COLLEGEVILLE, Pa. – The York College women's track & field squad put together a quality showing Thursday evening at the Ursinus College Open indoor meet. The Spartans took third out of the six squads, tallying 106 points, while tying or breaking five school records.
Freshman jumper Laura Rowlands posted a spectacular day as she snagged a pair of first place finishes, broke two school indoor records, and just missed qualifying for nationals in the high jump. In the high jump event, Rowlands leapt a program-best 5' 3.75" as she was just inches short of the height needed to provisionally qualify for the national championships. In the triple jump, the rookie phenom blew away the field with a distance of 35' 9.5", another new Spartan record, and bested her nearest competitor by nearly four feet. Rowlands also finished third overall in the long jump with a bound of 14' 9.25".
Senior standout Mandy Parshall added another broken record to the Spartans' list. She clocked a 2:27.81 in the 800 meters to set a new program standard. Overall, the Green and White performed well in the 800 as Anna Spaniol (4th – 2:33.71) and Megan Phillips (5th – 2:34.02) each took top-five spots.
Fellow senior Allyson Montello garnered a school record time of her own in the 400 meters, setting a new mark of 1:05.48 to finish fifth in the event.
Rookie Kenyatta Redman also put together a strong showing. She tied a program best 7.85 time in the 55-meter dash. That time gave Redman a third place finish while she also snagged sixth in the 200 (28.48).
Montello, Spaniol, Phillips, and Parshall combined in the 4x400 relay as they clocked a 4:23.09 to secured second-place points.
The Green and White return to action on Sunday, February 20, when they travel to the Mason Dixon Conference Indoor Championships. Meet time from Christopher Newport University is slated for a 10:00 am start.
Chelsea McCracken photo courtesy of Zach Clabaugh - www.sharpedgefoto.com
(Note: York is not a member of the Mason Dixon Conference and will be heading to the Championships simply to add another meet to their schedule. They will not compete for the title.)