BALTIMORE, Md. – The York College women's track & field squad saw the program's 4x100 record fall Saturday at the Johns Hopkins / Loyola Invitational in Baltimore, Md. In total, the Spartans finished seventh on the day, out of the 11 teams, capturing 31 points.
York's young 4x100 crew of Donteris Spence, Jasmine Smith, Laura Rowlands, and Deborah Fidele ran to a new Spartan record 50.88 time, lowering the previous mark of 51.35 set last April. Remarkably, Spence and Rowlands are only in their sophomore campaigns while Smith and Fidele are rookies with the Green and White, elements that bode well for the future of Spartan sprinting.
"With weary legs, [they]… broke the school record," Spartan head coach Erick Camodeca noted. "Once they get their legs back and tighten up their handoffs they can crack the 50 threshold."
In the 1600 sprint medley relay, the Green and White just missed on establishing another new mark. Smith, Fidele, Jackie Gibat, and Nikki Fox combined to run a 4:47.66 a mere 16 hundredths off the program-record time of 4:47.50 set earlier this spring.
Rowlands added to her day with a second-place finish in the high jump. The second year Spartan put up a 1.60-meter (5' 3") leap to secure runner-up points.
"Laura is continuing to climb the ladder in the high jump," Camodeca said. "She is on pace to get herself to the next level."
The Spartan throwers collected three top-ten finishes, including Brittany DeManda's third-place nod in the javelin. DeManda landed in third with a toss of 38.25 meters (125' 6").
"Brittany is continuing to separate herself from the rest of the conference in the javelin," Camodeca said. "She increased her personal best by almost three meters and finished strong in today's field."
Katie Shinn collected ninth in the hammer with a heave of 34.61 meters (113' 6") while Meaghan Jackson took tenth overall in the shot put with a 10.70-meter (35' 1.25") result. Rookie Ashley Menniti posted a 10.04-meter (32' 1.25) throw in the shot put.
Pole-vaulter Ashley Razzano picked up a top-ten finish of her own as she tied for ninth in the event. Razzano registered a 2.74-meter (8' 11.75) result.
In the 800 meters, Megan Phillips posted a 2:32.04 while Mandy Parshall ran to a 5,000-meter time of 19:33.95. Chelsea McCracken, continuing her return from injury, ran a 21:48.89 and, according to Coach Camodeca, "is finding her stride very early and continuing to establish a personal best in the 5k."
The Spartans return to action on Saturday, April 21, when they travel to Moravian for the Greyhound Invitational. Start time is slated for 9:00 am.
PHOTO: Brittany DeManda looks to throw the javelin during York's Quad Meet earlier this season. Courtesy of Theresa Dark - York College (Pa.) Athletic Communications Student Photographer.