April 3, 2012

Smith Breaks Spartan Long Jump Record; Spartans Take Second in Tuesday Home Meet

YORK, Pa. – The York College women's track & field squad hosted a meet featuring Gettysburg, Messiah, and Washington Adventist Tuesday afternoon in York. Of the three scored teams, the Spartans took second with 75 points.

The Green and White secured eight event victories on the day including a school-record performance by rookie Jasmine Smith in the long jump. The freshman nabbed the victory in event with a tremendous 5.45-meter (17' 10.75") leap, which not only breaks the previous Spartan record but also put her in the top-15 women long-jumpers in Division III this season.

Two of the Spartans' eight victories came from sophomore Laura Rowlands. Rowlands tallied her two triumphs in the high jump (1.55 meters / 5' 1") and the triple jump (10.60 meters / 34' 9.5").

In the throws, Katie Shinn and Meaghan Jackson each recorded first-place points for York. Shinn wrangled the top spot in the hammer with a heave of 36.36 meters (119' 3") while Jackson posted the victory in the shot put with a 10.95-meter (35' 11.25") toss.

"Katie pr'd today and is continuing to get better," Spartan head coach Erick Camodeca said. "We are really happy to for Meaghan. She can do that and more."

In the pole vault, Ashley Razzano picked up the win while Mandy Parshall collected first-place points for the Green and White in the 1500 meters and contributed in the victorious 4x800 relay. Parshall combined Megan Phillips, Misty Parshall, and Caroline DeLany to grab the win.

Smith, who is just in her freshman season, added two individual second-place marks and aided the 4x100 squad to a runner-up performance. She took second in the 100 with a 13.00 time and second in the 200 courtesy of a 27.72 result. In the 4x100, Smith joined with Amber Douglas, Rowlands, and Deborah Fidele to finish with a 51.46, just missing the school record mark of 51.35 set in April of 2011.

Dana Mangano collected a second-place finish as she leapt 4.86 meters (15' 11.50") in the long jump.

Ashley Menniti's 30.06-meter (98' 7") toss in the hammer throw garnered third while Brittany DeManda grabbed third in the javelin with a 31.70-meter (104" 0") throw.

Back on the track, Phillips posted a 2:33.60 to take fifth in the event. Mandy Parshall (11:16.12) and DeLany (11:28.94) took fifth and seventh in the 3000 meters, respectively.

The Spartans head south for their next meet as they travel to Durham, N.C. for the Duke Invitational on April 6 and 7. A contingent of Spartan student-athletes are slated to compete at the Goucher Classic in Towson, Md. on April 7.

PHOTO: Amber Douglas hands off to Jasmine Smith in the 4x100 relay on Tuesday. Courtesy of Theresa Dark - York College (Pa.) Athletic Communications Student Photographer.