CARLISLE, Pa. – The York College women's track & field team broke a trio of school records and tied a fourth Saturday as they put together a strong performance at the indoor Dickinson Holiday Invitational in Carlisle, Pa. Overall, the Spartans finished fifth out of 11 squads in attendance, securing 55 points.
"The women are getting better," Spartan head coach Erick Camodeca beamed. "It is going to be exciting to see where they are going to be at the end of the year."
Sophomore standout Laura Rowlands is one of those reasons for that excitement as she had a huge day for the Green and White. Rowlands captured both the long jump and triple jump events to snag first-place points for the Green and White. More than that however, Rowlands established a new school record in the long jump with a distance of 5.09 meters (16' 8.5"), shattering the previous school best of 4.75 meters set last season. In the triple jump, the sophomore posted a total distance of 10.68 meters (35' 0.5") to take first overall.
On the track, freshman Jasmine Smith brought down York's 55-meter dash record as she crossed the line in 7.49 seconds. Besting yet another record, which was set last season, Smith broke the mark of 7.85 seconds as she took third overall. Capri Jackson, another quality newcomer in a group fraught with talent, set a new school-best in the 400 meters. Jackson, who placed third in the event, ran to a 1:04.41, breaking the previous record of 1:05.27 from last February.
"Jasmine was phenomenal out of the blocks," Camodeca said. "Capri was smooth and fluid throughout her race.
In a rare occurrence, the Spartans' 4x400 relay squad precisely tied the previous school record in the event. Hannah Ritzman, Jackson, Korissa Lincoln, and Deborah Fidele posted a tremendous 4:23.09, another mark set last February, to finish second overall.
Perhaps the Green and White's deepest performance came from their core of long jumpers. Aside from Rowland's outstanding feat, Smith finished second overall and secured a personal-record leap of 4.96 meters (16' 3.25"). Dana Mangano posted a huge personal-record as she beat her previous best by over two feet. Her mark of 4.73 meters (15' 6.25") provided York with five fourth-place points.
"Our long jumpers were great," Camodeca said. "We were really happy with Dana's performance. We always knew it was there, she was just able to consistently put it together today."
York also showed well in the 200 meters as Smith (sixth), Ritzman (seventh), and Fidele (10th) all finished in the top-ten. Aside from her 200-meter performance, Fidele notched third overall in the 600 meters with a 1:48.89 while Ritzman came in eighth in the 55 meters with a 7.82.
Lincoln placed well in the 400 meters as she posted a fifth-place 1:06.40 while Megan Phillips ran to a 3:19.26 in the 1,000 meters.
Senior Anna Spaniol ran very well as she placed first in her heat and grabbed a top-ten spot overall in the one mile event as she placed ninth with a 5:50.14.
"Anna blew away her heat in the one mile," Camodeca said. "I would have liked to have been able to get her in the faster heat to she what she could have done against those women."
In the pole vault, Ashley Razzano put together a quality effort. The Spartan newcomer posted a 2.93-meter height (9' 7.25") to place sixth overall.
With their first semester of competition now complete, the Spartans are off from competition until January 21. At that time, York is slated to travel to the University of Maryland's Terrapin Invitational at the PG Sportsplex. Meet time is slated for a 10:00 am start.