Delaware Women’s Outdoor Track & Field Wins Five Events at Season-Opening VCU Invitational
March 17, 2012
File Photo Courtesy of Mark Campbell
RICHMOND, Va. -- It was a successful start to the outdoor track and field season for the University of Delaware Saturday as the Blue Hens captured titles in five events, including two by sophomore middle distance standout Lindsay Prettyman (at right), at the Virginia Commonwealth University Invitational at Sports Backers Stadium.
The Blue Hens took a full squad to the non-scoring meet and collected 27 top five showings and 51 top 10 finishes.
“This was a nice season opener for us,” said Delaware head coach Wendy McFarlane. “It was a beautiful day and we had a lot of good performances from our upperclassmen and freshmen. The team is strong this year and we look forward to the upcoming meets.”
Prettyman was the Hens’ lone double-winner as she captured the 800 meters in a time of 2:19.17 and later added a first place finish in the 1,500 meter race with a showing of 4:43.24.
Also taking home first place medals for Delaware were Jillian Seamon in the javelin (128-2), Alyssa Kennedy in the 5,000 meters (18:42.39), and Latoya James in the 100 meter hurdles (14.13).
Delaware runner-ups were Courtney Sniscak in the hammer (164-9), Paige Morris in the triple jump (36-11 3/4), Nicole Rittman in the 5,000 meters (18:48.94), and the 4 x 400 meter relay team of Toresha Foster, Nijah Dupiche, Alexandra Carroll, and Breanna Nicholson in a time of 3:53.80.
Dupiche was also third in the 4 x 100 meter relay with Gabrielle Coleman, Foster, and James and individually finished fourth in the 200 meters (48.53). Carroll also posted a fourth place finish in the 400 meters (58.82).
Delaware will return to action next Saturday when the Blue Hens will split their squad and compete at both the Navy Invitational in Annapolis, Md. and at the West Chester (Pa.) Golden Ram Invitational.
Top 10 Delaware Finishers:
1st - Jillian Seamon, javelin (128-2); Alyssa Kennedy, 5,000m (18:42.39) ; Lindsay Prettyman, 800m (2:19.17), 1,500m (4:43.24); Latoya James, 100m hurdles (14.13)
2nd - Courtney Sniscak, hammer (164-9); Paige Morris, triple jump (36-11 3/4); Nicole Rittman, 5,000m (18:48.94); 4 x 400m Relay (Foster, Dupiche, Carroll, Nicholson), 3:53.80
3rd - Kelsey Evancho, high jump (5-3); Margaret O’Brien, 5,000m (19:04.77); 4 x 100m Relay (Coleman, Dupiche Foster, James), 48.53; Katrina Steenkamer, 1,500m (4:48.11); Alexandra Carroll, 400m (58.82); Nijah Dupiche, 200m (24.86)
4th - Miranda Reinson, pole vault (10-2); Alana Pantale, shot put (41-0 1/4); Toresha Foster, high jump (5-1); Kayla Koonz, 5,000m (19:59.12); Emily Gispert, 1,500m (4:48.97); Breanna Nicholson, 400m hurdles (1:05.57); 4 x 800m Relay (Wasserman, Brooks, Donovan, Jenkins), 10:34.61.
5th - Haley Gorenflo, pole vault (10-2); Latoya James, long jump (17-7); Aretah Ettarh, shot put (39-11 1/2); Jessica Olsen, 1,500m (4:50.32); Bethany Fox, 400m hurdles (1:07.15);
6th - Alana Pantale, hammer ( 140-6); Alexis Gligor, pole vault (9-8); Courtney Sniscak, discus (114-11); Alex Gervais, 800m (2:23.06); 4 x 400m Relay (M. Steenkamer, Prettyman, Gervais, Gispert), 4:10.77
7th - Michelle White, triple jump (35-9 1/2); Spencer Nendza, javelin (67-10); 7th - Kelley Donovan, 400m (1:00.62)
8th - Aretah Ettarh, hammer (133-11); Paige Morris, long jump (16-10 3/4); Lauren Paciorek, javelin (59-10); Kharys Whitehead, 1,500m (5:03.74); Courtney Markow, 400m hurdles (1:10.02)
9th - Michelle White, javelin (49-0); Bethany Fox, 100m hurdles (16.24); Tyonna Brooks, 400m (1:01.14); Meredith Steenkamer, 800m (2:24.47); McKensie Walker, 400m hurdles (1:10.15)
10th - Megan Wiseman, long jump (16-3 3/4); Spencer Nendza, triple jump (33-7 1/2); Breanna Nicholson, 100m hurdles (16.29); Emily Gispert, 800m (2:26.10); Erica Sickler, 400m hurdles (1:12.13); Toresha Foster, 200m (25.56)