CARLISLE, Pa. – The York College women's track & field team kicked-off their 2010-2011 season on Saturday at the Dickinson Indoor Invitational. The Spartans snagged a third-place team finish, ending up with 86 points, out of the eight schools in attendance.
In the 55-meter dash, Kenyetta Redman and Donteris Spence both qualified for the finals with quality showings during the trials. Redman's effort even broke the school record during her run in the trials, as she notched a 7.85. Both she and Spence ran impressive times to start off the season, especially as rookies with the Spartan program.
Allyson Montello and Andrea Taylor ran very strong races in the 600 meters – the first time in program history that the Spartans had competed in this event. With her 1:47.66, Montello establishes the school record in the event. Montello and Taylor (1:47.96) worked together throughout the race and finished virtually side-by-side as Montello took second overall and Taylor third.
Megan Phillips and Rachel Berninger, two more newcomers to the Spartan squad, were the first two women in program's history to run the 1000 meters. They both made a great showing finishing first and fourth, respectively. Phillips established a new school record with a time of 3:17.75. Both Phillips and Berninger also came back to run in the 800 meters. They were both able to put on a strong performance after coming off running the 1000 meters only approximately 45 minutes earlier. Despite getting boxed-in early in that 800 race, Phillips ended up finishing third with a 2:33.18.
In the long jump, Spence used every millimeter of the board to jump to a second-place finish and new school record in the event as she put up a 15' 7" distance. Laura Rowlands had four very consistent and impressive jumps as she finished fifth (14' 10.75").
Meaghan Jackson out-tossed the previous school record in the shot put as her throw of 34' 2" placed her fifth in a competitive field.
High jump coach Nathan Krotzer has a talented crew of female high jumpers and they showcased their talents in their first meet. Rowlands proved the leader of the entire pack finishing first overall and breaking the school record with a 5' leap. Kate Paczynski and Christy Guzenski supported the team effort by finishing tied for third as they each put up a mark of 4' 10".
With this first meet marking the beginning of their competitive campaign, the Spartans now return to training as they look forward to next month's University of Delaware Thomson Invitational. York will travel to Newark, Del. for their next indoor meet on Saturday, January 29. Start time is slated for 10:00 am.
Kate Paczynski photo courtesy of Erick Camodeca