YORK, Pa. – The York College women's track & field team opened up their 2011 outdoor home slate on Saturday as hosts of the York Relays. The non-team scored meet saw the Spartans post several quality results as they embark on the outdoor campaign.
Laura Rowlands, the Green and White's rookie standout, once again put together a number of strong showings. The Spartan freshman took first in the high jump (5' 1.75") as well as the triple jump (34' 6.75") while securing second in the long jump (15' 5.90").
Fellow newcomer Donteris Spence posted the victory in the long jump event as she looks to be a promising student-athlete. Spence leapt to a distance of 16' 2.5" to capture the event. Remarkably, all of York's long and triple jumpers only took half approaches throughout the meets in order to work on specific techniques.
On the track, senior Mandy Parshall ran a terrific 1500 meters as she posted a strong 5:05.04. That mark blew away the field by over 15 seconds.
Rookie Kenyatta Redman ran a 13.16 in the 100 while junior Corie Thompson ran to a 21:14.50 time in the 5,000 meters.
In the throwing events, Katie Shinn launched the hammer 104' 9" to take second while Meaghan Jackson posted a 33' 11.25" toss in the shot put to also nab a second-place finish.
Christy Guzenski, yet another newcomer to the program, took third in the high jump (4' 9.75").
"I am very happy with our performance today," Spartan head coach Erick Camodeca said. "Overall it is a nice way for the majority of the team to break open the outdoor season."
The Spartans return to action on Friday, March 18, as they are slated to travel to Annville, Pa. for the Lebanon Valley Invitational. The meet is set for a 3:00 pm start.
Laura Rowlands photo courtesy of Zach Clabaugh - www.sharpedgefoto.com