Spartans Earn 20 Top-Five Finishes; Second Place at Goucher Classic

Spartans Earn 20 Top-Five Finishes; Second Place at Goucher Classic

TOWSON, MD - The York College women’s track and field squad earned a second place finish in the seven-team Goucher Classic Saturday in Towson, MD. The Spartans accumulated 130 team points while first place Ursinus collected 185.

The green and white registered a total of 20 top-five finishes including three first place spots. The Spartans were especially strong in the throwing events earning eleven of their top five finishes. Senior thrower Sarah Becker (Red Lion, Pa./Red Lion) captured two first place finishes on the day. In the discus, Becker launched a toss of 103 feet, three inches to garner the top spot. She also threw the hammer 119 feet, six inches, tops for the meet. Becker also finished second in the shot put and ninth in the javelin.

Following Becker in the discus were Jessie Berry (Schuylkill Haven, Pa./Pine Grove Area) with a 95 foot, four inch throw that landed her in the second spot, Caitlin Mahan (Delran, N.J./Delran) with a 92 foot, eight inch toss for third place, and Mackenzie Dolan (Toms River, N.J./Toms River East) whose 79 foot distance earned her the fifth spot.

The hammer throw saw Mahan place third with a throw of 91 feet, eight inches and Dolan capture fourth with a 90 foot toss. Dolan also took third in the shot put, while Mahan and Berry took fifth and tenth respectively. Mahan’s best finish came in the javelin when she finished second with a throw of 89 feet, nine inches.

In the pole vault, the Spartans took the top three spots with Kristen Cronise (Shrewsbury, Pa./Susquehannock) taking first with a height of nine feet, 0.25 inches. Caitlin Rizzardo (Jacobus, Pa./Dallastown) and Anna Hershner (Glen Rock, Pa./Susquehannock) tied for second place vaulting eight feet, 0.5 inches.

Allyson Montello (Adamstown, Md./Urbana) and Alaina Smelko (Punxsutawney, Pa./Punxsutawney) combined for a strong showing in the jumps for the Spartan side. Smelko grabbed second in the triple jump with a bound of 32 feet, nine inches while Montello took third in the event with a distance of 31 feet, 11.25 inches. Montello also came in fourth in the high jump and Smelko earned sixth in the long jump.

On the track, the Spartans earned nine top-ten finishes. Melody Parshall (Dover, Pa./Homeschooled) garnered two of those top-tens coming in third in the 5,000 meters with a time of 21:00 while she finished seventh in the 1,500 meters. Mackenzie Kauffman (Belleville, Pa./Indian Valley) took the tenth spot in the 1,500 meters at 5:37 in addition to her ninth place finish in the 800 meter dash with a time of 2:42.

Terah Bloemer’s (Stewartstown, Pa./Kennard-Dale) 1:13 time in the 400 meters earned the sophomore third place in the event. Bloemer also turned in a time of 31.20 in the 200 meters, good for eighth. In the 100 meters, Smelko earned a tenth place finish with a time of 14.12.

The Spartan relay teams both earned third place finishes. The 4x100 relay team posted a time of 55.62 while the 4x400 squad crossed the line at 4:36.58.

York returns to action on Saturday, April 12, traveling to Grantham, PA for the Messiah Invitational.



Sarah Becker photo courtesy of Scott Guise