April 27, 2012
File Photos Courtesy of Mark Campbell
WEST CHESTER, Pa. -- The University of Delaware women’s outdoor track & field team posted six first place finishes, including two by sophomore Alana Pantale in the throwing events, to highlight action at the West Chester University Open Meet Friday afternoon at Farrell Stadium.
Delaware posted 32 top 10 finishes overall in the non-scoring meet, which also included teams from UMBC, Coppin State, West Chester, Ursinus, Alvernia, Franklin & Marshall, Immaculata, Gwynedd-Mercy, Bryn Mawr, Widener, Wesley, Cheyney, and Penn State-Brandywine.
Pantale (at right) was the lone double-winner on the day as she captured the discus throw with a heave of 137-feet, 5 3/4-inches and the shot put with a toss of 40-3 1/2 while also placing second in the hammer throw (144-2).
Also claiming first place finishes were Rachel Wasserman in the 800 meters (2:22.62), Karys Whitehead in the 3,000 meter steeplechase (12:10.82), Spencer Nendza (below left) in the triple jump (34-0 3/4), and Courtney Sniscak in the hammer (161-7).
Delaware had several other athletes finish in the top five in multiple events.
Nendza was also second in the long jump (15-9); Sniscak was second in the discus (126-8); Bethany Fox was second in the 400 meters hurdles (1:08.77) and third in the 100 meter hurdles (16.23); Alexandra Muro was third in the 100 meters (12.96) and fourth in the 200 meters (26.19).
Delaware will compete in the 4 x 800 meter relay only during the final day of the Penn Relays at the University of Pennsylvania in Philadelphia on Saturday.
Next week the Hens take part in the Colonial Athletic Association Championships at George Mason.
Delaware Top 10 Finishers:
1st Place - Rachel Wasserman, 800m (2:22.62); Karys Whitehead, 3,000m steeplechase (12:10.82); Spencer Nendza, triple jump (34-0 3/4); Alana Pantale, discus (137-5 3/4); shot put (40-3 1/2); Courtney Sniscak, hammer (161-7)
2nd Place - Francine Gebbia, 1,500m (5:06.98); Bethany Fox, 400m hurdles (1:08.77); Spencer Nendza, long jump (15-9); Jessica McDonald, triple jump (33-5 3/4); Courtney Sniscak, discus (126-8); Alana Pantale, hammer (144-2)
3rd Place - Elizabeth Sowden, 5,000m (19:25.99); Bethany Fox, 100m hurdles (16.23); Alexandra Muro, 100m (12.96); Alexandra Gervais, 800m (2:23.89); Lauren Paciorek, 400m hurdles (1:09.16); Haley Gorenflo, pole vault (10-8); Aretah Ettarh, shot put (39-6)
4th Place - Kelley Donovan, 800m (2:27.02); Alexandra Muro, 200m (26.19)
5th Place - Tyonna Brooks, 400m (1:00.37); McKensie Walker, 400m hurdles (1:09.96); Kelley Donovan, 200m (26.81)
6th Place - Sydney Shepherd, 400m (1:03.29); Erica Sickler, 400m hurdles (1:12.59); Tyonna Brooks, 200m (26.89); Aretah Ettarh, hammer (112-4)
7th Place - Allie Gedney, 1,500m (5:23.60)
8th Place - Sydney Shepherd, 200m (27.48); Jessica McDonald, long jump (15-2 1/4)
10th Place - McKensie Walker, 100m hurdles (17.91)