Caruso Wins 200 Meter Title, Hens Set Four Records, as Delaware Places Fifth at CAA Championships
May 5, 2012
File Photo Courtesy of Mark Campbell
• Final Results
• 2012 CAA Championship Video
FAIRFAX, Va. -- University of Delaware junior sprinter Vicky Caruso captured her third Colonial Athletic Association title in two years Saturday afternoon as she won the 200 meter title to lead the Blue Hens to a fifth place team finish at the CAA Women’s Outdoor Track & Field Championships at George Mason University.
Caruso (at right), who won the 400 meter dash and the 4 x 400 meter relay last season, has now captured 29 meet titles during her UD outdoor career. She enjoyed another outstanding meet performance as she also placed third in the 400 meters, fourth in the 4 x 400 meter relay, and sixth in the 4 x 100 meter relay during the two-day meet.
Delaware recorded 11 top five finishes and set four school records on Saturday to post 96 points and finish fifth overall for the second straight year. James Madison won the team title with 132 points to outdistance runner-up VCU by just six points. Defending champions Georgia State was third followed by George Mason, Delaware, UNC Wilmington, Towson, William & Mary, and Northeastern in the nine-team field.
Caruso captured the 200 meters in a time of 24.01 and the Hens posted three second place finishes. Alana Pantale was second in the shot put with a school-record throw of 44-feet, 11 1/2-inches, Latoya James was second in the 100 meter hurdles, and Lindsay Prettyman finished as runner-up in the 800 meters with a school-record time of 2:11.07. Pantale broke the record of 44-3 1/2 set by Rachel Young in 2006 while Prettyman broke the mark set on Saturday by Emily Gispert.
Caruso ran to a time of 53.93 to place third in the 400 meters, Kelsey Evancho was fourth in the high jump (5-5), Pantale was fourth in the discus with a school-record toss of 150-10, Amira Idris finished fourth in the triple jump with a school record distance of 40-4 1/4, Breanna Nicholson was fourth in the 400 meter hurdles (1:02.27), and the 4 x 400 meter relay team of Caruso, Nijah Dupiche, Nicholson, and Toresha Foster was fourth in 3:45.03.
Pantale broke the UD discus record of 148-0 set by Amanda Marshall in 2009 while Idris broke her own triple jump record of 38-11 set earlier this season.
Gispert finished fifth in the 800 meters (2:13.80), the 4 x 100 meter relay team of Caruso, Dupiche, Foster, and Idris finished sixth (46.94), Dupiche was seventh in the 400 meters (56.03), Foster was eighth in the 400 meters (56.80), Michelle White was eighth in the heptathlon (3,661), Paige Morris was eighth in the triple jump (38-10 1/2), McKensie Walker was ninth in the heptathlon (3,651), Jillian Seamon was 10th in the heptathlon (3,553), and Kayla Koonz was 10th in the 3,000 meter steeplechase (11:57.05).
The George Mason men won their fourth straight team title at the meet.
VCU’s Jaleesa Williams and George Mason’s Mandissa Marshall shared the Co-Most Outstanding Field Athlete Award while Georgia State’s Tamara Moore was named the Most Outstanding Track Athlete. On the men’s side, George Mason’s duo of Lavell Handy (field) and David Verburg (track) were honored as Most Outstanding Athletes.
Delaware will continue action next week when the Blue Hens compete at the Eastern College Athletic Conference Championships at Princeton University.
Final Team Standings: 1. James Madison - 132; 2. VCU - 126.5; 3. Georgia State - 122; 4. George Mason - 98.5; 5. Delaware - 96; 6. UNC Wilmington - 68; 7. Towson - 60.5; 8. William & Mary - 57.5; 9. Northeastern - 57
1st Place - Vicky Caruso, 200m (24.01)
2nd Place - Alana Pantale, shot put (44-11 1/2; UD Record); Latoya James, 100m hurdles (13.87); Lindsay Prettyman, 800m (2:11.07 - UD Record)
3rd Place - Vicky Caruso, 400m (53.93)
4th Place - Kelsey Evancho, high jump (5-5); Alana Pantale, discus (150-10; UD Record); Amira Idris, triple jump (40-4 1/4; UD Record); Breanna Nicholson, 400m hurdles (1:02.27); 4 x 400m Relay (Vicky Caruso, Nijah Dupiche, Breanna Nicholson, Toresha Foster), 3:45.03
5th Place - Emily Gispert, 800m (2:13.80)
6th Place - 4 x 100m Relay (Vicky Caruso, Nijah Dupiche, Toresha Foster, Amira Idris), 46.94
7th Place - Nijah Dupiche, 400m (56.03)
8th Place - Toresha Foster, 400m (56.80); Michelle White, heptathlon (3,661 points); Paige Morris, triple jump (38-10 1/2)
9th Place - Mckensie Walker, heptathlon (3,651)
10th Place - Jillian Seamon, heptathlon (3,553); Kayla Koonz, 3,000m steeplechase (11:57.05)
11th Place - Aretah Ettarh, shot put (39-8 1/2); Spencer Nendza, heptathlon (3,092)
12th Place - Toresha Foster, high jump (5-1)
13th Place - Karys Whitehead, 3,000m steeplechase (12:29.18)
14th Place - Meg O’Brien, 3,000m steeplechase (12:54.47)
17th Place - Breanna Nicholson, high jump (4-11 1/4)
18th Place - Courtney Sniscak, discus (115-7)