Spartans Finish Eighth at Messiah

Spartans Finish Eighth at Messiah

GRANTHAM, PA – The York College women’s track & field squad ran to an eighth-place overall finish Saturday afternoon at the Messiah College Falcon Invitational. The Spartans collected 41.5 team points while host Messiah blew away the field by over 120 points as the Falcons scored 218.5.

Highlighting York’s effort, the 4x400 squad continued to perform exceptionally well as they picked up the Spartans’ lone event win of the meet. The foursome combined for a 4:17.02 to capture the victory.

Mandy Parshall (Dover, Pa./Homeschooled) provided the Green and White’s best individual finish as she came in fourth in the 800-meter run. Parshall crossed the line at 2:18.10, while rookie Gabrielle Harbin (Baltimore, Md./Mercy) finished ninth in the event (2:32.03).

Parshall would also secure a seventh-place spot in the 1500. The sophomore standout ran to a 5:05.88 to take the top-ten.

The Spartans’ best mark off the track came by way of senior captain Alaina Smelko (Punxsutawney, Pa./Punxsutawney). Smelko took fifth in the triple jump with a 33’ 4” distance.

Kate Paczynski (Marriottsville, Md./Liberty) tied for fifth in the high jump with a 4’ 8” leap.

Back on the track, the 400 meters saw sophomore Anna Spaniol (Hillsborough, N.J./Hillsborough) secure sixth (63.35) while Andrea Taylor (York, Pa./Central York) took tenth (65.67).

Distance standout Melody Parshall (Dover, Pa./Homeschooled) posted a seventh-place time in the 5,000 meters as she ran to a 19:48.90.

Rookie Tuesday Wilson (York, Pa./Eastern York) registered an eighth-place finish in the 10,000-meter run with a 43:28.96.

In the sprints, Chitom Henry (Philadelphia, Pa./Alexis I. Dupont) took ninth in the 110-meter hurdles (18.15) while Laura Zimmerman (Enola, Pa./East Pennsboro ) nabbed ninth in the 100-meter dash (13.72).

The hammer throw saw Mackenzie Dolan (Toms River, N.J./Toms River East) place eighth with a 100’ 3” toss while Katie Shinn (Orange, Conn./Amity Regional) recorded a 95’ 8” throw to take tenth.

Courtney Lapp (Lancaster, Pa./Penn Manor) and Becky Homan (Robbinsville, N.J./Robbinsville) each took top-ten finishes in the javelin. Lapp launched the javelin 91’ 10” while Homan posted an 86’ 10” distance.

In the pole vault, Jesse Mast (Cape May, N.J./Lower Cape May Regional) recorded ninth with a 7’ 8.5” height.

The Spartans now turn their focus to next Saturday’s Capital Athletic Conference Championships. York travels to Salisbury, Md. on April 17 for the Championships, which is slated to begin at 9:45 a.m.


Chitom Henry photo courtesy of Zach Clabaugh -