SHIPPENSBURG, Pa. – The York College women's track & field squad competed in their final meet before next week's Capital Athletic Conference Championships as they traveled to Shippensburg University for Saturday's Paul Kaiser Classic.
Thrower Brittany DeManda captured York's best individual finish of the day, as she took second in the javelin. The Spartan tossed the javelin 38.40 meters to register the runner-up spot in a field that saw 40 student-athletes register distances.
Laura Rowlands, the reigning CAC Women's Track & Field Field Athlete of the Week, put together three top-tens in a trio of jumping events for the second straight meet. The springy sophomore nabbed her top finish in the high jump as she tied for third with a leap of 1.57 meters. In the triple, Rowlands posted a distance of 11.00 meters to secure fourth while she took seventh in the long jump with a 5.20-meter result.
Rookie Deborah Fidele picked up a top-ten finish of her own on Saturday, running to a 27.08 in the 200 meters to secure ninth overall. She also competed in the javelin where she recorded a 15th-place distance of 32.70 meters.
Dana Mangano collected 11th in the triple jump with a trio of bounds amounting to 10.32 meters.
In the throws, Ashley Menniti competed in the shot put, discus, and hammer. The Spartan rookie's top finish came in the shot put where she nabbed 15th courtesy of a 10.01-meter heave. She posted a 29.98-meter distance in the hammer while throwing the discus 24.53 meters.
Fellow thrower Katie Shinn registered a 33.24-meter result in Saturday's hammer throw.
The Spartans are now set to embark on final preparations for the 2012 CAC Outdoor Track & Field Championships on May 5-6 in Frostburg, Md. York finished second at the 2011 championships, their highest finish in program history, and will look for another tremendous showing at the CAC's first two-day track & field championships. Action is slated for a 3:00 pm start on the 5th and 12:00 pm on the 6th.
PHOTO: Deborah Fidele begins a race during York's Quad Meet earlier this season. Courtesy of "Cars, Sports, and Toys."