BW Outdoor Track & Field Teams Compete at Allegheny (Pa.) Gator Invite
MEADVILLE, PA. -- The Baldwin Wallace University men’s and women’s outdoor track & field teams competed at the unscored Allegheny College (Pa.) Gator Invitational Meet today (Friday, May 11, 2012) in Meadville, Pennsylvania. The meet is utilized as a “Last Chance” meet for athletes to hit or better their NCAA Division III national qualifying marks.
Highlighting the meet for BW was sophomore Cristina Perrine (Middleburg Heights/ Midpark) who placed second in the discus with a season and career-best throw of 150-feet and 11 inches for the fourth-best throw in Division III this season. A year ago, Perrine placed ninth at the 2011 NCAA Division III Outdoor National Championship Meet and narrowly missed All-America honors. She also placed second in the hammer throw with a toss of 162'9" for the 31st-best throw in Division III this year.
For the men, the 4 x 100-meter relay team of sophomore Shawn Cordes (Litchfield/ Medina Buckeye), senior Mike Smith (Wintersville/ Indian Creek) and sophomores Josiah Holt (Elyria/ Grafton Midview) and Kevin Johnson (Maple Heights/ Cleveland St. Ignatius) led the way in the running events by finishing in first place as they crossed the finish line in a time of 41.88 seconds.
In addition, sophomore Cory Lanterman (Streetsboro) finished sixth in the 400-meter dash with a season-best time of 49.50 seconds. Freshman Dannie Mack (Massillon/Washington) placed sixth in the 110-meter hurdles in 16.12 seconds and eighth in the 400-meter hurdles in a season-best of 54.71 seconds. In the steeplechase, senior Andrew Beck (Canandaigua, N.Y. /Canandaigua Academy) placed ninth in 10:22.10.
In the field events for the men, junior All-American thrower Mitch Supan (Medina/Walsh Jesuit) led the way as he finished second in the discus with a throw of 167-feet and nine inches. Supan also finished third in the hammer throw with a season-best throw and 11th-ranked NCAA Division III toss of 187'3" and placed third in the shot put with a throw of 52’4.75”.
In addition to Supan, junior Zach Marinucci (Brunswick) placed second in the shot put with a mark of 54’7.25”. He then placed third in the discus throwing a distance of 165’8”. Marinucci and junior Jake Buckey (Geneva) placed seventh and eighth in the hammer throw with a marks of 166’2” (Marinucci ) and 165’10” (Buckey), respectively. Marinucci's toss was a season-best.
For the women, senior thrower Leslie Purnell (Springfield/Catholic Central) led the way as she finished second in the shot put with a throw of 43’8.50” to rank 16th nationally and fourth in the hammer with a mark of 156’8”. Freshman Danielle Torrence (Canton/South) placed fourth in the shot put with a season-best mark of 41’8” to rank 49th nationally, and she placed sixth in the hammer with a season-best throw of 146’9”.
In the running events for the women, junior Kaylan Lemon (Canton/ Perry) led the way as she finished first in the 200-meter dash in 25.26 seconds to rank 45th nationally in Division III. Lemon also finished third in the 100-meter dash as she crossed the finish line in a time of 12.26 seconds to rank 25th nationally. Also in the 100-meter dash, freshman Nicole Christner (Minerva) finished right behind Lemon as she placed fourth crossing the finish line in a season-best time of 15.33 seconds. The 4 x 100-meter relay team consisting of junior Brittany Sterling (Lima/ Senior), Lemon, senior Lauren Nanni (Parma/ Padua Fransiscan) and sophomore Shaquella Greeno (Lima/ Senior) was fourth with a time of 49.17 seconds. In the 800-meter dash, sophomore Brooke Hradisky (Aurora) finished in ninth as she crossed the finish line in a time of 2:21.34.
The final “last chance” meet takes place next week, on Friday, May 18 at North Central (Ill.) College for the Gregory Invitational in Naperville, Illinois. The 2011 NCAA Division III National Championship Meet at Claremont-Mud-Scripps (Calif.) College in Claremont, California from May 24-26.
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This story was updated by the SID on May 13, 2012