SELINSGROVE, Pa. – The York College women's track & field squad competed at the Susquehanna Indoor Invitational on Sunday. In a meet which head coach Erick Camodeca said was used as a fine-tuning session for several student-athletes, the Spartans utilized the meet as their final competitive preparation for next Sunday's first-ever Capital Athletic Conference Indoor Track & Field Championships.
A pair of Green and White newcomers put together strong performances for the Spartan squad. Jasmine Smith, the reigning CAC Field Athlete of the Week, and Hannah Ritzman each showed well at Susquehanna. Smith established a new program record in the 200-meter dash as she ran to a 27.63 time. That effort, which provided the Spartan rookie with a third-place finish, marked the fifth time this indoor season that Smith has broken either individually or in a relay a Spartan record. Ritzman ran both the 400- and the 200-meter races. Her top performance came in the 400 where she notched a 1:03.44 to place second overall while taking 11th in the 200 with a 28.34 time.
"We are really happy with [Jasmine's] performance heading into next week's Championships," Camodeca said, "while [Hannah] has put herself in [great position]."
On the other end of the experience spectrum, senior Anna Spaniol, who Camodeca said had a "great race," garnered a runner-up finish in the 800. Spaniol put together a strong 2:28.79 to collect her second-place result. Amy Stickle ran to a fifth-place time in the event with a 2:36.51.
Chitom Henry raced to a third-place mark in the 60-meter hurdles, running a finals time of 10.53. Henry had qualified for the finals in fourth with a 10.68.
York's 5k crew of Jessica Miller, Nicole Danielewicz, Caroline DeLany, and Corie Thompson each grabbed top-ten finishes in the event. Miller (20:09.22), Danielewicz (20:23.13), and DeLany (20:23.58) went 3-4-5, respectively, while Thompson took eighth with a 21:22.14.
Megan Phillips added a strong performance in the one mile as she recorded a 5:47.92 to finish fifth overall. Teammate Emily Abell finished just two spots behind Phillips, registering a seventh-place 5:53.59.
Deborah Fidele added another top-ten mark for the Green and White as she posted a 1:04.22 in the 400 meters. That time allotted the Spartan rookie a sixth-place finish.
In the throws, freshman Ashley Menniti competed in the weight throw and shot put. Menniti's 9.81-meter (32' 2.25") toss in the weight throw provided her with a 12th-place mark while her 9.17-meter (30' 1") distance in the shot put was good for 13th.
The Spartans return to action on Sunday, February 19, as they compete at the first CAC Indoor Track & Field Championships. Hosted by George Mason University, a venue where the Green and White competed on January 28, the CAC Championships are slated for a 10:00 am start.
PHOTO: Chitom Henry competes in the hurdles at the Crusader Indoor last weekend at Susquehanna University. Courtesy of Theresa Dark - York College (Pa.) Athletic Communications Student Photographer.